You do all this to trick them into believing that they are under the soil and that it is safe to grow. And grow they did. I now have a bowl full of crunchy sprouts that I am munching on blissfully.
But then, on second thoughts, I gave them hope of life and all I am giving them finally is a free ride through my alimentary canal. Feel a little bit guilty.
PS: If you want to learn to make sprouts, head over here. One of my time-killers these days.