I'm off to the silence tonight, and thought I'd leave behind a writing assignment (of the sort I've been posting on my other blog to go along with the course I was teaching in science writing).
Google returns exactly 34,000 hits to the query "remove gum in dryer." Write the back story! (5 minutes max)
Be creative. I look forward to seeing what you imagine prompted that when I return. Feel free to invoke visits from aliens and/or angels. The actual story encompasses both.