I thought posting links would be easy as I catch up on my internet reading, but it turns out that somehow, old links are not so interesting after all! Anyway, here are the few I came up with for today.
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN AN EIGHTH GRADER: A newspaper in Kansas has published the term paper questions given to eighth-graders in 1895. I wonder - was this the super-achiever section?!! I would have been demoted for sure - I can't even understand the questions!! Some of the questions from the grammar and orthography (what on earth is that!) sections
Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?What are elementary sounds? How classified?What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?Give four substitutes for caret ‘u’.Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd,cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
Read the whole thing with the answers here.
AND IF YOU WERE FOUND WANTING IN THE PREVIOUS EXERCISE: Consider zapping your brain with some electricity. A new real-life thinking cap has been produced which claims to improve brain creativity by sending electric shocks into the left brain to suppress it and encourage the more creative right brain to act...... If anyone is foolish enough to try this, I guess some shocks can't harm what isn't there in the first place!!
DICTATORSHIP ACCORDING TO STAR WARS: With dictators all around the world suddenly finding their positions rather shaky, they should probably take some tips from Star Wars. Here are 10 things Star Wars teaches on running a fascist dictatorship. (HT: BibCh)
A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY BENEFIT WITH A FEW ZAPS: I hope I will never be this du-uh! (HT: TS)