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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.

 

January 7, 2014

Fake News Stories of 2013: Answers

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trivia_quiz2TRUE or FALSE? Did you guess the fake news stories of 2013?

Last week, we posted a trivia quiz on the Fake News Stories of 2013. Did you guess which ones were true and which ones were made up out of the blue? Check out the answers below to see how you did.

  1. A frog was launched into space by NASA.frog_NASA
    ANSWER: TRUE. NASA’s LADEE space rocket was on the way to the moon, when apparently this research frog escaped. The official quote from NASA says, ”The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.” Take a look at this incredible picture from NASA’s website! Can you spot the poor little guy?
  2. A deer in Florida got its head stuck in a bag of Doritos.
    ANSWER: TRUE. In June, a police deputy discovered the poor animal while on patrol in the Florida Keys. Its entire head was stuck in the bag! The Monroe County Sheriff’s office reported the deer allowed the deputy to remove the bag without a struggle. So don’t forget to throw your trash away in a proper container!
  3. One Direction signed on for a new Disney Channel TV series in 2014.
    ANSWER: FALSE. But wouldn’t that be awesome?
  4. A California baby can only nap when his puppy naps with him.Beau&TheoANSWER: TRUE. In a series of pics that went viral, a California tot got used to sleeping with his puppy. The pup waits for him each day by his crib for naptime. Can you say adorable?
  5. Suzanne Collins announced she will write a Hunger Games prequel (for ages 12 and up).
    ANSWER: FALSE. If only…!!
  6. A boy in Florida was hit in the head by a meteorite.
    ANSWER: True. According to the Orlando Sentinal newspaper, a seven-year-old boy was playing outside when he was struck in the head by what looked like small pebbles. He was taken to the hospital, and tests showed that the stones were metallic, and most likely from space! There have only been two other reported meteorite incidents in American history – in 1954 an eight-pound fragment hit a woman in Alabama, and in 1992 a car was crushed in New York by a 27-pound piece.
  7. Penguins dressed as Santa waddled through a park in South Korea.penguinsANSWER: TRUE. And extremely cute.
  8. Studies showed people who eat high amounts of red meat developed animal-like characteristics, such as making “moo” noises and clucking like chickens.
    ANSWER: FALSE. C’mon, that would just be weird. Although it is important to eat a balanced diet.

What a year. Do you guys have predictions for wacky things that could happen in 2014? In the Chinese calendar it is the Year of the Horse, if that helps you out with any ideas. (Last year 2013 was the Year of the Snake). Let us know your predictions in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

NASA frog photo credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry
Toddler and puppy photo credit: Jessica Shyba
Penguin photo credit: AP

January 6, 2014

What 2013 Taught Me . . .

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writing_prompt_genericWhat 2013 Taught Me . . .

What are some of the important or funny or thrilling or surprising new things you have learned through experience in the past year as we make our New Year Resolutions, and look back on 2013? These are just some things 2013 has taught me!

  • Books are better than TV.
  • People can be surprisingly kind.
  • Old friends are the best friends.
  • Drink more water. Eat less sugar.
  • Adore your parents. You’ll be sad when you don’t live near them one day.
  • Get rid of the negative energy. You’ll be happier.
  • Don’t leave dirty diapers or dog poop in the kitchen trash can overnight. You’ll be sorry in the morning.

What are some of the things 2013 taught you? Leave your thoughts (both funny and deep) in the Comments below. Farewell, 2013!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 31, 2013

Fake News Stories of 2013

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trivia_quiz2TRUE or FALSE? Can you guess the fake news stories?

2013 brought a lot of crazy news stories: happy things, sad things, funny things, and just plain bizarre things. See how much you know about the wacky things that happened in 2013. Guess which stories below are TRUE and which ones are FALSE. Ready? Go!

  1. A frog was launched into space by NASA.
  2. A deer in Florida got its head stuck in a bag of Doritos.
  3. One Direction signed on for a new Disney Channel TV series in 2014.
  4. A California baby can only nap when his puppy naps with him.
  5. Suzanne Collins announced she will write a Hunger Games prequel (for ages 12 and up).
  6. A boy in Florida was hit in the head by a meteorite.
  7. Penguins dressed as Santa waddled through a park in South Korea.
  8. Studies showed that people who eat high amounts of red meat developed animal- like characteristics, such as making “moo” noises and clucking like chickens.

Yep, there’s some crazy stuff that went down in 2013, but not all of these 8 stories are true. Can you guess which ones are real and which ones are fake?

Leave your answers (TRUE or FALSE) in the Comments below, and check here for answers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

December 23, 2013

2013 Person of the Year

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writing_prompt_genericEnter YOUR nomination for the STACKS 2013 Person of the Year

Pope Francis has just been named as Time Magazine‘s person of the year. But just as highly anticipated . . . get ready to vote for the 2013 STACKS Person of the Year!

In 2012, you guys chose One Direction as STACKS Person (ok, People!) of the Year. This year, who will it be?

Who has inspired you? Wowed you? Made you want to be a better person? Maybe you look up to him or her. Or maybe it is someone so incredibly talented and entertaining, that you couldn’t get through the day without listening to his or her music, or reading his or her stories.

Just write your nomination in the Comments below. The nominee who gets the most votes by December 31st will be named STACKS Person of the Year. We’ll announce the winner in 2014!

We can’t wait to see your nominees. Come on back on January 2 to find out the 2013 STACKS Person of the Year!

Merry Merry, Happy Happy!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

December 17, 2013

Time Period Personality Quiz Results

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trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: What time period do you belong in?

