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.