Funny, it doesn’t sound delicate

I mean, it’s got those big metal teeth, and the noise makes me think some Japanese Lovecraft fan has finally assembled Mecha-Cthulhu.

Yet somehow it’s fragile:

I laughed when my daughter told me that you couldn’t put a leaf of lettuce down the disposal. But when the plumber came to fix the thing, he showed me how the thing had met its match dealing with a piece of lemon. The plumber told me more stuff you can’t put in the disposal, among them rice.

The plumber told me that the disposal is a delicate, exquisitely calibrated mechanism and gave me a list of things you can’t put in it. Everything I mentioned was forbidden. I was starting to think that the only food congenial to the disposal was homemade chicken soup, maybe. If you strain it.

Sheesh. The thing will swallow a teaspoon if you give it the slightest opportunity, but it chokes on citrus?

(Maybe it’s a function of age. I bought a new one three years ago, mainly because the old one had deteriorated to such an extent that water was weeping through its base.)


  1. Old Grouch »

    6 October 2009 · 11:10 pm

    It’s probably one of those new Environmentally CorrectTM disposals… It rejects all that stuff because it’s supposed to go on your compost heap.

  2. Old Grouch »

    6 October 2009 · 11:11 pm

    Oh, and Did You Separate Your Plastic Today?

  3. canadienne »

    6 October 2009 · 11:13 pm

    Mecha-Cthulhu made me laugh (I have a highly visual imagination.) Please do not tell me there are Chthulu amigurumi. I am afraid to Google that.

  4. unimpressed »

    6 October 2009 · 11:17 pm

    When I did property maintenance, I’d run ice cubes through the disposal to clean the blades out so that if the place sat empty for a while, the detritus wouldn’t get rancid–made one helluva racket. :)

  5. CGHill »

    7 October 2009 · 7:03 am

    Some of you may already have seen this.

  6. fillyjonk »

    7 October 2009 · 7:23 am

    When my parents replaced theirs, they got a model called

    “The Bonecrusher*

    (*Do not actually put bones down disposal)”

  7. fillyjonk »

    7 October 2009 · 7:46 am

    canadienne: there also used to be an online comic called Hello Chthulu but I think the artist stopped doing it. Yes, it was as you expect: Chthulu with a little bow on its head a la Hello Kitty.

  8. canadienne »

    7 October 2009 · 11:58 pm

    I’m still amused by Mech-Chthulhu. You just don’t see Japanese popular culture, Lovecraftian horror, and kitchen appliances combined in a blog title that often.

    The crocheted Cthulhu is um, cute – I’m thinking of sending it to the What Not to Crochet site, unless it is already there. I am happy that I don’t know how to crochet and will stick to knitting socks.

    Fillyjonk, that site is still up – hasn’t been updated since 2006, but is pretty funny in a very odd kind of way. Thanks for the lead. I love stuff like that.

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