Author Archives: Ratha M.

October 28, 2016

Bizaardvark Would You Rather

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MADISON HU, OLIVIA RODRIGOWhen coming up with a name for your smash internet sensation band, what better formula than: Bizarre + Aardvark = Bizaardvark. And a Disney Channel show is born!

Bizaardvark is about two teen best friends, Frankie and Paige, who post funny songs and videos online. They get a deal to make their videos at “Vuuugle” studios (sounding suspiciously similar to “Google”) and share office space with other online video-creators.

Click below to answer our Would You Rather Bizaardvark style and let us know . . .

Would You Rather…

1. Be humiliated by Bernie’s crazy gramdma OR have a crazy stalker superfan?

2. Watch TV or YouTube?

3. Have a slow motion dance party OR a staring contest with adorable kittens?

4. Make fashion videos like Amelia OR take dare requests like Dirk?

5. Have to do an unboxing video of superhero toys OR My Little Ponies?

6. Do a video of you performing Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” OR slam dunking in your driveway?

7. Eat dirt on a dare OR jump over a pond of snapping turtles on a dare?

8. Watch people playing video games online OR post artsy pictures of your lunch?

Your answers are trending … in the Comments below! So let us know your answers!

-Ratha

photo courtesy of Disney Channel

October 25, 2016

10 Things Only Athletes Understand

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Basketball. Soccer. Dance. Swimming. Tennis. Hockey. Baseball. Karate. Running. Lacrosse. Gymnastics. What’s your sport? Or maybe you just love exercise and fitness in general. Well then this one’s for you. On your mark. Get Set. Go!

10 Things Only Athletes Understand

10. Your dad forgot to wash your uniform and your game is in 10 minutes.
9. Your friends are on the OTHER team.
8. How gross your socks smell after a game. We’re talking bad. Really bad.
7. You are EXHAUSTED after practice!
6. That feeling when you first see your new uniform. With your number. And your name. Glorious.
5. Pre-game superstitions.
4. You still want to go to practice the day after you fracture your wrist.
3. Your best friend wants a playdate, but you can’t because you have practice.
2. Losing sometimes. Ughh!
1. Even if you lose, you still LOVE your sport and would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Let us know your sport or sports, and the problems you battle – in the Comments below!

- Ratha

October 10, 2016

Creepy Graveyards and Halloween Stories

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Tales From the Graveyard . . .

The Spooky Cemetery: Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine
During the War of 1812, the U.S. captured the ship HMS Boxer from England. The captain of Boxer, named Samuel Blyth, died during the attack. So did the U.S. Commander who led the attack against him, William Burrows. The two enemies were buried side by side in the Eastern Cemetery of Portland, Maine in 1813. But some things even death cannot finish. It is said that their spirits still do not get along. Their ghosts rise from their graves each night and yell at each other. Maybe they’re arguing about who is the better commander. But we’ll most likely never know because they disappear into the night …whenever the living appear.

The Spooky Curse: The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb
Ever since the Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922 in Egypt, stories say that those who dared to enter his tomb would be terribly cursed with bad luck, illness, or even death. The English Lord Carnarvon, who funded King Tut’s excavation, died in Cairo, Egypt five months after the tomb was discovered. Rumors say that on the night he died, Carnarvon’s dog in England let out a howl and died herself. Many other members of the archaeological team also perished. Whether or not the deaths were related to scientific reasons like bacteria, mosquito infections, natural causes … or King Tut’s curse remain to be proven.

The Spooky Voodoo Queen: Marie Laveau
A 200-year-old cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana houses the tomb of the mysterious “Voodoo Priestess” Marie Laveau, who lived from 1794-1881. It was said her mystical powers mixed Catholic Saints with African Spirits and could heal or cause harm. She became one of the most powerful, influential, and feared women in Louisiana. Some people now believe that Laveau’s ghost will grant them a wish if they draw an X on her tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, and yell out their wish. If the wish comes true, they have to return to the tomb, circle their X, and leave Laveau an offering. If you visit her grave today, you’ll notice many offerings, candles, flowers, and Voodoo dolls, all in thanks for Laveau’s supernatural blessings. She is buried at St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, which is believed to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in America.

The Haunted Burial: Rufina Cambaceres
The Cementario de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was meant to house the rich and famous, such as the young girl named Rufina Cambaceres. In 1902, Rufina was buried alive after she was mistakenly pronounced dead! Once her body was found trying to escape her tomb, her father redesigned her tomb to resemble his daughter trying to escape it. It’s now believed that Rufina haunts the place and goes around digging up other graves in order to make sure that no one is buried alive.

After reading these spooky, and possibly true stories, tell us . . . are you afraid of graveyards?

-Ratha

September 27, 2016

Books For Animal Lovers

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Are you devoted to your dog? Do you ham it up with your hamster? Hang out with spiders? Well, if you are looking for books for animal lovers, check out a few of my faves . . .

