Nov 252011

Learning New Words From Comic Books

When someone thinks of comic books, they probably don’t take into account the cache of words that are displayed on each page. Most people think comic books are for kids and a waste of time for adults. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I have been a comic book fan since I was a child. Many of the words I’ve learned through the years were the direct result of reading comic books. When I was young and had comic books to read, I had the dictionary with me. My copious vocabulary is, in part, due to reading comic books.

How can someone expect to decipher what was be revealed when you can’t understand words and their usage? The same is applicable with regular books, but comic books are shorter in length so the words being used have to be chosen carefully. The square that the characters are contained in can only have so much dialogue. The selected words have to be descriptive, yet alluring to make the reader remain interested.

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Nov 132011

Ever wonder why you have to memorize multiplication tables or slave over long-division problems? Here are just a few practical ways your hard work can come in handy.

Everyday Math

  • Mixing a double-size batch of brownies
  • Calculating a tip at a restaurant
  • Making sure you have enough money for the tax on a purchase
  • Figuring how long a car trip will take
  • Determining and predicting athletes’ statistics
  • Finding the best shopping bargain based on price and quantity
  • Buying enough snacks and party favors for a celebration
  • Figuring out when to call a family member in a different time zone
  • Counting your change at the store
  • Evenly dividing snacks among friends

There are also countless jobs that make regular use of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and more. Here are just a few: bicycle designer, farmer, musical-instrument maker, architect, accountant, carpenter, geologist, computer programmer, doctor, meteorologist and of course, math teacher.

Apr 162011

Nose Shower Gel Dispenser

Just squeeze or press it and green shower gel oozes out of the nostril. Gross and funny at the same time! Rubber nose attaches to flat surface with suction cups. Easy to fill; includes 5.3 oz. green shower gel and instructions. I think I can also put this 9-inch-high Nose Shower Gel even in my kitchen to dispense lime Jello Mello. Too bad it only exudes gel out of the right nostril. You can buy this at the price of $12.95.

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