Anyone who’s been to Mardi Gras knows that that when you hold all the beads, you hold all the power.

All it takes to get people to show some skin is to promise that you’ll throw a piece-of-junk plastic necklace at them. What a deal! Well, these beads start off in pristine condition, but after getting thrown and caught, many times over, the trinkets end up carrying a ton of germs and bacteria. Think about it. Where have those beads been?

Better yet …

Don’t think about it.