The Bathtub Duck is more dangerous than the Paper Clip! Sure, if you are a klutz, drunk, or a small child you can injure yourself with the paper clip particularly if you fool with it around your eye, but bacterial horrors abound in the Bathtub Duck.
From Scientists conclude your rubber bath ducky is probably gross as hell:
That’s the conclusion of a recent study by a research team from the
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich,
and the University of Illinois published this week in the journal
N.P.J. Biofilms and Microbiomes, per the New York Times. The
researchers wrote they collected “19 real bath toys (e.g., rubber
ducks) from five different Swiss households” and then compared them to
a control group, eventually concluding that the real bath toys had up
to 75 million bacterial cells per square centimeter of interior
According to the Times, Furtwangen University in Germany
microbiologist Markus Egert told them, “That’s the same density of
bacteria you can find in human stool samples. There are probably no
other places on earth with such high bacterial densities.”
Toilet seats are pristine in comparison. Read the entire article if you want to be grossed out.
What does this mean for ELU? Damned if I know.