Author Archives: Ratha M.

April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day Trivia Quiz Answers

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question marksHappy April Fools’ Day!

Yesterday, we posted an April Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz. Were you fooled, or did you guess the answers?

  1. What date is April Fools’ Day?
    ANSWER: April 1st.
  2. According to one belief, April Fools’ Day is said to have started in which country? (Hint: Eiffel Tower)
    ANSWER: France. According to one story, in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII changed New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1. People weren’t happy with this, and kept celebrating on April 1. The January people made fun of the April people, and tricked them into running “fools’ errands” and playing tricks on them. Hmm . . . sounds complicated. I’ll just stick to putting rubber bugs in my family’s beds!
  3. In 1998, which restaurant published a fake advertisement for a hamburger for left-handed people? (McDonald’s or Burger King)
    ANSWER: Burger King! They put an ad in the newspaper announcing a new menu item: the Left-Handed Whopper. It had the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but rotated the condiments 180 degrees. Thousands of customers went into BK requesting the new sandwich which was not real!
  4. Back in 2011, which celebrity teen heartthrob singer pretended to let talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shave off his hair?
    ANSWER: Justin Bieber! Luckily, it was all a joke.
  5. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 2005, NASA posted on their website that water had been found on Mars. Was water really found on Mars?
    ANSWER: APRIL FOOL! Well . . . actually yes and no. When readers scrolled down, they saw a picture of a glass of water placed on a Mars candy bar. (Good one!)
  6. What would YOU rather do: put Vaseline on your parents’ toilet seat OR a mustache tattoo on your sister while she’s sleeping?
    ANSWER: No wrong answer, you sneaky trickster, you!
  7. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 1957, Swiss farmers enjoyed a surprise “spaghetti crop” when spaghetti grew on trees.
    ANSWER: APRIL FOOL! It was a BBC prank.

Did you pull any good pranks for April Fools’ Day? I’m looking for some good ideas for next year, so let me know in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 31, 2015

April Fools' Day Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:26 am in Trivia | Permalink

question marksApril Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz

There’s one day in the year when you can’t get in trouble for playing pranks on people. April Fools’ Day! Who can resist getting a glass of “moldy” milk or a gummy worm in your apple?

Are you prepared for April Fools’ Day? To get you in the mood, take a jab at our April Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz. You might get some good ideas!

  1. What date is April Fools’ Day?
  2. According to one belief, April Fools’ Day is said to have started in which country? (Hint: Eiffel Tower)
  3. In 1998, which restaurant published a fake advertisement for a hamburger for left-handed people? (McDonald’s or Burger King)
  4. Back in 2011, which celebrity teen heartthrob singer pretended to let talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shave off his hair?
  5. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 2005, NASA posted on their website that water had been found on Mars. Was water really found on Mars?
  6. What would YOU rather do: put Vaseline on your parents’ toilet seat OR a mustache tattoo on your sister while she’s sleeping?
  7. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 1957, Swiss farmers enjoyed a surprise “spaghetti crop” when spaghetti grew on trees.

If you refuse to be fooled, let us know your answers in the Comments below! Then click here for the answers.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 24, 2015

Spring vs. Fall Would You Rather

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Spring vs. fallSpring vs. Fall Would You Rather

With the snow finally melting, the sound of birds chirping in the air, it can only mean one thing. Spring is here. Finally! It’s been a tough winter, and I’m totally ready. What about you guys?

But some people, as much as they like spring, like fall even better. They’re both such awesome seasons, it’s hard to decide. Which is your favorite?

Would You Rather . . . 

1. Pick flowers in spring OR rake leaves in fall?

2. Have a spring picnic OR a fall campfire marshmallow roast?

3. Eat jellybeans OR candy corns?

4. Be forced to dress up as the Easter Bunny OR a Thanksgiving turkey?

5. Plant a garden OR pick a pumpkin?

6. Drink pink lemonade OR apple cider?

7. Go to an NFL football game in the fall or MLB Opening Day baseball game in the spring?

8. Shop for back-to-school clothes in the fall OR shorts & t-shirts for the spring?

Let us know which season you “spring” for in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 23, 2015

Spring Poetry Generator

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Spring Poetry Generator

Spring is here… or so I’m told! It’s hard to imagine wearing t-shirts and sandals, when only last week, I was digging out the 5 feet of snow surrounding my driveway. But I’m optimistic, so I like to think it will be here sooner rather than later!

To get into the spirit, your job for today’s Writing Prompt is to take the 25 words below, and generate your own spring-themed poem. (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “I Have a Dream” poems you guys wrote were A-mazing.)

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!

  • springspring poem generator
  • sing
  • warm
  • sun
  • bathes
  • grass
  • toasting
  • birds
  • reflection
  • freezing
  • glow
  • butterfly
  • laying
  • running
  • flowers
  • kiss
  • garden
  • outside
  • trees
  • beauty
  • never
  • alive
  • falling
  • calling
  • school

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be infected . . . with Spring Fever!!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 9, 2015

No Matter How Old I Get . . .

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Writing promptWriting Prompt: No matter how old I get. . . 

