Wild Cards – July 17, 2017

KP1 – Nice Shot!  I have watched this roughly 496 times and I still don’t believe it!!  I GUARANTEE you’ll watch it more than once!  (The next question becomes “how many times did they have to film this before it worked?!)

KP2 – Cell Phone Side Effect 🙂  I suspect she lost her cell phone and her pride.  Do we laugh or cry?

Fun Math Professor?!  Yes, apparently such things exist!  See this prof’s elaborate and incredible ‘prank’ on his students on a recent April Fools Day. 

Ain’t It The Truth?!  A collection of two dozen fun-witty-wry-cynical observations about life & people. (Stolen/edited from FB page of subscriber David Erickson.)  It’s called Blessed are the Cracked, for They Let in the Light.  (I think my own favorites are #1 and #17.)

From The Vault: 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said  We used to do this fairly regularly, but it’s been over a year!  With no Brain Teasers this summer and no birthdays, let’s pull these out of the archives!  ENJOY some or all!

The Tale of the Middle School Assignment  I used to love doing this activity, since I could act like a middle-schooler (which I’m apparently good at.)  Last week’s column in the Springfield News Leader.


Thought for the Week

God created us in His image and likeness, and we returned the compliment.


Wild Card – July 3, 2017

The theme for today’s Krazy Pic/GIFs is ‘taking a refreshing summer dip”  🙂 

Krazy Pic 1 For the category of Creativity and Fun in Planning, I award a 10/10.  For the category of Successful Execution of Plan, not so much.  🙂   (Unfortunately, this is scary-reminiscent of something our son would have tried!)

Krazy Pic 2  OK, I feel guilty, but I laughed so hard at this!  It was just so unexpected!   

Eternal Library  The dream of every book lover? Cleverly done!

Solutions to May/June BTs  LOTS of submitters & solvers this time.  Great fun!  Check the Summary for solutions and details.

July BDs Here’s our list of known July birthdays of subscribers.

Flying, Learning, and Teaching  Nothing like taking flying lessons for giving a fresh perspective on both learning and teaching!  These thoughts appeared in last week’s column in the Springfield News-Leader.  


Thought for the Week

Blessed is he who has found his work.  Let him ask no other blessedness.

Thomas Carlyle

Wild Card! – June 19, 2017

Krazy Pic/GIF 1  He was definitely NOT prepared for this turn of events!

Krazy Pic/GIF 2  SO stinking cute!! You’ll be smiling all day.  Comin’ out of chute 5!  

Do Lipton Tea Employees Take Coffee Breaks?  We’ve all heard these things that make you say “Hmmmm . . .” , I’m sure, but I picked up some new ones (at least to me) last week. (I like the first one, too!)  Add your own in the Comments (or reply to this e-mail), and we’ll keep the list going!!

Sherlock and Dr. Watson I knew there was a punch-line approaching, but I was still caught off guard. 🙂  Catch this fun joke, taken from subscriber David Erickson’s FB page.

JUNE 28 !!  Next Wednesday:  Don’t forget to celebrate the BEST ‘mathematically special’ date each year!!  If you’ve forgotten why this is, check out this former posting posting and look for the enlarged green font.  (You can check out other cool tidbits while you’re there, also.)

Last Call for May/June BTs  To close out June, we’ve repeated three favorite ‘old classics’, going as far back as 3 years ago.  You’ll like them – take a look!  Solutions may be submitted for all these until the end of the month.

The More Things Change  Are writing skills being phased out by technology?  How important is the ability to communicate on paper? These thoughts – along with series of fun quotes from the past – were the focus of last week’s News-Leader column.

Thought for the Week

I don’t believe in astrology.  I’m a Sagittarius and we’ve very skeptical.

Warren Tantum





Wild Cards! – June 5, 2017

Krazy Pic 1  This store seems to offer a most unique service (!) (I bet no one can match it!), but I’m just not sure when you would be able to take advantage!

Krazy Pic 2  This is admittedly GREAT ADVICE, I guess, but it’s the PUN that does it for me!  🙂 

Not for Math Nerds Only!  A retiree discovers an elusive math proof – and nobody notices.  Interesting story – skip over the math, if you want! 🙂

Missouri Life If you don’t already subscribe to this magazine, visit your nearest vendor and pick up the latest (June ’17) copy.  Then check p. 19 for a Review of Rollin’  Down the River !  You may have seen this before, but here’s the almost-final draft: Mo.Life.Review.Final (magazine copy has some minor changes).

Brain Teasers Lots of BT participation this time, so far.  Two more BTs have been added.

June Birthdays We know of more subscriber birthdays in June than any other month except October, and they (the June ones!) have already started!!  Check out the list here and let us know of YOUR birthday, if we don’t have it already!

Funerals, Fiddlin’, and the Future Earlier this Spring, I attended a funeral for a former colleague at College of the Ozarks. I left with a variety of thoughts about the importance of teaching, music and the arts.  This ties to an impressive ‘fiddling’ project going on here in the Ozarks!  All these thoughts turned into last week’s column in the SGF NewsLeader.

Thought for the Week

Complete possession is proved only by giving.  All you are unable to give possesses you.

Andre Gide

Wild Cards! – May 29, 2017

Krazy Pics: Marching Bands! I ran into both of these this past week, and they both have to do with marching bands! Both of these must have taken months of practice – boggles the mind!  In the first of these, see a perfect alley-oop pass for a dunk & score! Amazing, and very clever!  In this second one, you have a nice countdown clock or timer!  

I Handn’t Heard This One! Made me instantly chuckle!  (Too close to home?!)  A police officer called the station on his radio.  “I have an interesting case here.  An old lady shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped.”  The rest of the story may sound familiar !

New Brain Teasers  Since we’re approaching a deadline of sorts (see below), we’ve added FOUR new Brain Teasers and ONE new Bonus to the May/June collection, including a couple more repeats from the archives.  Be sure to check them out.

Final Days before Book Drawing On Wednesday afternoon, May 31, we will hold our DRAWING, and someone will win a copy of Rollin’ Down the River: Exploring People and Places Along the Mighty Missouri.  You only have until NOON on May 31 to increase your entries.  Right now 14 subscribers have 69 total entries, so you can still improve your odds.  Be sure to learn more here, and be sure to enter!!

Thought for the Week

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

Joseph Campbell