Posted in History 4

The Spinning Jenny.

The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1764 by James Hargreaves in Stanhill, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire in England.  It was invented by accident, James Hargreaves worked in a thread making business with his family.  James Hargreaves was making thread one day when his daughter knocked the spinning wheel over!  Luckily it didn’t break and it kept moving!  James was fascinated by that so, he called his new invention The Spinning Jenny.  The spinning jenny was improved to spin 8 times more thread than the spinning wheel!  This is very important because thread is used to make clothes and blankets.

Sources:

http://www.answers.com/Q/Who_was_spinning_Jenny#slide=2

Posted in English 4

My favorite game to play..

I love playing video games, so other than video games, my favorite non-video game related game to play is Barbies.  My favorite game to play is Barbies because I can make them do anything I want them to.  My favorite Barbie is a called Molly (I mentioned her in “My talent and how I use it”).  She doesn’t have a lot of hair, but she is beautiful.  A lot of people criticize her for not having hair like my other Barbies.  Barbie dolls are extremely fun to dress up because I have lots of clothes.  Barbies get lost every so often, but then I find them.  I used to have a Barbie that looked like Marilyn Monroe and she had a lovely blue dress that my mom made.  She had pretty rose-red lips and curly, smooth, blonde hair.  She had emerald eyes a beautiful smile.  I have variety of Barbies like 2 Ever After High Dolls, 4 Monster High Barbies, 2 Frozen Dolls (Frozen the movie), 2 kid dolls and lots of dolls that are not categorized.

Posted in History 4

10 Cool Things That are From Florida.

Sunscreen has made a massive impact on history by helping millions of people not burn their skin.  I know because I didn’t wear sunscreen and I got a huge blister on my nose.  Sunscreen is made out of Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide they are both important ingredients in sunscreen.  It was invented my Milton Blake, Eugene Schueller, Franz Greiter and Benjamin Green.

John Gorrie invented the first air conditioning in the mid 1800’s in Apalachicola, FL.  Floridians are super lucky because they live in the hottest state year round, second is  Louisiana and Texas is third.  People use air conditioning for cooling down their houses.  When its hot out, the last thing I want to do is sit in a very hot house.

Key lime pie was created by botanist Jack Simons (A botanist is an expert in or student studies plants) in the early 20th century.  I wanted to put key lime pie in here for two reasons.  One, because it was invented in Florida and two, because it is my Grandpa’s favorite food.  It was named the official pie of the state in 2006.  I love key lime pie.

Gatorade is called Gatorade because it was invented for the Florida Gators.  It was invented by Dr. J. Robert Cade in 1985.  Gatorade bottles used to be glass, but changed to plastic in 1988.

Bondo was invented by an auto repairman Robert Merton Spink, a WWII veteran in Miami, Florida, in 1955.  Bondo is a brand of putty that is used on automotive, marine and household repairs.

Delicious cookies were created by entrepreneur, author, talent agent and TV personality Wally Amos.  These cookies are called Famous Amos cookies.  Invented in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1975.  He started giving them to clients and later they were sold all across the nation!

Thomas Edison invented the Incandescent Lightbulb in 1879 in Fort Myers, Florida.  He was on a winter trip and suddenly inspiration struck and he had his mind-set on finishing it.  Thomas Edison was the person who invented the light bulb too.

Dolphin Tale one and two (Released Sep 23, 2011 and Sep 12, 2014 ) were both filmed in Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida.  It is a true story of a dolphin named Winter who lost her tail and still survived.   I went to Clearwater to see where this movie was filmed, it was amazing!  We saw a guy who was selling kyaks, that was in the movie.

Cocoon was filmed in St. Petersburg, Florida and released  Jun 1985.  I thought this movie was hilarious and cool.  This movie was about older people living in a retirement home who find alien fountain of youth.  Lots of people come to Florida to vacation and to retire.  There is a real fountain of youth in Saint Augestine, Florida.

A famous celebrity named Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida, on Jun 26, 1993.  She has written 17 songs!  That is incredible because i’ve written 12!  She loves dreary weather, she loves going to the beach and she eats 5 or more strawberries a day because they are her favorite food!

 

Sources:

http://weirdfactss.com/2013/09/12-fun-gatorade-facts/

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/inventions-fl/

http://www.sun-protection-and-products-guide.com/who-invented-sunscreen.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondo_(putty)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoon_(film)

http://arianagrande.wikia.com/wiki/Ariana_Grande_Facts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin_Tale_2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin_Tale

 

Posted in English 4

My Favorite Colors are..

My favorite color is pink because it is so vibrant.  It makes me feel nice when I see pink.  I have always loved pink, almost all my clothes, bedding, pillows, jewelry, sheets and little things like mirrors and toys are pink.  Pink is a spunky color, it has its own style, its own kind of energy and its own vibe!  The picture above shows a few of my pink things.

My second favorite color is blue because it’s relaxing to look at.  It looks like calming waves above the deep ocean.  It makes me feel peaceful and tired when I see a blue light.  That’s why I sleep with a blue light on (I’m also afraid of the dark).  Blue is a serene color that makes me feel content and worry free.

My third favorite color is red because I feel stronger and I feel more stylish when I wear red.  For me, being confident and fashionable is an extraordinary feeling.  Red is a fearless, brave and bold color that usually catches people’s’ eye.  That is why red is used on signs when there is a sale happening or important information like a stop sign.

My favorite colors are my favorite colors because of how they make me feel.  Even colors that are not particularly my favorite colors, make me feel a certain way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in History 4

The Great Train Robbery

On Today’s date, August 8th, 54 years ago, there was Great Train Robbery.  What made it “Great” was the amount of money stolen, 49.1 million pounds (over $100 million) in today’s money.

1963, the great train robbery happened in Buckinghamshire, England.  The train was called Royal Mail.  Thieves took £2.6 million (3,389,640.48 in US dollars) from the train.  Police caught the fifteen thieves, but 14 escaped from prison at the same time.  Every single one of them got away except Bruce Reynolds!!!  Bruce Reynolds was a different from the rest, he didn’t even try to escape prison then caught and was released 25 years later.  He wrote three books and performed with a band called Alabama 3.  All were motivated by the desire for more money (pure selfish financial gain) and for idea the money could buy them enjoyment.   The thieves were in a gang led by Bruce Reynolds, other gang members were; Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Cordrey.   Charlie Wilson was killed by a hitman on bicycle in 1990.

 Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Train_Robbery_(1963)

http://www.btp.police.uk/about_us/our_history/crime_history/the_great_train_robbery,_1963.aspx

http://www.btp.police.uk/about_us/our_history/crime_history/the_great_train_robbery,_1963.aspx

http://www.waspsnest.com/2011/06/14/the-great-train-robbery-at-2-6-million-was-peanuts-compared-with-the-great-plane-robbery-at-6-6-billion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Train_Robbery_(novel)

 

Posted in English 4

Mowing the lawn for the first time.

I mowed the lawn a few weeks ago and it was very hard!  I didn’t have to weed eat which made my job a whole lot easier.  Mowing the lawn helped me realise that work is hard, but it pays off.

My mom wanted me to get some work ethic by mowing the lawn.  My sister did it before me and when she mowed the lawn, there was way more grass to sweep up.  When I mowed the lawn there was a breeze and I didn’t have to sweep as much.  I wore shorts and a tank top, I made a horrible mistake.  The grass came at me like sharp, tiny blades straight to my bare and dirty legs.  My mom mowed a big patch of weeds and grass while I swept around the sidewalk.  I missed sweeping the sides and the back, so we had to sweep it all again, unfortunately.  It took me nearly two hours to mow and sweep.  The grass still looked great a few days after I mowed it.

I feel really good about doing a great job on mowing for the first time and it really helped me see what my mom had to do 4 times a month.  I made an arrangement with my mom to earn technology time by mowing the lawn once a month.   So, not only does this help my mom, I also get something out of it.  This is a good deal for both of us, it is symbiotic.  Next time it should be easier  because now I know how to dress appropriately and how to do all the steps in order to mow the lawn.  An added bonus is that I am building muscles and character.

Posted in Science 4

10 facts about the turkey.

I chose to write about turkeys because I think that they are fascinating birds.  The 10th fact will shock you!

1.  The scientific name for a turkey is Melleagris gallopavo.

2.  Benjamin Franklin (A Founding Father of the United States) referred to the turkey as a bird of courage and respect, he called the national bird, (the eagle) a bird of bad character because it ate carion and so was like a vulture in his opinion.

3. An adult turkey has 5,000 to 6,000 feathers on its body!

4.  A hen lays 10-12 eggs, but she lays one everyday over the course of 2 weeks in the summer.

5.  Turkeys were near extinction during the 1900’s, luckily they were saved by restoration programs and people throughout North America helped the turkey reproduce.

6.  A male turkey is called a tom, a female turkey is called a hen, a baby turkey is called a turkeyling or a poult.

7.  Turkeylings like to eat small bugs such as grasshoppers, worms and ants, adult turkeys usually eat fruits and sometimes bugs.

8.  In the wild female turkeys can live for 3 years and toms can live for 2 years, but when they are domesticated,  both can live up to 10 years.

9.  A group of turkeys is called a flock!

10.  45 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving!  That is about 690 millions pounds of Turkey.  There are about 325 million people in the United States, which means on average each person eats over 2 pounds of Turkey on Thanksgiving!!!

 

Sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-turkeys-665520/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_%28bird%29

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

http://www.answers.com/Q/How_many_pounds_of_turkey_do_Americans_eat_each_Thanksgiving?#slide=4

http://extension.illinois.edu/turkey/turkey_facts.cfm

 

Posted in History 4

Marie Antoinette ( ˈmæri ˌæntwəˈnɛt)

I wanted to write about Marie Antoinette because I mentioned her in my ” Interesting Moments in Hair’s History” post, so I wanted to give more information about her.

