Category Archives: Writing Prompt

April 22, 2016

5 Ways for Boys to Add Style

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5 Ways for Boys to Add Style to an Outfit

Fashion isn’t just for the girls. While women have an assortment of accessories and jewelry to choose from, boys have tons of ways to add some style their outfits.

1. Colorful shoes
Don’t let your shoes be an afterthought. Find a pair of sneakers with a crazy pattern or with bright colors that will help you stand out in a crowd.

2. Hoodies
T-shirts are fun and can say a lot about a person, but you can add flair to an outfit with a hoodie. Find a cool zip-up sweatshirt that complements your t-shirts. If you wear it unzipped, people can still see the cool design on your t-shirt and the hoodie adds another dimension to your outfit.

3. Sunglasses
Sunglasses are perfect for any outfit. If you slip on a pair of aviators, you look like a cool fighter pilot ready for a mission. If you put on a sleek pair of black shades, you can master the mysterious and cool look. Or find a colorful pair of sunglasses and you look ready to party.

4. Scarves
If it’s cold outside, scarves are the perfect accessory to keep your neck warm. But they’re also super-fashionable. Just ask Harry Potter, who wore his Gryffindor scarf everywhere.

5. Pins
Wearing a pin is a great way to express your personality. Find a cool pin that represents something about yourself and fasten it to your shirt. Hey, if Katniss Everdeen can pull off a pin, why can’t you?

So there you have it, 5 fun ways to spice up an outfit. So, how do you keep yourself looking fashionable? tell us in the Comments.

Brian

April 21, 2016

Is Bigfoot Real?

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Is Bigfoot Real?

I hate when I can’t find the remote for the television, so I can only image what it’s like hunting for Bigfoot. Also known as Sasquatch, Bigfoot is a hairy, ape-like creature that is believed to live in northwestern United States, but no one has ever confirmed its existence.

Bigfoot entered pop culture in 1951, when Eric Shipton photographed a giant footprint. The myth grew even larger when residents of California continued to find abnormally large tracks in 1958. The manhunt for the creature was launched at Bluff Creek, California to find the source of the tracks, and a legend was born.

Over the years, people have reported more Bigfoot sightings. In 1967, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin claimed they captured Bigfoot on film, but many years later, a close friend admitted he wore a costume to fake the sighting.

Rick Jacobs thought he captured a photo of Bigfoot using an automatically triggered camera, but park rangers later identified the creature in the photo as a sick bear.

Unfortunately, scientists proved many of the sightings to be hoaxes. After the death of Ray Wallace, his children came forward with a 16-inch wooden foot their father used to fake those California Bigfoot tracks in 1958. Scientists also believe other sightings occurred when people mistook bears and chimpanzees for Bigfoot.

Although scientists have disproved all supposed Bigfoot sightings, believers continue to search for the elusive Sasquatch. So, do you believe in the legend of Bigfoot, or is Sasquatch just a hoax? Tell us in the Comments!

Brian

April 12, 2016

Reverse Graffiti

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reverse graffitiWhat Is Reverse Graffiti?

You have probably seen traditional graffiti where artists use spray paint to draw a picture or write words on a public space. Reverse graffiti is a method of creating temporary images by removing dirt from a space. You know how you can use your finger to write “Wash me” on a dirty window? That’s reverse graffiti, and some artists have taken it to a whole other level by using a cloth or a power washer to remove dirt on a larger scale and create some incredible artwork.

Because reverse graffiti is temporary, biodegradable, and no toxic ink or paints are used to create it, reverse graffiti is considered more environmentally friendly than spray paint graffiti. Although, that is debatable especially if the artist uses chemical cleaners to create the image. It may also be a waste of water since it takes a lot of water to clean off the dirt.

Spray paint graffiti is considered vandalism, and is definitely illegal if you don’t have permission, but it’s not clear whether reverse graffiti is illegal. Is it vandalism to clean a wall? Some people think so, especially if they don’t like the image created on the wall.

While there are still environmental and legal questions about reverse graffiti, there is no question that some of the artwork being created is amazing! What do you think of reverse graffiti? Tell us in the Comments.

Flickr photo by KylaBorg

April 11, 2016

How Electric Cars Work

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How Do Electric Cars Work?

I love driving remote-controlled cars. But when the batteries die, the fun is over. Now, inventors have found a way to build full-sized cars that run on rechargeable batteries.

Electric cars look like any normal car on the street. Drivers still control the car with a steering wheel and push the gas pedal to make it move. But if you look under the hood, an electric car operates differently from a gas-powered car.

The major difference between these two types of cars is their power source. The electric car receives power from an electrical charge, while a regular car is powered by burning gasoline. Every electric car has a battery pack, which is a collection of car batteries that act like a fuel tank and provide power for the motor. This battery is recharged when an electric car is plugged into a power source, just like recharging a cell phone or laptop.

Under the hood of an electric car is an engine just like a gas-powered car. The gas-powered car burns gasoline to power the engine. But in an electric car, the battery sends power to the engine to turn the wheels and make the car move. The electric engine works by using electromagnets. When the power is sent from the battery, the electromagnets use that electric power to operate the vehicle.

Electric cars are still a new technology, but they are better for the environment and might be the way of the future.

What kind of car do you want when you grow up? Tell us in the Comments!

April 6, 2016

Strange Foods From Around The World

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Strange Foods From Around The World

The next time your parents try to make you eat your Brussels sprouts, you might want to consider yourself lucky. There are many foods around the globe that are much stranger. Some of these foods are even served alive! Yep, that’s right – as in moving on your plate.

