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We All Scream for Ice Cream!


When we would go on road trips with our kids — before the advent of DVD players in cars, we tried to come up with creative ways to keep everyone amused and to pass the time more quickly. One of our favorites was to see who could come up with the most bizarre new Baskin-Robbins flavor (ones that Baskin-Robbins would surely never feature). Since we tried to have at least three ingredients in the name of our flavor, we came up with things like raspberry hot pepper licorice. Or better yet (worse yet?) would be something like dark chocolate green olive liver! It made for miles of smiles and uproarious laughter, made thanks to Baskin-Robbins' quest to have unique combinations and to our family's weird minds. 🙂

Those shenanigans were all brought to mind recently when I saw the following on Facebook:

Chicken Wing Ice Cream

That got me to wondering what real, honest-to-goodness ice cream flavors might be available "out there." I did some googling and came up with the following:
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NeverWet


Those of you who live in the Upstate of South Carolina already know that we have had an incredibly rainy summer. I don't remember the last time our lawn was still green in mid-July! On the 4th of July I saw the following meme on Facebook:

4th Ark

Almost ironically, a friend from college days sent me a link to an amazing, new product last week. It's called NeverWet™ from Rustoleum. I'll try to embed the YouTube video below, but I have no idea if/how it will come through in e-mail for those of you who read my blog that way. Here goes:
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Happy Belated Birthday, WWW!


Happy Birthday

Yesterday, April 30, 2013, was the 20th birthday of the World Wide Web's going public. Since my day to post is Wednesdays, my birthday wishes had to be belated. I once asked in a store if they sold boxes of belated birthday cards.... Anyway, we're glad the WWW is here. Otherwise, we wouldn't be reading this right now.

Here's a picture of the first website (You can click on the picture to go to the actual site.)

WWW 20 Years Old

It was certainly barebones compared to the graphics-rich content we're used to today. You can read about it on the main page of that site — http://info.cern.ch.

Today is the last day of final exams. This Friday afternoon is graduation at BJU, and then this weekend our son Mark will be graduating from Furman with his Master of Arts in School Leadership. We're proud of all his hard work that got him to this point, pretty much a course at a time evenings as a full-time teacher, husband, and dad. Having taken the same route myself, I know just how hard that is!

In honor of exams, I have a couple of jokes either about tests, intelligence, ... or the lack thereof.
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Nothing Says Christmas Season Quite Like…


Jingles

I heard my first Clapper commercial of the season the other day, and knew at once that I should do a post on The Clapper and the Chia™ Pet.

Though we've never owned and have never even wanted to own a Chia™ Pet, Becka and I took the plunge back in the 1990's and bought what was then called a Smart Clapper. Since the little black and white TV in our bedroom had no remote control, we thought the "Smart Clapper" would be a great alternative to having to get up to turn off the TV. Well, our "Smart" Clapper proved to be a Dumb Clapper! The first time we used it to turn off our TV, we heard a disturbing pop from the TV set as it turned off for the last time. I returned the "Smart Clapper" to the store for full refund, but we had to replace our fried TV ourselves. It was actually probably about time for a new one anyway, but still....

Here's a picture of the original Smart Clapper, first sold to the public in the mid-1980's.

Smart Clapper

As I did my homework for this post, I learned that our experience with the Smart Clapper and TV's was not unique. After perfecting their technology so that it wouldn't destroy TV's, they renamed the new product simply The Clapper. But wait! They've gone even further and now have The Clapper Plus — a Clapper with its own remote. Here's a picture of the latest one.
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How Simple Are Crayons?


Over Christmas break, Becka and our grandson Drew watched an online video from Mister Rogers Neighborhood on PBS's site about how crayons are made. It's amazing to see how many steps are involved in the process. If you'd rather see a newer, shorter video on the process, you can view it on the How Stuff Works site. You need to scroll down halfway and, for whatever reason, you have to manually unmute the video. The videos reminded me of pictures in my files. After a bit of web researching, I came up with a lot of neat info.

This month the Chinese New Year begins on January 23. The Chinese have a twelve-year rotation, based on the Chinese zodiac. We will be entering the year of the Dragon. Below is a chart telling which animal corresponds to which year for quite a few years back (if you want to see what year you were born in) and more years yet to come.

Below is a picture of crayons carved by Diem Chau — one crayon for each of the twelve animals.
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