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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 foolApril 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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10 Problems Only Cat Lovers Understand

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

Photo courtesy of Karen Wang

March 20, 2016

Are Ghosts Real?

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ghostAre Ghosts Real?

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

March 8, 2016

10 Problems Only Older Sisters Understand

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How hard is it being an older sister?! Can any of you guys relate? We’ve compiled a list of top 10 problems . . . only older sisters understand.

  1. Younger brothers. (Farts! Burps! Pulling your hair!)
  2. Parents expect you to “be the responsible one and set the example.”
  3. You had to eat lima beans first.
  4. When your younger sibling steals your stuff.
  5. When your younger sibling imitates everything you do.
  6. You get blamed for all fights because “you’re bigger.”
  7. When your younger sibling barges into your room and won’t leave.
  8. When your younger sibling reveals something embarrassing in front of your crush.
  9. When you have to include your little brother/sister when you play with YOUR friends.
  10. Changing diapers.

Are you an older sister? What are the best and worst things about being an older sister? Air your grievances in the Comments below!

Ratha

February 14, 2016

Leap Year Time Capsule

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2016 Is a Leap Year!

After February 29, 2016, the next leap day will not happen again until 2020! Imagine how much you will have changed and grown by then! A fun way to track your changes through the next four years is to create a leap year time capsule.

A time capsule is a collection of items that are stored away as a method of communication to the people of the future. In this case, the people of the future will be YOU in four years. To create the perfect time capsule, you will need a few things—a small sturdy box or metal tin, a piece of paper and pen, and few of your favorite items that can fit inside the box.

On the piece of paper, write your name, date, and answers to the following questions:

1. What is your favorite food?
2. Who is your best friend?
3. What are you most thankful for?
4. Where do you see yourself in four years, or what will your goals be?
5. What is one piece of advice you want to give to your future self?
6. (Optional) Get your friends involved and ask them to write down one good quality they love most about you and why.

When you are done, fold up your paper into a tiny square, seal it with a kiss, and toss it inside your small box. Feel free to add anything else that is significant to you. For example, in my box, I am adding the front page of a local newspaper, my most recent movie ticket stub, a photo of me and my best friends, a piece of jewelry, and my favorite flower.

After you’ve finished stuffing your box, seal it, and make a note on the surface saying, “Do NOT open until 2/29/2020.” In four years, dig out your box and read what you wrote. It will be interesting to see how much you’ve changed since then.

What will you add to your time capsule? Drop a Comment to give your ideas. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

-Sandy

February 10, 2016

Top 10 Luna Lovegood Quotes

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Luna lovegoodBest Luna Lovegood Quotes

Since her first appearance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Luna Lovegood has been one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series. She’s super-smart but kind of spacey, and has a very unusual sense of style. I’d like to imagine that if I went to Hogwarts, Luna and I would be BFFs. She’s really rad! Unfortunately, a lot of her peers (*cough, cough* Ron!) were quick to judge her for her strangeness, but eventually everyone came to realize how special and brave she really is. So just in time for Luna’s birthday on February 13, we’re bringing you our top ten Luna Lovegood quotes.

  1.  ”I’ve been able to see them ever since my first year here. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  2. “You can laugh! But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or Crumple-Horned Snorkack!” (Order of the Phoenix)
  3. “Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it. “Good thinking,” said Luna very seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  4. “I think they think I’m a bit odd, you know. Some people call me ‘Loony’ Lovegood, actually.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  5. “When you say ‘Sirius,’ are you talking about Stubby Boardman?” (Order of the Phoenix)
  6. “Oh, no, I’d love to go with you as friends! Nobody’s ever asked me to a party before, as a friend! Is that why you dyed your eyebrow, for the party? Should I do mine too? (Half Blood Prince)
  7. “I don’t think you should be an Auror, Harry. The Aurors are a part of the Rotfang Conspiracy. I thought everyone knew that. They’re working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease.” (Half Blood Prince)
  8. “I’ve never been to this part of the castle. Well, not awake. I sleepwalk, you see. That’s why I wear shoes to bed.” (Half Blood Prince)
  9. “Hello, Harry! Oh, I’ve interrupted a deep thought, haven’t I? I can see it growing smaller in your eyes.” (Deathly Hallows)
  10.  “Oooh, look, a Blibbering Humdinger!  (Deathly Hallows)

Oh, Luna! There is no one quite like her. Here’s to you, Loony Lovegood! Happy Birthday! Do YOU have any other favorite Luna Lovegood quotes or moments? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

En-Szu