Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Um, No, It Doesn't Work That Way, a Random and Happy Tuesday A to Z Post


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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus 

Carl was in a chipper mood when i arrived yesterday, waxing eloquent (and sometimes garbled) about the joys of a crawfish boil he'd attended and telling of his friend's travel plans.

Then i went in the laundry room.

There were wet clothes in the washer.  There were damp clothes in the dryer.  I turned the dryer on to check which cycle he'd used and it was on Quick Dry and set to 25 minutes.

Carl has this idea that, if a dryer cycle is preset to a certain amount of time, it means the dryer will make sure the clothes are dry in that amount of time.

Um, no, it doesn't work that way.

Then i turned on the washer to see what setting he'd used there.  It was set to Rinse and Spin, so i asked him if he'd washed the clothes.

"Yes, of course, they're clean," was his response.

Further questioning showed no, he hadn't run them on a longer actual washing cycle first, just the Rinse and Spin.

When i tried to explain the Rinse and Spin cycle doesn't actually wash the clothes, he became quite vehement.

"But the Delicate Cycle is 31 minutes!  That's too long!  Sixteen minutes is long enough, they're clean, I put soap in with them, they're clean!"

He believes whatever cycle he sets the washer to, it's enough to wash the clothes, even if it's only the Rinse and Spin.  

Um, no, not exactly.  In fact, not by a long shot.  It's one of the reasons some of the people at his work have been wondering if his clothes are really clean.

Of course, all the Rinse and Spin cycle does is rinse the bit of soap he poured in right out and down the drain, leaving the clothes wet but unwashed.  Try convincing Carl of that.  I couldn't.

Yes, i rewashed.  And alerted Ms. V to the fact she may have to more strictly oversee his laundry habits.

Meanwhile, i still find dirty clothes on hangers, and this.

Only Carl could hang clothes up sideways behind other clothes.

How about some work funnies, in honor of how Carl thinks things should work.

Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!


Today is:

Adonia -- Greece (women's festival mourning the death of Adonis; date approximate)

Ancestors' Day -- Russian Christians; Belarus (Radunitsa, a Slavic tradition after Thomas Sunday)

ANZAC Day -- Australia; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Tonga

Army Day -- North Korea

DNA Day -- structure of DNA first published this day in 1953; human genome project ended today in 2003; related observance

     National DNA Day -- a day for teachers, students, and everyone to learn more about genetics and genomics, sponsored by genome.gov and the Smithsonian

Duck Appreciation Society Day -- The Duck Appreciation Society (some sites say May 10; either way, go feed the ducks if you like them, but not stale white bread, it's no better for them than it is for us)

East Meets West Day -- Allies from the East and West finally met up this day in 1945 about 75 miles from Berlin

Festival of Robigalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to protect against corn blight; festival of Robiga and Rogibus, the brother and sister fertility gods)

Flag Day -- Faroe Islands; Swaziland

Hairstylist Appreciation Day -- if you have a good one, let him/her know (some sites put this on the 30th)

Hug A Plumber Day -- because when you are knee deep in it, you really need them around

Liberation Day -- Italy; Portugal

National Crayola Day -- no one claims starting this holiday, observe it with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews/kids down the street, and remember how fun it is to color pictures

National Library Workers Day -- US (always the Tuesday of National Library Week)

National Zucchini Bread Day -- they hold this at a time when you are not yet sick of all that zucchini you grew in the garden

Parental Alienation Awareness Day -- raising awareness of Parental Alienation or Hostile Aggressive Parenting   

Red Hat Society Day -- first Red Hat Tea Party held this day in 1998

School Bus Driver's Day -- these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!

