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A HubNugget Magic Lamp

Updated on July 10, 2015

A steal of a deal

Today had to be one of my best days on record! I was on my way to the clubhouse to help with the HubNugget nominations, when I spotted a small antique store sporting a large "Grand Opening" sign in the window. Being a collector, I absolutely had to stop for a quick peek.

The place was loaded with bric-a-brac, old furniture, books and collectibles of all kinds. After a quick browse through the shop, I noticed an old trunk stuffed in a corner, and being curious, I wandered over and lifted the lid. To my surprise and absolute pleasure, a treasure trove of old copper pots and pans lay crammed inside.

A quick check of the time showed that I could still afford to take a few more minutes, so I happily started unloading the trunk. I soon had the 'keepers' sorted from the rest and called the shop keeper over to tally up the damages. After a five minute haggle, I began to load the rejects back inside.

I was in a bit of a hurry, as I had now stretched my time margin by almost half an hour, and I wasn't as careful as I should have been. One of the pans slipped from my grasp and clattered to the bottom of the chest. I quickly grabbed for it to see if I had caused any damage, and instead, my hand grasped a felt bag. Obviously, I had overlooked something.

My curiosity piqued, I side-lined my 'damage control' and opened the bag. Inside, was an old and somewhat battered looking, brass oil lamp. The shop keeper, alerted by the clatter, appeared at my side. Seeing the lamp, she explained that she had been trying to sell it for years, but sadly, no one seemed interested, and offered to throw it in with the rest of the items I had picked out.

I readily agreed, thinking that it was cheap at half the price, and hurried out the door.


Show and tell

I made it to the clubhouse in record time, having broken the land speed record in several places during my trip! (Not really, but I know I would have had several speeding tickets if there had been a cruiser around to see me!) Fortunately, the rest of the gang didn't mind my late arrival, and after I explained the reason for my tardiness, they were eager to see my treasures.

Not surprisingly, the one item that garnered the most amount of interest was the lamp.

RedElf said it reminded her of Alladin's lamp from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, and Patty Inglish immediately wanted to know if the lamp still worked. Maddie thought it was nice, but utterly filthy, so she scooped it up and headed for the kitchen to give it a good soaking.

The shriek that followed galvanized the rest of the team to action and we all rushed to see what the commotion was all about. Maddie stood in the middle of the room, holding the lamp, watching as pages of paper drifted slowly to the floor.

"You aren't going to believe this, but when I wiping some of the grime off the lamp, these papers shot out the spout!" Maddie explained.

Jason picked up some pages that had landed by his feet and scrutinized them. "Well, you certainly aren't going to believe this either!" He said. "These are the nominees for the Politics and Social Issues category!


Which one of this week's Politics and Social Issues nominees is your favorite?

  • 38% Greeks, the financial crisis, and being ridiculed by the Europeans
  • 10% Which Polling Company has the Most Accurate Political Polls in the 2012 Presidential Election?
  • 28% The Bout of the Century: Republicans vs Democrats
  • 8% Nuclear Energy Beliefs
  • 10% American Politics For Beginners: Understanding The Process
  • 5% The American Government; our present position as a common collective of Americans
39 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

A real live genie?

Simone gently took the lamp from Maddie's grasp and examined it. She opened the lid and looked inside, flipped it over and scrutinized the bottom, even going as far as trying to peer down the spout! Finally she handed it to ladyjane saying, "It looks empty. I don't see any genie inside!"

"Oh come on!" ladyjane said, turning the lamp over in her hands. "You don't really believe those tales do you?"

"I don't know," ripplemaker murmured. "If Maddie says the lamp spit out the papers, I believe her! After all, look at all the adventures we have been through. Some of them were pretty fantastic to say the least, and we believed them. I say we should give it another try and see if the lamp does it a second time."

"Okay," Jason agreed. "Let me try."

Ladyjane handed him the lamp and Maddie gave him the dishtowel she used. Armed with the cloth, Jason scrubbed the side of the lamp while the rest of the team held their breath.

Nothing happened.

"I don't get it," Jason said. "If this is really a magic lamp, then why did it work for you and not for me?"

Ripplemaker gently took the lamp and cloth from Jason. "Maybe because it knows you don't really believe," she said. Closing her eyes, ripplemaker gently rubbed the lamp. Immediately, the lamp began spitting pages of paper into the air.

RedElf snatched at a floating page and scanned the sheet. "Holy cow! These are the Travel and Places Nominees!"


Which one of this week's Travel & Places nominees is your favorite?

  • 3% 5000 year old Newgrange - The Mysteries of Ancient Ireland
  • 7% Chiswick House and Gardens
  • 3% Delaware : Small, But a Great Place to Grow Up!!
  • 36% Jeani's Top 5 ~ "Other" Things to do in Fredericksburg, VA
  • 34% Columbia River Gorge Oregon
  • 16% Muscle Cramps on the World’s Longest Zip Line
87 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Alladin's Lamp

Seeing isn't always believing

Jason gaped in amazement. "That was unbelievable," he said, scratching his head. "Let me try one more time."

Ripplemaker handed him the lamp, and the team watched with bated breath. Jason rubbed and rubbed, polishing the little lamp, but still nothing happened. Finally he handed it to KoffeeKlatch Gals. "I give up," he said. "Obviously this thing has my number. Why don't you try it and see if it works."

One by one, the team took turns rubbing the lamp in the hopes that it would work again, but each attempt failed. The only person left to try it was me, and by the time the rest of the group was done, the lamp was spotless - there was nothing left to clean!

