The washing machine just ate Chloe's comforter. Months ago the washer went skewompus and the agitator only moves in one direction instead of going back and forth. Instead of repairing or replacing, I improvised: I turn the machine on the fastest agitating mode. The way I figure, really fast one direction is about the same as medium speed two directions, right? Worked fine -- until today. Luckily, I was in the basement when the machine started jumping around and making crazy noises - who knows what might have happened if I hadn't stopped it when I did? As it is, the comforter was twisted around clear inside the inner guts of the machine, the central agitator has come apart in several pieces, and I am soaking wet from wrestling the twisted, torn, dripping comforter from the machine's clutches. Told you I had a Greek Curse!!