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

Wild Cards! – May 15, 2017

Krazy Pic 1  The good news is there IS an outdoors emergency staircase. The bad news is . . . . well . . .  Really, how does this happen? 🙂

Krazy Pic 2  Speaking of staircases.  This one gives a whole new meaning to Up the Down Staircase!

Missouri Life Magazine – Book Review!  The June issue of Missouri Life magazine is appearing almost as we speak – in the next week or so.  In it, you’ll be able to find a book review of a particular book about a Missouri River adventure.  🙂  For an early sneak peek, see Mo.Life.Review.Final

Hilarious, Fascinating, and Touching  Fred Newman can do anything – or anyone! – with his voice.  Such fun to watch. But he has a fun philosophy, too!

May/June Brain Teasers  A new set of BTs – open until the end of June.  BUT – to win entries to the Book Drawing, you only have until end of May.  To help things along, we’ve started this set with six new BTs!  Two or three of them are repeats, and at least one is so easy that SEVERAL subscribers got it last time.

Skills in Math & Skills in Life?  Plato was convinced that learning mathematics was essential training for the mind.  I can’t quite endorse that view, but there are skills learned in math that carry over into life.  Today’s column in the Springfield News-Leader.

Thought for the Week

A ship is always safe at shore.  But that’s not what it’s built for.

Albert Einstein

Wild Cards! – May 1, 2017

Krazy Pic/GIF 1  I LOVE this!!  Kids are so literal – and the father’s reaction is priceless!!  Guaranteed to warm your heart on a Monday morning!!  LearningTheGame

Krazy Pic 2 Speaking of a reaction!! It’s hard to imagine what this little tyke saw (suggestions encouraged!), but it certainly changed his countenance – and his direction – in a hurry!!  

Amazing, Unbelievable, Beautiful  And the slow-motion makes it surreal.  A high schooler sets a pole vault record of 19′ 10″ (That’s nearly a two-story building!), but this is as much a beautiful dance as a sports event!   I’ve watched this at least 3 times, and I still don’t believe it!  Halfway through, you just cannot believe he’ll clear that bar.

BT Solutions & Submitters Another fun group of BTs and solutions for Mar/Apr.  Here’s a BT.Summary. (New BTs coming next time.)

Paying for Public Education It’s hard to say we support public education if we’re not willing to pay for it.  A recent school bond defeat spawned thoughts along these lines, and appears in the NewsLeader column this morning. PayingForEducation

May Birthdays  A quick list of known MayBDs for subscribers.  Wish we knew more . . . hint, hint.

May 31 Book Drawing Entries  We’re up to 14 subscribers and a total of 61 entries, with three folks in double-digit entries. Still plenty of time to get on board. New way to enter added this time! See summary and logistics:  May31Drawing.

Thought for the Week

A man with outward courage dares to die.  A man with inward courage dares to live.