Friday, May 19, 2006

Mouse Balls

Does anyone else have this problem at their school?
Here's the situation:
1. Kids go to computer lab or LMC (the institution formerly known as the Library).
2. Kids use computers.
3. Kids remove ball from mouse.
4. Mouses (mice? do we really call the plural of computer mouse "mice" ??) no longer function.
5. Media specialist (the entity formerly known as the Librarian) sends email to staff alerting them of problem.
6. Mice are still neutered.

Prompts me to ask:
What do they DO with the mouse balls?
Is there some big Mouse Ball Pit that they sell them to?
A mouse ball underground, black market?
I never SEE any kids with contraband mouse balls....... Are they eating them? Smoking them?
Inhaling them?
Making lampshades out of them?
Are there young bloggers out there who write about stickin it to the man- stealing mouse balls so that they are unable to do assigned project/research?

And what the hell is wrong with ME that I find the two words "mouse balls" to be so freaking hilarious? Too many years teaching middle school, perhaps?


Blogger happychyck said...

Mouse balls BOUNCE!

Yea, but you never see them, huh? Maybe one super ball bounce and they're lost. And what boy (you know it's the boys) is going to admit it lost his balls when he wasn't suppose to have it to begin with?

It has to be some sort of stupid kid trick--like writing on the bathroom walls, sticking gum under the desk, dismantling Bic pens and leaving them on the floor, sharpening pencils anywhere but over the trash can...

This is a problem I've seen in schools since computers arrived--back when I was in middle school. I'd like to know why one can't buy a bag of mouse balls.

The best solution I've ever seen is to super glue the cover on. Unfortunately, you know, you have to take those covers off to dust the mouse ball when the mouse won't roll properly. But then, I bet you could blow the dust off the balls with some canned air if you had to.

Oh man! Laugh on sister, laugh on!

5/20/2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

Oh, I seriously do not think I will be a-blowin' dust off of any balls. (he hee hee)
Don't you think there's some freak at a flea market somewhere who's got a big ziploc bag full of mouse balls? You KNOW there is!

5/22/2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger Teacher lady said...

Luckily, this is one I haven't run into yet; then again, I don't spend a lot of time in undergraduate computer labs. Kids! And I have to say, even though so little makes me giggle anymore, "mouse balls" certainly does the trick! ;-)

5/23/2006 11:02 PM  

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