A few years ago, the world's smartest woman (Marilyn Mach vos Savant) had a Q&A column in Parade Magazine. Someone wrote in and asked, "Which gets you cleaner, a shower or a bath?" Being a woman, she of course answered a bath. Her rationale was that soaking in the water softens and loosens the dirt and dead skin cells for a more complete removal. Well, I am forced to disagree. The main problem I have with baths is that you are sitting in a warm broth of soap scum, dirt, pathogens, dead skin cells, and a small amount of fecal matter not fully removed the last time you wiped. Whether or not her rationale is correct, I'm at a loss to figure out how you escape having a film of those substances left on your skin at the end of your bath. If you stand up out of the water, the film adheres to your skin, much like those swirly paint jobs they do on some guitars by floating the paint on water. If you just sit there as the tub drains, same thing. You may argue that all that stuff gets wiped off by the towel as you dry yourself but, really? I doubt it. Of course, you can always take a shower after your bath to wash off the film, but then why not just take a shower in the first place? So, smartest woman in the world: pwned.