I received the May issue of Wired today.
You can't make this stuff up. Every month they do a page called What's Inside, where they explain the chemicals in a product ranging from spray cheese to Tilex.
This month, and I kid you not, the product is WD-40.
No joke. It turns out that it is mostly mineral oil (i.e. baby oil and vaseline) with some hydrocarbons thrown in as the solvent and propellant etc. The main nasty seems to be cyclohexane which, as they point out, "will knock you out cold if you huff it".
Overall, the apartment situation is much better and I consider it resolved. Though still going to look for a new joint this weekend. It's time.
In other news, I thought I found a neat puzzle for Mom in the Wired issue. These guys make high-end jigsaw puzzles that are beautiful and backed with cherry wood. This monstrous example has a mere 44 pieces, but they fit together in many different ways: and only one is correct.
The bummer is that the thing costs $400. Holy moley! The catalog is fun to look at, though....