Spilt Milk

Have you ever heard the phrase “There’s no use in crying over spilled milk”? In this case, there certainly is.


One of my middle school teachers had a “puzzle area” in her room full of little puzzles. She had the horseshoes with the removable ring, a couple of Rubik’s Cubes, and several jigsaw puzzles. This is one of the ones I remember working on after finishing my daily reading assignments.

Spilt Milk was a jigsaw puzzle that came with 300 completely white jigsaw pieces. Without any straight edge pieces or patterns on the pieces, Spilt Milk was a very difficult puzzle to complete. One cool thing I always liked about the puzzle was that it came in a box shaped like a milk carton.

Whoever said there’s no use in crying over spilled/spilt milk never worked on this puzzle. I remember crying a lot while working on it, in fact. I am not particularly good at jigsaw puzzles and I found this one particularly infuriating.

Although I remember working on this pizzle back in the mid-1980s, it appears that it is still available in stores and online today. It appears the manufacturers are “milking” this one for all it’s worth.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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