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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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Funny Things I’ve Seen Lately

Today's post has as its only unifying theme some funny things I've seen lately and have saved for future use. Some of them might reappear later as part of a more thematic blog post, but I thought I'd give you a sneak peak at them now.

Kids in some parts of the country will be sad to see the following.


Older folks all over the country might be relieved to see the following picture — a mechanic living in a nursing home. It's proof that you can still do many things that you love.
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Is Gossip Still Gossip?


The fairly standard definition of gossip is idle chatter or rumors about the personal or private affairs of others, ranging from important to trivial matters. The internet makes it possible to spread gossip widely in mere seconds. What used to take a long time to filter through to others can now be shared with a single click. But there are many who share or become party to such information online who have never thought twice about the fact that they could be gossiping.

The word gossip is used for both the (mis?)information shared and for the person sharing the tidbit. I read a good definition of a gossip — "A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage." I doubt that a gossip's intentions are always malicious, but much harm can and does come from the spreading of private information, even if it's true.

One of our quandaries today is the fact that many people are very forthcoming with their private information, posting it all over online. Is the sharing of information a person posts about himself or herself gossip? I even wonder at times as I listen to "the news" on TV or radio or read various print media if I actually need to know much of what's being reported. We don't live in the Information Age — we live in the WTMI (way too much information) Age! Do we simply know too much about others? And how much of what we know is factual?

There are websites, blogs, and social media groups where people delight in sharing information and misinformation about others, sometimes not being careful about the accuracy of what they're sharing and always giving a wider audience to something someone was unfortunate enough to say or post in the public or even private arena. Many disputes that used to be handled in private conference are now the fare of internet flame wars.

As I was thinking about this post, I found several good quotations about gossip:
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