Marley Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
When John and Jenny decide to adopt a cute Labrador puppy (Marley), they have no idea what they are in for. He’s like a walking hurricane with paws — eating expensive jewelry, jumping everyone who walks through the door, flinging drool everywhere, and even getting kicked out of doggie obedience class. But their lives will never be the same, and they find out Marley is a very loyal and loving dog. I couldn’t put this book down; it had me ROTFL at one point, then ready to grab a Kleenex at the next. I really think any dog lover or pet lover will LOVE this one.

Cricket-in-times-squareA Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
When Chester the Cricket finds himself in New York City’s Times Square (after a wayward jaunt into someone’s picnic basket from his home in Connecticut), he is totally lost until he finds Mario, the human boy who sets him up at his family’s newsstand.He befriends Tucker the Cat and Harry the Mouse, and he finds that big city life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He lives in a matchbox bed with Kleenex sheets and has some pretty cool adventures. But the friendships he makes and life lessons he learns I could totally relate to —  even though he is a cricket. This one definitely is one of my faves.

WarriorsThe Warriors (Book #1: Into the Wild) by Erin Hunter
This book is like house cat meets ancient tribal wildcat, or as I like to call it . . . Lord of the Rings with cats! This epic saga runs through several books and series (The New Prophecy, The Power of Three, and more), but for starting out, I recommend Into the Wild, which is the very first book. Rusty, a house cat, gets the chance to join Thunder Clan, one of the ancient warrior cat clans, but he gets in the middle of a turf war with other rival clans. He has to prove his bravery, uncover a traitor, and rise to become a hero. If you are a fan of animal fantasy adventure stories, check this out. You’ll never see your cat the same way again.

Charlottes_webCharlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Okay, this book is a total classic, so I just had to put it on the list. It’s like a soap opera for barnyard animals. After Wilbur the piglet is deemed the runt of his litter, he is sentenced to live a lonely life in the cellar of the barn. He meets spider Charlotte, and they become fast friends. When Wilbur discovers he is going to be slaughtered and eaten, Charlotte finds a way to save his life. I don’t want to reveal anymore, but there are more twists and turns after this, leading up to a heart-wrenching ending. Have a box of tissues handy.

All of these get my vote for two paws up! Tell us your favorite animal stories in the Comments!

— Ratha

September 15, 2016

Book Review: Dear Dumb Diary

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Jamie Kelly is your average middle-schooler with an average (but evil) best friend, Isabella, and an average (but sickeningly beautiful) nemesis, Angeline. Okay, maybe I’m being dramatic, but Jamie is dramatic . . . and did I mention hilarious?

In the Dear Dumb Diary books, Jamie warns us not to read her diary in disclaimers such as, “Only a super gross person reads another person’s diary.” And, “If you are Angeline, I did NOT give you permission, so stop it.” Each book is like a mini-journal which follows something going on at the time in Jamie’s life.

Like right now, I just finished Book 4: Never Do Anything Ever in which Jamie starts collecting money for an online charity to channel her “inner beautiosity.” Which is basically because Angeline has been collecting money for charities and Jamie wants to outdo her (and attract the attention of her super-cute crush, Hudson). It backfires, thanks to Jamie’s aforementioned friend Isabella — but I can’t reveal exactly how things go wrong! You’ll just have to read it for yourself!

Besides an overall entertaining story, each of the little daily occurrences and descriptions are wickedly funny. For instance, Jamie is paired with a bunch of misfits on her team in gym class, and she refers to one guy as “That Ugly Guy Whose Name I Forget” . . . or as she calls him for short, “TUGWNIF.” You feel like you are reading something slightly naughty or mean . . . but then you remember this is someone’s “diary” and you’re not supposed to be reading it . . . and somehow it’s okay! It’s hard to describe, so I can only recommend you read the series!

And if you’ve already read any Dear Dumb Diary books, give me a shout! What are your favorite books of the series? Let me know which ones I should check out next!

— Ratha

September 12, 2016

10 Problems Only Vegetarians Understand

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Peep says Hi.Attention, all vegetarians! You’ve made the choice, stuck by your principles, educated your friends, and some might say saved countless animals all over the country. You are a vegetarian and you are strong. But even though you are super-proud and empowered by your choice, there are still just some problems only a vegetarian would understand, so this one’s for you!

10 Problems Only Vegetarians Understand

10. The smell of bacon. (Either it makes your mouth water, or grosses you out.)

9. You still have nightmares of chicken nuggets and their lives … before.

8. Try getting a decent meal when your family goes out to a steakhouse.

7. McDonald’s Happy Meals. So delicious, but you’re still hungry after not having a “main course.”

8. You have to explain to every new friend you eat lunch with why you are a vegetarian. Maybe you should just pass out pre-typed notes…

7. Your dad likes his steaks medium-rare. Ew.

6. Your mom’s always making you eat eggs and beans and tofu to make you get your protein.

5. Explaining to people that yes, hot dogs are, in fact, meat.

4. You end up eating a lot of “sides” at family BBQ’s.

3. Thanksgiving.

2. Your friends like to loudly announce it to everyone when you’re out to eat “Oh, she can’t eat that. She is a vegetarian!”

