In a potential world first, a local public pool has failed a health inspection due to the lack of a discarded band aid floating near its bottom. For reasons unknown to The Watsonia Bugle, apparently the existence of used band aids in public pools is so common that it’s been written into health checklists as a must-have item.

While we couldn’t get a straight answer from any experts in the field, it seems to be an anomaly that has been around for decades. An online search suggested that used band aids have been on the checklist since at least the 1970s, and maybe even earlier.

Local lap swimmer Kent Pollard told The Watsonia Bugle, “It certainly is a strange one, but I’ve swum laps in pools all over the world and they all have at least one band aid floating around somewhere. So I guess they provide an odd comfort to the otherwise lonely lap swimmer. It’s a bit like a double-page spread in a Where’s Wally book not having Wally on it anywhere.”