Some things will never change. You love it now, and you always will. It’s your “forever” or something you are so sure about in your heart that you know it will never change! For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .

No matter how old I get, I will always… (love Harry Potter, sleep with my bunny, be best friends with_______, play basketball)

Serious, silly, or somewhere in between, let us know in the Comments below!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 24, 2015

K. C. Undercover Would You Rather

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K.C. Undercover Would you ratherTop Secret: K. C. Undercover Would You Rather

If you’re all shaken up Shake it Up is over, then you might need to check out Zendaya’s NEW Disney show that’s all the rage:  K.C. Undercover.

K. C. (played by Zendaya) is an undercover spy in a family of undercover spies who go on secret government missions. She is a 16-year-old math genius spy in training (who can rock incredibly dangerous looking 3-inch sneaker high heels)! Her brother Ernie is a socially awkward, but lovable computer expert. And the family receives a new addition of a 10-year-old robot sister Judy. We’re still learning whose side she’s on. It’s pretty hilarious. The stories have a nice mix of capturing the bad guy while balancing being a teenager. And I have to say I love all her outfits!

So for today’s mission, it’s your job to let us know:

Would You Rather . . .

  1. Go undercover to your school dance and arrest your date (who’s a  bad guy spy!) OR go undercover into the football team locker room and arrest the sweaty but gorgeous star quarterback?
  2. Be a spy like K. C. and her family OR be a ghost like on The Haunted Hathaways?
  3. Live as a spy in Russia OR Brazil?
  4. Have a secret gadget to listen in on people’s conversations OR secret gadget to make things explode by pressing a button?
  5. Discover your parents are spies OR your parents are secretly rich and famous from being in a rock band in the 1990s?
  6. Be able to dance like Zendaya in Shake It Up OR do action karate moves like Zendaya in K. C. Undercover?
  7. Have a robot sister like Judy OR a real robot who obeys your every command?
  8. Be a good spy OR an evil spy? (bwa ha ha ha)

Should you choose to complete this mission, leave your answers in the Comments below. And let us know what you think of Zendaya’s new show K. C. Undercover!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

 Photo courtesy of Disney Channel

 

February 9, 2015

Writing Prompt: Irritating Questions

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Writing prompt: Shout outI get so irritated when people ask me…

I’m sure you’ve all had it happen to you. Someone asks you an irritating question and you say in your head, “Did she really just ask me that?!” Maybe the first time someone asks you a question, it’s not that bad. The second time they ask you, it gets a little annoying. But by the third time, you are full-blown, all-out irritated! Or maybe it’s a question that just shows how misunderstood you are. My worst example of this is, “You know it’s just a book, right?” Ooh, I hate that question!

Which leads me to today’s Writing Prompt . . .

What are the most irritating questions people ask you?

And we promise not to ever ask you any of those questions! Let us know in the Comments below!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

January 27, 2015

Winter vs. Summer Who Would Win

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Winter vs. summerWho Would Win: Winter or Summer?

Here in the New York City area, we’re pretty much sick and tired of being sick and tired of winter! Freezing temperatures and mushy snow make us long for summer. But will we feel the same way in summer? Will we long for the cool, magical, coziness of winter? Well, if you can’t decide, weigh in . . .

Winter vs. summer. Who’s the winner, in your opinion?

  1. Ice cream vs. Hot chocolate
  2. Snowboarding vs. Surfing
  3. Shovel snow vs. Mow the lawn
  4. Beach house vs. Mountain ski house
  5. Snowsuit vs. Bathing suit
  6. Ice pops vs. Icicles
  7. Winter holidays vs. summer vacation
  8. Hawaii vacation vs. Iceland vacation
  9. Building a sand castle vs. Building a snowman
  10. Frozen vs. Teen Beach Movie

And if you live in a part of the world where you are enjoying beautiful weather right now, then I am officially jealous!

Let us know your winter vs. summer winners in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

January 21, 2015

13 Books to Read Before You Turn 13

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What Books Should You Read Before You’re 13?13 books to read before you're 13

We love, love, LOVE books here at the STACKS. But there are a TON of books out there, like, millions. Maybe billions? I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like there are too many choices. With so many options, how can we ever sift through to find the must-reads?

So, I have come up with my *opinionated* list of the 13 books you simply MUST read before you turn 13 years old. By the way, if you’re older than 13 and you somehow missed any of these books, you should totally go read them now! They are not just for kids! Continue reading

January 19, 2015

I Have a Dream Poetry Generator

Posted by at 1:12 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Write Your Own “I Have a Dream” Poem

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we have a cool writing prompt challenge. Below are 25 words from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The speech is very inspiring and describes Dr. King’s dream of a world without racism and prejudice.

Your task is to take these 25 words and generate your own “I Have a Dream” poem. 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!

  • history Martin Luther King Poetry Generator
  • dream
  • free
  • life
  • happiness
  • fierce
  • despair
  • faith
  • rise
  • soul
  • alone
  • walk
  • believe
  • suffering
  • quest
  • equal
  • color
  • today
  • horrors
  • together
  • jail
  • transform
  • freedom
  • America
  • hundred-years

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be inspired . . . by you.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer