“Hydra,” sighed Galaxy, “what are you doing?”
“Saving energy, doing my bit,” replied Hydra.
“How is that saving energy?” asked Galaxy.
Hydra forced the second brick beneath one side of the washing machine.
“Washing the clothes at 30 degrees,” said Hydra.
With this story I can confirm, not only is Hydra real but after the last spin cycle, my washing machine is now broken. Doh!