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July 29, 2014

Harry Potter Personality Quiz

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Harry Potter illustration  by Mary GrandPrePersonality Quiz: Which Harry Potter character are you?

Have you ever wished you could go to Hogwarts after reading one of J. K. Rowling’s books?! OK. Stupid question. OF COURSE YOU HAVE! Whether you’ve read the series or watched the movies, all the characters are so relatable that there always seems to be that one character you have a lot in common with.

Which Harry Potter character are you most like? Take this quiz and find out!

  1. While working on a group project you . . .  A) tend to get wrapped up in your own work and are quick to correct others. B) are very well organized and take your responsibilities very seriously. C) are the natural leader but take everyone’s thoughts and ideas into consideration. D) hate doing the work if it doesn’t involve you totally being in charge.
  2. Your favorite subject at school is . . .  A) Arithmancy (Mathematics). B) History of Magic (History). C) Defense Against the Dark Arts (English). D) Charms and Potions (Science).
  3. You notice that someone has left a bag in the corridor so you . . . A) give it to a professor. B) bring it to the main office hoping the person who lost it will look there first. C) try to figure out whose bag it is and return it. D) take it back to your room and rummage through it.
  4. You spend your time after school . . . A) reading and studying in the library. B) supervising  a group activity or club. C) playing on your school’s Quidditch (sports) team. D) challenging your friends to duels in the schoolyard.
  5. You usually come across to others as . . . A) intelligent and goal-oriented. B) responsible and reliable. C) brave and loyal. D) overly confident.
  6. Your tragic flaw is . . . A) sometimes acting like a know-it-all. B) judging others too harshly. C) getting too absorbed in your own personal pursuits. D) being conceited.

Ready for the moment of truth? Count up your answers and find out which Harry Potter character you are!

If you answered mostly A’s:  You are Hermione Granger!
Like Hermione, you are a smart, natural born thinker. You love problem solving and learning, and you tend to get caught up in your own studies.

If you answered mostly B’s: You are Minerva McGonagall!
Like Professor McGonagall, you are very well organized and always get the job done. People come to you to help solve their problems or give them advice. You have a very strong set of morals and always try to do the right thing.

If you answered mostly C’s: You are Harry Potter!
Like Harry, you are very easy to get along with. You are a loyal friend and are very independent. People look up to you and trust you to lead the way. You learn best by doing and taking things apart to figure them out.

If you answered mostly D’s: You are Draco Malfoy!
Like Malfoy, you are quick-thinking and adaptable. You are sometimes pessimistic, but you are also strategic and usually predict how things will play out. You are intuitive and very confident in yourself and your abilities.

PS. You are invited to celebrate Harry’s birthday with us at a live readathon on July 31. Happy birthday, Harry!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

Harry Potter illustration by Mary GrandPré

June 23, 2014

Dutchie the Puppy Create a Caption

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Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for Dutchie the Puppy!

Dutchie may look like a lovable, innocent little pup but don’t let that fool you! He may be adorable but he has a bad side too! Would you just look at those blankets? How can a doggy so small make such a huge mess?

DutchiePuppy

What do you think Dutchie is saying? Write YOUR own caption in the Comments!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

May 26, 2014

The World's Largest Dragon

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Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for the World’s Largest Dragon

Wait, so dragons really do exist?! Not quite. That’s actually just the world’s largest walking robot, but it still looks pretty scary! I think The Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien put it best when he said, “Never laugh at live dragons!”

Largest Walking Robotic Dragon

Photo Credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

If these dragon slayers could speak, what do you think they would be saying? Or if the dragon could speak, what would it be saying?

Largest Walking Robotic Dragon

Photo Credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

Write YOUR caption for the picture in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

May 12, 2014

Dog Driving a Car?!

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Create a captionCreate a Caption: Chewy

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a . . .dog driving a car? Buckle your seat belts, or better yet, clear the roads because it looks like Chewy has got his driver’s license!Dog at the wheel of a carHere’s my caption: “You’ve got to be kidding me! I have to stop at ANOTHER red light?! I’m going to be so late for my puppy playdate at the dog park!”

What do YOU think he is saying as he sits behind the wheel? Write YOUR caption in the comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

April 7, 2014

Twinkie Puppy Caption

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createacaption2Create a Caption for Twinkie!

What a playful pup! Doesn’t he have such a sweet, expectant little expression on his face? I think it looks like Twinkie is anxiously waiting for a game of fetch to begin.

Twinkie puppy

Do you have your own idea? Write YOUR caption for the picture in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

March 18, 2014

Create a Caption: Guinness World Records

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Create a CaptionHow many cheerleaders can fit in a smart car?

