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Posts from ‘January, 2010’

How to Fail a Test with Dignity, take 2


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The week before final exams last semester, I did a blog post called "How to Fail a Test with Dignity," about some hilarious answers students have written on tests. One of my readers sent me an e-mail with more test questions and answers. I'm a little suspicious as to the authenticity of these for several reasons — none of the questions have a number in front of them, the font looks about the same on all the "tests," and the handwriting in several appears to be the same. Maybe the originator had a list of test questions and the answers given, and then tried to re-create them. Whatever, they are funny and I pass them on to you, my dear readers.

In one of the answers in the previous post, a students drew an elephant and said the object in the test question would not continue to move because an elephant was in the way. Another student tried to use that same dumb answer, but with even less success — the teacher noticed a missing (de)tail:

picture of corrected test answer

WARNING: As you continue to read this post, be sure you are somewhere where you can laugh out loud, in case some of these strike you really funny. These read almost like a series of one-liners.
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Unusual Animal Markings


Have you ever felt like what they call a "marked man?" This past week I had three different men tell me that they felt as though they had a target painted on them for one reason or another. With each of these men I joked about the Far Side cartoon below:

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Then the other day I stumbled upon a picture of a cat with an interesting set of markings on its back:

picture of cat on cat

As I ruminated on Hal's birthmark and the cool cat with the black cat marking (which looks to be authentic), I decided to see if I could find any other pictures of animals with interesting markings. Here are two where I'm certain the markings are not something the animals were born with.
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Newspaper Bloopers


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As newspaper subscriptions decline and as newspapers either lay off workers or publish only online, we will be losing a great source of humor. Some writers for our local newspaper seem to take great delight in writing headlines that are puns. It's more fun, though, when bloopers appear. Online news can have its comedic moments too, like earlier this week when the Boston Globe had a Chicago-Tribune-type "Dewey Defeats Truman" blooper when they posted an election map Tuesday evening declaring Coakley the winner over Brown — before the polls had even closed in Massachusetts! Oops!

The humor in many of today's clippings is the statement of the obvious — not exactly breaking news. Here are some bloopers from newspapers and some corrections they've published later.

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Semper Gumby!


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If I were to lead off this blog post telling you that Art Clokey had passed away, you might be wondering, "Yeah, ... um ... Art Who?!" That name is not well known to most of us. If I said that the creator of Gumby, Pokey, Davey and Goliath had passed away, most of you, recognizing those names, would still be hard pressed to pull the name Art Clokey out of thin air.

Well, anyway, Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, Pokey, Davey and Goliath, passed away on January 8, 2010. He and his wife Ruth were pioneers in making stop motion clay animation popular. Clay animated films, now better known as claymation, were produced in the United States as early as 1908, but the work of the Clokeys beginning in about 1955 helped popularize the medium.

I'm by no means an expert on Clokey or claymation, but I do like Gumby and have more recently enjoyed Wallace and Gromit, by Nick Park of Aardman Animations, not by Clokey. You can check out the articles on Wikipedia about Art Clokey and claymation if you'd like to learn more.

So why Semper Gumby!?

Becka and I have taught two summers in China. After the first summer there we learned and adopted the motto Semper Gumby! (= Always flexible!) If you've had a Gumby, you know about Gumby's flexibility. Americans teaching in China must learn to be flexible because anything and everything can change drastically, and at the drop of a hat. Here's our experience with that.
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Haiti Update


I had asked prayer in my post yesterday morning for Dr. Frank Garlock and Mrs. Sarah Bennett specifically. The families of each received word yesterday afternoon that they have been found and are doing fine. There are certainly many more needs there that need our prayers and our financial assistance. If you would like to give something that you are sure will go to meet the real needs of real people, there's a link on Bibles International's site giving a way you can help. The people at Bibles International are fine folks and I'm sure they will target your gifts to those they can best help.

Just last week I had run across a picture online of how the earthquake epicenters are where the tectonic plates are located and pondered several regions. Here's a smaller version of the picture. You can click on it to see an enlarged version.

picture of earthquake epicenters

One thing I noticed last week was that there's a huge band going through the Caribbean, right where Haiti sits. When I heard about the earthquake, my thoughts went back to the map I had just seen. My heart goes out to the people in Haiti who are going through this. If you know of other specific needs, please add them to the comments to this post so that we can join you in praying for them.

school update...

The semester is off to a good start ... at the point of this posting, two classes down this morning, two to go this afternoon, and I will have met all my students for this semester.

quotation...

"Vision without action is a day dream; action without vision is a nightmare." - Johannes Mutzke

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.


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