The A to Z returns Monday with letter F. Today is Funday!
I lead a busy life. To have one less mentally-busy day and still have a good time on this blog, I’ve decided Sundays will be all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays will be Fun Days! Each Sunday, I’ll post a short, fun or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It literally could be anything.
As a child I loved the comic contraptions of Rube Goldberg. Those elaborate multi-step processes were employed to do the simplest things. I’d study those sketches, following each step’s logistics until that umbrella opened or that coffee cup got filled, and then I’d dream up my own. When I was teaching science many years ago, my students studied Sir Issac Newton’s laws: The First law of Motion — to illustrate inertia (that tendency of objects to keep on moving). The Second Law — that applied force on an object equals the rate of change of its momentum with time. (think acceleration). The Third Law — that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. To get the point across we played with hundreds of stacked dominoes, roller skated, and conceived our own elaborate Rube Goldberg inventions on paper. I was a fun science teacher. If only I’d had a bigger budget!
And speaking of fun in school. Here’s a Rube Goldberg contraption that took the Guinness Record in 2012 . The students of Purdue University made a whopping 300-step process to do the simple task of inflating a balloon. I would have loved to have worked on that!
If you enjoyed that flight of fancy, youtube has many more.
Come back tomorrow for more of the A to Z Challenge. Monday’s letter ~ F.
Starting this Monday, stop by my satellite blog for the Authors in Bloom event.
Authors’ lives outside of the books we write can be as interesting as the worlds we create. One of the more unusual things my husband and I have done was lead wild foods programs for Chicago’s Field Museum. For this event I’ll be sharing my recipes. I hope you’ll stop by. You may have delicious ingredients waiting in your backyard. 🙂
One week to go in the 100 Things Blogging Challenge!
For nearly 100 days, I’ve posted something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 6 entries to come.
Here’s one for today:
Ptochology (noun 1891)
~study of beggars and unemployment
See what’s happening on the RB4U blog today
Our April contest is on. We’ll have 3 winners and a lot of prizes to split among them. http://www.romancebooks4us.com/
Love Waits in Unexpected Places –
Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories
Download your copy of my free chapter sampler!
Elementary, the TV show with a modern day Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as a female Dr. Watson begins with a Rube Goldberg machine as the them song is played. The machines appear in many children’s cartoons.
Aren’t they fun? Remember the old Smokey Stover cartoons in the newspapers?