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Thinking Thursdays – Name that Song #4

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post! How does it work, you ask? We have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

  1. No, I never felt like this before
    Yes I swear, it’s the truth
    And I owe it all to you
  2. When your heart’s on fire
    You must realize
  3. You could have told me yourself
    That you love someone else
    Instead I
  4. Watch it now, watch it!
    Here it comes, here it comes!
    Watch it now, he’ll get ‘cha
  5. She’s the best girl that I ever had
    Sometimes she’s gonna make me feel so bad
  6. I was defeated, you won the war
    (name of the song)
    Promise to love you forever more
  7. I’m goin’ out tonight, I’m feelin’ alright
    Gonna let it all hang out
  8. Kim’s the first girl I kissed
    I was so nervous that I nearly missed
  9. I got nine lives
    Cat’s eyes
    Abusin’ every one of them and running wild
  10. You spend all your time waiting
    For that second chance
    For a break that would make it okay
  1. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  2. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
  3. Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  4. Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  5. Hush – Deep Purple
  6. Waterloo – ABBA
  7. Man, I Feel Like a Woman
  8. Photograph – Nickelback
  9. Back in Black – AC/DC
  10. Arms of the Angel – Sarah McLachlin

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Thinking Thursdays – Riddles and Brainteasers

It’s time again for our Riddles and Brainteasers post for the month. Last month’s post really got your brain working out. Hopefully, today’s questions have you testing your mental agility again! As usual, we will post the 10 riddles below, then the answers, with a graphic separating the two, so hopefully you will notice if you start to scroll too far (but I won’t tell anyone if you cheat and peek at the answers!)

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

The Questions

  1. How many bricks does it take to complete a building made of bricks?
  2. What breaks but never falls? What falls but never breaks?
  3. A man goes out in heavy rain with nothing to protect him from it. His hair doesn’t get wet. How does he do that?
  4. Mike and Pat are in a desert. They both have packs on. Pat is dead. Mike who is alive has his pack open, Pat has his pack closed. What is in the packs?
  5. A rooster lays an egg at the very top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off on?
  6. What can’t be burned in a fire nor drowned in the water?
  7. If you are running a race, and you pass the person in second, what place are you in?
  8. When you need me, you throw me away. When you don’t need me, you bring me back. What am I?
  9. You do not want me when you don’t have me, but when you have me you don’t want to lose me. What am I?
  10. A snail is at the bottom of a 30 foot well. Every hour the snail is able to climb up 3 feet, then immediately slide back down 2 feet. How many hours does it take for the snail to get out of the well?

The Answers

  1. One – the last one. Then the building would be complete.
  2. Day and Night
  3. He’s bald
  4. Parachutes
  5. Neither, roosters don’t lay eggs.
  6. Ice. It melts instead of burning in a fire and it floats in water.
  7. Second place.
  8. An anchor.
  9. A lawsuit.
  10. The answer is actually 28 hours. Why? The logic is true, 1 foot an hour for, let’s say, 27 hours/feet, then at the end of the 28th hour the snail climbs 3 feet (making 30 feet,) and reaches the top before, this time, not sliding back.
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Thinking Thursdays – Wuzzles

Wuzzles? What are Wuzzles? I’m glad you asked. Wuzzles (also called Bamboozables) are word puzzles. They are a saying or phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way. The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place, or thing that each Wuzzle is meant to represent. They are usually presented in a box, but not always (and sometimes the box is used as part of the clue, but most of the time it’s just a box). My biggest hint is to think out loud and describe what you see.

Need an example? Here’s one for you:

Noon Good

The answer to this one is “Good Afternoon” and we know this because the word “good” comes after the word “noon,” so Good – after – noon. Good Afternoon.

Let’s see how many of the ones below you can guess correctly. I have 10 Wuzzles listed below, followed by a picture to separate the Wuzzles from the answers. Remember, no peeking allowed!

