Our group of Misfit's tend to behave themselves fairly regularly, and other than their frequent bouts of stupidity, normally act in an acceptable manner most of the time. Our rules and code of conduct are strictly enforced. A recent incident here highlighted the need for continuing reminders of these rules.
The Factorcrap Truthometer Deluxe, is a highly sensitive, finely tuned, precisely calibrated instrument for determining the truth and is not a toy. Each of the Misfits has that fact drilled into them on a regular basis, and I tolerate no deviation from this policy. I was taken back a bit, then, when Dickie the Peap came up to me surprised, excited, out of breath and explaining that he had something to tell me about our mainstay marvel here at FTI. Now, our 2 loyal readers know that the short-armed one is a frequent, (and might I add,) very easy target for ridicule. I expected this to be one of those moments that we would all roll our eyes over what ever piece of wisdom I was about to receive. Instead, Dickie explained that he had been testing the accuracy of the Truthometer Deluxe with basic test questions and statements which he knew the answers to in order to confirm and chart it's accuracy. One particular statement caused our mechanical marvel to buzz, whirr, and emit a small amount of smoke, which caused the Frugal One to panic and immediately exit the room where the Truthometer is stored. Dickie was worried that as he had left it in a precarious position, and had not followed the proper steps in shutting it down, the result might be some long term damage. After investigating and determining that no actual damage had occurred, I immediately suspended Dickie from any group activities for the next week and admonished him to never do such a stupid thing again. As of now, I consider the whole incident over.
Looking back, I shake my head over how much supervision these idiots actually need. I tell them and tell them and tell them not to touch the Truthometer Deluxe. It's like baby-sitting a bunch of little kids. All of this to determine if an actual piece of equipment is working or not. Can't they see? Of course, it works.
Dickie's test statement?
"Two women were sitting quietly together, minding their own business."