Used to when I traveled, I always left my passport locked safely away in my hotel room. The first time I was in Italy, I was taught the error of my ways.
From that point forward, when I was out of the country (especially in Italy), I always safely stuffed my passport in a pant's pocket.
Therefore, when I arrived home from Italy a couple of weeks ago, I managed to include my passport in with my laundry which was safely washed and dried. My passport survived, but it doesn't look too healthy.
I searched the Internet a bit, which I am rather fond of doing, and discovered that damaged passports are generally frowned upon. I am guessing the legitimacy is harder to validate with a wrinkled and frayed passport.
I have decided to renew my passport. It is going to cost $75 and it will take 4 to 6 weeks. All I ask is that no one invite me anywhere out of the country until it comes in.
According the the government's website, damaged passports can not be renewed. You must apply for a new one. They don't qualify "damaged". I will go to the post office tomorrow for pictures and to talk to someone that can hopefully help me. I'm guessing they'll just renew it. It's not that damaged. But, you never know.