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The Answers

  1. Count your blessings
  2. See you around
  3. Safety in numbers
  4. Final Frontier
  5. He’s on Cloud 9
  6. I’m in trouble
  7. Little did I know
  8. Ring Around the Rosie
  9. The Price is Right
  10. Step on the gas

Don’t forget to tell us how you did in the comments below!

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Thinking Thursdays – Riddles and Brainteasers

It’s time again for our Riddles and Brainteasers post for the month. Last month’s post really got your brain working out. Hopefully, today’s questions have you testing your mental agility again! As usual, we will post the 10 riddles below, then the answers, with a graphic separating the two, so hopefully you will notice if you start to scroll too far (but I won’t tell anyone if you cheat and peek at the answers!)

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

  1. One sunny afternoon, three men go for a ride on a hot air balloon over the Sahara desert. An hour into the trip, the balloon begins to lose altitude. A month later, someone found one of the ballooners laying on the desert sand dead, naked, and holding half a toothpick. What happened to him?
  2. A donkey travels a certain distance each day. Strangely enough, two of its legs travel 30 miles each day and the other two legs travel nearly 31 miles. It would seem that two of the donkey’s legs must be one mile ahead of the other two legs, but of course this can’t be true. Since the donkey is normal, how is this situation possible?
  3. Some say we are red, some say we are green. Some play us, some spray us. What are we?
  4. As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?
  5. The king dies and two men, the true heir and an impostor, both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance. Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly refuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir. Can you figure out why?
  6. A mother has three sick children. She has a 24-ounce bottle of medicine and needs to give each child eight ounces of the medicine. She is unable to get to the store and has only three clean containers, which measure 5, 11 and 13 ounces. The electricity is out and she has no way of heating water to wash the containers and doesn’t want to spread germs. How can she divide the medicine to give each child an equal portion without having any two children drink from the same container?
  7. A wealthy wise old woman feared that her daughter was lazy and as a result rather stupid. When the old woman died, her will stipulated that her assets were to be liquidated and a check was to be written for the full amount. The check was to be placed in one of three envelopes. The other two envelopes would contain a blank piece of paper. If the daughter could determine from the writing on the envelope which envelope contained the check, she would inherit her mother’s fortune. Otherwise, the fortune would go to the old woman’s favorite charity for animals. The daughter was not allowed to touch the envelopes. Her decision had to be made based on the writing on the envelopes. The daughter was told that only one envelope had a true statement and that the other two statements were false. The envelopes had the following writing: 1. This envelope does not have the check 2. This envelope has the check 3. The second envelope does not have the check. Which envelope should the daughter pick?
  8. Jack has 8 bricks. 7 of them weights the same amount and one is slightly heavier. Using a balance scale, how can Jack find the heavier brick in two weighings?
  9. What word starts with E and ends with E but only has one letter in it?
  10. A bus driver goes the wrong way on a one-way street. He passes the cops but they don’t stop him. Why?

The Answers

  1. As the balloon lost altitude, the men took off their clothes and threw them overboard to decrease the weight of the balloon. The balloon continued to drop so the men drew straws to see who would be forced to jump. The dead man in the desert drew the shortest one (the half toothpick).
  2. The donkey operates a mill and travels in a circular clockwise direction. The two outside legs will travel a greater distance than the two inside legs.
  3. Pepper
  4. One. The man, his wives, sacks, cats, and kittens aren’t going anywhere.
  5. The test was a blood test. The elders remembered that the true prince was a hemophiliac.
  6. Fill the 5 oz. and 11 oz. containers from the 24 oz. container. This leaves 8 oz. in the 24 oz. bottle. Next empty the 11 oz. bottle by pouring the contents into the 13 oz. bottle. Fill the 13 oz. bottle from the 5 oz. container (with 2 oz.) and put the remaining 3 oz. in the 11 oz. bottle. This leaves the 5 oz. container empty. Now pour 5 oz. from the 13 oz. bottle into the 5 oz. bottle leaving 8 oz. in the 13 oz. bottle. Finally pour the 5 oz. bottle contents into the 11 oz. bottle giving 8 oz. in this container.
  7. The daughter should pick envelope 1. If the check was in envelope 2, statements 1 and 2 would both be true. If the check was in envelope 3, statements 1 and 3 would both be true. If the check was in envelope 1, that would make statement 1 false, statement 2 false and statement 3 is the only true statement, making it the envelope with the cheque.
  8. First he split them in to piles of 3, 3, and 2 bricks. Then he weighs both groups of 3 with each other. If they balance he knows the brick is one of the 2 unweighed bricks and he can weigh them to find the heaver one. If the the stacks of 3 bricks do not balance, he will weigh 2 of the 3 bricks. If they balance he will know the brick left unweighed is heavier, or if they do not balance, he will find the heavier one.
  9. Envelope
  10. He was walking.