1. People try to trick you or tempt you into eating meat. Not cool!

Stay strong and be proud. And list your grievances below in the Comments!

-Ratha, Writer

August 22, 2016

10 Problems Only Left-Handed People Understand

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They make up less than 10% of the population. They are more prone to allergies. They are more likely to be a male than female. And their nails grow faster on their left hands than on their right! Who are they? Clap your left AND left hands together for … left-handers.

But wait, being a lefty is not all rainbows and unicorns. There are some problems righties will never know about. That’s why we’d now like to bring your attention to …

10 Problems Only Left Handed People Understand

10. You have to carefully plan which hand to extend when shaking hands.

9. Video game controllers drive you crazy.

8. It’s hard to find a left-handed baseball glove.

7. Spiral notebooks always poke you.

6. The mouse in your computer lab is always on the right.

5. You’re the only one in your family. Sniff sniff.

4. Scissors are tricky.

3. You get tired of hearing, “What? You’re a lefty?”

2. Markers and pencils smudge when you write.

1. Your left hand is covered with those smudges!

And there you have it. Are you left-handed? Share your trials and tribulations in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

July 27, 2016

Wings of Fire Would You Rather

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Wings of Fire Escaping PerilFive dragon eggs are stolen away and hatched in secret, raised to one day fulfill an ancient prophecy and end the war. The Wings of Fire series follows these dragons as teenagers. It’s not just full of fighting and fantasy and fate (although there’s plenty of that!) but also dragon bullies, lovable nerds, crushes, and funny personalities.

Whether you’ve been a fan forever or are just getting interested, test your fate with the Wings of Fire Would You Rather.

Would You Rather . . .

1. Breathe fire like a Nightwing OR deadly, freezing air like a Skywing?

2. Be attacked by an enchanted statue OR locked in an underwater prison?

3. Dream about food like Clay OR read minds like Moonwatcher?

4. Have your mouth bound shut so you can’t spit out your poisonous venom OR have your touch be made of fire?

5. Be raised as a killer (like Peril) OR be raised with the pressure of fulfilling a prophecy to save the world?

6. Live in an underwater kingdom OR rainforest kingdom?

7. Baby dragons OR baby dinosaurs?

Hatch your answers in the Comments below, and let us know if you love the Wings of Fire series too!

-Ratha

July 26, 2016

Hiking and Camping Name Generator

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Pack Up! Hiking and Camping Name Generator

People who hike the Appalachian Trail come up with fake names for themselves so they don’t reveal their real names to strangers they meet on the Trail. Wish you had your own outdoorsy, fake name? You can make one with our HIKING AND CAMPING NAME GENERATOR!

Find the first letter of your first name in the left column below, and the word next to it is your new first name. Then find the first letter of your last name in the right column below, and the word next to it is your new last name. So if your name is, say . . . Abercrombie Fitch, your new hiking name is Bear-Poop Mosquito.

Ready to become that cool, outdoorsy hiking and camping person? Go!

First Letter of First Name First Letter of Last Name
A Bear-Poop Tent A
B Starry Night Headlamp B
C Campfire Lake C
D Swamp Canoe D
E Thunderstorm Mountaineer E
F Marshmallow Mosquito F
G Firewood Boots G
H Deer Squirrel H
I Mountain Camper I
J Heat Wave Backpacker J
K Backcountry Navigator K
L Snake Bug Bite L
M Bear Crickets M
N Waterproof Compass N
O Forest Flashlight O
P Frog Stream P
Q Trail Mix Ranger Q
R Blaze Hiker R
S Captain Map S
T Sunscreen Canteen T
U Whitewater Trail U
V Bald Eagle Sunrise V
W Sleeping Bag Moon W
X Wiggly Worm Water Bottle X
Y Woodpecker Canyon Y
Z First Aid Kit Chipmunk Z

What’s your Hiking and Camping Name? Tell us in the Comments below!

-Ratha (a.k.a Blaze Crickets)

July 20, 2016

10 Things Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fans Understand

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double DownHave you read all 10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? Are you eagerly awaiting the release of Book #11 Double Down coming out November 1, 2016? If so, we’ve got just the thing to get you through. Check out our Top 10 list of…

10 Things Only Wimpy Kid Fans Understand

10. You will never eat a slice of deli cheese again.

9. When your mom asks you to change your baby sister/brother’s diaper you start singing the “Exploded Diaper” song.

8. Other people’s parents try to talk to them while on the toilet, too?

7. Why taking a “shower” at camp with baby wipes… is actually a pretty good solution.

6. Why wearing your older brother or sister’s hand-me-down underwear is a problem.

5. Silas Scratch.

4. The difference between a purse and an embroidered book bag.

3. That scary moment when you have to stop going to the kiddie dentist … and start the adult dentist.

2. When you take a picture of somebody’s bent inside-of-the-elbow, but your photography teacher thinks it is somebody’s butt (and of course you get in trouble).

1. “I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.”

Are you a huge Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan? Let us know in the Comments below!

-Ratha