Author Archives: Ratha M.

September 29, 2015

Magic Tree House Would You Rather

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magictreehouse_thanksgivingMagic Tree House Would You Rather

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

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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

September 8, 2015

Pet Name Trivia Quiz

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question marksA-meow-zing Pet Name Trivia Quiz

What does a pet’s name say about it (or the human that loves it)? We investigated deep into the data of and discovered that just like baby names, each year new pet names pop up in popularity. How sharp is your doggie sense? Take a nibble of some kibble, and check out our Pet Name Trivia Quiz!

  1. What was the #1 male dog name of 2014? A) Boo-Boo. B) Max. C) Spider-Man. D) Rocky.
  2. What was the #1 female cat name of 2014? A) Kitty. B) Miss Fluffy. C) Lily. D) Ursula.
  3. People are naming their dogs and cats after Star Wars characters! The following names are the most popular EXCEPT for: A) Chewbacca. B) Vader. C) Yoda. D) Darth Maul.
  4. Is it more likely for a DOG or CAT to have a “human” name (like Jack, Cooper, Callie, etc.)?
  5. TRUE or FALSE. Ariana Grande just named her new pup after Sirius Black from Harry Potter.
  6. For both cats and dogs the top “animal” name is: A) Bear. B) Snake. C) Moose. D) Alligator.

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September 7, 2015

Minecraft Name Generator

Posted by at 1:05 am in Games, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Minecraft)What’s Your Minecraft Name?

We know you guys looove Minecraft. (The last Ink Splot 26 Minecraft blog post got almost 500 Comments!) But since we’re living in the real world, and not a Minecraft world, we figured it would be fun to create a Minecraft name generator to give you an alternate reality Minecraft name.

Don’t worry if you’re new to our name generators. It’s as easy as putting a block down. Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your Minecraft first name. Then find the month of your birthday. That word is your Minecraft last name. For example, my name begins with an R and my birthday is in July, so my Minecraft name is Poisonous Potato Creeper.  Continue reading

August 24, 2015

Back-to-School Poetry Generator

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Back-to-School poetry generatorWrite A Back-to-School Poem With Our Back-to-School Poetry Generator!

It’s that time again. Back. To. School. To get you in the back-to-school zone, for today’s Writing Prompt, your “homework” is to take the 25 words below and generate your own poem. The poems you guys came up with for the Spring Poetry Generator totally gave us spring fever!

You can add articles (little words like “a”, and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!

  • school
  • rule
  • friends
  • books
  • looks
  • lunch
  • gross
  • desk
  • heart
  • bus
  • homework
  • homeroom
  • teacher
  • locker
  • soccer
  • race
  • leap
  • joy
  • playground
  • awaken
  • 7 am
  • weekend
  • bell
  • beautiful
  • pencil sharpener

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to take a lesson . . . from YOU!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 17, 2015

Fly Guy Would You Rather

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fly guy would you ratherSuper Fly! Fly Guy Would You Rather . . .

In the Fly Guy series, boy meets fly, and a beautiful friendship is born. Fly Guy is extremely smart and even knows how to say the boy’s name (“Buzz”). They have hilarious (and sometimes slightly gross) adventures together in school, at restaurants, picnics, and even when Fly Guy gets married to Fly Girl, Buzz and Fly Guy are eventually reunited. So take a buzz at our Fly Guy Would You Rather below.

Would you rather . . .

1. Be a fly guy OR lightning bug?

2. Go swimming in someone’s soup OR chocolate pudding pie?

3. Be able to talk to animals OR transform into animals?

4. See Fly Guy team up with Spider-Man OR Ant-Man?

5. Have a FLY fly up your nose OR a LADYBUG?

6. Have a Fly Guy video game OR a Fly Guy movie?

7. Have the next book be American Ninja Fly Guy OR Fly Guy Dances with the Stars?

Leave your answers in the Comments below and let us know what you think of the Fly Guy books!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 11, 2015

Beach Trivia Quiz

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Soak up the Sun Beach Trivia Quiz!

Have you been to the beach this summer for vacation? Or maybe you have dreams of going to the beach . . . living on the beach . . . starring in Teen Beach 2? You know the usual. Well if you love the beach, try “digging deeper” into our beach trivia . . .

