Homework: Spring Cleaning Last week, we asked listeners to send us stories about the strangest things they've ever found during spring cleaning. Spring cleaning, it turns out, can be more about time warps than cobwebs. For next week's assignment, Andrea Seabrook asks for true April Fool's experiences.
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ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Andrea Seabrook.

Last week we asked you to send us stories about the strangest things you've found while spring cleaning. Well, six years after his father died listener Jim Bennett(ph) finally decided to go through the thousands of photos his dad had left behind. In the spring of 1998, Mr. Bennett called together the various representatives of his clan and they set to work.

Mr. JIM BENNETT (Caller): So my Aunt Mollie is looking through a series of photographs, and she finds one of her taken in 1968 by my uncle's swimming pool.

Ms. MOLLIE DOOZENBERRY(ph) (Caller): We came to one picture and I said, oh, but I want to have this one. And Jim said, what is it? And I said it's a picture of me…

Mr. BENNETT: And it looks like it was either a Fourth of July barbecue or a Memorial Day barbecue or something like that. But what was just fascinating about the photograph was the muumuu that she was wearing in the photograph from 1968 was the same muumuu she had on right then in 1998.

Ms. DOOZENBERRY: The dress is a watermelon-colored shift with bright embroidery in the South American fashion.

Mr. BENNETT: As though it was '60s colors, right. It was a bright pink with big daisy, green daisies splashed all over it and then some rainbow thing coming up from the top and down to the bottom.

Ms. DOOZENBERRY: It's a classic. I was amazed because I knew that I wore my clothes a long time. I knew that I bought classic clothes. I did not know that I had had the dress for 30-odd years.

SEABROOK: Thanks to Aunt Mollie, whose full name is Mollie Douglas Abril(ph) Powers Doozenberry - she tells us she's been married a lot. Thanks to Jim Bennett of Portland, Oregon. And thanks, of course, to the dress.

Next week, we want to hear about the aftermath of April Fool's Day, Tuesday, that's right. Send us your true stories of the best - or worst - April Fool's joke you've played or that's been played on you. Send your story to Homework@npr.org, or call the Homework hotline at 202-408-5183. That's Homework@npr.org or 202-408-5183. Please include your name and a number where we can reach you.

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