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The bonkers temperature fluctuations of the past week have brought about the expected result: the first cold of the season.

It coincides with another Cold War of sorts: I’m trying to convince the two-year-old he needs to wash his hands.

Time and again I patiently explain that the germs from the streetcar seat, or the porch steps, or the playground equipment all end up in his mouth when he puts his fingers there — and will make him sick. He looks at me doubtfully when I get to the part about germs being everywhere, but too small to see.

The correleation between invisible things called ‘germs’ and the horrible cold he now has is too abstract. Luckily for us, there’s Bill Nye, Science Guy to make it more real.

Here’s Bill Nye to demonstrate why washing your hands really does matter.

If that doesn’t convince your kids to wash their hands, well, best of luck.

Oh, also – Bill Nye will be on this season of Dancing With The Stars. You heard it here first.

 

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Remember: “Germs Are EVERYWHERE!”

 

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