Wild Cards! – Feb 19, 2018

Krazy Pic 1 Man Versus Haybale . . .  Haybale wins!  🙂 

Krazy Pic 2  Another two-for-one KP doubleheader!  What is it about doors that inspires some interesting logic?  

Cartoon of the Week  Many of you know that Calvin & Hobbes are my favorite educational philosophers!  Here, they ALSO include some (dubious?) advice for writers.

Give An Opinion, Make $1.75!  (See Blast From the Past above.) Do you have ANY thought asbout the former ‘regular features’ that used to appear in the Sharing e-mail??    If so, I’d love to hear them – good, bad, neutral, long/short, whatever. To provide incentive for this, I’ll raise the temporary FebruarySaleDiscount from 20% to 25% for those that provide their thoughts.  (essentially another $1.75 savings down to $26.21)  But you only have until Feb 28 to cash in.  Reply to this e-mail or use the ContactForm.  (Naturally, you can make comments without buying a book! 🙂 ).

Brain Teasers!  I forgot to add Brain Teasers last time! 🙁   So, I’ve added FOUR more BTs this time and I’ve buried two interesting facts in them (or their answers). Check out #9 for a preview of ONE of these FUN NUMBER FACTS!  Submit any/all solutions by Feb 28.  Solutions, solvers, and highlights next time!

Schools, Parents, and Book-Banning  How do parents and schools contribute to an ongoing powerful and synergistic partnership when questions of book banning or classroom content put them at odds?  This week’s column in the Springfield News-Leader.

Quote for the Week

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

Wild Cards! Feb 5, 2018

Opening Theme:  McDonald’s  I confess I often (not always) try to avoid McDonald’s, at least when it comes to eating.  But when they provide TWO Krazy Pics, One Fun Fact, and One Humorous Application form, I can live with it:

Krazy Pics 1 & 2:  A couple of interesting McDonalds signs.  Actually they are also evidence that some folks are no longer working there?

McDonald’s Application: Apparently they hired this person, so what we have is either a very clever dude, a brutally honest applicant (or both), OR a real smart-alec.  What do YOU think?

Fun Fact:  This McDonald’s has a clever approach to a typical problem.  Reverse psychology or scare tactics?

Super Blue Blood Moon & Eclipse  Did you catch the big event which combined three rarities?  If you’re still not sure what all the terms mean, you can check out these handy explanations.  I tried to capture parts of the event with little success.  (I actually LOST the full eclipse!!  Long story!  🙂 ).  I’m not at all proud of these shots (I was rushing too much), but at least you can get an idea of the partial eclipse and get a hint of the blood-red color.

WOO HOO!!  A New Perfect Number and a new Largest Known Prime!!  I realize this won’t get the blood flowing faster for most of you, but for some of us math nerds, this is a BIG EVENT!!  The new largest-known-prime-number has been found – and it checks in at over 23 million digits long!!  (The automatically associated perfect number is over 46 million digits long!)  For the official announcement (and how your computer can help find the next one), check out Mersenne/GIMPS.  For a good (but a little long-winded explanation of these two, see YouTubeExplanation.  For more information on perfect numbers along with Abundant and Deficient numbers, see this AME.MathTidbit (with some Tips for Teachers) from a couple of years back.

February Birthdays  Here is our list of known February Birthdays for subscribers.  Should yours be here?

Stoplights & Education:  Where Does the Classroom End? An experience at a stoplight decades ago prompts thought of how narrowly we sometimes define education.  This thoughts appeared as this week’s News-Leader column.


Quote for the Week

We ask for long life, but ’tis deep life, or grand moments, that signify.   Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wild Cards! Jan 22, 2018

Three for the Money #1 – Krazy Pics The theme this week is incredible feats of athletic skill  . . . or pure luck?

Basketball or Soccer?  Gotta be luck, right?  But how long must they have practiced this???  (In case you missed it last Summer, here’s another one similar to that.  I still don’t believe either one of these! )

Cycling or Gymnastics?  Clearly not luck, but a few bruises while practicing, maybe?

Both Funny and Heartwarming!  A wife pulls a prank on her husband, even after her death.  🙂  You’ll smile for multiple reasons.

