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At the Corner of…

My German students are currently learning to give and receive directions for finding places. My mind, of course, seeks to find humor in most situations. Therefore, I thought of some sign pictures that I thought would go together well in one post.

These are all pictures of the humor of two streets intersecting.

I'm told that the next four intersections are in Atlanta. They apparently had a shortage of names for streets there since so many seem to be variations on a theme.

Peachtree and Peachtree
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Wrap Artists

Earlier this week my wife Becka made some delicious wraps. I told her that her wraps were so good that she could consider herself a "wrap artist."

As I contemplated what to post this week, I thought about a picture a reader e-mailed me last week. The picture was of a van from Golden Corral that had been creatively wrapped.

Golden Corral Van

Those two events — eating the wraps and receiving the picture — came together in my mind and resulted in this blog post. In my files I had some creative wraps of trucks and buses that I thought my readers would enjoy.

We have had some house guests from Germany recently, and we've all enjoyed our time together very much. Becka did a blog post about their visit, so I'll just share a link to it.

Quite a while back someone sent me pictures of some creative wrapping of trucks in Germany. Here they are will little comment. It would be distracting to be driving down the road and see some of these!
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This Could Be a Sign

The other day on my way to school, as I was sitting at a light behind a trash truck, I realized there was a photo-op sitting right in front of me, waiting to be captured. Here's the picture I snapped:


As I "ruminated" about someone's thinking that a trash truck needed to be labeled "inedible," I realized that it had been a while since I had posted some signs. Not many have accumulated since my January 2 post, but here's what I've got.

Our house needs a sign like this next one.
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Siri-ous Humor

I did a post last summer about smart phones when we were considering changing cell phone service. As much as I enjoy my iPad and as much as I might enjoy having many of the same apps, etc. on an iPhone, I would not want the bill that goes with having an iPhone.

A few weeks ago both my French 102 and my German 112 classes had a unit on food. In connection with that I shared two pictures with them. Here's the picture my French students enjoyed:

Ail Phone

I had to help them a little since French pronunciation isn't always evident. The French word ail is pronounced in IPA symbols /aj/ (approximately like ah-yuh, with the yuh almost disappearing), and it means garlic in English.

Here's the picture my German students enjoyed:
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History of Math Teaching in the US


The past several years I have had students who did not know how to tell time with an analog clock. You would have thought it looked like the one at the beginning of this post. They said that the reason they didn't know how to read an analog clock was that all the clocks in their homes and lives were digital. Since I believe that the ability to tell time by looking at the hands on the clock is a basic life skill, I made sure those students learned to do so. But I have to wonder why they hadn't been taught this somewhere in their schooling.

Earlier this week I received a classic that had been updated from the version I had in my files, and I decided that this would be this week's blog post.

History of Math Teaching in the US (since the 1950's)
attributed to several individuals

Recently a man purchased a burger at a fast food restaurant for $1.58. The girl at the counter took his two dollars as he dug in his pocket for change. He pulled out 8 cents and gave the coins to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, staring at the screen on her register. He sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her just to give him two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to his employee, she stood there and cried.

Why could something like this happen? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:
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