Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Free and Unsolicited Advice On Finding Your Groove

Let's just say, for instance, that you had a really wacky day yesterday

And you're trying to get your boys re-oriented toward school, and a normal schedule.  You know... trying to find your groove.

You might decide to give them a "fun" project to work together on, such as finding the answers to questions like these:

1.  In what South American country have hydrolyte geodes been found?
2.  How did Georgius Agricola further the study of geometry?
3.  How did the ancient Egyptians use geometry?
4.  Where is the geographic center of North America?
5.  Who developed ideas that contradicted Ptolemy's geocentric model of the universe?
6.  What famous subterranean tourist site is located in New Mexico?
7.  Where were Nebuchadnezzar's famous terraced gardens built?
8.  Where is John F. Kennedy interred?
9.  Name three Mediterranean countries:
10.  Describe the terrain of Switzerland.

And, once they'd exhausted their own knowledge and reference books, you might offer to help them google up the rest of the information.

That might work, right?

And you might notice that google thinks it's so smart lately.  When you start typing in your key words, it starts suggesting what it thinks you might want.

And when you want to know Where is...  Well, before you even have time to ask for the geographic center of anything, your smart-aleck 14 year-old pounces with glee on the mouse, because google apparently thinks everyone wants to know Where is Chuck Norris.

Try it.  Just type in Where is and see what you get.  I dare ya.

And where is Chuck Norris?

Well, if google doesn't treat you the same, you can click here to find out.

Then you can shovel your kids up off the floor, where they've collapsed in fits of laughter, and try to make them do math.

Yah.  That'll work.


melanie said...

hahahaha ~ Swagbucks doesn't know about everyone looking for Chuck Morris, but I did find the nochucknorris page ~ Thanks for the laugh! =)

The dB family said...

That is hilarious!!

leah said...

Oh, my! That actually worries me in a way, because what if google decides to come up with an inappropriate search parameter while my kids are typing (in the future, of course)? I wonder if there will be a "kid safe" search engine developed- our computer is in the family room where everyone can see it, but still.. an accidental search result could be a bad thing!

I do wonder where Chuck Norris is, though...

leah said...

Oh, and FYI- I got the same Google search result! Apparently everyone needs to know where Chuck Norris is.

Cathy M. said...

I don't think I could answer more than 4 or 5 of those. You're a tough teacher! All the awesome teachers make it a point to include at least one Chuck Norris student performance indicator daily. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha! That is hilarious...the chuck norris thing! It makes me wish my kids knew who chuck norris is.

H West said...

Oh my goodness. I'm busting a gut!!!! Bwahahahahahaha!!! That is soooooo funny. And, I can totally relate to your hospital/bumping into people story. I always want to wear a sign on my head when I show up at the ER with yet ANOTHER kid that says, 'No. I don't abuse my children.' The good thing about having 6 kids, though, is that I can shuffle them through that place at different times so the staff doesn't really recognize the kids as easily.

Want to know something else funny?!?!? When I look at the picture in your header, it's off-center!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The gap on the right side of the photo is bigger than the gap at the left. Bwahahahahaha!!! Yes, I know, I'm a complete lunatic here but I do think it's funny seeing as how I'm so OCD about my header!!!!!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

YES! I know it's off center. I fiddled with it FOR-EV-AH and finally just left it. I got the proportions wrong. Grrr. But it got late and I was too tired to fix it.

Persuaded said...

OK.. I'm game... BRB...

Where is Chuck Norris?

Where is my mind??

Oh my goodness, what on earth is Google thinking anyway???

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That's pretty sad. But now I am wondering where is Chuck? I hope there's an interesting answer!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh....too funny!
Diane of Salem way!

Anonymous said...

Here is what I got when I clicked on 'where is Chuck Norris'..."Google won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don't find Chuck Norris, ... Your search - Chuck Norris - did not match any documents"....that is funny!
Diane of Salem way