March 31, 2011

Play the Clarinet? Prepare to Die!

At least, that’s the message I took from this NPR article, “That Clarinet Could Be A Germ Factory”

Apparently, scientists at Oklahoma State University tested different musical instruments. And they found that almost 300 different bacteria as well as yeasts and molds were on the clarinets!

This led to a classic quote:
“Playing music in the band is good for kids, but maybe not so much if that clarinet is a cesspool of bacteria and fungi.”
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