MSM 451: 10 Star Worthy, Annotate the Sourdough


Just a thought, if you take six and drop the s, you get more, 9. 

If they make another Fast and Furious and don’t call it Fast 10: Your Seatbelts, someone needs to be fired. 

Why is dark spelled with a K and not a C?

  • You can’t see in the dark

I have a friend who has started a new band. The name of the band is Duvet. 

  • They’re a, wait for it, cover band.

Stephen King has a son named Joe. I’m not joking, but he is. 

How do you make a waterbed bouncy?

  • Put Spring water in it.

I never trust stairs. 

  • They are always up to something. 
  • Then they bring you down. 


I have a friend who tried to take a selfie in the shower. It came out all blurry. 

  • Yep, my friend has selfie steam issues. 

What has four letters, occassionally has twelve letters, 

always has six letters but never has five letters.

In a job interview, the candidate was asked can you perform under pressure? 

  • He responded, no but I’ll give Bohemian Rhapsody a go.


Fun Facts:

The word “helicopter” has two components. They aren’t “heli” and “copter”. They are “helico” and “pter”.

“Helico” (helix) and “pter” (wing, like with “pterodactyl”)

Words that are spelled the same but pronounced with emphasis on different syllables is actually indicative of the part of speech it is. Stress on the first syllable is a noun. Stress on the last syllable is a verb. Examples: CON-tract and con-TRACT. The former is a noun ( sign this contract) whereas the latter is a verb (the muscles contract). Same with record, address, impact, object, and a few others.

Everyone has seen shows or movies about traveling circuses, mainly in the 1930’s or 1940’s. During the Depression, running away to join the circus was a semi-reasonable option.

Many people scoff at the Florida law you must feed the meter where you park your elephant.

Those circuses had a travel season that heavily relied on summer and warmer months. They would spend the winter in Florida until the next travel season.

Potatoes didn’t arrive in Europe until the 16th century.

It’s so ubiquitous, you’d think it would’ve been a part of English culture since 10,000 BC.

I love that it took a huge scam just to get people to eat them.

French botanist and chemist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier planted a huge field full of potatoes and stationed armed military guards to protect it. However the guards were instructed to take any and all bribes. So people see this field full of potatoes under military guard and figure “they must be good if its worth protecting” and started bribing the guards to snag a few thus creating a new love of carbs.

You don’t actually bite down. You bite up because of your lower jaw.

World Wide Web contains fewer syllables than its intended short form – WWW, thus making the shorter version longer to say.

You know that old statistic that the average person eats 3 spiders in their sleep each year?

That was an intentionally made up statistic by a journalist to elicit the point that people will believe any “statistic” the media will tell them.

Percentages are reversible. 8% of 25 is the same as 25% of 8 and one of them is much easier to do in your head.

40% of all sick days taken by white-collar employees are on a Monday or a Friday. … not because people are trying for 3-day weekends, but because Monday and Friday account for 40% of all weekdays.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Sourdough Citizen Science

I was recently reading the January, 2020 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Citizen Science” section. The title of the article, within the section was “Sourdough Citizen Science,” written by Jill Nugent. 

Sourdough Citizen Science provides the opportunity to learn more about microbial influences on bread, including rise and flavor.  For more information, please visit:

From the Twitterverse:  

Charles Mok 莫乃光@charlesmok

Chinese students in Australia who could not get back to Oz can’t access Google Scholar for remote school. I wonder if they objected to the Great Firewall before. Gotcha now! 【武漢肺炎】澳洲封關逾10萬中國留學生禁回澳,學生爆怒:無法瀏覽Google遙距上課!

Judy Bowling@jlbowling

Favorite new website of the day! Work with PDFs online. Great for Chromebook users.


China Commission@CECCgov

Chairs extend their condolences to the family & friends of Dr. #LiWenliang. He was silenced by the police for raising the alarm about the #Wuhan #CoronaVirus & tragically died from it yesterday. He is rightly being hailed as a hero by the #Chinese people.  

Sotiri Dimpinoudis@sotiridi

#Breaking: Just in – Unconfirmed report of an uprising in #Kazakhstan, of insidious people in the region burning down Chinese restaurants and shops duo to the #Coronavirus.

Library Girl@jenniferlagarde

Y’all. I just learned today that the audible book for #FactVSFiction is now available on @audible– and I might be freaking out just a little bit! cc: @dhudgins #luckylibrarian

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