In Korea, a popular dish called Sannakji is guaranteed to make any picky eater squirm. The steps to prepare this street cart food are simple. Take a small, live octopus, cut it into pieces, drizzle with a mild sauce, and serve while it’s still wiggling on the plate. Obviously, this is not for the faint of heart.

A food called Balut out of the Philippines isn’t much better, although it is cooked. This celebrated delicacy is prepared by leaving a duck or chicken egg in the sun for a few days until the embryo grows into a partially formed animal. The egg is then boiled and often seasoned with chili, garlic, vinegar, and/or salt. And if the description wasn’t enough to swear it off forever, the dish’s nicknames include “Treats with Feet” or “Eggs with Legs.”

If chowing down on legs and feet isn’t your thing, maybe you’d enjoy some sheep’s stomach. The Scots are famous for a savory pudding called Haggis, which contains sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. It’s then minced with onion, oatmeal, spices, and salt and encased in the sheep’s actual stomach. The concoction simmers for approximately three hours and is then served.

If you thought your international options couldn’t get any weirder, you are wrong. You’ll find a wide variety of fried bugs including fried grasshopper and fried spiders available in Japan, Mexico, and other countries.

Okay, who’s hungry? No one. Well, that’s to be expected. Take the Weird Food Would You Rather Quiz and tell us in the Comments about the strangest food YOU have ever eaten.

March 31, 2016

April Fools' Day Jokes

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april foolApril Fools’ Day Jokes

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day and your Writing Prompt is to come up with the best April Fools’ joke ever. It can be a prank you pulled on someone, or that someone has pulled on you. Or it can be a prank you dreamed up, but might not ever actually do to anyone.

Leave your best April Fools’ Day pranks in the Comments, and have a fun-filled day of mayhem and foolery!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

March 28, 2016

April Fools' Jokes

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April Fools’ Jokes

It’s almost April Fools’ Day! That means it’s time to come up with foolproof pranking plan. If you need a little help in the practical joke department, here are a few ideas to try on your friends and family.

  • Replace your sister’s shampoo with mayonnaise. This harmless but funny joke will leave your sister smelling like a chopped salad for the rest of the day.
  • Hide all of your dad’s left shoes. It will drive him crazy! Just be sure to write down where you hid them so you won’t be grounded for life.
  • Mix up a bowl of Skittles, M&Ms, and Reese’s Pieces and pretend it’s just one kind of candy. Your friends who pop big handfuls into their mouths will get a big surprise.
  • Make caramel onions. Caramel apples are delicious. Caramel onions . . . not so much. Make a bunch and pass them out to your pals one by one. Your friends won’t suspect a thing until they take the first bite. The look on their faces will be priceless.

Caution: Jokes are not supposed to be mean. Make sure the person you prank has a good sense of humor. Don’t do anything to anyone that you wouldn’t want him or her to do back to you. It’s the golden rule of April Fools’ Day!

Tell us your plans for April Fools’ jokes in the Comments!

March 22, 2016

10 Problems Only Cat Lovers Understand

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In your opinion, cats are purrr-fect, but there are a few . . . um . . . issues that come with being a cat owner. If your kitty companion is the love of your life, or you just love cats in general, then this Top 10 List is for you!

  1. Hair is in everything around your house (from your morning cereal to your favorite eye shadow).
  2. Your cat fell asleep in your lap and now you can’t move because you don’t want to wake it up.
  3. Your cat is wide awake at 3 a.m. and wants you to play!
  4. Cleaning the litter box. EWW!
  5. Allergies? They’re kind of worth it.
  6. Sometimes after “playing” with your cat, it looks like Wolverine attacked you.
  7. You answer your cat’s random meows with “Yes, totally! I know, me too!”
  8. Your cat wants to lie down right on top of whatever you are working on at the moment: your homework, computer, your painting for art class. . .
  9. You accidentally trapped your cat in the kitchen cabinet. (Who knew he liked to leap up there and take a nap?)
  10. Hairballs.

But of course, these problems are nothing compared with that cute, little bundle of fur that loves you. Do you have any problems only a cat lover would understand? Let us know in the Comments!

-Ratha

March 20, 2016

Are Ghosts Real?

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Boo! Did I scare you? I hope not, but ghosts have been scaring people for centuries. The big question is, are they real?

Since Ancient Egypt, people have believed that the soul or spirit of a dead person remains on Earth and can appear to living humans.

Some people believe ghosts can be found anywhere, from old castles to haunted houses. Most ghost stories tell of people who died unexpectedly, either by accident or murder, and their spirits still want to remain on earth.

Some people conduct séances in an attempt to speak to the dead. Believers claim these rituals let them speak to ghosts and prove they exist. Skeptics, or non-believers, say that séances are a hoax.

In an attempt to prove the existence of ghosts, many believers have turned to science for evidence. The art of ghost hunting is traced back to London’s Ghost Club, which sought out ghosts in the English city. Modern ghost hunters use high-tech equipment, including handheld infrared thermometers to measure changes in room temperature, and audio recording equipment to pick up ghostly voices.

Skeptics believe that evidence found by ghost hunters can be attributed to many different things. These scientists say that images of ghosts are most likely dust particles in the air, while audio recording devices picked up signals from local radio towers.

There is still no evidence proving ghosts definitely exist, but the debate rages on. So, do you believe in ghosts? Tell us in the Comments.

Brian