Pootie the Precious left a spongee ball outside the mail room. Or maybe it was the resident faculty’s weekly clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, readers shared their offline political activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana vamped as the Madonna of the North Woods in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan presented Research: Sustainability in the Arctic in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive urged us to Honor Our Fallen by Working for Peace and Supporting Our Veterans in Morning Feature, we mused on Dueling Clichés and Personal Nuance in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan celebrated that Alaskan Tribes Get Clean Energy Boost in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive asked Questions for Mitt Romney on His Embrace of Ann Coulter in Morning Feature, the Squirrel nutshelled Mitt Romney, Republicans, Defense, and Positional Spending in Furthermore!, addisnana celebrated her Interesting Friends in Midday Matinee and returned with Whose Government Is the Problem: Quiz 3 in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan warned that Drought Threatens Southern Hemisphere in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began our series on Markets and Morals with Gifts, Duties, and Incentives in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw Mountain Hummingbirds in Trouble in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued our series on Markets and Morals with Freedom, Openness, Fairness, and Just-So Stories in Morning Feature and triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on Markets and Morals with Corruption, Inequality, Idolatry, and Informality in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie moderated Mitt vs. Mitt in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive offered Weekend Reading: Wisconsin Recall Edition in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

That leaves the spongee ball the staff found outside the mail room door after the resident faculty had made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

At first we thought Pootie the Precious might have left the ball there, perhaps after being distracted by something bright and shiny. That sparked a conversation about Ms. Scarlet’s silver lamé aerobic shoes. That discussion began to wonder and the staff lost track of what else might have distracted Pootie the Precious. She, however, was not distracted and texted us on her iHazPhone: “I dint play ball last nite.”

We next asked the Squirrel if his daughters Nancy and Michelle left the ball outside the mail room. He texted back on his Blewberry: “They don’t play with spongee balls. What’s more, they were at home last night, studying for a spelling test. Also, BPI Campus reached 300 Twitter followers. Do I get a free nutcracker, like I did on Chitter?”

We checked and, to the Squirrel’s dismay, Twitter does not offer gifts for users who reach 300 followers. In fact, they don’t seem to offer gifts at all. Some of the staff remembered when banks and other businesses offered gifts for customers who reached certain plateaus, and we discussed that for several minutes. Or that was where the conversation started. Finally Pootie the Precious texted us again: “U say i getz distrackted?”

That left the resident faculty as the likely source of the spongee ball. The staff began to discuss why the faculty might leave that as a clue, and why they leave us a clue each week rather than just leaving us a note with their plans, although we acknowledged that they refine their ideas in their planning conference, or that’s what they call it, even though the Professor of Astrology Janitor had to assign each of them a special laundry mark so he can sort their clothes afterward …

… and that’s where we were when the Squirrel texted: “Oh please! This clue is obvious! The resident faculty plan to bounce around topics this week, just like you guys are doing n….”

Chef smiled and refilled his macadamia bowl. Just in case.

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Happy Monday!