Friday, November 21, 2008

the worst idea ever. or am i just too uptight?

Please help us settle an argument.

My spouse, who grows sprouts in our kitchen, thinks this is a good idea. So does S., my oldest son.

I think it's disgusting. My sprout growing friends (yes, I have sprouting friends) agree with me.

Take a good long look and let me know what you think.

It's a theoretical discussion because, as long as I live in this house, we are not growing sprouts in my toilet.

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Anonymous said...

Right or wrong, I would never, ever, EVER eat anything that had grown in my bathroom. Never.

And sprouts, you know they're not washable like, say, cucumbers or peppers. And if they were alfalfa sprouts, which a friend of mine once described as "vegetarian pubic hair," well, between the drains and that specific image, there is no way in hell I would willingly put them in my mouth even if they came out of Martha Stewart's pristine, professionally scrubbed with bleach and rose oil bathroom.

Also, not for nothing, but I remember from many years ago when I lived where an awful lot of the lettuce and other produce is grown in California, there was a huge scandal because E. coli was showing up in the produce because hygiene issues for the not exactly regally pampered field workers were allowing human waste into soil in which the plants were grown. This is not something you can wash away, and risking getting this kind of nastiness inside the very cells of your home grown produce is an extremely stupid idea.

The most earthy of earth-friendly gardeners may use their own waste to fertilize crops, but only after it has been composted a long, long time. Same with carnivorous pet waste.

Also, the water used to flush toilets is not usually guaranteed potable even before it is ready to be flushed away. Chemical contaminants as well as bacterial are a huge risk.

Just one woman's opinion. And as you know, hubris is my muse. So when I say this guy's statements about how *he* is quite sure *he* won't be getting sick sound like hubris, well, you may respect my opinion on that, or you can just view it as further hubris, your call. :)

The Maven said...

I like sprouts. I really do. But no. No way. Nuh-uh.

I'm too tired to come up with anything intellectual to say on this. However, this vegetarian would never, ever, EVER eat something out of a toilet. I'm a little scared that someone came up with this. I'm a pretty crunchy gal, but I draw the line at toilet sprouts.

Anonymous said...

Have to side with your guys. Perfectly good clean water is used to water the sprout. and as long as you don't touch the thing without washing your hands, E.coli will not jump up form lower down and eat your sprouts...

Anonymous said...

Food and toilets don't mix!

Anonymous said...

I would just also point out that children, even the smartest and the nicest, are not the most reliable practitioners of hygiene.

Also, people with metastatic cancer who get regular chemo don't tend to have the most hardy immune systems ever.

So, while I don't think it's the worst idea ever (war, anyone?), no, I don't think you're being uptight.

laurie said...

I'm still with all the naysayers. Although it is interesting that the gastroenterologist has weighed in in favour of the toilet sprouts!

Anonymous said...


Um yeah. That's all I've got to say. Well that and BOYS! Sheesh! It's such a boy thing to find cool.

Dee said...

I think sassymonkey said it best, "ewwww" and for all the reasons that Sara lists, I think it's a bad idea.


Mom2Amara said...

OK I am so completely grossed out by this.

But Dad2Amara is sitting next to me right now and he seems to think it's absolutely OK since it's potable water. Whatever!

I say yuck!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, so this is what you were talking about. I say "ick" and Leigh-Ann says, "well, the water's clean and blah, blah, blah", so we have a yea and a nay in our household. I'd let someone in my household grow 'em if they wanted (I'd prefer that if they were growing something inside, it would be more, uh, enjoyable to me - something that could be sanitized by lighting it on fire, say), but I wouldn't eat them.

I'd like to see someone analyze the sprouts and the water coming from the tap, too.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

No way. Bleh. Icky.

Michael said...

One word: Boys.

Anonymous said...

I just laughed out loud reading, "yes, I have sprouting friends." While I can't relate to sprouting in particular, I get it.

And no, you're not wrong. That's disgusting. Hands-down disgusting.