The Mysterious Skip.

May 6, 2011

Here’s a fun fact for you. When I was a child I had a teddy bear that wore red overalls, and when you pulled the cord on his back he played “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”. He sounded a bit like a carousel. That kind of music that goes “plinky plonk” etc.

This dubiously links us to today’s Animal on Animal, which goes by the name of The Mysterious Skip, read on, fair maidens:

If you were lucky, when you were young your parents told you not to play in skips, or on motorways, or inside bonfires. Christopher and Nelson were not lucky. They had been playing on the motorway that very morning with a bonfire.

After tiring of their game they set off home in high spirits, ready to eat porridge of inconsistent temperatures and sleep in beds of varying sizes, when they came across a huge skip. Now, if you remember the previous paragraph you will know that Christopher and Nelson didn’t know that playing in skips was dangerous, and made you look a bit homeless, so they peeped inside.

They could see nothing just peeping over, so they clambered up and leapt into the festering rubbish within. At least, that’s what they assumed they would land in. In actuality the skip contained a tunnel that went straight through the core of the Earth and came out the other side, in upside down Australia land, so leaping into it resulted in a very long fall (roughly six hours, depending on traffic). There was no “in-fall entertainment”, but continuous screaming kept them busy for the most part.

Thankfully, on reaching Australia they had the sense to have a rest and some juice, and then jump back through. They might just make it back for breakfast!

When they explained to their parents why they had missed bedtime they didn’t believe them and sent them to the doctors for some mental health tests.

Christopher and Nelson didn’t jump into skips ever again.

Thanks to Lee for the image, who got it from here.


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