Monday, November 29, 2010

a response to lesson 4

what is a poem?

a poem is anything and everthing
so might use it to sing
you can right a poem when your mad
or sad

you can right a poem about a poem
in your poem or about some foam
you can right a poem about a squeril
or about that lovely girl

you can right a poem anywhere
even when you have a scare
you can right the boogyman
or that guy in the closet named stan

so express your self
write a poem about your self
keep your head in a cloud
so write a poem to make me proud

~~JohnMichael Baldy

Saturday, November 27, 2010

student answers

“To keep milk from turning sour: Keep it in the cow.”

Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. There are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and south.

There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be discovered. Finding them all means living forever.

Genetics explain why you look like your father and if you don’t why you should

student answers

“Planet: A body of Earth surrounded by sky.”

“Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.”

“Vacumm: A large, empty space where the pope lives.”

“Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative.”

“To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.”

“For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body until the heart stops.”

Thursday, November 25, 2010

student answers

“The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have ben taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to.”

“A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors.”

“The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.”

“A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Student answers

“Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.”

“The body consists of three parts- the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowls, of which there are five – a, e, i, o, and u.”

“The pistol of a flower is its only protections against insects.”

“The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

student answers

“Blood flows down one leg and up the other.”

“Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.”

“The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader.”

“Artifical insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.”

“Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.”

“A super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.”

Sunday, November 21, 2010


"The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please. The inferior man is difficult to serve but easy to please."


Saturday, November 20, 2010


"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin in doubt he shall end in certainty."

``Francis Bacon

jpr: as retiment begins

Lucys Song a poem by Charles Dickens

How beautiful at eventide
To see the twilight shadows pale,
Steal o'er the landscape, far and wide,
O'er stream and meadow, mound and dale!

How soft is Nature's calm repose
When ev'ning skies their cool dews weep:
The gentlest wind more gently blows,
As if to soothe her in her sleep!

The gay morn breaks,
Mists roll away,
All Nature awakes
To glorious day.
In my breast alone
Dark shadows remain;
The peace it has known
It can never regain.

Friday, November 19, 2010

lost and found

Long lost twins found each other at the wedding alter. A British court annulled the marriage after the twins, separated at birth, unwittingly married.

loss of a home

"A man's house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential -- there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster."
--Mark Twain

Thursday, November 18, 2010

quotes on grief

"Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep -- he hath awakened from the dream of life -- 'Tis we, who lost in stormy visions, keep with phantoms an unprofitable strife."
~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

"For precious friends hid in death's dateless night."
~~William Shakespeare

Plumber's luck

A Phoenix plumber has found what is now being hailed as "The Diamond in the Roughage," an uber-expensive ring flushed down the toilet at a local diner. And he did it all for a $400 tip.

A California plumber found prehistoric bones in the muck at the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District -- and he could soon be wrangling gold piping if he gets to auction off his discovery.

Shocked workers at the Tiberias plant in Israel found about 7,000 shekels (about $2,000) in smelly sewage stuck in pipes.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Irish Birthday Toast

May God grant you many years to live, for sure he must be knowing, the earth has angels all too few and heaven is overflowing...

Comment: happy birthday John Patrick! May the pure flow freely but leave just enough sobriety to keep off the garda.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A reading from the book of Wisdom. Ch. 4: 4-15

The virtuous man, though he die before his time, will find rest.
Length of days is not what makes age honourable,
nor number of years the true measure of life;
understanding, this is man’s grey hairs,
untarnished life, this is ripe old age.
He has sought to please God, so God has loved him;
as he lived among sinners, he has been taken up.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

world's tallest trees

1. Coast Redwood 115.56 m (379.1 ft), Redwood National Park, California, United States.

2. Australian Mountain-ash 99.6 m (326.8 ft), south of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

3. Coast Douglas-fir ( 99.4 m (326.1 ft), Brummit Creek, Coos County, Oregon, United States

4. Sitka Spruce 96.7 m (317.3 ft), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States.

5. Giant Sequoia 94.9 m (311.4 ft), Redwood Mountain Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, California, United States.

6. Tasmanian Blue Gum (.90.7 m (297.6 ft), Tasmania, Australia.

7. Manna Gum 89 m (292 ft), Evercreech Forest Reserve, Tasmania, Australia.

8. Shorea faguetiana: 88.3 m (289.7 ft) Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.

9. Alpine Ash 87.9 m (288.4 ft), Tasmania, Australia.

10. Noble Fir 87.5 m (287.1 ft) Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington, United States.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

famous ambidextrous people

James Garfield
Harry Truman
Leonardo da Vinci
James Woods
Benjamin Franklin
Paul McCartney
Bob Cousy
Maria Sharapova
Dick van Dyke
Kurt Cobain

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

a poem by Ogden Nash

A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty

Unwillingly Miranda wakes,
Feels the sun with terror,
One unwilling step she takes,
Shuddering to the mirror.

Miranda in Miranda's sight
Is old and gray and dirty;
Twenty-nine she was last night;
This morning she is thirty.

Shining like the morning star,
Like the twilight shining,
Haunted by a calendar,
Miranda is a-pining.

Silly girl, silver girl,
Draw the mirror toward you;
Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.

Time is timelessness for you;
Calendars for the human;
What's a year, or thirty, to
Loveliness made woman?

Oh, Night will not see thirty again,
Yet soft her wing, Miranda;
Pick up your glass and tell me, then--
How old is Spring, Miranda?

Ogden Nash

Friday, November 5, 2010

Most expensive pets

10. Chinese Crested Hairless Puppies: $4,000-$5,000
9. Savannah Cat: $4,000-$10,000
8. Mona Guenon: $6,000
7. Debrazzas Monkey: $10,000
6. Striped Ball Python: $10,000
5. Hyacinth Macaw: $6,500-12,000
4. Reticulated Albino Type II Tiger Python: $15,000
3. Lavender Albino Python Female: $20,000
2. Chimpanzee: $60,000-$65,000
1. White Lion Cubs: $138,000

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Top Ten Best Selling Sodas

1. Coke Classic 17.2%
2. Pepsi Cola 10.7%
3. Diet Coke 10%
4. Mountain Dew 6.6.%
5. Diet Pepsi 6%
6. Dr. Pepper 5.9%
7. Sprite 5.6%
8. Fanta 1.8%
9. Diet Mountain Dew 1.6%
10. Diet Dr. Pepper 1.6%

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

most popular breakfast cereals

1. General Mills Cheerios
2. Kellogg's Special K
3. Post Honey Bunches of Oats
4. Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
5. Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats
6. Kellogg's Raisin Bran
7. Kellogg's Froot Loops
8. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch
9. General Mills Lucky Charms
10. Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch
11. Quaker Oats Life
12. Kellogg's Rice Krispies
13. Kellogg's Corn Flakes
14. All Others Combined

Monday, November 1, 2010

ten most common rashes

Allergic contact dermatitis
Viral exanthem
Drug eruption
Dry skin