Do you remember when you were a kid and just about any new discovery was super cool. Well this was one of those discoveries that made me go whoa! Trees made out of newspapers, what a great discovery!
A newspaper tree is basically rolled up sheets of taped together newspaper, cut in a certain way and a tree like form ‘magically’ (hey, I was a little kid) emerges from the roll of newspaper. I had forgotten all about this ‘magical’ tree until just a few days ago when a friend had reminded me of them.
If you have kids, or you’re just a kid at heart, you may want to give this a try, I can almost guarantee you that it’ll wow the kids (and maybe you too).
The basic instructions for making a newspaper tree are as follows:
(More detailed and visual instructions can be found in the YouTube video link below).
1. Tape together about 10 sheets of newspaper
2. Roll them up into a tube
3. Using scissors, cut 4 evenly spaced slits down the tube toward the center of the tube
4. Pull the leaves up from the center and watch your tree ‘MAGICALLY’ grow!
YouTube video showing exactly how to make your very own newspaper tree:
See how in my next post. Coming soon!
The ’60s brought with it tie-dyed clothes, flower power, and the peace symbol. Along with the peace symbol came the peace sign, which is your hand and fingers formed into a ‘V’. You simply extend your pointer and middle finger and spread them apart in a ‘V’ and the rest of your other fingers clenched in a fist. This hand gesture actually predates the ’60s by a large margin, with an early recorded use of the 2-fingered salute back in 1330.
The “V” sign in some other countries is actually viewed as an insult or similar to what we call here in the United States as “the finger”. This is largely restricted to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
But here in the United States, the 2-fingered salute has always been a symbol of peace.
If you have ever had the opportunity to visit Japan or seen photographs of Japanese women posing for the camera, you may have seen them flashing the peace sign with their hand or in many cases, both hands.
It is claimed that during the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, American figure skater Janet Lynn fell during a free-skate period but continued to smile even as she sat on the ice. Though she placed only third in the competition, her cheerful diligence resonated with many Japanese viewers, making her an overnight celebrity in Japan. Afterwards, Lynn (a peace activist) was repeatedly seen flashing the peace sign in the Japanese media. Though the peace sign was known of in Japan prior to Lynn’s use of it there (from the post-WWII Allied occupation of Japan), she is credited by some Japanese for having popularized its use in amateur photographs. According to another theory, the peace sign was popularized by the actor and singer Jun Inoue, who showed it in a Konica photo camera commercial in 1972.
Growing up, I remember seeing former president Richard Nixon constantly flashing the peace or “V” sign for victory (in his case), on television. This became one of his best know trademarks.
More details can be found at wikipedia.com:
Find out about this one or two handed gesture in my next post.
Many people remember watching The Twilight Zone, they might remember a handful of shows or possibly who starred in some of the episodes. But To this day, some 51 years later, MOST people remember one thing very vividly about the Twilight Zone, it was the very identifiable opening theme song for the show, or at least the beginning portion of it. As a matter of fact, it is now being used to suggest that something or someone is a bit crazy, spacey or way out. Do Do Do Do — Do Do Do Do.
I’m like most people, I have several favorite episodes and over the years I’ve probably seen them more than once or twice. There’s something about the stories that just grabs your attention and makes you want to see that surprise twist at the end.
What was your favorite episode(s)?
In 2002, there was a second revival of the show, with narration provided by Forest Whitaker. But the show was cancelled after one season, although reruns continue to air in syndication.
More details at wikipedia.com: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twilight_Zone
Find out what all the Do Do is about, in my next post.
Ok, I know, I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel with this post, but whose blog is it anyway. Plus, it can’t be too obscure a post since wikipedia.com has a page devoted to them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagonal_pliers
In elementary school there was a kid I knew that needed some money, so he asked me if I wanted to buy a pair of small diagonal cutters (wire cutters). I said sure! He sold them to me for a whopping 50 cents. I’m not sure how much that would have translated to today, but it seemed reasonable to me, so I bought them.
Now, it didn’t even occur to me back then that he could have stolen the cutters from his father’s tool box, or something like that, after all, what’s an 8-10 year old kid doing with diagonal cutters. Hmm, now that I think of it, what was I going to do with them.
To date, I think this was my best and most practical purchase ever, “Best”, because I still own the cutters, so I definitely got well over my 50 cents worth of use out of them and “Practical”, because I still use them to this day, as they are my favorite diagonal cutters in my tool box.
This is a photo of my diagonal cutters.
Find out what it was in my next post.
The name “POG” originated from a brand of juice made from Passionfruit, Orange and Guava. I didn’t know this little fact when the Pogs game first appeared in the United States. The Pogs were fashioned after vintage milk bottle caps. They were made of stiff cardboard and usually printed with the dairies name on it.
A bit of history about the Pogs game:
- The game of Pogs possibly originated in Hawaii in the 1920′s or 1930′s
- It’s also possible that the game had originated from a Japanese card game called Menko which existed since the 17th century
- Pogs returned to popularity when the World POG Federation and the Canada Games Company reintroduced them to the public in the 1990′s
- The Pog fad soared and peaked in the mid 1990′s before rapidly fading out
- Pogs were played on the Hawaiian island of Maui as early as 1927, but the 1990′s revival is credited to Blossom Galbiso, a teacher and guidance counselor who taught at Waialua Elementary School in Oahu. In 1991, Galbiso introduced the game she had played as a little girl to a new generation of students, soon incorporating Pogs into her fifth grade curriculum as a way of teaching math.
- Pogs spread from Hawaii to California, Texas, Oregan and Washington, before spreading to the rest of the country
- 1993 Pogs played throughout the world
Here is wikipedia.com’s description of how the game is played:
Rules may vary among players, but the game variants generally have common gameplay features. Each player has their own collection of Pogs and a slammer (a heavier game piece). Before the game, players decide whether to play ‘for keeps’, or not. ‘For keeps’ implies that the players keep the POGs that they win and forfeit those that have been won by other players. The game can then begin as follows:
1. The players each contribute an equal number of pogs to build a stack with the pieces facing down, which will be used during the game.
2. The players take turns throwing their slammer down onto the top of the stack, causing it to spring up and the pogs to scatter. Each player keeps any pogs that land ‘face up’ after their throw.
3. After each throw, the pogs which have landed ‘face down’ are then re-stacked for the next player.
4. When no pogs remain in the stack, the player with the most pogs is the ‘winner’.
Pogs were so popular at one point, that major corporations were jumping on the band wagon to cash in on their popularity.
Check out wikipedia.com for more details:
Find out what I’m talking about in my next post. Can you guess what the Fad is?