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Two guys went on a fishing trip, and all they got were two measly fish.
“Those fish turned out to be expensive,” said the first guy, “They ended up costing us $80 each.”
“Well if you put it that way,” said the second guy, “it’s a good thing that we didn’t catch any more.”
What do you call a line of 100 rabbits marching backwards?
- A receding Hare-Line
Why is Cinderella so bad at soccer?
- She keeps running away from the ball
What do you call an angry carrot?
- A steamed veggie
Doris fell for a magician.
- It was love at first sleight.
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I was recently reading the May/June 2023 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.
In this issue, I read the “Citizen Science” column, written by Jill Nugent. She wrote an article entitled, “Surveying Sounds of the Season.”
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- Word of the afternoon is ‘charette’ (1950s): a period of intense activity in order to meet a deadline/upon noticing the time when you still have a pile of stuff to do. Also once known as a ‘fit of the clevers’.
- Word of the day is ‘matutinal’ (18th century): cheery, active, and alert in the morning. (For those who need it, ‘crumpsy’ is the opposite.)
- I should also say that to ‘procaffeinate’ (not yet in the dictionary) is to put everything off until you’ve had sufficient amounts of coffee.
@mekkaokereke Reminds me of one of my all time favorite Terry Pratchett quotes:
‘Algebra?’ said Madam Frout…
‘But that’s far too difficult for seven-year-olds!’
‘Yes, but I didn’t tell them that and so far they haven’t found out,’ said Susan.
Tomorrow on “History Matters:”
National Debt & Dishonor: Hamilton Had Thoughts
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One Year of Specs Grading: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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How Finnish schools teach every child to spot fake news – and what UK parents could learn
Darja Rekani clearly remembers the day in primary school when a teacher showed a series of news reports before asking the class of Finnish 10-year-olds to pick out the fake item buried among them and explain their choice.
“Then she told us, don’t always click on the first news you see and don’t believe everything you see on the internet – that was the most important thing in our lessons,” she says.
…underlines how these Finnish students have had it drummed into them to question data and information. “It is pretty basic stuff: check more sources, check a site’s sources, don’t trust only one page,” he says, adding that such scrutiny has become natural. “Even with Wikipedia, which can be a good source, we are told not to blindly trust it but look into the sources.”
…art classes, pupils analyse images from advertising and discuss deep-fake videos. In history, they compare Allied and Nazi wartime propaganda. In maths, they discuss the use of algorithms and abuse of statistics. In language lessons, they discover how words can be manipulated, how they can mislead and be used to sow division.
Finland’s aim is not to establish “truths” but to arm citizens with the means to sift through the torrents of information found online, challenge falsehoods and come to their own informed conclusions.
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Another Week, Another Warning
What it is: The Surgeon General has issued a warning on the dangers of social media for teenagers.
What it is: Teens are posting like influencers, even when they don’t have high follower counts, in an effort to fake it til they make it.
What it is: Teens who were born during the heyday of Facebook and Instagram oversharing are now horrified to discover what’s been posted about their childhoods.
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Tokyo’s trash-collecting samurai takes a fun, zany approach to cleanup
The Gomi Hiroi Samurai do this three times a week. There’s four of them, and they’re professional actors. In their spare time, they volunteer to keep the streets of Tokyo clean. Goto formed the group in 2009. Since then, they have become a viral sensation on TikTok, with over 700,000 followers and counting.