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Thinking Thursday – Name That Song #3

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post!

How does it work, you ask? We have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. I’ve added the year the song was released to give you a little hint. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

  1. I held you, held you tight. ‘Cause I love, love you so. Promise I’ll never let you go (1956)
  2. Do you remember when we used to sing? Sha-la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la, la-la tee-da (1967)
  3. I’m gettin’ bugged driving up and down the same old strip. I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip. (1963)
  4. I will drive past your house and if the lights are all out, I’ll see who’s around (1978)
  5. “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then. You know we’ll have a good time then.” (1974)
  6. Life is a mystery. Everyone must stand alone. I hear you call my name and it feels like home. (1989)
  7. Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place where as a child I’d hide and pray for the thunder and the rain to quietly pass me by. (1987)
  8. Lyin’ on our backs and countin’ the stars where the cool grass grows (1987)
  9. And I’m here, to remind you of the mess you left when you went away (1995)
  10. Music hits me so hard, makes me say “Oh, my Lord. Thank you for blessing me with a mind to rhyme and two hyped feet” (1992)
  11. I remember it all very well, lookin’ back. It was the summer I turned eighteen. We lived in a one room, rundown shack on the outskirts of New Orleans. (1990)
  12. Every little thing I do never seems enough for you. You don’t want to lose it again, but I’m not like them (2000)
  13. If your callin’ ’bout the car I sold it. If this is Tuesday night I’m bowlin’. If you’ve got somethin’ to sell your wastin’ your time, I’m not buyin’.

The Answers

  1. In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
  2. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  3. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
  4. One Way or Another – Blondie
  5. Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  6. Like a Prayer – Madonna
  7. Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses
  8. Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  9. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
  10. Hammer Time – MC Hammer
  11. Fancy – Reba McEntire
  12. It’s Gonna Be Me – N Sync
  13. Austin – Blake Shelton

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Thinking Thursdays – Movie Titles

Today we are going back to the movies again! Just like last time, I have posted posters from famous movies. But they have had their titles removed! Can you guess the movie from the poster? If you are a movie buff, you should do pretty well with today’s trivia challenge. If not, that’s ok. You should still manage to do pretty good. All movies are/were very popular, both at the time of release and today. As an added bonus, I also included the year the movie was released to help you out. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

  1. From 1941

2. From 1954

3. From 1962

4. From 1968

5. From 1970

6. From 1977

7. From 1979

8. From 1983

9. From 1989

10. From 1990

11. From 1997

12. From 2000

13. From 2009

14. From 2014

15. From 2018

The Answers

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. Romeo & Juliet
  5. Love Story
  6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  7. The Jerk
  8. The Outsiders
  9. The Abyss
  10. Misery
  11. Contact
  12. The Perfect Storm
  13. 2012
  14. Interstellar
  15. A Quiet Place

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

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Thinking Thursdays – Wuzzles

Wuzzles? What are Wuzzles? I’m glad you asked. Wuzzles (also called Bamboozables) are word puzzles. They are a saying or phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way. The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place, or thing that each Wuzzle is meant to represent. They are usually presented in a box, but not always (and sometimes the box is used as part of the clue, but most of the time it’s just a box). My biggest hint is to think out loud and describe what you see.

Need an example? Here’s one for you:

Noon Good

The answer to this one is “Good Afternoon” and we know this because the word “good” comes after the word “noon,” so Good – after – noon. Good Afternoon.

Let’s see how many of the ones below you can guess correctly. I have 10 Wuzzles listed below, followed by a picture to separate the Wuzzles from the answers. Remember, no peeking allowed!

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All Wuzzles from Thinkable Puzzles

The Answers

  1. Count Dracula
  2. Little House on the Prairie
  3. Incomplete sentence
  4. Space Invaders
  5. I see you understand
  6. Hold on a minute
  7. Hand it over now
  8. Jukebox
  9. Half sister
  10. Foreign Policy

Don’t forget to tell us how you did below!

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Thinking Thursdays – Name That Song #2

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post! How does it work, you ask? We have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

The Lyrics

  1. They’re out to get you, better leave while you can, don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man.
  2. You know I’m just a fool who’s willing to sit around and wait for you.
  3. And I saw the surprise, and the fear in his eyes, when I took his glass of champagne.
  4. She says “We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.”
  5. Every little swallow, every chickadee, every little bird in the tall oak tree.
  6. Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals.
  7. I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face.
  8. I got my first real 6-string. Bought it at the five and dime.
  9. Remember to let her into your heart, then you can start to make it better.
  10. I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind, that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.

The Answers

  1. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  2. Hopelessly Devoted to You – Olivia Newton John
  3. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
  4. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  5. Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
  6. Baba O’Riley – The Who
  7. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  8. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  9. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  10. Your Song – Elton John

How did you do? Tell us your score in the comments!

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Trivia Thursday – Riddles and Brainteasers

The last Thursday of the month is going to be dedicated to presenting you with a series of 10 riddles and brain teasers. Not quite trivia, but we will still be turning the wheels in our heads and giving our gray matter a workout!

Below are our ten riddles for this week. Due to the need to schedule posts in advance, answers will not be in the comments, but will be placed below the questions. I will separate them with a graphic, just in case you get too scroll-happy!

Tell us in the comments how you did!

The Questions

  1. I have cities but no houses. I have mountains but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
  2. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?
  3. What word in the English language does the following: the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great man while the entire word signifies a great woman. What is the word?
  4. A girl has as many brothers as sisters, but each brother has only half as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are in the family?
  5. What are the next three letters in this combination:  OTTFFSS
  6. This belongs to you but everyone else uses it. What is it?
  7. You have 2 jugs before you, a 5-litre jug, and a 3-litre jug. Your task is to fill one of the jugs with exactly 4 litres of water using a nearby tap. How do you do this?
  8. What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
  9. If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?
  10. There are three playing cards in a row on the table in front of you, left to right, Position 1, Position 2, and Position 3. There is a two to the right of a king. A diamond is to the left of a spade. An ace is to the left of a heart. A heart is to the left of a spade. What are the three cards, in order?
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The Answers

  1. A map
  2. The letter R
  3. Heroine (He, Her, Hero, Heroine)
  4. Four sisters and three brothers
  5. ENT (One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten)
  6. Your name
  7. Follow these steps:
    1. Fill the 3L jug (3L jug has 3L of water in it, 5L jug is empty).
    2. Transfer the water in the 3L jug to the 5L jug (3L empty, 5L has 3L of water in it).
    3. Fill the 3L jug again (3L jug has 3L of water, 5L jug has 3L of water in it).
    4. Transfer water from the 3L jug to the 5L jug until the 5L jug is full (5L jug is now full, 3L jug has 1L water that would not fit in the 5L jug).
    5. Dump out the 5L jug (3L jug still has 1L of water, 5L jug is now empty)
    6. Transfer the 1L of water in the 3L jug to the 5L jug (3L jug is now empty, 5L jug has 1L of water in it.
    7. Fill the 3L jug (3L jug has 3L of water, 5L jug has 1L of water in it).
    8. Transfer the water from the 3L jug into the 5L jug (3L jug is now empty, 5L jug now has 4L in it!)
  8. Queue
  9. 2. 11 o’clock plus 2 hours = 1 o’clock, so 9 o’clock plus 5 hours = 2 o’clock
  10. Ace of Diamonds, King of Hears, Two of Spades
    • (Explanation: It’s easiest to figure out the Suits order then the card number. Both the diamond and the heart are to the left of the spade, so spade is in Position 3. Because there is an ace to the left of the heart, the heart cannot be in Position 1, meaning it must be in Position 2, leaving the diamond in Position 1. Next, work on the order of the card numbers. We already know that the ace is to the left of the heart (which is in position 2), so the ace must be in Position 1. And since the two is to the right of the king, the king must be in Position 2 and the two must be in Position 3).
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Trivia Thursday – Movie Titles

Today, we are going to the movies! Well, kind of. For today’s trivia, I have posted movie posters from famous movies. But they have had their titles removed! Can you guess the movie from the poster? If you are a movie buff, you should do pretty well with today’s trivia challenge. If not, that’s ok. You should still manage to do pretty good. All movies are/were very popular, both at the time of release and today. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

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Trivia Thursday

My birthday is tomorrow, and while I’m not usually one to make a big fuss over my birthday (especially as I get older!), with this crazy lockdown, we have to seize every chance we get to be happy and celebrate. So when I had to come up with this week’s Thursday Trivia, I figured “why not?”  I did take pity on all of you readers though. I was originally going to have both the trivia questions and the story be birthday-focused, but instead just went with the trivia questions themselves. And because today’s post is a bit late getting published, I figured I would throw in a few bonus questions, so instead of the normal 10 questions, you get 14. And no, I did not pick 14 questions because my birthday is on the 14th. That is just a coincidence. I promise.

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can find all the answers?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…. Have Fun

The Questions

  1. This is the most celebrated birthday in the world.
  2. In the time between birthdays, your hair will grow by ____ centimetres.
  3. In the time between birthdays, there will have been 50,000 of these around the world.
  4. In the time between birthdays, this will have grown by 76,570,430 across the world.
  5. This month accounts for 9% of all births, the most of any month.
  6. The Happy Birthday song is rarely sung on TV because a _______ on the song means studios must pay a licensing fee. The owners of the song make about $2million every year!
  7. Don’t give this item as a birthday gift in China. It’s bad luck!
  8. The ancient ______s believed that the smoke from blown-out candles lifted prayers and wishes to the gods. That’s why we have candles on our cakes today!
  9. Birthday celebrations evolved over time. The first society we have record of celebrating birthdays are the ancient ______.
  10. Early Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays, as they viewed it as pagan. In the middle ages, they instead celebrated these venerable figures that they were frequently named after. Eventually, it evolved into celebrating individual birthdays.
  11. The Happy Birthday song was originally created by these two sisters in 1893. It was originally called Good Morning to All. The words have changed, but the melody is the same.
  12. In this country, a newborn is considered age 1. Thus, a 1-year-old in the West, as well as most other parts of the world, would be aged 2 years in that country.
  13. More babies are born on this day of the week than any other.
  14. The fewest number of babies are born on this day of the week.

The Story

The Last Day of School

Charlotte looked at the clock for the thousandth time in two minutes. The day was going so slow! The teacher was droning on about something. What it was, Charlotte couldn’t tell. She was focused more on the clock and all the plans she and her friends had for the summer. If only the silly thing would move faster, they could get on with the good times! Just 10 minutes left before her summer fun could begin.

“What are you doing on your summer vacation, Charlotte?” Mrs. Roman asked. Apparently, that was what she had been talking about – everyone’s summer plans – because now it was Charlotte’s turn. Even though she was caught off guard by the question, she was able to answer quickly.

“Tuesday, we are going to the beach. Next Sunday, we will be having a picnic with our church in the park. It will be lots of fun – they will have lots of games and stuff. I’m going to have a pool party in July for my birthday. And in August, my family rents a cottage for a week up in Muskoka. My whole family goes; my grandparents, my aunts and uncles and cousins, and of course my family.”

“That sounds like a lot of fun things you will be doing. What about you Jacob?” Mrs. Roman continued down the line.

“I’m gonna be TikTok famous!” Jacob declared. “Either that or I will get famous by streaming Among Us and COD and stuff on Twitch and YouTube!”

The teacher tried to look enthusiastic, but eventually gave up and instead said “That sounds interesting and I’m so glad you are enthusiastic about it, but it’s all Greek to me!” Some of the kids understood what that meant while others just looked puzzled. But with only four minutes of school left, no one was going to ask Mrs. Roman to explain.

Bobby Moore did pipe up though. “Make sure you get your videos copyrighted or whatever. You don’t want someone else making money off your videos! Trust me, my uncle is a lawyer.” The class laughed.

Charlotte stole a glance at the clock again. 4 minutes! She tried not to squirm in her seat. She wasn’t like her little sister who, according to Grandma, had the patience of a saint. She tried to pay attention to what all her friends were telling the class going to be doing this summer, but she was only partially listening. She did manage to hear that Mandy was going to volunteer at an animal shelter, Li was going to visit her family in China, Evan was gong to play soccer, and Trevor was just going to sit by the pool all summer. Dan said something that made the class laugh, but Charlotte missed it as she watched the second hand slowly work its way around.

As the seconds ticked slowly by, more and more students, and eventually Mrs. Roman all stared at the clock.

Three… Two… One…

Students were bolting out of their seats before the bell even started to ring. Mrs. Roman was yelling at everyone to slow down and be careful and have a safe summer and that she would see them in September. No one really heard as they all raced for the door.

It looked like a stampede and shook the room like an earthquake! It was crazy. And Charlotte was in the thick of it.

Eventually (it felt like eventually, but was probably only a few seconds), the logjam at the door cleared and she was able to make her way to her locker.

Mildred and Patty Hill, twin sisters and friends of Charlotte’s, fought their way through the entire school population it seemed like to get over to Charlotte’s locker. Patty tugged on Charlotte’s arm to get her attention and asked, “Will we be invited to your pool party?”

“Of course,” Charlotte responded. “I’m going to invite everyone. The whole class. A girl only turns 12 once!”

Mildred giggled, “You will have so many presents, it will look like Christmas Day!”

“That’s the plan!” Charlotte laughed. The three girls linked arms and skipped out of the school to enjoy their summer vacation.

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Trivia Thursday – Name That Song

We are changing up our Trivia Thursdays a bit here at the WAAC website. Don’t worry, we are still going to have our popular Trivia Stories, but we are going to mix it up a bit. This means that going forward, Trivia Stories will be every other week and we will have other fun trivia posts the other Thursdays. You already got a taste of that a couple of weeks ago, with our Close-Up Challenge.

This week, we are having a Name That Song Trivia. How does it work? I have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. How many can you guess correctly? The answers will be in the comment section as always.

The Lyrics

  1. When I was just a baby my mama told me, “Son, always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns”
  2. You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!
  3. Friday night and the lights are low. Looking out for a place to go.
  4. Strangers, waitin’ up and down the boulevard
  5. Tin roof. Rusted!
  6. Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you
  7. The best thing about bein’ a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun
  8. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
  9. And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief” they point the cannon at you, Lord
  10. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
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Trivia Thursday – The Baldoon Mystery, Pt 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of The Baldoon Mystery Trivia Thursday!

Last week, we posted the first half of the story of the Baldoon Witch, our own local legend, complete with 10 trivia questions whose answers were found within the story. This week we have the second half of the story for you, with ten new questions. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted within the comment section. Do you think you can find them all?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you did. Missed the first half of our story last week? No problem! Click to read Part One and test yourself.

Ready…. Set… Go!

The Questions

  1. Some restaurants serve this all day.
  2. People without permanent homes, who tend to move based on the migratory habits of their livestock.
  3. Members of a religious group sent into an area to promote their faith or perform services.
  4. Traditional healers and spiritual leaders who serve a community of indigenous people of the Americas.
  5. A meeting in which someone (usually in a professional capacity) talks to a person about a problem or question.
  6. Though it is not found naturally in the state, this opalescent stone is the gemstone of the state of Florida.
  7. If you are an optimist, every cloud has a lining make of this precious metal.
  8. While the turkey and ham are now typically served with Christmas dinner, this fowl was the traditional Christmas meat for hundreds of years – and still is in many cultures.
  9. A thin strip of wood in the mouthpiece of main woodwind instruments.
  10. Because this mode of transportation was less dependent on wind patterns, new trade routes were opened, leading to the first wave of trade globalization in the mid-1800s.

The Story

Lauchlan MacDougald, another child of the Baldoon settlement and Wallaceburg pioneer, remembered the event well. “I was going up the river in a boat that morning in company with James Johnson, Sr., and William Fisher,” he said. “When we were opposite MacDonald’s place we perceived that John’s house was on fire, but as we were some distance from it we saw that it would be gone before we could reach it. The family were at breakfast yet and had not discovered the danger. Mr. Dan MacDonald’s house was nearer to us, and as they saw the fire they hailed us and asked us to assist them to carry out their furniture as they expected their own habitation would soon be in flames. We landed and helped them to carry out everything. In the meantime John’s house and barn were reduced to ashes together with all they contained, the family barely escaping with their lives. [John] came to us without his coat, saying that the clothes he had on were all they had saved.” 

The community helped the MacDonalds to replenish the losses they had suffered in the fire, and the family of five sought temporary refuge with John’s brother-in-law while they undertook efforts to rebuild their log cabin. But no sooner had they taken quarter when similar annoyances began to occur. After several little fires spontaneously broke out, the MacDonalds were forced to seek shelter elsewhere, fearing that the brother-in-law’s house too would burn. The strange activity followed the family wherever it went; and for a period of time they lived like nomads, moving from place to place, unable to find solace. Finally they gathered up all the old sails they could find in the neighbourhood and rigged up a tent to shelter them. But they could not live like that for long; once winter set in, even the haunted log cabin was preferable to the frigid tent. After the family moved back indoors, John resumed all efforts to remove the poltergeist, seeking counsel from Protestant missionaries, native medicine men, and Catholic priests. Nothing worked.

Then John learned from a traveller about a doctor in Long Point, a town eighty miles away, whose daughter was said to be possessed with the gift of second sight. Rev. McDorman accompanied John on the two-day journey to the house of Dr. J. F. Troyner; upon arrival, they implored him to allow a consultation with the fifteen-year-old Dinah. The girl listened to John’s miserable story, and then retired to her bedroom to read her moonstone. Miss Troyner emerged from her chambers, exhausted and dishevelled, three hours later and reported that an old woman who lived in a long log house sought to drive the MacDonalds from their property. This, said Miss Troyner, was the source of all John’s difficulties. She asked John if he had seen a stray goose wandering his farm since the troubles had begun. After he replied that he had been seeing a strange goose in his flock now and again for some time, Miss Troyner told him to shoot it with a bullet cast of solid silver, for lead would do it no harm. The girl insisted that the old woman would be similarly wounded, and the hauntings would come to an end.

As soon as John MacDonald arrived home the next evening, he melted a piece of sterling silver into a bullet just as Miss Troyner had instructed. Rifle in hand, he searched for the goose in the field, and at first sight fired the silver bullet directly into its black wing. The goose gave a shriek like a human being in agony and escaped through the reeds under the cover of darkness. The next day, John and several companions ventured passed the long log house owned by the elderly Mrs. Buchanan. There the old woman sat on her front porch in an agitated state, nursing a broken arm. No more supernatural manifestations disturbed the MacDonald property thereafter.

