Elastic awesome saves the day

Jim Pollitt of Wahroonga recalls a story his uncle told when he was visiting a reclusive farmer named Dermot the Hermit and was offered a cup of tea. “The sugar was dispensed with a teaspoon (C8) onto a piece of rubber attached to the ceiling. It was pulled down, the sugar scooped into the cup, stirred and then pulled back to the ceiling. Never a missing spoon.”

Regarding missing teaspoons, socks et al. (C8), the mechanic’s son of Angela Robinson of Kenthurst, informs them that “the shop equivalent is the 10mm spanner or socket. Every mechanic knows they’re always mysteriously missing from your toolbox. Sometimes they spontaneously wander into another mechanic’s toolbox, but often they just vanish into the ether. My son says they should make tool kits with one wrench of each size and five wrenches of 10mm size.”

Port Hacking’s Viv Mackenzie asks, “Was the reference to the paperclip thread (C8) from 20 years ago a demonstration of your superior archival skills or a warning to contributors not to also submit the same article to Letters?” A bit of both, Viv .

“Years ago we bought a treadmill (C8) that took three strong men to climb the stairs, leaving scratches and chips on the wall that needed repairing,” writes Joy Paterson of Mount Annan. “There it remains, little used and forgotten, and will likely remain or be sold with the house because it is too laborious to get down the stairs and out onto the nature strip.”

Eric Scott of Bondi Junction offers the following. “Of course there was the delivery driver who said he was going to put the home gym machine (C8) right in the back of the garage because ‘that’s where it’s going to go’.”

Speaking of jigsaw puzzles for the over 98s (C8), John McCartney of Mount Coolum (Qld) says: “We recently congratulated ourselves on completing a granddaughter’s jigsaw puzzle in just 10 days, given that it was recommended for 4-6 year olds .”

St. Ives Chase’s Helen Manifold agrees the switch to metric tens (C8) was poorly communicated. “An unfortunate incident while moving recently meant I needed a new fridge. The new fridge was bought online and arrived with only 10 egg slots in the door instead of the expected 12. I can’t buy a carton of eggs now without planning to bake a cake or make an omelette that day. Maybe not all bad.”

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