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Don’t Mess With Nuns July 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.

Wikipedia ~ Saint Scholastica

A private Catholic school faced a unique problem.

A number of 12-year-old girls had started using lipstick.  After putting it on, they would press their lips to the bathroom mirror, leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man removed them; the next day the girls put them back.

Sister Mary decided something had to be done.

She called the girls to the bathroom and explained that the lip prints caused extra work for the custodian, who had to clean the mirrors.

The girls yawned.

To press her point home,  Sister Mary asked the maintenance man to show the girls the effort required to clean the mirrors each night.

He took a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror.

Problem solved!

There are teachers and there are educators!

Don’t mess with nuns, they are wicked smart!

Aah . . . that’s better!

E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)



1. granny1947 - July 26, 2014

Love it!!!!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

We’re never as CLEAN as we think we are. :mrgreen:

Thanks for the Scottish Love Story, Kathy! Spot On!

2. Pix Under the Oaks - July 26, 2014

I learned early on not to mess with nuns! I cracked a smile here on the couch all alone when I read Sister Mary asked the maintenance man to show the effort required.. 😀

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Give people a selfish reason to change . . . and they do! 😎

3. Joseph E Rathjen - July 26, 2014

I could on and on about my experiences with nuns at the Catholic School I went to when I was a kid. Sister Seanna still haunts my memory even to this day. She never would have allowed the maintenance man to use the sponge mop.

Funny post!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Nothing like a bit of toilet water to curb freedom of expression!

Joseph E Rathjen - July 26, 2014

“Mr. Clean Magic Erasers” are quicker. 😝

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

I doubt a clean Mr. Clean Magic Eraser would have been as effective at the point of the demo ~> convincing the girls to cease and desist. :mrgreen:

4. katecrimmins - July 26, 2014

It was Sister Catalda (my eighth grade nun) that did that I am sure! She’s the one who told us kissing makes babies.

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Maybe Sister Catalda’s lack of, um, experience caused her to believe that kissing is all that it takes.

After all, look what happened to the Virgin Mary. 😯

katecrimmins - July 26, 2014

Well, there was that! I don’t think she even considered that any of us would have a virgin birth!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

On a related note:

Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written an impressive new book. It’s called …

‘Ministers Do More Than Lay People’ 😎

Grannymar - July 26, 2014

Nancy, that cracked me up!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Nothing like a good play on words. 😀

Pix Under the Oaks - July 28, 2014

Kate, so funny! My 8th grade nun… Mother Norberta! She was wicked! Made me take my loafers off in the dead of winter because I had tap heel protectors on them.

nrhatch - July 28, 2014

I missed out on all those shenanigans, Pix. And what a name ~ Mother Norberta! :mrgreen:

Pix Under the Oaks - July 28, 2014

She coulda been a man! We called her Norbert!

Pix Under the Oaks - July 28, 2014

I had Sister Eric for PE.. holy moly!

katecrimmins - July 28, 2014

I remember those! We wore them too. Loved the noise they made.

Pix Under the Oaks - July 28, 2014

Norbert didn’t like them at all and made me polish the floor around my desk while everyone looked on.. grrrr.

katecrimmins - July 28, 2014

Yes, she was mean!

nrhatch - July 28, 2014

Why do I suddenly feel like Tap Dancing? 💡

nrhatch - July 28, 2014

Or slapping Sister Norbert? 😛

Pix Under the Oaks - July 28, 2014

Nancy, seriously she slapped ME one day as I was coming down the steps from second floor. I put my arm up to protect myself and she said I hit her. Thankfully I had kids that were willing to stand up for me. My parents showed up an hour later that day!

nrhatch - July 28, 2014

She sounds HORRID! I’m glad your friends and parents stood up for you.

5. bearyweather - July 26, 2014

The janitor at my school (50 something farmer- not catholic) told me he did the same thing once. 😉
It worked so well, it must be part of janitor training!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Watching a demo like that would keep most girls from puckering up . . . they’d be too busy puking. 🙄

6. Behind the Story - July 26, 2014

My late husband told of watching the maid in his hotel room in Bangladesh clean the room–first the toilet, then the sink, then the water glass… all with the same rag. After that, he locked the glass in his suitcase.

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

OMG, Nicki! That is some story. After seeing that, I wouldn’t have trusted the water glass on arriving ~> paper cups, it is!

7. Don - July 26, 2014

LOL – Those girls will never kiss mirrors again wherever they are. 🙂 wonderful story Nancy.

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

It’s hard to make an impression with girls that age ~ but I bet the janitor’s demo did the trick!

8. ericjbaker - July 26, 2014

A good basic rule: Keep you mouth off anything in a bathroom.

Whether one interprets that statement scientifically or pornographically, it’s still a good rule!


nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Yes! A good basic straightforward rule we should all follow. Now if we could just convince dogs to stop drinking from the toilet . . .

9. Anne Lene - July 26, 2014

Ohhh, that’s just wicked… love it 🙂

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Glad you got a kick out of Sister Mary. She’s wicked smart!

10. diannegray - July 26, 2014

Ah! Brilliant 😀

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

“And away go troubles down the drain.” :mrgreen:

11. colonialist - July 26, 2014

Simple, elegant, and effective! Kissed that habit goodbye very quickly.

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Bwahaha! Great play on bad habits, Col.

bluebee - July 27, 2014


12. Jill Weatherholt - July 26, 2014

That’s great, Nancy! 🙂

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

I can see their horrified looks! 😯

13. Grannymar - July 26, 2014

That was so funny as was your line about the Virgin M!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Thanks, GM! Col’s comment gave me a chuckle too ~ “kissing that habit good-bye.”

Grannymar - July 27, 2014

Yes, Nancy, Col is a master with words!

nrhatch - July 27, 2014

I suspect that aome of his bon mots fly right over my head.

14. Barbara - July 26, 2014

That’s the way to teach – brilliant!

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

That lesson stuck with them a while.

15. Silver in the Barn - July 26, 2014

This is very much how my mother kept five potentially unruly children under control. She outsmarted us at every turn. So funny, Nancy.

nrhatch - July 26, 2014

Mom’s are tricky rabbits too! Glad you enjoyed, Barbara.

16. bluebee - July 27, 2014

Nun so smart 😃

nrhatch - July 27, 2014

They get “street smart” by eavesdropping during confessions. 😛

17. Three Well Beings - July 28, 2014

You should see the face I made while reading this, Nancy! Ewwww!

nrhatch - July 28, 2014

Squeegees will make me squeamish from this point forward ~> “where have YOU been?”

18. jannatwrites - July 28, 2014

Haha, this is great! When conscience doesn’t sway them, germs will 🙂

nrhatch - July 28, 2014

You tell me, I forget.
You show me, I remember.
You make me gag . . . I’m transformed.

19. livelytwist - July 30, 2014

Love this and will remember it or derive an application from it for those teachable moments . . . 😀

nrhatch - July 30, 2014

All you need is a janitor, a squeegee, and a DIRTY toilet. 😎

livelytwist - July 30, 2014


nrhatch - July 31, 2014

Akismet slapped your LOL into the Spammer Slammer!

I bailed you out. 😎

livelytwist - July 31, 2014

Ha ha ha, thanks!

20. I am J - August 2, 2014

Oh, so true. They were wicked smart. After 17 years of Catholic school/University nuns, I know this to be true!

nrhatch - August 2, 2014

Hi J! Glad to see you out and about! I hear the weather’s been fine this week in Colorado, after an unusual spell of rain.

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