Bold prediction: There will soon be warning labels on sponges. Why? Just examine the evidence:
[A] study that found microwave ovens can be used to sterilize kitchen sponges sent people hurrying to test the idea this week — with sometimes disastrous results.
But several experimenters evidently left out the crucial step of wetting the sponge.
“Just wanted you to know that your article on microwaving sponges and scrubbers aroused my interest. However, when I put my sponge/scrubber into the microwave, it caught fire, smoked up the house, ruined my microwave, and pissed me off,” one correspondent wrote.
Maybe there should be a law that says you have to be smarter than a sponge to use a sponge.