"Here Enelle, you try. It's your lamp after all. Maybe it will work for you," she said, handing over the lamp. It really looked beautiful. It had been transformed by all the rubbing and cleaning, from a dingy antique that looked like it had spent years in a barn, to a gleaming treasure, fit for any display case. Even if it didn't work, it was something that I would cherish for many years.

Closing my eyes, I gently rubbed the smooth, polished brass. Instantly, page after page of paper flew into the air and began fluttering to the floor. The rest of the team eagerly snatched at the paper to see if they were HubNugget nominees.

"Eureka!" Patty hollered, holding up a sheet of paper. "It's the Gender and Relationships category. The lamp worked!"


Which one of this week's Gender and Relationships nominees is your favorite?

  • 16% Divorce: To Stay or To Go
  • 28% Five Annoying Facebook Friends (You have them all!)
  • 13% Ten Great Date Night (or Day) Ideas for Empty Nesters and All Couples
  • 22% What Does LGBTQ Mean?--Learning Your Alphabet Soup, and Moving Beyond Tolerance
  • 3% 3 Creative Ways to Ask Someone to any Dance!
  • 19% Sexual Communication and the Building of Intimacy in Relationships
32 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

A happy ending

"I just don't get it," Jason muttered as he slouched out of the kitchen.

"That's okay, Jason," Maddie said, linking her arm through his. "That's why we have such a great team. Not everyone has the same beliefs or outlooks, but the end results can be simply amazing!"

Simone grabbed Jason's other arm and giggled. "I don't understand it either Jason, but you have to admit, their stories and adventures are always entertaining!"


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    • Enelle Lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Enelle Lamb 

      6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thanks prettydarkhorse, it was fun to write :) hmmm....I wonder if there is any magic left in the lamp...and does it work only for hubnuggets?? LOL

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      6 years ago from US

      Good choices! lots of talented writers with good hubs!

      Nice storyline and this hub introduces them well! Great work :-)

    • Enelle Lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Enelle Lamb 

      6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      angel115705, venture away my dear, venture away! Thanks for reading and voting :D

    • angel115707 profile image

      Angel Ward 

      6 years ago from Galveston, TX

      I have to admit its a quite interesting way to get someone like me involved with voting for hubnuggets, who rarely has the chance to venture so far!lol....

    • Enelle Lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Enelle Lamb 

      6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Mine too pstraubie48 :)

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      The intro for the hubnuggets this week was one of my favorites. Who doesn't wish to find a magic lamp??? I try to get to this spot each week to see the new writings that I find here.

      Congrats to all of the nominees.

    • Enelle Lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Enelle Lamb 

      6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Patty that was one of my favorite shows! (Sinbad came in a close second LOL)

      Congratulations Marcus, I think Jason will get over his disappointment as soon as he reads the nominees!

      cfin we are happy to have brightened up your week! Congratulations :D

      Thanks Gals, I do like a bit of magic ;)

      kashmir56 I adore antique stores - you never know what kind of treasures you will find!

      Thanks pamela99, it was great to see you and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub ::)

      Thanks RedElf, I couldn't resist Kermit LOL

      Congratulations Mandy M S, and thanks for the compliments :)

      Don't forget to vote for your faves and congratulations and the best of luck to all the nominees!

    • Mandy M S profile image

      Mandy M S 

      6 years ago

      Fun Hub intruducing the HubNuggets nominees! I'm so excited to be one of them since I've really only been here for a few weeks. Thanks for he nomination!

      Very clever, love your writing style!!

    • RedElf profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Lovely hub, Enelle - pure magic :D

      I especially liked the happy ending - and you do find the best videos!

      Congrats to all the nominees!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I enjoyed reading the new hubnuggets and I've voted. The introduction was clever and entertaining also. Congrats to all the chosen Hubbers.

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for your magical adventure in the antique store it was such a cool way to introduce us to this weeks HubNuggets ! Good luck to all the hubbers who are featured here .

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderfully magical way to introduce the hubnuggets. There are some really great nominees. Good luck to all.

    • cfin profile image


      6 years ago from The World we live in

      What a great Idea, and thank you for the nomination. It made me smile and really brightened up an otherwise dull week. Newgrange is such an amazing place and deserves the recognition. Have a great weekend :)

    • Marcus Faber profile image

      Marcus Faber 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      I feel sorry for Jason that he didn't get the lamp to work but I'm happy for myself at being nominated! Thank you very much and congrats to all the the other nominees.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I love magic lamps. When I retire, I'm going to become a Genie - or is that Geness or Genix for the female?-- Oh blast, I'm going to go watch I Dream of Jeanie...

      Rub-a-dub-dub, three djins in a tub.

    • Enelle Lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Enelle Lamb 

      6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Thank you, thank you! ripplemaker, you are a super person to be a believer, and we couldn't do it without you either, Simone! The nominees were great this week (they are great every week, but they seem to be getting harder to choose!)

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      What a fantastic adventure- and a great way to promote HubNuggets nominees indeed! Loved this, and quite enjoyed this week's nominees! Congrats to the nominated Hubbers, and thanks for the great presentation, Enelle!

    • ripplemaker profile image

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      What a cute and magical way to introduce the Hubnuggets, Enelle! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And hmmmm I believed enough for the lamp to work. Super cool! hahahahha :D

      Congratulations to all the nominees! Please read and vote and of course, tell your family and friends to vote too! The more votes the merrier! Whhheeee...have a magical weekend everyone!


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