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January 19, 2016

Problems Only Dog Lovers Understand

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Writing promptProblems Only Dog Lovers Understand

Do you have a dog? Or just love dogs in general? Then you know there are some problems that non-dog people just don’t get. Can you relate to any of these problems that only dog lovers understand?dog cone of shame

  1. You toss food on the floor of restaurants because you forget your dog isn’t there to eat your leftovers.
  2. You have enough hair all over your bed to make an entire wig.
  3. When someone yells, “Fetch!” you look around for flying balls.
  4. Your windows are always smudgy from your dog’s nose prints.
  5. There’s a giant drool spot on the couch where you were about to sit.
  6. Those sad, sad puppy eyes break your heart every morning when you have to leave for school.
  7. It is sometimes embarrassing when friends come over and your dog acts INSANE!
  8. Your foot is asleep right now because your dog is sitting on it and won’t get up!
  9. You have to hide your favorite shoes because your dog thinks they are chew toys.
  10. It is minus 20 degrees out and you have to go walk your dog in the snow. Brrr!

Can you relate to any of these? Let us know YOUR problems that only other dog lovers would understand!

-Ratha

December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve Would You Rather

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new year's resolutionsNew Year’s Eve Would You Rather

Today is New Year’s Eve, and we want to know how you guys are celebrating! Usually I just hunker down with family, make some yummy dips and desserts to eat, and watch the ball drop on TV. What about you guys? Let’s start the countdown to the new year with some Would You Rather New Year’s Eve questions!

Would You Rather . . .

  1. Stay up until midnight OR be cozy and asleep in your bed by 10?
  2. Celebrate in Sydney, Australia OR Los Angeles, California? (Sydney is one of the first cities to get to midnight, and Los Angeles is one of the last!)
  3. Blow party horns OR bang pots and pans?
  4. At midnight, have to kiss a slimy octopus OR a crazy squirrel?
  5. Be at the New York City ball drop in person OR watch it on TV?
  6. Have a snowy, blizzardy New Year’s OR tropical island New Year’s?
  7. Make a New Year’s Resolution to clean your room every day OR eat broccoli every day?

Let us know YOUR answers (and your New Year’s plans!) in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 17, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

star wars the force awakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens Would You Rather

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars: A New Hope (rated PG) hit theaters and people went crazy for Star Wars!

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Fans at the premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

Set 30 years after the original films, a new saga: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated  PG-13) is hitting theaters December 18! Star Wars fans, tell us . . .

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be on the light side OR dark side of the Force?

2. Have Princess Leia bun hair OR Wookiee fur like Chewbacca?Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet

3. Battle Kylo Ren OR Darth Vader?

4. Fly with Poe (the leader of the X-wing pilots in The Force Awakens) OR Luke (from The Empire Strikes Back)?

5. BB-8 OR R2-D2?

6. That the new character Rey turn out to be Han and Leia’s daughter OR Luke Skywalker’s daughter?

7. Fight with a blaster OR lightsaber?

8. Have lunch in a cafeteria full of stormtroopers OR battle droids?

Premiere Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red CarpetTell us how psyched you guys are for the movie, and let us know what YOU would rather. May the force be with you!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

December 7, 2015

Best Gifts to Give and Get

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10 Best Gifts to Give and Get!

Happy Holidays! You’re making a list and checking it twice. You’re pretty sure you’ve been less naughty and more nice. So you should be in good shape. But wait – what’s even on your list? And what will you be giving?  In case you need some ideas, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Best Gifts to Give and Get for 2015. Drum roll please . . .

1. A pet! Always a big request, but animal rights groups advise against giving a live animal on Christmas Day. Giving a leash, or a good book on caring for the animal is a better idea for the actual day. Then you and your family can take the time to choose the right pet for you, and you can learn about the responsibility that goes into it! (There’s also Zoomer Zuppies, the Interactive Puppy which has been pretty popular.)

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Two-Wheels Mini Hover Smart Self Balancing Scooters for Kids

2. Mini Hoverboard. These self-balancing motorboards seem like they’re straight from the future! They respond to your body’s slightest motions to move, but they don’t come cheap. ($400! Beware of the cheaper ones. Air Runner hoverboards were just recalled in Britain for safety concerns.) And you will definitely need a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads when you ride it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: Never charge your hoverboard overnight or when you are not there because it could catch fire. And always give your hoverboard time to cool off after charging. Make sure your hoverboard is from a reputable brand and has a warranty. And read the safety instructions very carefully!!

3. Anything Star Wars. With the movie coming out on December 18, LEGO bricks, t-shirts, action figures, stuffed animals, and light sabers will all be popular. The Force is strong this season.

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4. Shopkins. Already on Season 3, these tiny creatures have taken over. From the actual figures to the Ice Cream Truck and Supermarket Playset, you’re gonna need a bigger toy box. And they won’t break the bank. Look for Ultra Rare ones like Sugar Lump, Kooky Cookie, and Mandy Candy.

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Hasbro Pie Face game

5.NERF Gun. OK, you are absolutely not allowed to shoot it AT PEOPLE, but for target practice, you can’t beat a NERF gun. Set up some cans and see how many you can knock down with the squishy “bullets.”

6.Spin Master QUICK CUPS Game. Super fun, quick, family board game. Draw a card, stack your colored cups to match the card, and ring the buzzer first.

7. Any Smartphone. Hey, a kid can dream, right?

8. Pie Face Game. (I am totally giving this one!) A hilarious board game where you could potentially, at any moment, get hit with a pie in the face.

LEGO Dimensions

© 2015 The LEGO Group; © DC Comics. THE LEGO MOVIE © WBEI. © New Line; © Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.

9. LEGO Dimensions Video Game (rated E10+). For Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3 and 4. Following in the footsteps of Skylanders . . . it’s heeeere! Build the LEGO Gateway and then play the game starring Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle. Expansion packs include Emmet, Cragger, and many other LEGO characters.

10. Cookies! Who doesn’t love to get holiday cookies or make holiday cookies? Make your favorites, or be creative, and watch your friends’ and family’s faces light up as they gush over how awesome a baker you are. Package them in cute holiday bags or boxes, and cover them with Hershey’s Kisses for maximum gift-giving effect. And Rice Krispie Treats totally count.

What are YOUR best gifts to give and receive?  Let us know your faves in the Comments below. Happy holidays!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 1, 2015

National Cookie Day: Who Would Win

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Christmas cookiesTake a Bite Out of National Cookie Day!

Kicking off the holidays on December 4th, it’s National Cookie Day! Last year, you guys posted awesome ideas for the dream cookie you would make if you had to Invent the Most Amazing Cookie Ever.

This year, we’re heating up the oven for a battle of the cookies. Who do you think would win if these cookies went head to head?

1. Chocolate chip vs. Oatmeal raisin
2. Sugar cookie with mint sauce and chocolate (posted by Hannah) vs. Fruitcake cookie?
3. Chocolate fudge vs. Peanut butter fudge?
4. Chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, mocha cookie (posted by Zakuro) vs. Peanut butter and jelly cookie?
5. Fortune cookie vs. M&M brownie bar
6. Icing sprinkle layer cookie (posted by Elizabeth) vs. S’mores cookie
7. Oreo vs. Chips Ahoy?
8. Iced Christmas cookies vs. Cookie ice cream sandwich?

Let us know your winners, and any other favorite cookies, in the Comments below!
Bon appetite!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 3, 2015

Twins Trivia Quiz

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question marksDouble Dare! Take the Twins Trivia Quiz!

Mary Kate and Ashley, Fred and George, Liv and Maddie . . . these are just a few examples of famous twins. Did you know 32 out of 1000 people are twins? Are you one of the lucky 32? I always wondered what it would be like to have a twin. To share clothes, secrets, and a birthday, and basically have a built-in best friend . . . or partner in crime. . . for life!

If you’re a twin, know twins, or just want to test your knowledge, help yourself to a double serving of our Twins Trivia!

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Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

  1. TRUE or FALSE? Twins are always look identical to each other.
  2. TRUE or FALSE? The states with the highest rates of twins are Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.>
  3. Are twins with the exact same DNA called fraternal OR identical twins?
  4. The actors who play Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter movies are actual twins in real life. What are their real names?
  5. The world’s oldest living twins were Eli Shadrack and John Meshak Phipps born in 1803 in Virginia. How old did they live to be? A) 108 and 113. B) Both 101. C) 90 and 91.
  6. TRUE or FALSE? Identical twins have almost identical brainwave patterns. This can cause one twin to feel pain when the other one is injured.
  7. When they are born, twins usually weigh MORE or LESS than the average baby?
  8. Which famous athlete is a parent of twins? A) Peyton Manning. B) Stephen Curry. C) Tom Brady. D) Sidney Crosby.
  9. TRUE or FALSE? Having twins is hereditary.
  10. Fill in the blank. The Major League baseball team ___________ Twins!

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October 23, 2015

Henry Danger Would You Rather

HENRY DANGERHenry Danger Would You Rather . . . Dangerously Super!

We know you guys are “dangerously” deep into Nickelodeon’s hit show Henry Danger. It stars Jace Norman, as Henry, a 13-year-old boy who gets a part-time job as a superhero sidekick. His boss is the small town superhero named Captain Man. He pretends to work in a shop called “Junk ‘n’ Stuff” with a secret underground lair where Captain Man trains him. There, he becomes . . . Kid Danger. Only his best friend Charlotte knows his secret, while his other best friend Jasper is in the dark.

