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.


Wild Cards! – April 17, 2017

Krazy Pic 1  Perhaps two different signs would have been better? See KP1.17Apr17

Krazy Pic 2  Maybe Harry Potter is near?!?  Thanks for the warning. See KP2.17Apr17

COLE’S Law?!  I’m told this is an OLD one, but before my daughter Christi shared it with me, I’d not heard it.  I love it!! See C’sLaw.

Science Cartoon I ran into this recently and loved it.  There’s also a link to a cool YouTube clip, whether you remember the science or not! See PlaygroundDuty.

Final Brain Teasers for Mar/Apr  A baker’s dozen!!  I’ve added 3 new BTs (including another ‘rerun’) to make 13 this time.  Also another BONUS.  All these can earn entries into Book Drawing, don’t forget!  See Mar/AprBTs.  Submissions due by Apr 28.

13 People with 48 Entries  More folks are taking advantage of ways to earn entries into the Drawing for a FREE BOOK on May 31. But there’s plenty of time to improve YOUR own odds!  For details – current entries and reminders of the ways you can earn entries – see FreeBookDrawing.

Re-visiting our Menu Choices Problem  Last time we were caught up in deciding whether or not to agree with a restaurant’s claim about menu choices.  The follow-up (with reader responses) is the topic of today’s Springfield News-Leader column.  To see the responses and/or read more, visit Counting2


Thought for the Week

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.  It is that they can’t see the problem.

G.K. Chesterton

Wild Cards! – April 3, 2017

Krazy Pic 1 At last!!  A believable excuse for me that I can live with!!  See KP1.3Apr

Krazy Pic 2 The Japanese (right language?) are always SO polite.  This has got to be the most delicate and polite request I’ve ever seen! See KP2.3Apr

April Fools!  I laughed SO HARD!!  Such fun – and very clever (the ‘silent letters’ on the 3rd word really got me!)   April Fools’ Prank by a 4th grade teacher – he does this so well!!  See Teacher.AF.Prank.  Thanks to Anita Dixon for the alert.

12 People With 34 Entries That’s the up-to-the-minute (as of 4/2/17) status of entries into the Drawing for a FREE BOOK on May 31.  For details – and a reminder of the ways you can earn entries – see FreeBookDrawing.

Brain Teasers!  Snagged a couple of BTs from back in ’15 and brought them back.  New Bonus also.  See MarAprBTs.

April Birthdays  The April birthdays start TODAY.  See the list at AprBDs. (Remember that one of the ways you can EASILY earn an entry in the Book Drawing is to send in your BD and address!)

When Counting is More than Counting Lots of real-world questions begin with “how many . .?” and you can’t always count to answer them.  This week’s column relates an experience I had in a restaurant, and connects it to the (math) classroom. If you’re interested, see Counting.

Thought for the Week

Sometimes I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

Oscar Wilde

Wild Cards – Mar 20, 2017

WELCOME NEW SUBSCRIBERS!  As a result of two presentations last week, today’s mailing features almost 3 dozen new subscribers! (Our biggest jump in a long time).  A third of these are members of the Liberty, MO Rotary Club and the rest are secondary math teachers from Northern Missouri and Iowa (who brought students to NWMSU’s Math Olympiad).  Please give them all a standing ovation!  🙂  

Krazy Pic 1  Not exactly a ringing endorsement . . . and yet, ya gotta love the understated humor!   See KP1. Mar20

Krazy Pic 2  And then there’s this interesting combination of businesses!  See KP2.Mar20

Rollin’ Down The River Has A Cover!!   Just this past week, I’ve seen my own first glimpse of some of the promotion work that Acclaim Press is starting for “The Book”!  You’re among the first to see it!!  Visit  Promo2

The Bridge at Q’eswachaka Here’s a fascinating mix of history, culture, and old-world engineering.  This hanging bridge in Peru is remade from scratch every three years.  See it done here: Bridge. This is neat!  (Thanks to subscriber David Gray!)

Brain Teasers for Mar/Apr  Three more BTs and one more BONUS have been added to the Mar/Apr collection, making a total of 8 ‘regular’ BTs (there will be 12 total). Don’t forget that prizes are available this time.  See Mar/AprBTs.
Fighting Cancer and Thinking Critically Pat and I recently attended an event with some powerful food for thought educationally.  A summary of these thoughts forms this week’s Springfield News-Leader column, appearing today. See Cancer.

Thought for the Week

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.