August 13, 2012
Create a Caption: Saint Bernard Dogs
Recently, Scholastic asked some grown-ups to send in photos of their dogs for a special Dog of the Week contest. The sillier or cuter, the better! We loved them so much we thought it would be fun to feature these award-winning dogs in an Ink Splot 26 post dedicated to doggie awesomeness.
Take, for example, this picture of the Chatham Pack:
Now, that is one COOL dog. If I had to give this photo a caption, it would definitely be this:
“No one on the corner has swagga like us.”
What do you guys think? What caption would you give this picture? Give us your captions in the Comments!
Also, out of curiosity: which pups are cuter?
— En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)
August 9, 2012
Military Working Dogs
Dogs are the most common pets in the United States, but did you know that they have also been fighting alongside the U.S. military forces since the Civil War? They officially became part of the military during World War II, and today are invaluable members of military groups stationed around the world.
Find out more about these amazing heroes, and how YOU can help them after they retire. . .
August 7, 2012
Olympic Athletes vs. Book Characters: Who Would Win?
It's Olympics time! We're all abuzz about our favorite athletes and events here at the STACKS, and it got us thinking . . . we should do a Who Would Win post about the Olympic Games!
So we'd like to know . . . who do YOU think would win in a competition?
August 3, 2012
The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled “A Symphony of British Music.” While the details of the August 12th spectacle are still being kept super-secret, the organizers have said that they ”will work with some of the country’s most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry’s stars of tomorrow.” There are TONS of rumors flying around – One Direction? Jessie J? QUEEN?
Personally, I would be excited to see the John Lennon tribute and Take That’s performance of “Rule the World,” my favorite song of all time (I really hope The Wanted make an appearance, too; I’m a huge fan)! Darcy Bussell, the famous British ballerina, will be dancing with 300 other members of the Royal Ballet in a grand performance while the Olympic torch is put out. I can’t wait for that, either!
So, I want to know. What rumors are you hoping are true? More importantly, what’s YOUR dream lineup? Would you have a laser light show, flying acrobats, holograms, colored mist, fireworks? Share your Closing Ceremony wishlist in the Comments below!
— En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)
Image courtesy London 2012
August 2, 2012
Oscar Pistorius: first double amputee runner at the Olympic Games!
I'm sure by now you all know about the 2012 Olympics taking place in London this week. But do you know about the Paralympic Games? They will take place immediately following the close of the Olympic Games. "Para" is the Greek word meaning "beside," used to emphasize how the two Games exist side-by-side. Paralympians are athletes with physical disabilities (such as vision impairment, limb deficiency, or intellectual impairment) that would otherwise prevent them from equally competing with other athletes. They compete in the same sport events (swimming, volleyball, rugby, archery, etc.) as other athletes, but in their own league.
July 31, 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are in full swing! Last week you had the chance to test out your Olympic Games trivia knowledge. Here are the answers:
July 27, 2012
Olympic Swimmer Lia Neal
The Olympics are almost upon us, and we here at the STACKS are SO EXCITED!
I’m extra-excited because my friend, Lia Neal, has made the U.S. Olympic swimming team! At the U.S. Olympic Trials she made the women’s team for the 4×100 freestyle relay. After beating out her competition – a number of them past Olympic medalists, like Natalie Coughlin – Lia, at only 17 years old, was 4th to the wall in the event, securing a spot as a member of the 2012 team. It was so incredible! She immediately burst into tears. Called a “source of inspiration for a younger generation” by The New York Times and “Official 2012 Olympic Athlete of The Sports Section” by New York Magazine, the teenage girl from Brooklyn, New York is making a name for herself as an athlete to watch! She’s also one of the nicest people I know. Now training in France with the rest of the U.S. swim team, she was kind enough to take a break from her rigorous training schedule to answer a few questions for the STACKS.
July 26, 2012
Imagine if a mosquito bite could kill you. There are parts of the world where they can! Mosquitoes in tropical regions around the Equator can carry malaria, a really scary disease that can be deadly. Treatment of malaria is very expensive for most families living in Africa, and they often don't get treatment until it's too late. But there is a simple solution: sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets so the mosquitoes can't bite.
Here are some net facts:
July 24, 2012
It's almost time for the Olympics! Ringing in day 2 of our Olympic Games-themed week is this fun trivia quiz on all things interesting, weird, and plain silly about Olympic years past. I like to joke, when people ask me if I play any sports that I do marathons all the time . . . marathons of my favorite TV shows that is! So, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, here's a little multiple-choice action fun:
July 23, 2012
The Olympic Games are almost upon us!!!!!!!!! Is anyone else as excited as I am? I can barely hold it in!
We thought it would be a great idea to build up our anticipation here at the STACKS by having an Olympics-themed week on Ink Splot 26. The Games begin on Friday, July 27, 2012. We’ve got all sorts of fun stuff planned until then (with a few surprises), so stay tuned!
To kick things off, let’s CREATE A CAPTION! What do you think would be a great caption for the photo of this Olympic Table Tennis player in the heat of a competition?