A week later I checked in on my work and found some interesting results...
- Purell doesn't work...MO's grew ferociously...although there was a little less diversity than the original fingerpad sample.
- My ear was freakishly clean - only one little colony (I think it was a stray from the air)
- The colonies from the shower were (not surprisingly) the same color as the pinkish gunk that builds up between cleanings.
- The sample with the largest growth, fuzziest growth and most diverse growth was....wait for it....the computer keyboard! SICK! but I do use my computer everyday, multiple times a day...and think about all the places your fingerpads touch...it was disgusting. Let's just say my next project is to research ways to sterilize/clean my computer and cell phone (it wasn't any prettier!)
I wish I would have taken a picture in lab...next time I'll bring my camera so you can all be enlightened in regards to the microscopic world!