Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In the News- Sea Turtles...UNITE!

Girl gets shirt from favorite player only to have it stolen. 

Melissa Cook, 14, had front row seat to a game that Novak Djokovic was playing at on Sunday. The world's No 1 (tennis player?) beat Rafaek Nadal after five hours, 53 minutes (Holy...that's a long game!) and while he was changing, Cook managed to get his attention while he was changing clothes. So he walked over to Cook and tossed her a spare shirt, but it was grabbed by a woman two seats away. Yeal Rothschild, a mother of three, has been identified as the woman who grabbed the shirt. And she's not giving it back to Melissa either. She insists it was fair game for any of the first row people.

But for Melissa, its a heartbreak, as Novak is her favorite player. She wanted the shirt to put on her "Novak wall". And from the video provided in the article, it clearly does look like the shirt was intended for her. Read the whole story and watch the video here.

Unnecessary Math Questions

A while ago, third graders in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given homework questions about slavery and beatings. One parent couldn't believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brough home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross.
The question read, "Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"
Another math problem read, "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"
Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.
"Something like that shouldn't be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade," parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. "I'm having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts."
The spokeswoman for the school explained to the outrage parents that the teachers were trying to put social studies into math problems. She also agrees that the questions are not appropriate. To read the whole story click here.

Sea Turtles, UNITE!
Jan Lempfrid went to the Phi Phi Islands off of western Thailand to a dive site called Malong where a video of sea turtles were giving each other high fives. I thought it was so cute, I just had to share it with you. The cute actions is at 0:13.

Aren't they adorable? I remember back in like, third grade I think, I was OBSESSED with sea turtles. I had a ton of books on them and I loved everything I could get my hands on about them. I was crushed when I learned I couldn't get one for a pet, and even more when my mom wouldn't let me have a just plain turtle.

So I moved onto hamsters (Hamtaro anyone?) I was also OBSESSED with these things for the longest time ever. I still kinda am. I had the little toys with their doll house sets and stuff, movies, stuff animals, coloring books, posters, board games, the two gameboy game I could find (heartbreak and the Olympic one), and books.

And when that didn't work, rabbits.



  1. That's so mean of that woman. What a bad example to set for her kids. And yes, he's a tennis player. That is a very long game. I was stuck in a deuce once for almost half an hour and I thought that was long!

    Those math problems are ridiculous, and just downright bizarre. What I really hate is when word problems can't use ordinary names. No, they have to use Kijishina and Ertlink and Shillifer. It's so annoying.

    Great post! :)

  2. I know, right? And its a fourteen year old girl who clearly just wanted something from her favorite player. It was really nice of him to try and give it to the girl too. And what are her kids going to think. "Finder's keepers, loser's weepers?"

    I don't know anything about tennis or what, but man! I couldn't imagine sitting there for five hours watching a ball go back and forth. The only time I play it is on the wii, lol.

    I know! Haha. I agree, they do use weird names. My algebra teacher used her own word problems and so she comes up with her own names. They're thankfully ones we can pronounce.

    Thanks! :)


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