Friday, March 27, 2009

Did you know? And an update on the kiddos

Hello all! As many of you know, I love useless information and have all sorts of crazy facts running around in my head. This is also why the Science Channel and Animal Planet are my 2 favorite channels, the shows on there are just chock full of interesting stuff. I'm thinking it's probably a good thing that I don't have the History Channel or we would all be in trouble. Anyway, I've been sucked into the black hole of How It's Made/ How They Do It shows along with Survivorman and Against the Elements. I do learn some really interesting stuff. Do I think that I could survive in the wilderness like Les Stroud on Survivorman? Only if the wilderness has a Holiday Inn.

However, it's fascinating to watch as Les survives for a week by himself with no food, no crew, no nothing! He would be a handy guy to have around if I ever got up the gumption to go hiking in the Canadian wilderness (which we all know would NEVER happen). I have learned that having a fire is the most important thing about surviving and that I can carry a fire from place to place by placing an ember in some tinder and rolling it in bark. Then, when I get to my destination, unroll and blow on the ember a little bit, instant fire!

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to share with y'all a few interesting pieces of information that I've found out lately and have been rattling around in my head.

Did you know that glass is not classified as a solid? It's actually a super cooled liquid! Don't ask me why it's classified as that, I don't know, something about the molecules not being stable.

Did you know that a slushy machine keeps the slushy stuff at 27 degrees? It doesn't freeze because the sugar molecules in the slushy mix get in the way of the water molecules bonding to form ice. Thus, slushy. Isn't that the neatest thing?

Did you know that the bowhead whale has the largest mouth in the animal kingdom? Did you know that the huge mountain range in the ocean dwarfs mountain ranges on land put together?

Fascinating stuff! Anyway, a quick update on the kiddos as well. Kiersten has been nominated to go to Europe by her science teacher. Yes, you read correctly, EUROPE!!! Don't know if she'll be picked or if she is, if she will go-that's a bit expensive and far away. Jared has a serious entrepreneurial (I think I spelled that correctly) streak. He and a friend of his are drawing comic books to sell to their classmates. They're about 4 uncommon superheros (Super Grandpa, some lightening guy, a cow lady and somebody else I can't remember off the top of my head). The cow lady has a "sonic moo" which incapacitates evil foes. Funny! My kids are great and I am blessed to be their mom.

That's about it for this week. Peace and love y'all!


Tiff said...

I am intrigued about the slushy, I'll be passing on that information to my clients. I am always telling them random stuff and I think that fits the bill!

Anita said...

It would appear that your son has a big streak of Ervin in him, despite the large Chesley influence!

And although I've never seen the survivor show, how much is really on his own if there's a camera crew there? Hmmm...??

scchesleys said...

He's his own camera crew. There is another guy out there that says he's by himself, but has the camera crew. Les has no crew at all which is pretty cool.

SCNONI said...

The "sonic Moo" had me lol. I do love that little boy's heart. Maybe he will be another Stan Lee when he grows up.

Connie said...

What to say...hmmm...thanks for more info to put in my already loaded brain :) If Kiersten really is chosen to go...we have to come up with a financial plan...that is an opportunity of a lifetime and having been to Europe as a young girl myself, it is something you never forget! May be J can make enough $$$ selling comic books to finance her trip!

Tiff said...

Hello there, I finally went private so send me your email at so I can send you an invite.

Anonymous said...

Your kids are great and so are you!

Anonymous said...

While I enjoyed learning the slushy info, I'm especially excited about Kiersten. When will you know? What are her chances? I sure hope it happens.

About tidbits of information, I learned from one of my grandchildren's toy from a Sonic Kid's Meal that cats have 24 whiskers, 12 on each side.

Anonymous said...

I'm "Anonymous." From some reason, I'm having problems blogging this a.m.......maybe something to do with not doing it for nearly two weeks????

peace, love, and rock&roll said...

I'm just the same as you with the useless information/random facts. I love them. I watch the History Channel and the Discovery Channel way too much for my own good. And I'm totally with you on the Canadian wilderness. I laugh just thinking about it because, well, you couldn't pay me to do that. My boyfriend is Canadian, and he keeps telling me that it's not that bad, but I don't believe him.