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6 Facts It's Okay to Forget You Know

I try to live a rational life by paying attention to facts and never pretending they don't exist, even if the facts in question are uncomfortable for me. I think this philosophy makes my life better. I’m smarter and I make better decisions. However, sometimes it's okay to completely, utterly, and purposefully forget certain facts. We are talking about total mental suppression of reality. While this is normally very bad policy, I submit it is perfectly okay in the following six cases.

Periodically something may happen that reminds me of something I pretend not to know and then I come face to face with the fact that I have this habitual evasion going on. As soon as I realize that, I promptly force myself to forget it again. After you read this article, just forget it.

Read at your own risk! Go no further if you are not willing to lie to yourself!

1. People Go Pee in Pools

I know, I know, there are chlorine and other chemicals in there that kill the bacteria, but you are still swimming in pee, even if it's dead pee. And if the pool is crowded, you are swimming in LOTS of pee. You have to forget about this in order to go swimming in any body of water on a hot day. Science has taught us humans a lot about our environment, and some things are best to forget, like the entire swimming pool is pee.

What do you do when you see this scene? You very properly shrug, pretend you don’t know, and go swimming.

If there is a baby in there with a diaper, you are also most likely swimming in fecal matter. According to a biologist of my acquaintance this is the real menace:

A gram (approx. a milliliter, very small volume) of feces has BILLIONS of CFUs (colony forming units, or, approximately, bacterial cells) in it. A gram of urine has [only] around 10,000 CFUs if it's from a healthy person. How many grams of feces do you think escape from a baby's diaper when it's in a pool? Don't want to contemplate. :)

Um, I think she just said there would be a gadzillion trillion fecal bacteria cells in the water from just one baby. (Only a biologist would end that sentence with a smiley face.) So if you see this, you will just have to focus on how cute the baby is, and not on what’s going on under the surface.

My biologist friend didn't end there. She made sure I was aware of another potential problem in pools. Forget baby diapers. Fecal matter may wash off of anybody's “bunghole” and get into the water ... if they had any residue there. Oh sweet Jesus … I didn’t know that one.

I’m going to go forget that now.