“Did the ancient Egyptians have anything to brush their teeth with?”

Scene: The Five-Year-Old sails through the dining room on her scooter and stops abruptly at the sight of Mommyo slumped over her computer.

The Five-Year-Old, curiously: “What’s wrong, Mommyo?”

Mommyo, disconsolately: “I’m having trouble getting back to writing after so many wonderful days on vacation.”

The Five-Year-Old, encouragingly: “It’s ok, Mommyo. Why don’t you just ask Caterpickles to do it for you?”

Mommyo, desperately: “Hey, little multi-colored Caterpickle with the funny-looking glasses, say something funny.”


Mommyo: “I don’t know. What?”


Mommyo, sadly: “Maybe we should just go back to answering The Five-Year-Old’s questions.”

Ancient Egyptians

Mommyo, resignedly: “Yeah. Just like that.”


Mommyo, furtively checking her iPhone: “Well, what do you know? According to Wikipedia, the ancient Egyptians, like the Greeks, Romans, and Indians used twigs and leaves to brush their teeth.”

The Five-Year-Old, enthusiastically: “That worked great, Caterpickles! Can you answer all my questions about old-timey Egypt? Mommyo doesn’t know anything about it.”

(Note: I found the stick joke on Owen’s World. There are lots more there, if you are looking for some silly jokes to share with your kids.)

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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