Cartoon of the Week My buddies Calvin & Hobbes weigh in on New Year Resolutions. 🙂 

Wanted!  More Brain Teaser Solvers!  I know it’s still early, but where are my usual BT solvers?  Jim Waterman has dived back in already, but I’m waiting for the rest of you regulars (and some new folks)!!  To help entice you, the latest additions are also ‘old-timers’ from back in January 2015.  See if you can remember them. You have until end of February to submit solutions. (Remember teachers:  we love student solutions, too!)

(Very) Last Chance to Win the 2012 Camaro!!  The big Rock’n’Rev is Friday night, Jan 26!!  That’s when this gorgeous 2012 Camaro will be given away!!  If you let me now before Wednesday (1/24) noon, you can still take advantage, and help a good cause.  Check out all the details – and maybe have a new car before the end of the month!!  🙂 

Three for the Money #2!  This latest News-Leader column is actually three mini-columns, with brief looks at some recent news events in Missouri (adult high schools and proposed Civics exam), as well as a book recommendation for Hillbilly Elegy.  You can catch the Triple Feature here.  


Quote for the Week

If there is to be any peace, it will come through being, not having.

Henry Miller

Wild Cards! – Jan 8, 2018

Krazy Pic 1 If your prescription has these directions, how do you proceed?

Krazy Pic 2  I confess I didn’t see this right away! ( Look closely at the groom’s shoes!  🙂 )

Truly Terrible Riddles  I don’t usually stoop this low, but here are some riddles to begin the new year. (Over Christmas, our daughter googled ‘dad jokes’ and the family was getting a big kick out of them!) This is my kind of stuff (word-play, etc), but at least one of them I hadn’t heard before:  For answers, click here.

1.  What do you call a midget psychic who has escaped from prison?

2.  What do you call a snobby prisoner coming down a set of stairs?

3.  Did you hear about the agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac?

Brain Teasers Return!!  At least for January & February!!  We’ll start with four ‘repeats’ from January ’16 – can you remember them?   More BTs will be added each weekAnswers may be submitted (reply to this e-mail) at any time up until the end of February.  Have fun!!

January Birthdays  Here is the list of (known) subscribers’ January birthdays.  If your birthday belongs on this list (or if you spot a mistake), please let us know.

Classrooms and Instant Information  An e-mail conversation brought me back to a topic we’ve visited before, but from a new perspective.  How do our classrooms change – or do they? – in an age of instant information?  The topic for the latest Springfield News-Leader column, appearing this morning.

Wild Cards! Dec 11, 2017

Krazy Pic 1  If you’re going to exercise, might as well do it with an attitude!!  🙂 

Krazy Pic 2  Is this gymnast trying to emulate Superman?  He may have unduly influenced the judges’ table!!  (It’s hard to know who’s more surprised here!!)

Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws  I found these (and other goodies) in Wolf Point, MT this  summer, and I’m finally getting around to sharing some of them.  Here are some of Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws :-).  I’d heard a variation of all of them, but I particularly like the 2nd one – so true!

Calvin’s Letters to Santa!  These were first shared a couple of years ago, but they make an encore in time for Christmas.  In usual Calvin (& Hobbes) way, these probably form a primer for how not to proceed! 🙂  

Car Raffle Tickets Still Available What better Chrismas present than this red 2012 Chevy Camaro convertible?!  Get your special price today, and help a great cause, as well!!

Here We Go Again!  Once again, a publisher postpones a book release date.  Just last week, I was informed that the release of Spitballs from the Back Row will now be in mid-January!  (Shall I believe it when I see it?)  So on it goes!  If you missed them last week, here are excerpts of some early Reviews of the new book.  Needless to say, there will be more information to come, and special opportunities to get a copy, probably starting in early, ’18, but let me know if you want me to reserve a signed copy for you, – retail price will be about a third of Rollin’, and you will get the best possible deal.

The BROWN SHOES AWARD Missouri’s Governor, Eric Greitens, succeeded in bullying his wishes onto the State School Board.  In this week’s News-Leader column, inspired by an old one-liner from George Gobel, I decided to award him (and others) The Brown Shoes Award.


Quote for the Week

To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge