Author Archives: Ratha M.

August 27, 2013

Dream Vacation Personality Quiz Results

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vacationDream Vacation Personality Quiz Results

In last week’s Dream Vacation Personality Quiz we asked you questions to find out where you should go for your ultimate dream vacation. Count up your answers and get ready to book your flight!

Mostly A’s: TROPICAL PARADISE
Pack your sunscreen because your dream vacation is to a Tropical Paradise! You love the sun and water, and can’t get enough of hanging out by the pool, the beach, or your little brother or sister’s baby pool. Your dream vacation location would be Hawaii, Bora Bora, Fiji, or the Atlantis resort. You’d love one of those glass cabins that sit on top of the ocean so you can see straight through as the tropical fish swim by. Or you could swim with the dolphins for some exercise, then relax in your cabana as you get spritzed with mineral water. So start saving your money because a Tropical Paradise is where you are meant to be!

Mostly B’s: CAMPING ADVENTURE
Get ready to pitch your tent, because your dream vacation would be a Camping Adventure! Not just any old camping adventure though; we’re talking serious camping like the Grand Canyon, or hiking Mt. Everest, or backpacking across Europe. You love the outdoors, sleeping under the stars, and roughing it. You don’t like to be bored, and consider ziplining, white-water rafting, and mountain climbing all in a day’s work. So get your map and RV ready. You’ll be off on a Camping Adventure soon enough!

Mostly C’s: ITALIAN RIVIERA
Your dream vacation is on the Italian Riviera! Sleek and sophisticated, you long to be a jetsetter off to Rome, Paris, or Madrid at a moment’s notice. You would enjoy relaxing on your yacht, then hanging with the celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. You might gaze at art in Florence, or take a gondola through the canals of Venice. You can end the day with a plate of delicious pasta and dessert of mouth-watering gelato. Bellisimo!

Mostly D’s: AFRICAN SAFARI
Your dream vacation is an African Safari! You love animals, and long for adventure, so this is the perfect combination of the two! You will see lions in search of dinner, 12,000-pound elephants (hopefully not charging at you!) and the necks of giraffes popping out of trees. Channel the movie Madagascar (rated PG) as you ride in Land Rovers across wide open plains, and make friends with lemurs, zebras, and rhinos, observing them in their natural habitat. Rest easy as the sun sinks down over the horizon of your dream vacation on safari!

Mostly E’s: THEME PARK MADNESS
Hold on tight because your dream vacation is Theme Park Madness! You love ‘em all from water parks to Disney to Legoland, to Busch Gardens, to Universal, to the #1 ranked in America: Cedar Point in Ohio. You are a born thrill-seeker and fun-chaser, the more the better. So get your all-access pass. It looks like you’ll be travelling coast to coast and coaster to coaster!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 26, 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited About Back-to-School

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BackToSchoolTop 10 Reasons to Get Excited About Back-to-School

You’ve got your pencils sharpened and your new Chuck Taylors ready. Your mom stocked up on your favorite snacks, and your back-to-school outfits are hung up in order.

But you’re still not feelin’ it. Back-to-school panic hits you. Nooooooo!!! The lazy days of summer are still calling your name. Well, to get you in the mood, check out our Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited About Back-to-School, and you’ll remember how much you love school in no time. We hope.

  • 10. Your crush is in your class.
  • 9. Pizza day!
  • 8. You just got your braces off. Your peeps need to check out your new straight teeth.
  • 7. You get to change classes this year!
  • 6. After-school sports and epic football matches during recess. Game on!
  • 5. You have awesome back-to-school clothes and can’t wait to model them on the runway. Err… hallway.
  • 4. You have killer school supplies, including a shag rug and magnetic Kleenex box for your locker.
  • 3. You’ve had kind of a boring summer and you’re really, truly, actually READY to go back!
  • 2. You miss your friends … your backup friends … and the people you talk to that aren’t friends yet, but you could see them as potential future friends.
  • 1. You like to learn new things, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

So this school year, enjoy the things you are interested in and work hard at the not-so-fun or challenging things. That feeling of accomplishment can’t be beat when you finally rise to the top. Take a moment to revel in the pure joy of learning. A quote I loooove by Albert Einstein is:

“Education is what remains after you have forgotten all you have been taught.”

