What is the point of an investigations (sic) like this?
Indeed. That is the question asked at the end of this piece of investigative journalism by SayUncle’s old friend Tearsa Smith. Tearsa and the WATE news team went to some local hotels on a search for bootie juice (a la an Oprah episode my wife made me watch once). They went to three hotels and, using a black light, identified stains on sheets, blankets and pillows. They then took swabs and sent them to a lab to check for semen, vaginal fluids, saliva, and urine (aka, bootie juice – and I guess no searching for, uhm, streaks).
Apparently, when the local media go out to do some hard-hitting investigative journalism, spend the money, hire a lab, pay reporters and get nothing of substance, they run the story anyway. The conclusion:
The good news is the stains we swabbed in all three hotel did not prove to be bodily fluids. Of course, that just raises other questions about what the mystery spots and smudges really were.
Even though our results proved inconclusive, the fact remains that the areas we swabbed were not wiped clean, disinfected or sanitized.
Maybe the stains you found were the residue left over from cleaning products used to clean up all the semen, vaginal fluids, saliva, and urine you were looking for. I mean, hotels have laundry facilities for a reason. Or maybe the stains were from someone spilling their complimentary coffee or $2 soft drinks from the lobby, which are notoriously hard to get out of fabric. Who’s going to throw away sheets just because someone spilled coffee on them? Or, since they used a black light, it could be the residue left over from an old Led Zeppelin poster I had back in the seventh grade.
The piece concludes with:
What is the point of an investigations like this? To make sure you are more aware when you take your next trip. Ask questions and be your own investigator for the safety of your family
Yes, citizen, take your own black light and mobile CSI lab kit when you travel. Your safety depends on it. Test your sheets for Led Zeppelin residue or coffee. Or better yet, ask your hotel clerk if they’re aware of any bootie juice on the bed. Or take your own bedding.
Update: Turns out that laundry detergent glows in black light:
Some of the whiteners in detergent work by making your clothing a bit fluorescent. Even though clothing is rinsed after washing, residues on white clothing cause it to glow bluish-white under a black light. Blueing agents and softening agents often contain fluorescent dyes, too. The presence of these molecules sometimes causes white clothing to appear blue in photographs.
(thanks to CounterTop and Google)