A rolled-up newspaper.
Sorry to disappoint you, that wasn't half as interesting as you all thought. I have no pictures to show you because we now don't own any cameras after the burglary last week.
I thought it was a pretty awful thing to wash because it made a mess similar to the horrible disposable nappy incident of 2006, but with the added mystery of "What's this long round heavy soggy thing at the bottom of this pile of cloudy snowy wet clothes?"
But I stand corrected. Your suggestions showed me that there are various other items that are much more bizarre to wash and/or can a make a more horrific mess.
Sometimes I forget there's anyone out there listening. Then I idly ask a question and get a flood of replies or suggestions and I realise that there are quite a few bloggy friends of mine out there, most of whom I've never met in person but who enjoy reading my silly meanderings enough to put some thought into what I might have washed.
And your suggestions had me laughing out loud! The list was long so I tried to put them in some order, but they were so random that there wasn't any point trying to order them. In honour of their randomness, I have put them in reverse alphabetical and here they are:
wheat heat pack
tube of toothpaste
the toilet brush
Puppity Dog (I wish) (kidding!)
permanent marker (gasp)
PB&J, though I'm really hoping you guys don't have small pets... (this comment had me rolling on my keyboard laughing.)
one of those stuffed animals filled with those little bitty white balls
old cheese (any cheese)
candy of some kind
a barrier contraceptive device (what a thought.)
So obviously Mum-me wins the Prestige Of Winning with her suggestions of toilet paper and paper towels, provided she meant large rolls of the stuff.
I also loved your confessions about items you've washed. I thought I was the only one who wasn't 100% sure what's inside my machine once I set it to "Wash" (or "Macerate", in the case of Trojan paper products.) I feel so much better knowing that my friends have washed things like (alphabetical this time):
a baby monitor that didn't survive
a baby pillow that needed mending and got pillow fluff all over the place.
a gameboy (Wow! That’s gotta win some sort of prize!)
a number of cell phones
ball point pens
child’s toy with those little bitty white balls
husband’s cell phone (heh!)
husband’s pocket knife (heh heh!)
husband’s wallet (har har haarr!)
money: spare change and paper bills
own drivers license
plenty of tissues
random pieces of paper
black permanent marker
And I loved the story offered by Amanda:
I once blocked our washing machine when a breast pad went through into its innards. The washing machine repair guy was mystified as to what the object was - then highly embarrassed when I explained. I love making grown men blush!
So - want to share stories about things that make grown men blush? Or the items (animal, vegetable or mineral) that your dogs have chewed on? I can't wait to hear.