School not only teaches you the academic stuff, but affects how you see the world, how you deal with people, and ultimately, what kind of person you will become. Sure, there are not so great parts, but there are those parts you’ll carry in your mind and heart forever.

So go forth . . .learn much . . and try to make healthy choices for lunch. Let us know in the Comments below your #1 reason to go back to school this fall!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 20, 2013

Dream Vacation Personality Quiz

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vacationWhat is your dream vacation?

Answer these questions to find out what your dream vacation would be!

  1. For regular family vacations, you like to go: A)to the beach. B) anywhere outside and away from the crowd. C) somewhere cultural like museums, Colonial Williamsburg, or planetariums. D) Sea World, the zoo, or any place with animals. E) to an amusement park.
  2. You consider yourself to be: A) laid-back.  B) an outdoorsy nature-lover. C) a thrill-seeker.  D) savvy and sophisticated. E) always up for fun and silliness.
  3. Your sport is: A) swimming, diving, or any water sport! B) rock climbing! Man against the mountain! C) horseback riding. Giddy-up! D) dance, gymnastics, or anything artistic. E) football, soccer, basketball, baseball. You love team sports.
  4. If you could be an animal you’d be a: A) Parrot. Beautiful colors, you can talk, and YUM! All those crackers. B)  Bear. Roam the wild to your heart’s content, and then sleep all winter. C) Cheetah. Sleek, fast, and dangerous. D) Cat. Fancy grooming, and Fancy Feast meals. E) Dog. Always up for fun and companionship.
  5. What’s your ideal weather? A) Sunny and hot, but you don’t mind an occasional evening thunderstorm. B) Cool, shady summers and cold, snowy winters. C) Hot, sunny, and dry. D) Unpredictable. You like to be surprised! E) Warm, but not hot.
  6. If you were stranded on a desert island what one thing would you HAVE to have? A) nothing! This is the life! B) plenty of water! C) your pet, Mr. Cuddles. D) a stylish bathing suit and a good book. E) a DS so you don’t get bored.
  7. How do you like to travel? A) by airplane. B) on foot. C) by camel. D) by yacht. E) by skateboard.
  8. Your vacation anthem song would be: A) “Surf’s Up” from Teen Beach Movie. B) “Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae. C) “Circle of Life” From The Lion King D) “All Around the World” by Justin Bieber. E) ”Live While We’re Young” by 1D
  9. You have to do one bizarre activity for 5 hours straight. It would be: A) swimming in a protected box surrounded by jellyfish. B) floating on an iceberg around Antarctica. C) training a lion. D) trying to communicate in another language with people who have absolutely no idea what you’re saying. E) skydiving.
  10. How do you feel about ghosts? A) Terrified! B) Love to tell stories about them and scare people. C) They live on. . .  In animals! D) No such thing. E) Love to go through fun houses and cemeteries, and pretend they exist, even though you know it’s fake.
  11. When you were little, you loved to go: A) to the kiddie pool in your backyard. B) to the woods. C) to the zoo. D) to the airport and watch the planes take off, dreaming of far away lands! E) to playgrounds… and you still do!

Find out your results here!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 13, 2013

Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz Answers

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Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest! Last week, we posted a Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz. Tallest building, oldest living man, longest river . . . you get the picture!  How many did you get correct? Check out the answers below.

  1. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa. What country is it in?
    ANSWER: United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the U.A.E. city that boasts the tallest habitable building in the world. It climbed to the top of the charts when it was completed in 2010. It has 160 stories, is 2716.5 ft., and includes a hotel, apartments, restaurants, office space, and a viewing deck.
  2. The world’s oldest living man is how old?
    ANSWER: 112 years old.  According to Guinness World Records, Salustiano Sanchez Blazquez was born in 1901, and currently lives in Grand Island, New York. His hobbies include vegetable gardening and crossword puzzles. Incidentally, he is not the world’s oldest living person. SHE is 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
  3. What’s the fastest someone has ever run 1 mile?
    ANSWER: 3 minutes and 43 seconds! The record was set in 1999 by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco.  Yikes, I run a mile in 11 minutes. He’d run laps around me!
  4. Which is the longest river in the world?
    ANSWER: The Nile. Running through Africa, the Nile is over 4,000 miles long. #2 is the Amazon, #3 is the Yangtze in China, and #4 the Mississippi.
  5. The world’s shortest person is about how tall?
    ANSWER: 54.6 cm. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s shortest man (72-year-old Chandra Bahadur who is 54.6 cm) and world’s shortest woman (18-year-old Iyoti Amage who is 62.8 cm) met for the first time for the production of the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records
  6. Where is the world’s largest swimming pool?
    ANSWER: Chile. It’s called The San Alfonso del Mar sea water pool. Lying beside the Pacific Ocean, special machines draw sea water from the Pacific Ocean in at one end of the pool, filter and treat it, and pump it back out the other end!
  7. Where is the world’s tallest roller coaster?
    ANSWER: Six Flags, NJ. According to the Scholastic Book of World Records, “Kingda Ka” has been the world’s tallest coaster since opening in 2005 at 456 feet high. It reaches a top speed of 128 scream-filled miles per hour!
  8. Which city has the most skyscrapers?
    ANSWER: New York City. The Big Apple has 210 buildings over 500 feet tall. The newest and tallest skyscraper in New York is One World Trade Center, a.k.a. the Freedom Tower.

If you’re in the mood for more, check out The 2013 Guinness Book of World Records. I could get lost in there for hours! See you next Trivia Tuesday.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 6, 2013

Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz

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Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest. For today’s Trivia Tuesday we are taking a look at some of the world’s top record holders. Can you guess the answers to our Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz? Ready? Go!

  1. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa. What country is it in?
  2. The world’s oldest living man is how old? A) 103 years B) 112 years C) 118 years
  3. What’s the fastest someone has ever run 1 mile?
  4. Which is the longest river in the world? A) Nile B) Amazon C) Mississippi D) Yangtze
  5. The world’s shortest person is about how tall? A) 30 cm (1 foot tall) B) 54 cm (just under 2 feet) C) 98 cm
  6. Where is the world’s largest swimming pool? A) Disney World B) Chile C) Australia
  7. Where is the world’s tallest roller coaster? A) Disney World B) Busch Gardens, Virginia C) Nagasima Spa Land, Japan D) Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
  8. Which city has the most skyscrapers over 500 feet tall? A) New York B) Hong Kong C) Chicago D) Tokyo

Let us know your guesses in the Comments below, and check back next week for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 30, 2013

City Personality Quiz Results

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Last week, we gave you a City Personality Quiz to find out which city you should live in when you grow up. Are you ready for your results? Count up your answers and read on. . . .

Mostly A’s: DALLAS, TEXAS
Saddle up, partner; the city you should live in is Dallas, Texas! You’re a down home country guy or gal, and while you like having a city near you, you also enjoy a small town feel. The comfort food, lifestyle, and entertainment of Texas will put you at ease. Head on down to the rodeo, or take in a football game, then BBQ with family. People who live in Texas take pride in their state, which is maybe why they say, “Don’t mess with Texas.”

Mostly B’s: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
You should live in sunny Los Angeles, California! A beach guy or gal at heart, you love being in the sun and close to the ocean. Your style is casual and trendy, but part of you also has an aim for fame! You like to celebrity-watch, and who knows? Maybe one day you will even become a celebrity yourself! Los Angeles is the perfect place to go on all those auditions and try to live your dreams.

Mostly C’s: NEW YORK CITY
Start spreadin’ the news; the city you should live in is the Big Apple, New York City!
You love being where the action is with a cool job, all different types of people, and non-stop entertainment. Since you love a busy pace and don’t mind crowds, America’s biggest city is the place you want to be. You will love all the different experiences from riding the subway to work, to taking in a Broadway show, to eating hot dogs on Coney Island.

Mostly D’s: LONDON, ENGLAND
Fasten your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff to London, England! With its rich history and hip, current day atmosphere, England is the place to be. Ride a double-decker bus over the Thames River and past Buckingham Palace on your way to meet your mates for tea. Watch the changing of the guard, or visit Charles Dickens’ grave at Westminster Abbey. Study at Oxford University, one of the most prestigious colleges in the world. At the end of the day, retire to your flat in Notting Hill, and phone back home to America where it will still be the afternoon (since England is 5 hours ahead of the East Coast, and 8 hours ahead of the West Coast!). Cheers!

Mostly E’s: SHANGHAI, CHINA
“Ni hao,” will be your greeting each day because the city you should live in is Shanghai, China! A rich, exotic world where the old meets new, Shanghai is the place for you. Slurp noodles with your friends as you sit by the Bund, or the famous waterfront area to hang out and shop in. Ride your bicycle or motor scooter through the crowds to navigate to school. Take a ride outside of town to a peaceful Buddhist temple for some Zen time. See an acrobatic show, or get lost wandering the Yu Yuan Gardens. And if you miss home, don’t worry; Disneyland Shanghai is set to open in 2015!

What do you think? Can you see yourself in this city? Leave a Comment!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 29, 2013

Writing Prompt: That’s So True!

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writing_prompt_genericWriting Prompt: That’s so true!

Don’t you love it when you hear a phrase and it’s totally what’s been in your brain all along?? For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to compile a list of quotes that make you say, “That’s so true!”

For example:

  • You don’t get dessert at home, but you get double dessert at grandma’s.
  • Hard work beats talent . . when talent doesn’t work hard. (The best natural athlete/student/performer won’t win if s/he is lazy!)
  • Don’t you hate it when you finish an amazing book, and realize you were lost in its world . . .then you look around and see life carries on as normal? Major letdown!
  • Why is it you always have to go to the bathroom as soon as you get into the pool, or start a long car trip?
  • Love the people God gave you because He will need them back one day.

Serious or silly, what’s something that makes you say. . .

SoTrueCan’t wait to see how many different things we get, so leave your words in the Comments below.

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

July 23, 2013

City Personality Quiz

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Have you ever played the M.A.S.H. game that randomly guesses your future spouse, your future profession, and your future home (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House)? Well today’s Personality Quiz will tell you what world city you belong in. Answer these questions to predict where you should live when you grow up.

  1. For your birthday, you’d like to go to a: A) rodeo! B) beach, baby! C) Broadway show. D) tea with the queen. E) exotic restaurant.
  2. Your lifestyle pace is: A) slow. You like to take your time and enjoy the simple things in life. B) luxurious and trendy. You like to live in style and look good at all times! C) fast! You like to always be going somewhere or doing something. You get bored easily. D) scheduled. You like to know what’s on your schedule so you can properly prepare. Otherwise, you get stressed out. E) in between. You are passionate about certain things, but other times you just like to kick back and relax with family and friends.
  3. What famous landmark appeals to you the most? A) the Alamo. B) the Hollywood sign. C) the Statue of Liberty. D) Buckingham Palace. E) the Great Wall of China.
  4. What type of food do you like to eat? A) Steak! B) It has to be healthy, and usually has avocados on it! C) You eat something different every day from salads to burgers to Ethiopian! D) You love traditional meat and potatoes, but you also like to spice things up with curry sometimes. E) Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, anything with rice!
  5. Your favorite outfit is: A) jeans and cowboy boots. B) anything beachy like shorts, tanks, flip-flops. C) kind of edgy like a graphic T and ankle boots.  D) preppy and sophisticated like khakis and a collared shirt. E) something comfy. You don’t like your clothes to scream, “Trendy!!”
  6. Where do you want to go to college? A) a college close to home, preferably with a great football team. B) somewhere sunny and fun where it feels like you’re on vacation. C) a diverse college with lots to offer, and unique people to meet. D) a prestigious Ivy League university. E) abroad, so you can experience a different part of the world.
  7. On the weekend you like to: A) be outside, preferably around animals. B) Relax with your family. You wish there were 5 days of weekend instead of the other way around! C) be busy! You’ve got playdates, games, practices, classes, and rehearsal. You never stop going. D) forget the world and read a good book, or even get a jump on schoolwork for the next week. E) ride your bike, go roller skating, or just hang out in the neighborhood.
  8. In your opinion, there is no such thing as being too _______. A) relaxed. B) popular. C) busy. D) smart. E) traditional.
  9. When you grow up, you will be a famous: A) cowboy. You were born to rule the wild west! B) singer or actor. You want to see your name in lights! C) corporate tycoon! You want to be so rich, you could own a piece of the city! D) royal. A prince, princess . . . or even a knight would do. E) athlete like a gymnast or basketball player. You’ve been training since you were 3.
  10. How do you feel about crowds? A) Don’t like them at all. B) If it’s for an amazing celebrity, then it’s ok. C) Love ‘em! The more different kinds of people, the better! D) You like them up to a point, but you like your alone time, too. E) You don’t mind a large crown of familiar faces.

Click here for your results!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 23, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Answers

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SunSun Safety Trivia Answers

Happy Summer! Last week we posted a Sun Safety Trivia Quiz. We know you are busy with lots of pool time, camp fun, and sprinkler running, but now the answers have arrived. How are your summer sun smarts? Check out answers below.

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen?
    ANSWER: B. Every 2 hours. The American Cancer Society also recommends people stay under the shade in the middle of the day, and cover up with hats and sunglasses. (Ooh la la! Great summer fashion!) Even if you’re applying sunscreen every 2 hours, don’t broil in the sun. Be sure to take lots of breaks!
  2. What does SPF stand for?
    ANSWER: Sun Protection Factor!
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as much as one labeled SPF 15.
    ANSWER: False. The number actually means how long it will protect your skin from burning. You multiply the number by 15 (because your skin will start to burn in 15 minutes). SPF 15 x 15 minutes = 225 minutes protected. SPF 30 x 15 minutes = 450 minutes protected. Of course, this is only if you’re not swimming, or it doesn’t get rubbed off. So still reapply sunscreen every 2 hours!
  4. What’s stronger, waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
    ANSWER: Waterproof sunscreen is stronger. It protects your skin for about 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. Water-resistant only protects for about 40 minutes.
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should:
    ANSWER: C. Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get bad sunburn, which of the following can help?
    ANSWER: A. Aloe vera gel and moisturizers can help. Also, a cool compress. Stay away from a hot bath! Drink plenty of water, because sunburn can dehydrate you. Some people also say a cool cloth dampened with skim milk! The coolness takes out the initial fire, and the milk creates a protein film to ease the pain. But stay away from cats if you do this!
  7. The best type of sunscreen is:
    ANSWER: B. one with SPF 15 or higher. Also make sure the label says it blocks UVA and UVB rays.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon?
    ANSWER: B. Asia. Traditionally Asians did not think being tan was beautiful because it was associated with poor peasants working in the fields (and being tanned from the sun). Being lighter was a sign of being rich. Even today, many trends in Asia are for skin lightening, and women stay out of the sun.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are:
    ANSWER: D. all of the above! There are many benefits to getting sun like Vitamin D, better sleep at night, and a happier mood, but you just have to be extra careful in the summer.

What are you guys spending most of your time doing this summer? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 16, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Quiz

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SunSun Safety Trivia Quiz

Now that the dog days of summer are here to stay, we bet you’re having fun in the sun, lounging by the pool, going to the beach, running through the sprinkler, playing summer sports, and just plain soakin’ up the sun.

But to make sure you’re protecting your skin, and staying safe in the sun, slather on some Tuesday Trivia. Sunny side up! TEST YOUR SUN SMARTS!

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen? A) Every 30 minutes. B) Every 2 hours. C) Every 5 hours. D) Once at the beginning of the day.
  2. What does SPF stand for?
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as many rays as one labeled SPF 15.
  4. What’s stronger: waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should: A) Apply SPF 100 to the tanned area, and expose the unburned areas to the sun to even it out. B) Hide under a rock. How embarrassing! C) Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get a bad sunburn, which of the following can help? A) Aloe vera gel and moisturizers. B) Slathering on peanut butter. Yum. C) Peeling off the skin with your nails. Scrrratch! D. Rubbing a banana peel against your skin.
  7. The best type of sunscreen is: A. Something that smells like yummy coconuts! Mmmmm. B. SPF 15 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. C. Tanning lotion. D. Something with cute pictures on it.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon? A) Florida. B) Asia. C) Canada. D) Tazmania.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are? A) It boosts your mood & makes you feel happier. B) It helps you sleep better at night. C) It gives your body Vitamin D. D) All of the above.

So get comfy in your beach chair and let us know your answers in the Comments below. Check here for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer