Friday, May 6, 2011

A Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup?

If you're experiencing writer's block, check out these sweet analogies/similes culled from high school student writing. Sure to get the creative juices flowing!
  • "She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up."
  • "He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River."
  • "Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like 'Second Tall Man.'"

P.S. Where do you find a tutor that can help you spruce up your analogical prowess? ...HGL.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

50 Things Everyone Should Know

-The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
-Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
-Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!
-What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.
-"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
-"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.
-In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
-A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
-You can't kill yourself by holding your breath
-There is a city called Rome on every continent.
-It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!
-Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
-Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
-The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London
-Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
-Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!
-The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!
-One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!
-Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!
-The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man
-Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
-Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
-The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.
-Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
-Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.
-Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has -been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
-Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
-Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.
-On average a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute.
-More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
-The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
-More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.
-Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
-The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!
-The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
-Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
-It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
-You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
-Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!
-Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
-It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
-The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
-The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
-Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed -once every three months, whether she needed it or not
-Slugs have 4 noses.
-Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.
-A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
-A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
-The average person laughs 10 times a day!
-An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain

Monday, May 2, 2011

Neko vs. Necco

Did you know that Necco wafers were mentioned in the Gettysburg Address? ...Or were they?

"Indie" rock/alt-country singer, member of the band The New Pornographers and candy authority Neko Case exercises her sweet tooth on this rad episode of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program.

"Modern, independent, loud singing... Does that make sense?"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kids Killing It

Wednesday, April 13, 2011