Kid Danger and Captain Man keep the city of Swellview safe and . . . swell. Campy adventures with zany villains round out the show. If you are obsessed with Henry Danger, check out our Henry Danger Would You Rather below!

Would you rather . . .

1. Be a superhero sidekick OR a villain henchman?

2. Be indestructible like Captain Man OR be able to come back to life?

3. Have a secret job in a candy factory OR a cloning lab?

4. Fly OR be invisible?

5. Have your baby brother turned into a monster (Episode 1) OR have an alien baby egg hatch in your house (Episode 7)?

6. Be captured by the mad scientist Dr. Minyak OR have to babysit “The Toddler” (dwarf baby criminal).

7. Have a crazy machine turn you into a manly beast (Episode 10) OR a living Barbie doll?

So today’s assignment, should you choose to accept, is to let us know your answers in the Comments below! And let us know what YOU think of Henry Danger!

Over and out.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

October 20, 2015

Goosebumps Movie Monsters: Who Would Win?

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Goosebumps logoGoosebumps Movie Monster vs. Monster

Have you seen the Goosebumps movie (rated PG) which just opened in theaters? It’s filled with some of the coolest and creepiest monsters out there! I wouldn’t want them to come after me. But . . . what if they went after each other? Who would win if they went head-to-head against each other?

Play the Where’s the Creature Game to get a glimpse of some of these creepy creatures. Then vote below on who YOU think would win.

  1. Slappy the Evil Dummy vs. Murder the Clown.
  2. The Lawn Gnomes (remember they use knives!) vs. the Bog Monster
  3. Fifi the Vampire Poodle vs. Count Dracula
  4. The Executioner vs. Lack O’Lantern (He has a pumpkin head!)
  5. The Haunted Mask vs. the Shrunken Head
  6. Professor Shock vs. Clarissa the Witch
  7. The Snake Lady vs. the Bees
  8. A Graveyard Ghoul vs. Captain Long Ben One-Leg
  9. The Egyptian Priestess vs. the Scarecrow

Let us know your votes in the Comments below. And let us know if you’re still having nightmares from the Goosebumps movie!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 29, 2015

Magic Tree House Would You Rather

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Ketchup and mustard. Batman and Robin. Some things just go together. Like Jack and Annie from The Magic Tree House series. With their time-travelling historical adventures, this series can get you hooked on reading for life!

Book #53 Shadow of the Shark came out this summer, and #54 Balto of the Blue Dawn (about a Siberian husky in 1925 Alaska) is coming out in Jan. 2016. So if you love this dynamic duo, let us know, Would You Rather . . .

1. Be Jack OR Annie?

2. Go to the Amazon rainforest OR ancient Egypt?

3. Be attacked by a dinosaur OR a mummy?

4. Be a passenger on board the Titanic OR a Viking ship?

5. Survive an earthquake in San Francisco OR a tidal wave in Hawaii?

6. Fight in the Revolutionary War OR the Civil War?

7. Pet-sit a cobra OR an emperor penguin?

8. Battle a ninja OR a dragon?

Let us know what YOU guys would rather in the Comments below. And tell us if you have a favorite Magic Tree House book!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 15, 2015

Weird Food Would You Rather

weird-food-would-you-ratherWeird Food Would You Rather

Did you know that in France people eat snails as an appetizer? With garlic and butter of course! In other parts of the world people eat fried chicken’s feet. Watch out for the bones though – I’ve heard they get annoying after a while.

And one of the craziest I’ve come across yet is the Japanese and Korean delicacy known as odori don. It’s a raw squid or octopus whose legs seem to come to life and move a little when salty soy sauce is dumped over them!

How far would you go? Take a bite out of our Weird Food Would You Rather, and let us know your dietary limit! Would you rather . . .

  1. Eat fried crickets (like in Thailand!) OR French fried caterpillars (in Mexico)?
  2. Eat a raw chili pepper OR drink a raw egg?
  3. Eat a fried spider (Cambodia) OR a boiled stinkbug (Africa)? Apparently stinkbug tastes a bit like a crunchy apple!
  4. Eat fried rattlesnake (Southwestern United States) OR a cobra heart (Vietnam)?
  5. Eat potato chips dipped in cottage cheese OR chocolate?
  6. Eat eels (I had them in China, and they taste like mushroom spaghetti!) OR jellyfish? Some people say jellyfish tastes like munching on rubber bands!

Hopefully you haven’t lost your appetite, and you can let us know what you’d rather in the Comments below!

Dig in!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer