Links + Other Fun Stuff

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Fun Links

Here’s a starter set of fun places to go online. What are your favorites? Send them to me, and I may post them here with a shout-out to you!

Like art? Create your own here. From the National Gallery of Art.

All sorts of fun facts and answers. From animals to autos to history, money and science. How Stuff Works comes from the people who bring you the Discovery Channel.

Want to put your brain through a workout? Or maybe just give it something to do for a minute. Check out a great place for puzzles, brainteasers, optical illusions, riddles, games and more!

Videos, games, animals, exotic places! And you just might learn something even if you don’t want to. From National Geographic, but especially for kids.

Can’t find your Etch-A-Sketch? Don’t have one? Your brother/sister/friend won’t share? No problem. Use this one.

Interested in music? I mean really interested enough to want to learn what you need to write it and make it? This is a great intro to the necessary building blocks. From the San Francisco Symphony.

Some really cool optical illusions brought to my attention by a volunteer peer mentor from Pathway to Empowerment: How does it move? Click on the graphic with all those circles and squares here. How many legs does this elephant have? 50 illusions and many games here.Lots more to find here. I especially laughed at the giraffe.

This link, with brain games and riddles to play in the car, was sent to me by Courtney and her group of students. Check it out.

I know. This website is talking directly to parents, but ignore that. Instead, skip down to all the links: toys you can make, science experiments, website building, and engineering projects. Thanks to Katie Kress for this!

Go Tangram crazy! This website is a very unlikely source, not only for tangrams, but for lots of other puzzle links as well. Thanks for finding and recommending this, Dakota!


Homework Excuse

If you’re here, it’s either because:

  1. You’re curious.
  2. You’ve been here before and you wanted to come back.
  3. You typed in the wrong address or clicked on the wrong link.
  4. You’re working on an assignment and need information … or you hope a ready-made report will magically appear on this page because your assignment is due tomorrow or you really, really don’t want to do any homework because there’s this awesome videogame/website/TV show/sporting event you need to check out. Or there’s something related to friends/food/family/fish/France/freezers you need to do. Or something like that.

In response to 1-4 above …Homework Excuse

  1. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it gives birth to ideas.
  2. Welcome back … tell your friends.
  3. Sorry. Better luck next time.
  4. I could write your report or paper for you, but seriously? I already graduated from your grade. And, no, I still won’t do it even if it’s due at 8:00 tomorrow morning and it’s almost midnight. Yes, I know how desperate you are. I was desperate way too many nights before my papers were due. (The worst? It was Saturday afternoon and I still had three novels to read and four 5-page papers to write for Monday morning.) But because I am a nice person, I won’t leave you totally dangling. You can copy and paste the letter below, fill in the blanks, print it out, then turn it in. Good chance you’ll still get an F, but you might make your teacher smile. And maybe you’ll get permission to turn in something late.

Weird, Strange and Fun Facts

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If an average adult could jump as many times his or her height as can a flea, that person could easily touch the tip of the Statue of Liberty’s torch.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Alexander Graham Bell not only invented the telephone, he was also one of the founders of the National Geographic Society, the group that brings us the magazine and the National Geographic channel.

If you were a cricket, wearing pants might be like wearing earmuffs. A cricket’s ears are located just below their front-leg knees.

Three colors have no common English rhymes: orange, silver, and purple.

Ever wonder why Hershey’s calls its candy Kisses when they don’t look like lips? It’s believed they were given that name because either the machine that made them appeared to be kissing the conveyor belt or it made a kissing noise as each candy was deposited there.

Kangaroos can, only rarely, walk or jump backwards, but hummingbirds often fly backwards (and they are the only birds that can).

How many times do you blink each day? If you’re average, you’ll do it about 17,000 times.

Typewriter is the longest common English word you can make using only one row of a keyboard. The longest word you can type (using standard typing method) with your left hand? Stewardesses. The longest with your right? Lollipop.

Cats have 32 muscles in each ear which allow them to move their ears from front to back, 180 degrees.

If you spelled out the numbers in order – starting one, two, three, and so on – you’d need to go one past nine hundred ninety-nine before you wrote the letter “a.”

According to Guinness, the World’s Record people, the longest cucumber ever grown was about the same height as the average 6 1/2 year-old-boy or 47 inches.