Author Archives: Ratha M.

April 8, 2014

Sam and Cat Would You Rather

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Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and CatSam & Cat Would You Rather

They’re unlikely BFFs. Sam is street-wise, rough, stubborn, and sarcastic. Cat is super-nice, bubbly, clumsy, and as some would say . . . not the sharpest tool in the shed! But put them together and you have not only a dynamic duo, but a hit show, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat!  In it, the girls are roommates, and run a baby-sitting business together.

Why do we love Sam and Cat? There are too many reasons. They’re hilarious, both slightly crazy, not afraid to say inappropriate things. We loved Jennette McCurdy in iCarly, so it’s really fun to see Sam live on. And Ariana Grande, who played Cat in Victorious, has become a major breakout recording star!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be baby-sat by Sam OR Cat?

2. Eat a giant plate of burritos like Sam OR a giant plate of marshmallows like Cat?

3. Receive for a gift (inspired by the Yay Day! episode): footwash/mouthwash OR a ratty, old pillow?

4. Have Cat read you a bedtime story in her “Cat” voice OR her real voice?

5. Be in a texting competition like Sam OR a mixed martial arts competition like Goomer?

6. Baby-sit the Brit-Brat twins (Remember the British con artist twins?) OR baby-sit Oscar-the-very-accident-prone-boy? (The name says it all!)

7. Go to a taping of Sam & Cat OR see Ariana Grande live in concert?

8. See Sam and Cat in a special movie where they become possessed Halloween demons OR fall in love on Valentine’s Day?

9. Be platinum blond like Sam OR have super-red hair like Cat (which she dyed for her favorite dessert: the red velvet cupcake)?

Let us know what you would rather, Sam & Cat style, in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 31, 2014

After the Millennials

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Writing promptName the next generation!

According to sociologists, anyone born between 1982-2004 is known as a Millennial. The name comes from the fact that they were the first group to graduate high school after the millennium (the year 2000).

But what about people born after 2004 (i.e., many STACKers)? According to studies, kids born after 2004 have some interesting things in common that Millennials didn’t have. Many kids born after 2004 have always had a computer in their home, and used technology from a very, very young age. You are the first group to be born into a world with the Internet, texting, instant messaging, and listening to music and watching TV digitally. (What do you think – is this true for you??)

Some people think you should be called Post-Millennials, or Generation Z, or the iGeneration. What do you think? What would you call your up-and-coming generation?

Take a look at some of the past generation names, and fill in what YOU think our new generation should be called.

1946 – 1964: Baby Boomer Generation

1964 – 1982: Generation X

1982 – 2004: Millennials (also sometimes called Generation Y)

2004 – present: ?????

Who knows? Maybe some famous sociologist will read one of your Comments, and name the generation after your answer! So let us know what you think below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 24, 2014

Back in the Day Writing Prompt

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writing promptWriting Prompt: I miss the days when . . .

Do you long for days gone by when things were simpler?

If you’re getting hit by a winter blizzard where you live, you might long for the days of summer and wearing shorts and tank tops!

Or maybe you miss the days when you were younger and didn’t have homework yet, or there were no cliques. Or maybe you miss the days before you had braces, and chewing wasn’t so complicated (and you didn’t have to use that little toothbrush to clean in between each metal piece)!

Whatever it is, let us know what strikes a nerve with you in today’s Writing Prompt.

I miss the days when . . .

We can’t wait to see what’s on your mind!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 28, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 5

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olympicsbanner130STACKS Winter Reading Games: Guess the Book

Although the ice has settled from the Winter Olympics, we’re keeping the torch alive with the STACKS Winter Reading Games. Every day, it’s a different event! Today’s main event is Guess the Book! We’ll describe a book in 1 sentence, and you have to guess the title.

Ready to go for the gold? Begin!

  1. The name of this book is so heavily guarded that even the author’s name is a mystery: Pseudonymous Bosch!
  2. Fone, Phoney, Smiley, and Gran’ma are some of the characters in this epic comic book series.
  3. In this deathly final book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally bring the battle with Voldemort to a conclusion.
  4. Percy first discovers he is the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon in this book.
  5. This goth-girl-mad-scientist has a lab assistant named Igor, desires to take over the world, and once tried to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to “fit in” with her normal friends. (Hint: It’s a Jim Benton series!)
  6. After Greg and Rowley get into a fight, and Rowley ditches him, Greg tries to train Fregley to become his best friend.
  7. She’s a baby . . . she’s a mouse . . . and she has her own comic book series.

Do you have what it takes to be a STACKS Reading Olympian? Then leave your answers in the Comments below! We will reveal the answers tomorrow right before the Readathon!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 17, 2014

Change the World Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_genericWriting Prompt: What would you change if you could?

Is there anything near and dear to your heart that you would change if you could? I’m a big believer in “no regrets” but for some things — like the things beyond your control — don’t you just wish you had a magic wand to zap away?

Maybe you would take back something mean you said that hurt someone’s feelings . . . or maybe you would change the world so no one ever goes hungry again . . .  or maybe you would just change your freckles. Serious, silly, or somewhere in between, let us know your answer to today’s Writing Prompt:

What Would You Change if You Could?

Inquiring minds want to know, so let us know in the Comments below! And then go see what you can do to make that change a reality!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 14, 2014

Dog with a Blog Would You Rather

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G Hannelius in Dog with a BlogDog with a Blog Would You Rather

One of the biggest stars on TV now happens to be a talking dog, which means we could only be talking about Stan in Dog with a Blog. Last month, we posted an interview with G Hannelius, and since you guys couldn’t get enough, we now give you a Dog with a Blog Would You Rather.

You know the characters. You know the stories. You know the doggie drama. Now tell us, would you rather . . .

  1. Have Karl Fink as your annoying next door neighbor OR kiss this blobfish?

    Blobfish

    Image credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  2. Have to eat a bite of raw steak OR (Stan’s favorite) a cup of peanut butter?
  3. Have Chloe OR Zuri (from Jessie) as a little sister?
  4. Have to pick up Stan’s doggie doo OR eat his dog food?
  5. Be a character on Dog with a Blog OR have G Hannelius as your sister in real life?
  6. Ellen and Bennett (the parents) have a new baby OR get a talking cat?
  7. See Stan fall in love with a crazy poodle OR a baby dolphin?
  8. Be a guest star in the Episode “Stan Talks to Gran?” Where Grama finds out Stan’s secret? OR the episode “Tyler Gets a Grillfriend” where Tyler works in the food truck and gets a girlfriend?
  9. Wear all of Avery’s clothes from the show, or go on a $500 shopping spree for your own clothes?

Fetch us your answers, and leave them in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

January 20, 2014

TV Obsession Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_rainbow_penWriting Prompt: I’ve seen every episode of . . .

Ok, this is it: your chance to come clean!! What TV show or cartoon are you obsessed with, and can make the claim that you have absolutely-without-a-doubt-and-not-afraid-to-admit-it seen every episode of?

I’m guessing there are some obsessed Good Luck Charlie fans, Jessie fans, fans of Victorious, Ninjago, SpongeBob (Wait, aren’t there, like, a million episodes though?), Adventure Time, and Austin & Ally. Or maybe when you were younger, you watched every single episode of Thomas the Train or Dora the Explorer. (It’s ok to admit it; we’ve all been there!)

So let us know YOUR answer to today’s Writing Prompt:

I’ve seen every episode of . . .

We’ll eagerly “tune in” to the Comments below to see what you guys said!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

January 14, 2014

Dog Breed Personality Quiz Results

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trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: Which dog breed are you?

Last week, we asked you a bunch of questions to find out which dog breed you would be if you were a sweet, loveable dog, instead of a smelly, drooling human . . . or wait. . . I might have gotten that backwards. Count up your answers and reveal the results of your Dog Breed Personality Quiz.

Mostly A’s: POODLE
Fluff your fur – your dog personality is a Poodle! You like to be well groomed at all times. Although they don’t really shed, Poodles require intense grooming, which adds to their reputation for being a bit snooty. Their hair can grow to the ground like a human’s if their owners don’t cut it! Poodles prance proudly, hold themselves elegantly, and are known to be very intelligent.