Doesn’t this cheer squad look silly? They hold the Guinness World Record for cramming the most people into a smart car! If the people (or the car!) could talk, what do you think they would say?

Guinness World Record: Most cheerleaders in a Smart Car

Ryan Schude/Guinness World Records

I think these cheerleaders would be saying something like, “READY? OKAY! We’ll say it loud because we’re proud! W-O-R-L-D-R-E-C-O-R-D What’s that spell? WORLD RECORD!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below.

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

March 4, 2014

Animal Personality Quiz

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Owl photoPersonality Quiz: Which Animal Are You?

Do you ever associate your personality type with the characteristics or features of a certain animal? Have you ever imagined what animal you would be? Are you free as a bird or loyal as a dog? What does your personality say about you? Take this quiz and see which animal you are! Continue reading

March 3, 2014

Create a Caption: Smokey Dog

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Create a CaptionSmokey the Dog

Smokey is such a beautiful dog! Doesn’t it look like he is posing for a picture? I think Smokey could be a model appearing on the cover of Doggy Vogue magazine!

Smokey the Husky dog photo

My caption: “Okay I’m all ready for my close up! You can come over here with the camera now. Should I lie down in the grass like this? Can somebody get me some Terrier water and bone? A doggy model has got to eat ya’ know!”

What do YOU think? Write your own caption for this picture in the Comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

February 18, 2014

Largest Bicycle vs. Largest Motorcycle: Who Would Win?

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Question markGuinness World Records 2014 Who Would Win?

If you could take a ride on a Guinness World Record-winning vehicle, which would you choose? Would you cruise by on the world’s largest ride-able bicycle . . . or feel the speed of the world’s tallest ride-able motorcycle? But wait, how do you STEER that thing???

Didi Senft  atop Largest Rideable Bicycle

Photo credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

Fabio Reggiani  atop the Tallest Rideable Motorcycle

Photo credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

 

 

 

 

Where would you ride your cycle of choice? Let your imagination journey and post your answers in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

 

 

February 4, 2014

Celebrity Personality Quiz

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Question marksPersonality Quiz: Who Is Your Celebrity Style Icon?

When we read magazines or watch television, we see so many actors, musicians, and artists with different fashion styles. Sometimes they can influence us to try new looks and better express ourselves. Which famous celebrity do you usually look to for style inspiration? Who is your fashion icon? Take this quiz and find out whom you share your style with!

Your absolute favorite pair of shoes is . . . A) perfectly worn in, black combat boots. B) high-top sneakers with neon accents and funky designs. C) cute little flats with bows on the front. D) comfortable slip-on skate shoes.

Your iPod is always playing . . .  A) rock music. You rock out to Maroon 5 on the daily. B) R&B and hip-hop music. You’re soulful like Bruno Mars and Usher. C) dance or electronic music. You can’t get enough of Rihanna. D) pop music. You love anything by One Direction.

Your go-to school outfit is always . . . A) a band tee and torn jeans. B) something eye-catching like pattern-printed pants and tons of bling. C) a girly dress with colorful tights. D) a classic v-neck and blue jeans.

Your favorite accessory is . . . A) checkered socks. B) a chain necklace. C) glitter nail polish. D) vintage sunglasses.

Your favorite free-time activity is . . . A) jamming with your band. B) hanging out in the park with friends. C) going to an after-school dance class. D) skating around the neighborhood.

You express yourself artistically by . . . A) playing the guitar. B) singing your heart out. C) acting or dancing on stage. D) writing song lyrics.

Ready for the results? Count up your answers and find out which celebrity’s style is most like yours!

If you answered mostly A’s:  Your style is rocker chic like Demi Lovato and Adam Levine. You pledge allegiance to rock ‘n’ roll and like to be a little edgy. You wouldn’t trade your old leather boots or favorite band t-shirts for anything in the world. Deep down, you are a rock star!

If you answered mostly B’s: Your style is funky and over-the-top like Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. You are artistic and wild. You always love to try something new and different, especially in terms of your fashion style! You like being a little offbeat because that is what makes you unique as you stand out from the crowd!

If you answered mostly C’s: Your style is bold and glamorous like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. You like to look your best, but you aren’t afraid to take a risk. You love when the spotlight is on you and performing on stage for all to see. Your great confidence is what truly makes you sparkle!

If you answered mostly D’s: Your style is cool and laid-back like Harry Styles and Bridget Mendler. You love sticking to the basics. You can do your own thing and don’t really care what others think. You like being comfortable and you don’t need to stand out in a crowd to look good. Your look will always be classic!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern