My sister sent me this article in response to a conversation she was having with her teenaged son. If your teenagers dress like this, you'll probably like it too. It's an old one, but I thought it was interesting.
Seriously, the 'style' of baggy pants has been restricted in schools
for years. Now Dublin, GA has decided to fine people who go around town
wearing pants that look more like potato sacks. While I can't stand the
look (thus my joking above), I wouldn't want to tell random people what
to wear. I'm not exactly Miss Fashion Forward myself, after all. Even
so, I can see why the people and lawmakers in this town would get sick
of looking at it.
The article quotes a suggestion that this might cause racial
profiling, saying that "they're the ones wearing the saggy, baggy
pants". I can see the concern, but I've seen quite a few whites,
Hispanics, Asians, etc doing this. In fact, about half an hour after
hearing about this on NPR, I went into a McDonalds only to see a couple
of skinny white teenage guys with pants so baggy that they could have
hidden a Thanksgiving turkey in there, and no one would be the wiser.
Okay, I'm exaggerating, but one of them could at least fit a couple of
Cornish game hens.
I'm told that the 'trend' is in imitation of prison inmates, whose
pants are so low because they can't wear belts. I just have to ask, why
would anyone want to emulate people in prison? I would think that, by definition, those would be the last people to be taking cues from, about fashion or anything else. Oh well, I'm just an old lady.
Like I've said in previous posts, I
used to love word games as a kid. I remember this really big and
varied word puzzle book my mom gave me to do on long car trips; trust
me, it wasn't really long before that book was falling apart! It was
fun to brush up on spelling, as well as learn a bit about the
puzzle's subject. Here's another “unscramble the words” puzzle
you can print out and give to your child. Good luck!
This reminds me of a
game my sister and I used to play called Day In The Life of a Food.
It was based off of a skit we saw on this Nickelodeon show called
Turkey Television. Basically the food would react to anything done to
it in the process of preparation and eating...”No! Don't cut me!
Don't eat my friend!” :) We would do this under our breath when we
were out to dinner with our parents just to annoy them. If it was a
meat we were imitating, we'd make the noise of the animal the meat
came from. Moos and oinks were my specialty.
who has ever lived with a cat knows how accurate the Simon's Cat
cartoons are. For instance, here's how the cat wakes his human when
it wants to be fed:
I've never been
awakened by a baseball bat, but I did once have a cat who would eat
my hair while I slept. I miss that kitty. :(
The Talking Animals
channels is...well, videos of talking animals. Every year, the owners
take the videos other people have sent them of their pets and piece
them together with “Christmas carol” voice-overs. For instance,
here's their version of “12 Days of Christmas”-
We all know that kids love animals. For some of us, like me, that affection never goes away. We like to learn about different creatures and how they interact with humans and the rest of the world. There are plenty of great sites out there, but here is one of my favorites.
Here, you can find information about pretty much any animal you can think of, and probably some that you can't. I love how this site allows you to block certain animals. That way, you won't find yourself looking at a picture of one when you do a search on animals in Africa or something else like that. Here's the tool:
I'm scared to death of spiders, so I am very thankful for being able to block pictures of tarantulas!
If you like videos, here are a few unusual animals I've found. The commentary on the
videos is amusing and informative, but some of the animals look
pretty creepy. Still, one person's “creepy” is another's “cool!”.
Most young boys I know would pick the latter. I've included them
because a) I've never heard of these animals before and find them
interesting, and b) they're just plain weird.
People who are afraid
of insects should not watch these two videos.
This one, to quote the
video, “walks the delicate tightrope between radically ugly and
cute as [heck]”. It's a tiny lemur referred to as the “Aye Aye”
I was kind of surprised
that this was real because of the way parts of the video look more
like a Pixar movie than a documentary but, rest assured, that's how
the mantis shrimp looks. At least it has pretty colors. My husband
thinks it looks “tasty”, but I'd rather just leave it alone.
adorable creature was discovered to be a separate species fairly
recently. Before that, it was assumed that they were just baby or
small olingos, another type of raccoon that lives in the South
American rainforest. They're usually meat-eaters, but they do like to
snack on fruits such as figs. For more information and a link to
other similar videos, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzay8mmkGw.
Here's the Phillipine Tarsier, the world's smallest monkey. I personally think they're adorable but, cute or not, they're fascinating animals.