xagrok asked:

How about Playtime with Mrs. O'Leary? Bonus points if you also include Cerberus. That big guy needs some love and time off as well.

Oh my god.

Nico is waiting for Percy & Mrs. O’Leary by the shore of the Styx. Percy has brought a whole bunch of red rubber balls, and some specially made frisbees he had to bribe Leo into making. They take Cerberus out onto one of the plain fields close to the doors, just in case something happens, and as soon as Cerberus sees the red balls, he pounces Percy. Nico has trouble getting him off again, and in the end it’s actually Mrs. O’Leary that does the work.
When Percy has recovered from being doused in hellhound drool, he sits with Nico on the side of the field and watched the two huge dogs bark and play and wrestle. Every now and then one of them throws a frisbee or a ball, and it’s probably the most fun Cerberus has had in decades. (Nico has a really good time too, not that he’s gonna say it.)

When Percy and Mrs. O’Leary leave again, they both kiss Nico’s cheek - thankfully Percy gets to it first, no one wants to kiss a cheek that has been licked by a hellhound - and Nico turns just as red as the rubber balls. 

Hades sits in his palace scowling, grumpy because Persephone won’t let him go and throw Percy either out of the Underworld or into the dungeon. The argument lasts exactly two minutes and ends with Persephone telling Hades off because Percy is doing a better job making both Hades’ son and Hades’ dog happy than the god does himself. 

Rubber Ball
  • Rubber Ball
  • Cage and Elephant
  • Thank you, Happy Birthday

Spinning the tops, as the tables they turn.
Made some mistakes but I still couldn’t learn;
covered my tracks – thought I was fine.
No self control now I’m back here in line.
All I’ve got is nothing but, a little bit of love.
Gonna give it to people to the people,
then they’ll see…
they’ll see!

Once there was a babysitter who was hired to take care of a little girl. That night, after the parents left, the babysitter allowed the girl to watch a horror movie on television. Half-way through the movie, the little girl said she wanted to go to the toilet but she was too scared to go on her own.

The babysitter didn’t want to miss the movie so she came up with a solution. She gave the girl a rubber ball and told her to keep bouncing it while she was on the toilet. That way, the babysitter would know she was OK. The little girl did as she was told and the babysitter listened to her high-pitched voice singing “Bouncy, Bouncy, Bouncy…”

Half an hour later, the babysitter started to wonder why the little girl hadn’t come back. She still heard the singing coming from the toilet: “Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy” but now the little girl’s voice sounded deeper. The babysitter reluctantly got off the sofa and went to check if everything was OK.

When she opened the bathroom door, the babysitter was horrified to find a mental patient sitting on the floor, bouncing the little girl’s head on the ground and singing “Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy…” 


Liquid Mercury Discovered Beneath Teotihuacan Pyramid


“MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—“Large quantities” of liquid mercury have been discovered in a chamber at the end of a tunnel located beneath the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan. “It’s something that completely surprised us,” archaeologist Sergio Gómez of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History told Reuters.

Last year he annouced that three chambers had been found at the end of the tunnel, which had been sealed for 1,800 years. Jade statues, jaguar remains, a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls, metallic spheres dubbed “disco balls,” and pyrite mirrors have also been uncovered. The mercury could indicate that Gómez and his team are closing in on the first royal tomb to be found in Teotihuacan. He thinks that the mercury could have symbolized an underworld river or lake. If there is a tomb, it could help scholars determine how the city was ruled.“

Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.
—  James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Rolling around like a big rubber ball
Writing this song about some things that I saw
Trying to stand like a big strong tough man
Finding out fast that I’m sinking in sand

All I got is nothing but
A little bit of love and gonna
Give it to the people then they’ll
See, then they’ll see

Spinning the tops as the tables they turn
Made some mistakes but I still couldn’t learn
Covered my tracks thought I was fine
No self control now I’m back here in line

All I got is nothing but
A little bit of love and gonna
Give it to the people then they’ll
See, then they’ll see