Would You Rather Be Thrown “Under the Boardwalk” or “Under the Bus”?

It's one of the all-time great songs of summer, "Under the Boardwalk". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKmKezVBdOQ Now I have never personally experienced the romantic overtones suggested by the lyrics, but nonetheless, it's still one of my favorites because of all the other wonderful imagery contained in the lyrics. The song came back to me as I reading a … Continue reading Would You Rather Be Thrown “Under the Boardwalk” or “Under the Bus”?

Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs

Was there anything better as a kid than plopping down in front of the TV with a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and singing along with the theme song of your favorite cartoon shows? I can hear some snickering, but I dare you to not sing along as you listen to a baker's dozen of some … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs

Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers

When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to work on brain teasers. My favorite type of puzzle was a logic puzzle, the kind where you have to do things like find the matching first and last names of five guys, what house they live in, what their favorite food … Continue reading Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers

The Art of Giving an Effective Non-Answer

I'll admit it. Over the years there have been times when students have asked me a question to which I didn't quite know the answer, but for some reason, I decided to answer anyway. Sometimes I got lucky and gave the right answer, and sometimes I've given the wrong answer. And sometimes I gave an … Continue reading The Art of Giving an Effective Non-Answer

Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

Note: this article will be of little interest to most, if not all, readers. Unless you're into hearing someone complain about how changes to a search algorithm ruined their life, it's best that you just hit the like button and move on. For those who decide to continue reading, you've been warned. In late September … Continue reading Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

Music Monday: What Do Musicians Have Against Monday?

Probably more than any other day of the week, Monday is picked on by musical artists. We don't need to be reminded that it is our least favorite day of the week, and putting such thoughts into lyrics doesn't really change such sentiments. In fact, listening to such songs may just amplify our feeling of … Continue reading Music Monday: What Do Musicians Have Against Monday?

I’ve Never Learned to Dance, and It’s Probably Too Late Now

Growing up, I always thought dancing was more of a girl thing, and so I just ignored it, sticking to my math problems and brain teasers. Sure there were times when I did it, but it was always the same basic move, just shuffling my feet back and forth, my upper body hardly moving and … Continue reading I’ve Never Learned to Dance, and It’s Probably Too Late Now

How Many Times Did You Blink Your Eyes Today?

In his great book Range, David Epstein talks about how he had a chemistry professor who would throw in some oddball questions on an exam such as, "How many piano tuners are there in New York?" Epstein notes that the ultimate lesson behind using such questions was to show that detailed prior knowledge was less … Continue reading How Many Times Did You Blink Your Eyes Today?

Six, 6-word stories

It's been a few months since my last attempt at a few six-word stories, so I thought I'd give it another shot. I figure that once I have 100 of them, I can market all the stories as a collection of "some of the worst writing found on the internet". Here we go: Warm classroom. … Continue reading Six, 6-word stories

Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

According to the latest Pinkcast, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that rhymes are an incredibly persuasive tool. In a study titled, “Birds of a Feather Flock Conjointly: Rhyme as Reason in Aphorisms,” researchers found that participants who were given rhymes found the message more accurate and more insightful. The reason was that … Continue reading Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time