A fantastic, fantastic book by Natalie Babbitt. Not a children's book if your association with children's books includes pictures, but a book with some cool concepts that middle schoolers or elementry school kids can really understand. It's about a family who drank from a hidden spring, and it caused them to live forever, without aging (though when they drank from it they had no idea it wasn't just an ordinay spring.) It probably sounds like a stupid, simple book, but it's great to get discussions going (or just make people think) about if you would really WANT to live forever, if given the opportunity. Especially these days when we're not sure what the future of the planet is, would you really want to be committed to living forever, no matter what? FOREVER?
Miss Alabama in 1994, when asked if she would want to live forever if it were possible: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever."
Tuck Everlasting was also a movie, but I did not see it, so I cannot comment on it.
A fantastic toy. Has been in existance for at least 50 years. Vaguely reminiscent of Legos, but made of wood instead of the cheap, brightly-colored plastic that so dominates the toy market today. These pieces of wood were round, and maybe a foot long, and were notched, such that you could build a real log cabin, but one that would fit in a corner of your room. All you had to do was make a square with 4 logs and line up the little notches, with the left and right sides under the top and bottom sides (or the other way around). Then add two more logs. And two more. Repeat until your cabin was as tall as you wanted it to be. A very simple process, but it was really cool. It also had some sort of a roof, though I don't remember exactly how that worked; I just remember the roof was green.
Lincoln Logs were classic.
A giant piece of paper on the wall whose sole purpose is to house graffiti
. The comments, drawings, thoughts, quotes, song lyrics, and nonsense written on it is generally written in marker. When it gets so almost every inch of the paper is filled with something, it is time for a clean start with a new piece of paper.
The graffiti board we had in our 6th grade classroom was a conglomeration of really neat stuff and utter shit, such as "Lisa and Sidney and Stephanie are cool," which was scrawled over the board (by lisa, Stephanie, or Sidney) at least half a dozen times per page, so the total is probably a very high number. There was often a "not" inserted into the sentence by someone who got tired of reading that same shit every day, and this caused much uproar.
If there is a group of people, and there is an unpleasant task to do, the last person to put their finger on their nose is the one who has to do it. Sometimes someone will say "nose" to instigate the onset of "nose," and again, the last person to put their finger on their nose, loses.
note: this has NOTHING to do with picking your nose. You put your finger on the OUTSIDE, not the INSIDE, of your nose. If you have trouble destinguishing between the two, there is probably a sesame street
song that will help.
Person 1: The trash is overflowing!! Someone really should take it out.
Person 2: Nose!
(persons 1-8 put their finger on their nose, followed by person 9)
Person 3: hahaa, Person 9, you lose, you have to take out the trash, and boy does it stink!
(Person 9 tries to argue, then realizes that it's futile, and reluctantly takes the trash out.)
Half of LOL
. For when something isn't funny enough to use the whole thing.
Aimperson1: A guy walks into a bar, and says "OUCH!"
Aimperson2: L( . That was halfway amusing, but don't start plannng any comedy careers.
Someone who has trouble keeping horizontal surfaces neat. Desks become a place for papers and books to accumulate; couches become a breeding ground for coats, purses, and junk.
OMG, did you see her house?? She has a major case of horizontal surface disease.
If you haven't heard of the computer game Glider
, you should read that definition before reading this one.
Glider Pro was what came after the original Glider, adding to it lots of new things, but it was essentially the same game. In Glider pro there are more room backgrounds.... you can link a switch to an object in another room.... there are LOTS more objects... etc., etc., etc. Makes building rooms/houses more fun because you have more options, but loses some of the charm of the original Glider
. There is a Glider Pro for Mac OS X, but it doesn't have room editor. The one for OS 9, which does have a room editor, works on OS X machines that have a "classic" mode, but it freezes randomly for no reason.
note: Cassidy & Greene, the company that licensed Glider
and Glider Pro, went bankrupt several years ago. The author, John Calhoun, has made Glider Pro available online for free, as shareware. Go to Google and search for Glider OS X, and you can download Glider Pro-- the OS X or the OS 9. As far as I know, Glider Pro is only available for the Mac.
I have spent HOURS playing Glider Pro, or Glidering.