Even that which we loathe can have redeeming value. Case in point: mayonnaise. Don’t get me started on everything so wrong with it. But having just witnessed a miracle, I must give credit where credit is due. Picture an almost brand-new, custom-made, wooden dining-room table that didn’t seem to cry out for a tablecloth during a dinner party. Now picture that same table with at least eight dreadful water rings the size of wine-glass bases etched into its rustic surface after the guests had left the dining room. Only after despair set in inside the home of native Wilkes-Barrean Maria and husband Ryan Steel, did a Google search save their table and their sanity. Turns out letting mayonnaise sit on water rings really does work wonders. Poof — rings gone. Now at least one relative must admit mayo might have a rightful, if small, place in a fridge after all.
— Sandra Snyder