February 2, 2005

WHAT MITE HAVE BEEN (via Jim Yates):

Back Off, Mom: Unmade Bed Not All Bad: Study: Dust Mites Don't Thrive In Unmade Beds (WFTV.com, February 1, 2005)

Mothers across the nation scold their children to make their beds, but researchers say the untidy mess of blankets may ward off critters that trigger asthma and some types of allergies.

Scientists at Kingston University in London found that house dust mites can't survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed.

My second silly mistake at college was imagining that the laundry service would be a good deal. You got clean sheets every week, but had to go exchange the used ones. Got my last fresh set in early September...

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2005 8:44 PM

Mention your sheets again, ever, and I'll kill ya.

Posted by: joe shropshire at February 3, 2005 12:50 AM

When I went to university (back when life was simpler and a lot more fun), the men had maid service in the dorms and the women did not. Can you imagine?

My daughter is there now and assures me there is no more blatant sexism--nobody has maid service.

Ain't progress grand?

Posted by: Peter B at February 3, 2005 6:47 PM

Dennis Mack Smith in one of his books, 'Mussolini's Roman Empire' I think, tells about how Mussolini bragged to someone about how, as Duce, he got his sheets changed three times a week.

No wonder his imperial ambitions came up short.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at February 6, 2005 7:57 PM