The Darwin Awards (almost)

March 10th, 2005 § Comments Off on The Darwin Awards (almost) § permalink

For those of you who don’t know about the Darwin Awards: The Darwin Awards recognize those individuals who have done the most for the human race by removing themselves from it.

If you go back far enough you’ll see a post where I got stung by a wasp.

I looked around the area where I got stung (in the yard, not on my body) but I couldn’t find the wasp’s nest. I didn’t think too much of it at the time and figured I’d come across it sooner or later and I’d deal with the problem then.

Time passed…. nearly a month.

While my father and I were planting some fall mums in the backyard I spotted the nest. There was a hole in the ground and there were many wasps were coming and going from it. So that’s where the nest was!

Before I could do anything my dad grabbed the shovel and filled in the hole. So far, so good.

Covering up the hole was a good way to get rid of the wasps in the hole but soon the ones that were outside of the hole started to gather and swarm.

What would you do?

I’ll tell you what my father did.

He grabbed the shovel and started beating the wasps. Smashing them into the ground!

I generally try not to piss-off the local wildlife because I have to live here and I realize that they can make life miserable if they choose. I’ve learned that beating the crap out of a wasp’s nest is a good way to piss-off wasps.

I (hastily) retreated to the safety of the house and my father was just a little way behind since he decided to have one last swing at the wasps.

There are probably more intelligent ways to deal with wasps but I haven’t seen one around since.

Just for the record, neither my father nor I had to ride the short bus to school.

Making Waves In The Toilet

March 10th, 2005 § Comments Off on Making Waves In The Toilet § permalink

This is an update to the pipe bang post.

The pipe bang is accompanied by waves in the toilet tank.


That’s right, I have waves in my toilet tank.

We must go to the beginning.

I was brushing my teeth. I shut off the tap in the second floor bathroom. Water started coming out from under the lid of the toilet tank. Hmm.

I mopped up the water.

I took the top off the toilet tank and then turned the tap on and off again. Nothing. No pipe bang or anything. Figures.

(later that day…)

I was brushing my teeth. I shut off the tap and all of a sudden waves started to appear in the toilet tank. Uh oh, there’s no lid on the tank to dampen the waves.

I have waves in my toilet tank and my bathroom floor is clean.

When the water is calm, the level is about 3 inches from the top of the tank. These are some pretty serious waves.

I have no idea what’s causing this or how to fix it. I find myself in an increasingly familiar position: I have absolutely no idea what the next step is.

By the way, there’s an old bottle in my toilet tank. Further exploration will be done at a later date.

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