Marie Antoinette was born in Hoffburg Palace, Vienna, Austria, on November 2nd, 1755.  She was the 15th of 16 children born in an Austrian royal family!  That’s incredible because I’ve never heard of anyone with that many siblings.

At the age of 14 she traveled to France where she got married to her 15-year-old husband.  They were married to form a better alliance between Austria and France.   Marie Antoinette was forced into marrying the future king of France, Louis XVI (16th).  She got married to him on May 16, 1770.  After being married, she lived in the palace of  Versailles.  She had nobody to talk to, her family was far away and she was frowned upon by the French because she was an outsider and she was not used to their customs.  Her husband had little interest in her and often away from home, he was more into his passions, like hunting, geography and mathematics.  They had 4 children, but 3 of them died before childhood.  The first born and only surviving child, a daughter named Marie Thérèse grew up to be a Duchess.  Marie Thérèse was born on 19 December 1778 in Palace of Versailles.

Marie Antoinette would host elegant parties to make her feel happy and less lonely.  She spent a lot of money on clothes, shoes, hair, makeup and on fancy foods.  The fancy lifestyle was upsetting to the working class, Madame Deficit is what Marie Antoinette was called by angry groups that were tired of  her reckless overspending.  People were getting frustrated at their declining quality of life and freedom, while the elites lived lavishly off of the common folks.  Inspired my the American Revolution, french citizens started a revolution of their own.  The growing and starving mobs were sick of being taken advantage of and stormed into the castle on the 16th of  October 1793 .  Marie Antoinette was imprisioned and later she was killed at the age of 37.

One of the most famous quotes credited to Marie Antoinette, was most likely made up as propaganda to further the cause of the French Revolution. There is no proven evidence that Marie Antoinette ever said “Let them eat cake.”  She had an amazing sense of style and her hair was big and grand, but she was in an overwelming situation and didnt know how to cope with the challenges of her life, so she ignored her problems and focused on fashion and having fun.

Sources:

http://www.answers.com/Q/In_what_castle_did_Marie_Antoinette_live

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinette

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_of_France

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-marie-antoinette

 

Posted in Science 4

10 facts about the dodo bird ( scientific name Raphus Cucullatus ).

I wanted to write about the dodo bird because they are extinct and I find that sad.  They were so friendly and people killed them for food.

Fact 1.  Dodo birds ate berries, roots, fallen fruit and nuts, they didn’t have teeth, so they swallowed their food whole, so the dodo ate rocks to make it easier to digest the food.

Fact 2.  Dodo birds lived on the island of Mauritius, but when sailors came to the island, dodos were an easy meal.

Fact 3.  Dodo birds evolved to be flightless because there were no native predators on the island of the Mauritius.

Fact 4.  Dodo’s started being killed around 1595 and were completely extinct roughly around 1662.

Fact 5.  The closest continent to the island of Mauritius is Africa.

Fact 6.  Dodo birds are related to the pigeon!

Fact 7.  Dodo birds build their nests on the ground near bushes and or trees.

Fact 8.  The dodo bird’s beak was 9 inches long!

Fact 9.  Dodo birds were capable of defending themselves with their super long beak.

Fact 10. Dodo bird eggs are small and blue with white spots on them.

I hope you know a little more about the extinct, yet amazing Dodo Bird now that you have read my list of 10 interesting facts.

Check out this cool Wild Kratts episode:

 

Sources:

http://www.answers.com/Q/Where_does_the_dodo_live

http://facts.net/dodo-bird/

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=wild+kratts+day+of+the+dodo&&view=detail&mid=609AADA53A68CF73467B609AADA53A68CF73467B&FORM=VRDGAR

 

Posted in English 4

Proper and improper things to do at a tea party.

Proper Manners:  Don’t be rude to other people if they bother you.  Don’t pour your tea on anyone that is having a bad attitude and or bad manners.  If someone is bothering you, go into a private room ( preferably a bathroom) and take a couple deep breaths.

Cover your nose when you sneeze, you could get everyone sick and nobody wants to be sneezed on.  Either bring a handkerchief or cover your sneeze with your arm.

Proper Attire:  Proper Attire is a huge part of a tea party.  You don’t want to be wearing a shirt and ripped up jeans to a fancy tea party.  Wear something with clean, neat, and not too short.  Tea parties are fun and fancy, so dress accordingly.   I would recommend a dress, hat and gloves.

Proper Conversation Topics:  Don’t talk about what you threw in your garbage that morning.  Talk about fun games you play, fun things you do when you’re bored or what is your favorite tea!  Talk appropriately and don’t use curse words or something that would upset anyone at the party!  The point is to have a good time.

My experience at a tea party:  I went to a very nice lady’s home, her name is Mrs. Michelle.  There were amazing decorations, treats, mini sandwiches, tea and an extremely funny little girl.  She loved playing games with my sister and me, like pets, superheroes and villains. There were 7 people and 3 adorable dogs.  I would rate the tea party 10 out of 10 because it was the best tea party I have ever attended.