1. Ocean tides are pulled by the _________. (Hint: it’s not the sun.)


Sea Nettles photo by Kirt Edblom

2. Why do jellyfish sting? A) To capture prey and act as a defense mechanism. B) They are really mean. C) Their stingers are painful, and they just want to get rid of them.

3. What should you do if you get stung by a jellyfish? A) Scream! B) Remain calm and tell a grown up or find a lifeguard. C) Rub the stingers off with your hand.

4. Name the two ingredients required to build a sandcastle.

5. Would you rather . . .  surf waves with a boogie board OR jump over waves?

6. Name a popular surfing destination. A) Hawaii. B) Germany. C) Egypt. D) New York City.


Punalu’u, Hawaii photo by Ryan Lackey

7. What does “Hang 10” mean?

8. Name the type of bird that may swoop down and eat all your potato chips at the beach.

9. There is a place in Hawaii where the beach is black. What causes it to be black? A) People littering. B) Basalt from volcanoes. C) It is painted. D) Animals . . . um . . . you know!

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August 3, 2015

Writing Prompt: Reader Rejects

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Writing PromptWriting Prompt: Do you give up on bad books?

You expect a book to be totally amazing, and you eagerly tear into the first few chapters only to discover . . . the book is utterly disappointing!!! Reader reject!

Either it’s completely boring, or not what you expected, or it started off great but now it can’t seem to hold your interest. What do you do? We want to know for today’s Writing Prompt . . .

Do you give up on bad books . . . or do you finish every book you start?

Bare your soul and tell us about your rejected reads in the Comments below!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 21, 2015

Vegetarian Trivia Quiz

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Trivia QuizKids Going Meatless: Interview and Trivia Quiz

We know a lot of you are curious about being vegetarian. I recently talked to a 7-year-old who gave up meat when she was 6, and here is her perspective:

Q: Why did you decide to become a vegetarian?
A: I don’t think it’s right to kill animals. It feels good because I love animals and don’t want to hurt them. It all started because I thought pigs were cute, when I was little.

Q: What foods do you choose to eat instead/ what are your favorite vegetarian alternatives?
A: Fake meat, rice tacos, and green beans. I also eat a lot of fruit, quinoa and cheese.

Q: What do your parents think?
A: They think I’m a picky eater and wish I would eat more vegetables. But they are proud of me.

Q: Do you miss eating meat?
A: No, because fake meat tastes like real meat. I just tried vegetarian breakfast sausage this weekend and loved it!

Pretty interesting, huh? Her parents are meat eaters, and always maintained a healthy diet through eating meat, so I thought it was pretty neat she reached this decision all on her own. Check out our quiz below for more vegetarian vision:

1. Name one thing a vegetarian would NOT eat.

2. What is a vegetarian called who ALSO doesn’t eat any animal products like eggs or dairy? Hint: it also starts with “veg.”

3. TRUE or FALSE. Ariana Grande, Debby Ryan, Demi Lovato, and Laura Marano are all vegetarians.

4. If you don’t eat meat, you might not be getting enough protein in your diet. Name a food you can eat that DOES contain protein.

Want to check your answers on the quiz? Look below…

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July 3, 2015

Minions Would You Rather

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MinionsMinion Mayhem! Minions Would You Rather . . . 

We know you guys are big fans of the Despicable Me movies, and as you might know, the unofficial prequel Minions movie is hitting theaters July 10th! In the movie, we follow the minions in search of the perfect supervillain to work for before they met Gru. They try out Dracula, Napoleon, and the new character Scarlet Overkill.

Minions Operation GameAnd, this month only, if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter you can enter for a chance to win a free Minions Prize Pack including the Minions Operation game and a Minions lunchbox! Subscribe here right now!

Now, get into the minion mindset, and let us know would you rather . . .

1. Be Stuart (one eyeball) OR Bob (small bald guy) OR Kevin (tall skinny guy)?

2. Be Dracula’s minion OR Gru’s minion?

3. Be able to understand “minion” OR speak 10 languages?

4. Be a supervillain OR superhero?

5. Battle The Incredible Hulk OR Darth Vader?

6. HAVE a sidekick OR BE a sidekick?

7. Eat bananas for a week OR watermelon for a week?

8. Have a dragon breathe fire on you OR a sumo wrestler sit on you?

Leave your answers in the Comments below, and let us know if you’re psyched for the movie!

-Ratha, Stacks Writer