Posts Tagged ‘strange’
Every family has its points of pride . . . some are the most active members at their churches. Some families are the wealthiest on the block, or in the town. Some families are politically or socially connected. My family is none of those things.
We can start with the fact that we are geeky . . . and proud of it. My little brother at age two would dunk his basketball and yell out any of a variety of great phrases “Rim shot!” “Nothin’ but net” “He shoots, he scores!” but he could also name every dinosaur ever known to man – including a full range of therapods. And you did not want to get into an argument with that kid. You would lose.
So I thought I would share some fun notes from my family.
When my kids were little and asked about something electrical, my Dad would always wind up asking them if something was an insulator or a conductor. My favorite moment came when my three year old son looked at Grampa with an ‘are you crazy?’ look on his face. But rather than telling Grampa that he was three and what did he know? he said “It’s a conductor, Grampa. Everyone knows that.” (They have since moved on to capacitance.)
The idea for my first book – Resonance – was sparked when my father handed me a photocopied journal paper on Polar Reversal Theories. At the dinner table.
Why do grammarians worry about whether or not to capitalize Twitter – as in ‘to twitter’ or ‘to Facebook’ – but not ‘to tweet’ or ‘to text’. Texting and online posting have no concern for grammar. Why should grammar have a concern for them?
I bet Ke$ha looks beautiful right when she wakes up in the morning.
Can mushrooms get mold? It just doesn’t seem right.
Why don’t Americans understand that every American is an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant? Even the Native Americans aren’t native (they came across the Bering Strait, remember? That means the immigrated.) I’m not saying there aren’t issues; we clearly need a process that works. But – unless you are a squirrel – just don’t be a jerk about it.
Why does the GRE contain words that the Webster’s Dictionary doesn’t?