PEOPLE are using dishwashers for weird purposes, according to the Jenn-Air Come Clean Survey of 1,026 homeowners.
Some used their dishwasher to clean baby toys, baseball hats, shoes, hairbrushes and sponges.
Others washed items such as yard tools, a computer keyboard, clothing, automobile parts and even money.
Some have used their dishwasher as a cooking appliance -- used to steam potatoes, carrots and salmon, and hard-boil eggs. One even used the dishwasher to defrost a Thanksgiving Day turkey.
Jenn-Air is a division of Maytag Corp. and we have no clue what they'll do with the information they've gathered.
Raising a stink over cheese
FACED WITH high government tariffs on Roquefort and the prospect of depleted supplies by the Millennium, cheese lovers are uniting at www.roquefortlovers.com.
The Web site was launched this month by cheese importer and dealer Joe Gellert to petition the government to repeal the tariff on French-made Roquefort and other gourmet foods that was imposed after the European Union refused to lift a ban on U.S. beef treated with hormones.
Gellert especially wants Hillary Clinton to get the message. "If she wants to be a senator from New York, she'd better understand what Roquefort means to New Yorkers," he said. "New York leads the nation in consumption of imported cheeses, and there must be 2 million voters here that love Roquefort cheese."
Not as tasty as Roquefort
POLICE in Cairo, Egypt, arrested a merchant for selling green olives he had dyed black with shoe polish. Mahmoud Mohammed Ali, 25, has been charged with cheating and endangering public health.
Officials confiscated 76 barrels of green olives, weighing a total of 15 tons, that had been tinted black. They also found a large quantity of black shoe polish.
Police said Ali admitted to using the polish because green olives were cheaper than black ones.