Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mini Mystery

For the past 5 or 6 weeks, i have had a small mystery on my hands. Several soakingly wet towels on the floor of the laundry room every week, necessitating an extra load of towels to be washed and hung out to dry.
At first, i thought it was just that someone was taking extra showers and shampooing and getting very wet.

Then i asked #1 Son if there was a leak in his bathroom again that i didn't know about, as most of the towels were from his stash in the laundry room next to his bathroom. He said no, and that he had no idea where the towels were being used.

Finally i did what i should have done to begin with, and asked the source of most insanity, #2 Son.

His first response was to grin from ear to ear, then he thoughtfully said, "Oh, yeah, I remember those," as if he were talking about something that happened many years ago, not just earlier this week.

Giving him the mother's i-want-more-info stare, he continued. "Freddy and i have figured out that if you get towels really soaking wet, and fold them, you can hit each other with them, and it hurts, and it's fun!"

This also explains why the hose has been unrolled and left dripping so often.

Makes me glad the pool is open again on weekends, they can get their fill of water there.

Also, i've requested they use some of the old towels we use for kitten care, and leave them to dry outside and reuse. He agreed, with one of his I'm-going-to-go-get-into-more-mischief grins. As long as it doesn't involve me getting wet, or an extra load of laundry, i'll just wait.

Today is

Aoi Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan

Cold Sophie's Day (5th Ice Saint)

Constituent Assembly Day -- Lithuania

Day of the Slovenian Army -- Slovenia

Feast of Maia and Mercury -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Mercuralia)

Feast of St. John Baptiste de la Salle

Flip Your Mattress Day -- because it's a good thing to do

Independence Day -- Paraguay

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

International Day of Families

Nakba Day -- Palestinian communities

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Pizza Party Day

National Safety Dose Day

Nylon Stockings Day

Police Officer/Peace Officer Memorial Day

Stepmother's Day

St. Dympna's Day (patron of the insane, asylums, mental health workers;
against epilepsy, insanity, sleepwalking)

St. Hallvard's Day (patron of Oslo; defending innocence)

St. Isidore's Day (patron of farmers, farm workers, ranchers, Madrid)

Straw Hat Day

Teacher's Day -- Mexico; South Korea

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, 1567

Birthdays Today:

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 1981
David Krumholtz, 1978
David Charvet, 1972
Emmit Smith, 1969
George Brett, 1953
Madeleine Albright, 1937
Trini Lopez, 1937
Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
Jasper Johns, 1930
Eddy Arnold, 1918
James Mason, 1909
Joseph Cotten, 1905
Abraham Zapruder, 1905
Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
Pierre Curie, 1859
L. Frank Baum, 1856

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is sentenced to death, 1536
Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod, 1602
Johannes Kepler confirms his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, 1618
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun, 1718
The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France, 1756
Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights, 1793
George III survives two assassination attempts in one day, 1800
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817
Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse, 1836
Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand (The King and I), 1851
Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, 1858
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman's Suffrage Association, 1869
Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded, 1905
The United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up, 1911
The Winnipeg General Strike begins; by 11:00 a.m., almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job, 1919
Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy, 1928
In an attempted Coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed, 1932
The Moscow Metro is opened to public, 1935
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3, 1958
Mercury-Atlas 9 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, 1963
President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals, 1970
Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time, 1990
Edith Cresson becomes France's first female prime minister, 1991
California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage, 2008
Jessica Watson, age 17, becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo, 2010

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