Two for the price of none

1. Arrggh. I'm not going to add yet another refinement on my comment on the "Librarian strikes it rich" story. I read the story too fast. Depending on how you interpret it, the librarian in question winds up with either $251K or $274K (and odd dollars in either case). My point stands: Not only do many (most?) multimillion-dollar lotto winners keep working, neither $251,000 nor $274,000 is enough to retire on unless you plan an exceedingly modest standard of living.

2. Here's a real question, for those of you who know such things:

We recently purchased a front-loading washer. Now that we've used it for a while:

  • I see why it only uses 1/3 as much water.
  • I see why it gets clothes drier.
  • I see why it uses a lot less electricity.
  • I see why it's gentler on clothes.

What I don't understand is how/why it gets clothes cleaner than a top-loader.

It does; there's no question there. I've stopped using pretreatment for clothes that formerly needed it; we're getting consistently better results.

But how? Why?

I also see why this form of front-load washing was basically impractical before cheap sensors and computer circuitry, but that's another story.

Comments? Explanations?


This is the only time I've ever seen ads for washing machines and other appliances at the LISNews site. I can't answer your questions, but am waiting anxiously for the vast wisdom of currently employed librarians.

I was about to say "Ads? What ads?" but then I remembered the Ads by Gooooogle. Funny: As I pull up that story, the ads are all library-related. I guess it all depends.

I deliberately didn't mention the brand name because I wasn't touting the machine, just asking a question.

The clothes get cleaner for the same reason (more or less) that the machine needs less water and electricity.Since clothes float, you need the agitator to whack them around in the soapy water. In the front loader, clothes fall into the water by gravity. More parts of the clothes are in contact with more soapy water more often.As an added bonus, your clothes last longer thanks to not being whacked as much.

I figured that was why clothes last longer, since they don't get whacked at all.

In our machine, at least, there really isn't any visible "soapy water"--the automatic water level setting seems to result in saturated clothes with very little, if anything, left over. Maybe that's enough.

I buy the explanation. Thanks. (When will your essays return, Grumpy? The news feed is fine, but I was enjoying the occasional essay, if not always agreeing with it/them.)

Essays? Newsfeeds? I am perhaps not the grump you think I am.Where can I find these essays?

Oops. I was thinking of the Curmudgeonly Librarian, whose (few) essays are
here and who also has a newsfeed. I would have sworn there was a "grumpy librarian" with some similar essays. Maybe I was thinking of the Luddite Librarian.

Now if I was only a librarian, I could claim to be two out of these three, and others have labeled me as the third.

Anyway: Thanks for the informative answer.

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