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February 07, 2003

The Flexible Wooden Snake

This is a real Raising Hell sort of blog post. (Update: So much so, that they made me the guest author of the week.) So if you think you might not like that sort of thing, look away now.

I'm recovering from tonsillitis; my brain shut down for five solid days. That's where I've been. Too sick to read a book, or watch TV with a plot. I've mostly spent my time lying on the sofa watching UKStyle, the television channel devoted to wall-to-wall house and garden improvement programmes.

But today is different. I am, for sure, a little better. But I also have Jonathan. "No, you can't play with the thermometer". "No, you can't play with my hot cup of sweet tea." "No, you may not dismember a pack of baby wipes." Eventually, I cast around for something he could play with, being careful not to insult his intelligence by offering him a toy. My eye fell on the flexible wooden snake. Much like the snakes sold halfway down this page, this much treasured craft object is a much superior version of the plastic snakes that wobble from side to side; it's about three feet long and wriggles alarmingly. Seemed pretty harmless. I showed him how it worked and he started playing happily.

Sometime later I wandered into the bathroom. Sticking up out of the water in the loo were the last three or four inches of the snake, which was clearly more flexible than I'd ever imagined. Even the S bend was no match for Jonathan's new-found drain-clearing ability. Grabbing a rubber glove and holding my nose, I pulled it out and dropped it in a bucket of hot water. But somehow I think it is doomed.

Posted by Alison at February 7, 2003 01:37 PM


I recently bought a flexible wooden snake and i scared a few people with it but i still don't know how to make it work. Could you please tell me.

Posted by: Kenneth at January 4, 2004 03:43 PM

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