Ever suffered 40 lashes with a wet noodle? Maybe it was just the common punishment for pint-sized misdemeanors when I was growing up, but I can’t help but hope that this rich tradition of minor affliction in the face of tiny crimes has lived on.
For those who decry my seemingly sadomasochistic sentimentality, 40 lashes with a wet noodle don’t actually hurt — but you can serve the noodle for dinner afterwards without dessert if you really want a kid to rethink the choices of his or her so-far short lifetime.
And when you run out of wet noodles, you can just make more.
Happy World Pasta Day!