Why did the woman crash a baby’s stroller into the tree?

The woman crashed the stroller with the baby into a tree because it was a holiday.

Weird?  Not with an explanation….  Here we go…!

  • The woman crashed the baby in the stroller because –
  • She wasn’t paying attention because –
  • She was on the phone with her friend because –
  • Her friend was stuck in traffic and wanted her to pick him up.  There was a lot of traffic because –
  • There was a circus in town because –

You see?  Moral of the story — No holidays.  But that won’t be very nice….  Wait!  We can break any of the links in the chain… how about No circuses?  Nope, that won’t be any good either… no getting stuck in traffic?  That won’t work… Don’t not pay attention?  That works.  Whew!

This amazing story was created using Chain.  That’s a game where you start with a problem.  The next person says why it happened.  The next person says why that happened.  Only one thing to look out for — some things can’t really be explained very well.  Like, ‘because she wanted to’ won’t work, because why did she want to?  I suppose it can sort of be explained, but not so easily.



Thank you, Satya and Shreeya, for teaching me this game.  It’s awesome.

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We went and watched people run in the 10K race, Bolder Boulder, which happens every year in Boulder, Colorado. Our friend Adrita came too, and we stood behind the barrier and held our hand out to high-five everyone who ran near us.  Some people didn’t high-five us, and some did it very  softly, but we also got a few really really hard ones. Some people were wearing crazy costumes to run. I saw about 10 Statues of Liberty, a few Uncle Sams, an Auntie Sam ;), and even a bear or something (it was someone dressed as a mascot)!  There were a lot of tutu-wearers, and a pair of bees, and some butterflies!  But also… Babies in backpacks!!!  I saw 7 of them, I think, and one of them wasn’t actually in the backpack, but it still counts. And now for some pictures.


Here comes the AID runner!  Well, one of them.

Here comes the AID runner! Well, one of them.

Here are 2 more runners!

Here are 2 more runners!

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Liza Doolittle Day

Hello, everyone!  Great news!  Today is Liza Doolittle Day!  It was proclaimed by the King himself, so you can see I’m not making this up.  For more proof, here is a video of His Majesty himself, proclaiming it. http://youtu.be/pwNKyTktDIE?t=1m42s.

Now, here is what WAS probably made up — but shh… Don’t tell!

See, on LDD, you may do as little as you wish!  You still have to do some work, but very little.  Now I only have a little bit more time to type, so I’ll sign off now.

– Khiyali

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The first rule of the investigator

This comes up sometimes in the book series The Three Investigators.  If you’ve read any books from that series, you may be familiar with the first rule of the investigator:

See what’s right in front of you.

It may sound silly, but it is useful!  Next time you are looking for something, remember this rule.  You may find that it does come in handy!

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A song…

Hi!  I’m doing Junior Rangers’ day camp!

Today was the second day out of 3, and though it was REALLY cold and wet (my hands get cold really fast), it was also fun.   One of the reasons it was fun was because I learned a new song…

I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves,
Everybody’s nerves,
Everybody’s nerves.
I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves and this is how it goes;
Bum Bum Bum
I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves,
Everybody’s nerves,
Everybody’s nerves.
I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves and this is how it goes;
Bum Bum Bum –
I know a song…

And of course it keeps repeating forever! Or until you stop singing.
The funny thing is, it doesn’t get on my nerves at all!

You can sing it in different ways, too, like one person can sing it r e a l l y  s l o w l y and the other people can sing “Oooh oooooh ooohh” in the background.

Or, say you have 3 people, A, B and C.  A will sing until “Bum Bum Bum”.  There, everyone will sing.  Then B will sing, then everyone will sing “Bum Bum Bum”, then C will sing, back to A, and so on.  If you want, between C and A, everybody can sing for one round.

I was getting a ride home with two of my friends and we kept singing this in all different ways (including the above).  I think we did get on their moms’ nerves, so, sorry about that!

But it’s fun to sing. At first I could barely even sing from laughing.

NOTE: Try to get other people to sing it with you (day camp is a good place).  It’s more fun that way.

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Dhappa Hide-and-Seek

So, here we are making another game post.  Well, this one is about hide-and-seek — Dhappa version.

Version for people who don’t like to be the denner:

One person is the denner (It).  At the count of 10 (backwards), the denner will close their eyes and count to 30, just like normal hide-and-seek.  Everyone will hide, and the denner has to look for them.  Just like normal hide-and-seek.  If the denner sees someone hiding,  they will point to that person and say “Stop, [name]“. You can switch hiding places if you like, just be careful or the denner will notice!  They don’t have to chase or touch the person to Stop them.  BUT — If the denner says “Out, [name]“, or “I found you” or something, or if they say the wrong name, anyone can say “Atli Fatli Futli” and the same person has to be the denner again.  Also, there is Dhappa.  You can sneak up behind the denner and do Dhappa on their back.  That means you tap (don’t hit or they might get mad) them on their back* and say “Dhappa!” Then they have to be the denner again.  If no-one does Dhappa, the first person to be Stopped is the denner for the next round.

*If your friend has a bee sting on their back from one of the giant bees that recently stung two girls’ backs, you might want to make a special rule for them like Do Dhappa On Their Shoulder Instead Of Their Back or something.

NEW!  Version for people who like being the denner:

The same thing as before, but the last person to be Stopped is the denner for the next round.

And the person who does Dhappa is the next denner.

And as for Atli Fatli Futli… no other rules for that that I know of.  If any of the Banganga Kids know please tell me.

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Sackly — The Chain Game

Warning!  Be careful while playing!  Don’t go TOO fast.  And play on the grass, you could fall down.

Sakli, Sackly, Sakly.  How do you spell it?

Well, anyway, here’s how you play Sackly:

One person is the denner (same thing as ‘It’).  The denner counts to ten and then starts running, trying to catch people.  BUT — when the denner catches someone, he or she and the caught person have to hold hands and run together!  When they catch another person, that person also has to join the Sackly!  Sackly (at least in the game) means chain!  And eventually the chain will grow to be quite a huge one!

If the Sackly breaks, no one can be caught until the Sackly rejoins itself.  So the uncaught people are advised to run in different directions, to try and break the Sackly.

Tips for the Sackly:

  • Keep your focus on one person at a time.  That way, you are less likely to run in opposite directions and break the chain.
  • Arrange yourselves wisely!  e.g. fastest on one side and slowest on the other, fastest on the ends and slowest in the middle, etc.
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