Friday, February 8, 2008

Five for Friday 2-8-08

Thing 1:
Fatty's Magic Pants
In 1914, Fatty Arbuckle made the movie Fatty's Magic Pants. I learned this after Googling 'Magic Pants.' The funny thing is that I've always felt a connection with Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. No, it's not because I violated a woman with a wine bottle (which led to her death). Nope, never did that. Actually, all I thought we had in common was our birthday (Mar 24), but it turns out we both have the name 'Magic Pants' in our lives. What a neat coincidence.

Thing 2:
Magic Dinosaur:
This is my classroom's magic dinosaur. Put her (him? I have no experience in determining toy dinosaur gender) in water and she grows, take her out, and she shrinks over time. He (she?) came in an egg, and she (he?) busted out. I have one unspoken rule for this dinosaur, and it's that his (her?) name and assumed gender change every time she's (he's?) mentioned. One minute, the dinosaur's name is Steve, the next, it's Louella. If you look closely, you can see the abscess in her (his?) torso. I think there was a flaw in manufacturing, which grew with the Dinosaur.

Thing 3:
Shands Pier -
This is the view from Shands Pier on Wednesday afternoon. It was a gorgeous, but windy day, and I had been riding my bike for 14 miles when I stopped. I love resting at the pier during a ride. It's a great place to stop, have a drink, and enjoy the sound of the waves. And with an 83 degree day in February, that sounds alright with me.
Thing 4:
Mold Experiment -
My students and I are seeing which foods go moldy quickly. We want to try to figure out what mold and bacteria are after, and under what conditions they thrive. Although not a perfect cross-section of foods, this should be a fun (and filthy) investigation for the kids. You see pictured(L to R):

Row 1: apple, dill pickle stacker, jelly doughnut, chocolate chip cookie

Row 2: moist bread, dry bread, fried cake doughnut, mini marshmallows
Row 3: orange soda, sour gummi worms, gummi bears.

Thing 5:
Riding my bike -
I know this should be expected by now, but I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing. Whether it's with a fast group, or a laid back ride with friends, riding feels so good. Solo riding offers a two step solution to problem solving. Not only does it give you time to think, but you also absolutely de-stress, allowing you the ability to think. Keep it up, bike riding!

Eat more blue foods.

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