1. Arrggh. I'm not going to add yet another refinement on my comment on the "Librarian strikes it rich" story. I read the story too fast. Depending on how you interpret it, the librarian in question winds up with either $251K or $274K (and odd dollars in either case). My point stands: Not only do many (most?) multimillion-dollar lotto winners keep working, neither $251,000 nor $274,000 is enough to retire on unless you plan an exceedingly modest standard of living.
2. Here's a real question, for those of you who know such things:
We recently purchased a front-loading washer. Now that we've used it for a while:
- I see why it only uses 1/3 as much water.
- I see why it gets clothes drier.
- I see why it uses a lot less electricity.
- I see why it's gentler on clothes.
What I don't understand is how/why it gets clothes cleaner than a top-loader.
It does; there's no question there. I've stopped using pretreatment for clothes that formerly needed it; we're getting consistently better results.
But how? Why?
I also see why this form of front-load washing was basically impractical before cheap sensors and computer circuitry, but that's another story.