Sinai Liberation Day -- Egypt

St. Mark the Evangelist's Day (Patron of attorneys/barristers/lawyers/notaries, captives, glaziers, imprisoned people/prisoners, lions, stained glass workers, struma patients; Egypt; Boretto, Italy; Creazzo, Italy; Infanta, Philippines; Ionian Islands; Pordenone, Italy; Sonnino, Italy; Venice, Italy; against impenitence, insect bites, scrofulous diseases, struma)

Tag des Baumes -- Germany (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

World Malaria Day / Malaria Awareness Day -- WHO and the International Community

World Penguin Day -- because they begin migrating on or around this day  

20-Something Service Day -- can't find who started this one, but it's a good idea, whomever it was, whether you are 20 or older to do some community service or volunteer work regularly

Yom HaZikaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; ends at sunset)

Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; beings at sunset, through tomorrow sunset)

Anniversaries Today:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is established, ND, US, 1947

The United Negro College Fund is founded, 1944

Birthdays Today:

Jacob Underwood, 1980

Emily Bergl, 1975

Jason Lee, 1970

Renee Zellweger, 1969

Hank Azaria, 1964

Jeffrey DeMunn, 1947

Talia Shire, 1946

Stu Cook, 1945

Bjorn Ulvaeus, 1945

Al Pacino, 1940

"Meadowlark" Lemon, 1932

Paul Mazursky, 1930

Albert King, 1923

Ella Fitzgerald, 1918

Edward R. Murrow, 1908

William Joseph Brennan, Jr., 1906

John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, 1884

Guglielmo Marconi, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Little Murders"(Play), 1967

"Romulus the Great"(Play), 1949

"Another Language"(Play), 1932

"Turandot"(Opera), 1926

Robinson Crusoe(Publication date), 1719

Today in History:

Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the Peloponnesian War ends, BC404

German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller publishes his Cosmographiae Introductio map in which he gives the American continents their name, 1507

Highwayman Nicholas Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine, 1792

Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom, 1829

The last survivors of the Donner Party arrive back in civilization, 1847

The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots, 1849

British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal, 1859

New York State becomes the first US state to require automobiles to be licensed, 1901

First DC Comic with Batman is published, 1939

Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations, 1945

Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA, 1953

The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping, 1959

Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit, 1961

Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords, 1982

American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war, 1983

Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit, 1983

The Hubble Telescope is deployed, 1990

The Human Genome Project comes to an end 2.5 years before first anticipated, 2003

The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia  after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937, 2005

Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union, 2005

The U.S. government 'condemns' international media outlets, including 'The New York Times' for publishing confidential files, 2011

 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years, 2013

A fossil unearthed in China has been identified as a new pterosaur species; named Kryptodrakon progenitor, the fossil is the first of its kind to show traits of pterodactyls, giant flying reptiles, 2014

Microsoft becomes the third US firm to be listed with a market worth of 1 trillion, after Apple and Amazon, 2019

Charlotte Bronte's "A Book of Ryhmes", written when she was 13, sells at auction in New York for $1.25 million to Friends of the National Libraries for the Brontë Parsonage Museum, 2022


  1. I think there is a little bit of Carl in my partner. Thanks for the funnies.

  2. LOL, those are some super good funnies! That Carl. I wish washers did work the way he thinks, but that is definitely not the case. I can see arguing with him would only work if he had an open mind in that moment.

  3. Not saying I was the bestest worker ever, but those jokes sure remind me of all the times I had to do some one else's job as they were too much like the above jokes. No joke. Hope Carl gets the laundry figured out better.

  4. Although Carl is wrong, about the washer and the dryer, I can't help but wish he were right.

  5. Your funnies from the workplace were great and made me so happy to be retired.

  6. thanks for reminding me I left my laundry in the dryer last night.

  7. Oh well Mimi. Life is what it is. Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. Carl is such fun. You can't convince him of anything either. I love Carl and I love hearing about his antics.

    Love all the funnies and the last one is my favorite. I'm so happy I'm retired.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  9. I think Carl should not be allowed near the washer or dryer. Great bunch of funnies.

  10. You definitely earn your wages with Carl around ~ bless you ~ Great 'work' funnies ~ lol ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Those were fun! Pretty sure none of those apply to your work ethic!

  12. National Crayola Day? Wow that is waaay cool! I'll draw to that! My sympathies re: Carl. For you, his Mom and Carl too. Cheers and hugs

  13. Carl is very wise in his own way. Those were terrific funnies, I laught out loud!

  14. Carl just has a unique way with laundry. The cartoons were hilarious. Great to see you at the A-Z. All the best for the rest of the days, almost there now!

  15. I just realized why I enjoy your 'Carl' posts so much. It's because I love puzzles. And going to Carl's aways requires solving puzzles! GREAT funnies!


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