Mostly B’s: SIBERIAN HUSKY
All paws on deck – your dog personality is a Siberian Husky! Like this breed, you love helping out and being active. Originally working sled dogs in the far north, Siberian Huskies have energetic personalities. They easily get bored, and they need to maintain an active lifestyle to be happy. So keep yourself busy and always have work to do to keep from getting in trouble!

Mostly C’s: LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Your dog personality is a Labrador Retriever! Like a Lab, you are playful, lovable, and energetic. You will always be a kid at heart. Labs are happiest when hanging out with their families, and love running, swimming, hiking, and playing fetch. They need TONS of activity and if they don’t get it they will end up with destructive behavior like trashing the house or chewing shoes! So make sure you channel your energy into good activities like sports, family fun, or volunteer work.

Mostly D’s: BULLDOG
Doggie daycare, here you come – your personality is a Bulldog! A wonderful companion, and true BFF, a Bulldog is a mellow, laid-back pooch. He sometimes gets a bad rap for being a couch potato, but Bulldogs are totally devoted to their humans. (Have you ever seen those pictures of people who dress their Bulldogs up in sunglasses and feather boas? Enough said!) Bulldogs are sensitive to your moods. They are happy when you are happy and compassionate when you are sad. They are great friends – just like you!

Mostly E’s: YORKSHIRE TERRIER
Bones away – your personality is a Yorkshire Terrier! You love attention, and hate to be alone, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Sometimes seen riding in a purse, or tucked under a glamorous woman’s arm, a Yorkshire Terrier is a cute, little, shaggy dog that’s hard to miss. Often known as yappy dogs, when they have something to say, they’ll say it. Er, bark it, that is. This tough, scrappy breed won’t hesitate to pick a fight with much bigger dogs. And most of the time the bigger dog will actually back down!

What is YOUR favorite dog breed? Tell us in the Comments!

–Ratha, STACKS Writer

January 7, 2014

Dog Breed Personality Quiz

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trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: Which Dog Breed Are You?

Here at the STACKS, we love dogs, and when you love dogs, it’s hard not to wonder what kind of dog you would be if you weren’t human. Take this quiz to find out which dog breed best matches your personality.

  1. A great summer afternoon would be . . . A) hanging out poolside, showing off your diving moves. B) working hard making extra money with your lemonade stand. C) kicking the soccer ball around, followed by a picnic and running through the sprinkler. D) family BBQ! E) chillin’ inside a movie theater with your friends.
  2. Favorite dog activity: A) getting groomed and putting on cute doggie clothes. B) pulling a sled. C) fetch, catch, tug the rope – all of ‘em! D) getting your belly rubbed and drooling until you fall asleep. E) yapping at strangers.
  3. You’d love to win . . . A) a modeling contract. B) the Iditarod. C) an all-access pass to an amusement park. D)  lifetime, unlimited treats. E) American Idol.
  4. If you were a dog, you would be . . . A) elegant, sophisticated, and smart.  B) big, hard-working, and strong. C) playful, loving, and clumsy. D) a reliable, affectionate guard dog. E) small, feisty, and bossy.
  5. How do you like your hair? A) Perfect! You spend at least a half hour on it in the morning! B) Long and shaggy. You like to feel it blow in the wind! C) What? Is that a trick question? Who has time for hair when there’s playing to be done! D) No muss and no fuss! E) You could go for pigtails, braids, a mohawk, flat-ironed . . . it depends on your mood!
  6. Favorite “movie star” dog: A) Benji B) Lassie C) Marmaduke D) Scooby Doo E) Bolt
  7. If you were a food, you’d be . . . A) cheese & crackers. B) a piece of steak. C) hamburger & fries. D) ooey-gooey brownies. E) bite-size snacks like M&M’s, nuts & berries.
  8. Favorite place to dig for bones: A) Ew, bones are for commoners. B) out in the wild. C) in the backyard! D) I’m too busy sleeping to eat bones. E) I like to have them brought to me fresh from the pet store.

Leave your answers in the Comments and find out your results here.

–Ratha, STACKS Writer.