Last week, we asked you a bunch of questions to find out which time period you should have been born in. Count up your answers and get ready to travel through time to your true destiny! Behold the results of your Time Period Personality Quiz.

Mostly A’s: ANCIENT EGYPT
You should have been born in Ancient Egypt! Starting around 3000 BCE, you would have lived in the land of pharaohs and pyramids. You could float down the Nile River and carve your stories in hieroglyphics. When you’re feeling hungry, you could go fishing or snack on dates and honey. You might have rubbed shoulders with King Tut or Cleopatra. If you were wealthy, when you died, your body would be mummified. A good career for you might be an archaeologist or professor of Classical Studies!

Mostly B’S: MEDIEVAL TIMES
You should have been born in Medieval times. This time in history spanned from the 5th – 15th centuries CE across Europe. Some people call it the Middle Ages. It was a time of chaos, but also chivalry. Barbarians attacked; rulers were overthrown, and knights developed their code of honor. A system of feudalism developed where peasants farmed the land for the rich lords. You might wear your armor to a royal jousting tournament, and then relax with a fancy dinner of exotic pigeon or peacock, or more everyday fare like meat and potatoes. You’d eat with your hands, and then throw the scraps to the floor for the dogs. Yum!

Mostly C’s: RENAISSANCE
You should have been born during the Renaissance. During the 14th – 16th centuries, it was an amazing time for art and culture. You might have gone to church at an enormous European cathedral. You might have seen Michelangelo painting the roof of the Sistine Chapel, or Leonardo Da Vinci working on his famous “Mona Lisa” painting. Or you might have read sonnets while floating down the waterways of Venice. Perhaps you were even lucky enough to attend an opera, and then feast on a light dinner of pasta, fruit, and goat cheese. Perhaps one day you will make your way to Italy to see where it all began. Ciao!

Mostly D’s: AMERICAN COLONIAL TIMES
You should have been born during American colonial times. In July of 1776, the 13 American colonies declared independence from England. Obviously, England was not too happy with that, so the Revolutionary War began! You might have watched the founding fathers sign the Declaration of Independence or create the U.S. Constitution. You may have bumped into the first famous Americans like George Washington, or Benjamin Franklin, or Alexander Hamilton. Hopefully you don’t mind itchy white wigs though – that was the style!

Mostly E’s: FUTURISTIC
Your time is in the future! You would fit right in a futuristic society. Your day might consist of checking your iDevice for your schedule, and jumping into your flying spacecar for a day of fun or work. You and your BFF might zoom around the galaxy, or play laser tag jumping from building to building. When you get hungry, you could press a button from your automatic food machine and – presto – spaghetti and meatballs appear. So enjoy this time, and know your FUTURE is bright!

What do you think? What time period would YOU love to live in? Tell us in the Comments.

–Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 10, 2013

Time Period Personality Quiz

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trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: What time period should you have been born in?

Have you ever thought that you might have been born in the wrong era? Take our Time Period Personality Quiz today to find out your true time period personality.

  1. You want to go on vacation to . . . A) the pyramids of Egypt. Exploring tombs and cozying up to mummies is just your style. B) backpack across Europe. C) Italy. Explore the Colosseum, lean on the Tower of Pisa, gaze at the Sistine Chapel, and float along the waterways of Venice. D) road trip across the United States. E) Are you kidding? Just park the video game truck in my backyard for a week, and I’m good to go!
  2. If you could have a wig you’d have . . . A) a jeweled headpiece. B) a metal helmet. C) a long braid like Rapunzel. D) perfect shoulder-length curls. E) a green Mohawk.
  3. What’s your clothing style? A) The less the better; you’re always sweating. B) Relaxed & comfy. C) Dressy & formal. D) Preppy & all-American. E) Edgy & fashion-forward.
  4. You’d rather do a school report on . . . A) King Tutankhamen. B) Vlad Dracula. C) Michelangelo. D) Ben Franklin. E) Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple Computers.
  5. You and your friends are into . . . A) mystery, books, and discovering hidden secrets. B) sports, hiking, and being outdoors. C) shopping, dance, art, and music. D) helping people and contributing to good causes. E) robotics and tech-y stuff.
  6. Which quote appeals most to you? A) “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.” B) “Use strength in the service of justice, but tempered by humanity and mercy.” C) “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” D) “Give me liberty or give me death!” E) “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
  7. Pick a movie! A) The Mummy (rated PG-13) B) The Princess Bride (rated PG) C) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (rated G) D) Pocahontas (rated G) E) Star Wars (rated PG)
  8. You’d like to travel by . . . A) majestic river cruise. B) There’s no place your feet can’t get you! C) sailboat. D) horseback. E) spaceship.
  9. Your last meal on earth would be . . . A) falafel, chickpeas, something flavorful. B) steak and boiled potatoes. C) pizza with all the toppings you want! D) turkey and stuffing, a nice Thanksgiving feast. E) freeze-dried ice cream that never melts.
  10. At a costume party you would dress as. . . . A) Cleopatra. B) a knight or princess. C) Leonardo da Vinci. D) George Washington. E) a three-headed alien.

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

–Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

December 2, 2013

Book Nerd Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_bookBook Nerd and Proud!

You’d rather finish your book than watch TV. You drop food on your book because reading and eating dinner at the same time is challenging (my sincere apologies to the Pleasant Hills Public Library!). Your mom tells you you’re going to Disney World, but you just look up from your book and say . . . “Huh?” Admit it – you’re a book nerd, and proud of it!

Today’s Writing Prompt is for you. Finish this sentence. . .

booknerd We can’t wait to hear what you guys say in the Comments below! Be proud and read ON!

–Ratha, STACKS Writer