So, my kids love the “Captain Underpants” series. All three of them. For those unfamiliar, it is a series of books about two middle-school kids, George and Harold, who inadvertently change their principal into a superhero, “Captain Underpants.” In each book the two main characters and Captain Underpants must battle some villain. When they’re not busy saving the Earth, George and Harold spend a great deal of their time playing practical jokes on their teachers and classmates. One such joke involved George and Harold teaching their classmates the art of the “squishy.” Apparently, this involves folding take-out ketchup packs in half and then putting them under a toilet seat. When an unsuspecting person sits on the seat the ketchup packet bursts and splatters their legs. Fun for, well, very few.
Anyway, I told you that so that I could tell you this. Last weekend I took the kids to the McDonald’s drive-thru. We came home and sat on the front porch to eat because it was a beautiful day. We had some left over ketchup packets so I picked one up and wondered aloud whether a squishy was really possible (I never really believed you could squeeze a pack by hand hard enough to make it explode). David was sitting right next to me and I swear that I only squeezed the packet semi-gentlyish. And that is how half of David’s face got splattered with ketchup. So, now I know. Squishies are possible. You’ve got to be careful with ketchup. Someone could put an eye out.