"He's not dead, he's sleeping."
Not the most convincing strategy in the world, but it seems to work for some bitchin' bacteria that use the "I'm totally passed out over here and not watching you get undressed" strategy to dodge antibiotics.
Antibiotics, according to this article from Futurity blog, only work on bacteria that are up and at 'em.
“Through our research, we’re understanding that some bacteria go to ‘sleep,’ and that antibiotics only work on bacteria that are metabolically active,” says Thomas Wood, professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University.
“You need actively growing bacteria to be susceptible to antibiotics. If the bacterium goes to sleep, the antibiotics, no matter what they do, are not effective because the bacterium is no longer doing the thing that the antibiotic is trying to shut down.”
Click here to read the whole article. Oh, and prepare to die when sleepy bacteria defeat your puny antibiotics and then kill you. Bitches.