A short and very silly story.

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  1. Palustris

    Palustris Young Pine

    Jan 10, 2006
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    This one is crying out for illustrations, but I cannot draw for the life of me.

    The Oopsydiddlydandydees.

    This morning when I came downstairs for my breakfast I found my favourite cup with a broken handle. It was not broken when I put it away. There was a puddle of water on the kitchen floor. That was not there when I went to bed either. Across the worktop was a line of sticky goo. I am sure I cleaned up properly before I went to bed. The drawer where we keep the knives forks and spoons was stuck shut. It opened easily enough last night.

    We have had a bad attack of the Oopsydiddlydandydees, You have never seen or heard of them? That is because they are impossible to see or hear. You need to have a special pair of glasses before you can see them. The glasses have to be made by a left handed spectacle maker during the night of the last full moon in July. The glass itself has to be coloured with the juice of the fruit of the Bangolin tree.

    The Bangolin tree is only found in the deepest part of the densest jungle in Burkoland. There is only one of them and it only has fruit on it once every fifty years.

    You can only hear the Oopsydiddlydandydees if you have these glasses. If you could hear them you would hear their favourite cry.

    "It wasn't me, honest guv!"

    Sometimes they change this to "I didn't mean to do it, honest guv." They only say this if you catch them doing something.

    As far as I know I have the only pair of these glasses in the world. I found the instructions for making them written on a piece of animal skin in the back of an ancient book. The book was called '70 Magic Tricks to Amaze your Caveman Friends.' All the tricks were just making rocks and pebbles appear and disappear.

    I was given the fruit by that world famous lady explorer. Miss Amanderella Grotsnobbler.

    Luckily the fruit stays fresh forever so I could still get some juice from it when I found the right kind of glasses maker.

    You may be wondering what these Oopsydiddlydandydees look like. Well they have round bodies, rather like a table tennis ball and round heads like a slightly smaller table tennis ball. However, it may be the glasses which make them look round like this, but if I take off the glasses to make sure then I can no longer see them.

    They are slightly pink in colour. However it may be the glasses which make them look like this, but if I take off the glasses I can no longer see them.

    They are about this tall, certainly not as big as that. However it may be the glasses which make them look like this, but if I take off the glasses I can no longer see them.

    They are about as wide as here, but not as wide as there. However it may be the glasses which make them look like this, but if I take off the glasses I can no longer see them.

    Their voices are small and squeaky. However it may be the glasses which make them sound like this, but if I take off the glasses I can no longer hear them.

    They love to live in houses where there are children. They like it even more if there are cats or dogs or ferrets or hamsters.

    They really love it when there are children, dogs, cats, ferrets and hamsters all in the same house.

    The oddest thing of all is that they do not mean to break things, spill things or do any of the other things that they do. They are just very, very nosy. They love to look at anything and everything. The trouble is that they have never learnt to look with their eyes and not their hands.

    So, when I saw my broken cup, the pools of sticky goo and found that the knife drawer would not open, I knew straight away that we had Oopsydiddlydandydees in the house.

    I went back upstairs to put on the Oopsydiddlydandydees glasses. I knew exactly where I had put them. They were not there. I opened every drawer and searched every cupboard. As you might expect, every drawer was stuck and would not open for me until I jerked the handle hard. Then the drawer opened so quickly that everything in it burst out.

    The cupboards doors all jammed until I pulled really hard until they opened and everything inside fell out on to the floor.

    I found the glasses in the Bathroom cabinet, behind a tube of toothpaste. The tube had, of course split open and the glasses were sat in a pool of minty stuff. I had to run the glasses under the tap and wipe off the paste on a towel before I could wear the glasses.

    The bathroom was full of Oopsydiddlydandydees. They did not know that I could now see and hear them. The noise they made was deafening. All of them were running around shouting, "It wasn't me, honest guv." at the top of their voices. As they did they touched everything. Soon the bathroom was covered in toothpaste and soap. The taps began to drip and the roll of toilet paper slowly unwound itself from the holder.

    Quickly I fled downstairs to the kitchen. It was full of Oopsydiddlydandydees. They were everywhere. They were touching everything. The syrup tin lid flew off and the syrup splashed all over the work top. A packet of flour toppled over and spilt into the syrup puddles. Somehow the tea towel managed to fall into the sink where it lay getting dripped on by a leaking tap.

    There was a dreadful rattling from the knife drawer. I opened it and found that the spoons had got mixed up with the knives. The forks were mixed up with the spoons and knives.

    I looked round for the brush and dustpan to begin cleaning up. It was not where it is kept. Somehow it had been put in the fridge. I took it out and tried to sweep the floor, but someone had loosened all the bristles so as I swept out they came.

    Three of them were swimming in the cat's water bowl and throwing all the water out while six of them were busy emptying the cat's food on to the floor.

    One of them was cutting a small slit in every teabag so that when I wanted to make myself a drink, the leaves would spill out into the cup'

    Some more were rearranging the magnetic letters on the fridge door so that they spelt rude words.

    Three of them were busy taking the sticky part off the notelets so that they would no longer stick to anything.

    A lot of them were moving the things from one kitchen cupboard to another so that when we came to look for things they would all be in the wrong places.

    All the time the Oopsydiddlydandydees shouted "It wasn't me, honest guv."

    "But I can see you doing it," I said.

    They stopped for a moment and their shouts changed to "I didn't mean to do it, honest guv." Then they carried on doing whatever they were doing before.

    Before I could say or do anything, they all stopped and looked up in horror. The only thing which terrifies Oopsydiddlydandydees came down stairs. As soon as the kitchen door opened every single one of them disappeared.

    She stood in the doorway, foot tapping, hands on hips, lips pursed. "What theā€¦..?"

    She refuses to wear the spectacles so she has never seen the Oopsydiddlydandydees and so she does not believe in them. Even if she did put the glasses on she would not see or hear them. As I said, they are terrified of her and hide. Oopsydiddlydandydees are very, very good at hiding.

    They call her 'The monster with the vacuum cleaner.'

    I could not think of anything to say other than "It wasn't me, honest, love."
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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

    Feb 7, 2005
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    I think I need a pair of those special glasses Eric as we seem to have Oopsydiddlydandydees here too!! :smt005:smt005:smt005I'm sure I heard a faint whisper and it sounded just like someone saying: "It wasn't me, honest guv." when the glass microwave plate flew out and smashed on the floor. :headscratch:
  4. mart

    mart Strong Ash

    Mar 31, 2010
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    NE Texas
    Oh ! We have those here too,,but mine have 4 legs.
  5. Palustris

    Palustris Young Pine

    Jan 10, 2006
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    This illustration was done for me by an Internet friend.

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