As the story passed into history, eyewitness testimonials from prominent local figures lent the tale credibility and assured the continued spreading of its fame. Forty years later, Neil McDonald, John’s youngest son, interviewed twenty-six older local villagers that had witnessed the haunting. He collected their statements and published them serially in the Wallaceburg News; afterwards, the stories were collected into a booklet and published under the title, The Baldoon Mystery: An Intriguing Story of Witchcraft near Wallaceburg, Ontario. The story continued to circulate into the twentieth century: in the 1920s, the Northern Navigation Grand Trunk Route offered day-cruises from Detroit to Chatham aboard the Thousand Islander steamship. When the ship passed through Wallaceburg on the Chenal Ecarte, deckhands were quick to point out the “haunted house” to enthusiastic patrons. The Baldoon Mystery soon became one of Ontario’s most famous ghost stories, securing a lasting legacy for the little Scottish settlement.

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Trivia Thursday – The Baldoon Mystery, Pt 1

Today is the first in a 2-part Trivia Thursday! 

I have always loved the mystery of the Baldoon Witch – I even wrote a paper on it in college. Given its mystery and its local history, I decided to use it as the basis for our Trivia Thursday. Usually when making our trivia posts, we come up with a list of trivia questions and then write a story to fit the answers ourselves. But as I discovered when writing that paper in college, all the sources related to the Baldoon Witch tell the exact same story in almost the exact same way. So this time, we took the existing lore and developed our questions from that.

As usual the trivia questions will be listed below, along with the first half of our story, which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted within the comment section. Do you think you can find them all?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you did. And don’t forget to come back next week for Part Two!

Ready…. Set… Go!

The Questions

  1. This country has a unicorn as their national animal
  2. Over the course of 300 years (from 1450 to 1750) approximately 50,000 people – mostly women – were executed for practicing this
  3. What is the first name of the Scottish national hero that our town in named for?
  4. The English _________ is the busiest shipping area in the world, accommodating more than 500 ships per day, even though it is only 34km wide in some spots.
  5. A place that people visit for pleasure and interest, usually while they are on holiday.
  6. This town, established in 1797 along the Detroit River, is now part of the city of Windsor.
  7. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) is collectively referred to as what?
  8. This interior design style is defined by practicality and comfort, relying on readily available materials and colors and features wood elements and white tones.
  9. The type of speech given by the loser, usually in a political election setting.
  10. The most famous one of these was actually just a disfigured man best known for his singing voice and dropping a chandelier on a crowd of people.

The Story

The mystery centres around a poltergeist that haunted the family of John MacDonald for three years. John was the eldest son of Donald and Flora MacDonald, two of the original Baldoon pioneers who came from Scotland to Lord Selkirk’s planned settlement in 1804. John had been just six years old when the family emigrated from Kirkcudbrightshire; he grew to maturity on the Baldoon settlement, married a local girl, and in 1826 acquired a farm of his own in Lot A of the 4th Concession.. This lot was coveted by other people in the area, particularly one elderly woman by the name of Buchanan who offered many times to purchase the land from John. He refused her requests and built his large frame farmhouse upon the land

On 28 October 1829, a pole suddenly crashed down from the ceiling as the women of the family and some neighbour girls were preparing straw in the barn, (The barn was made of logs, having above its main floor a ceiling of poles that formed a loft open at the ends and floored with the poles.) Startled but unnerved, the women assumed it was no matter and resumed their work. Several minutes later, a second pole dropped. Finding this strange, they examined the ceiling but could see no reason as to why the two poles had fallen. They resumed their work and forgot about the fallen poles as they became engrossed in conversation. Suddenly, a third pole crashed into their midst – now terrified, the women dashed out of the barn and into the house.

Strange things continued to happen. Stones, seemingly thrown by a phantom, pelted the farmhouse until every window was shattered. When visitors and family members examined the stones, they found that they were smooth and damp, as though they had been flung from the bed of the river that ran right in front of the house. The roof leaked when it wasn’t raining. Mysterious little fires broke out all over the house. “I saw the house take fire upstairs in ten different places at once,” recalled William Fleury, who lived just up the road from the McDonald family. Once the earth moved the very foundations of the house – and only the McDonald house was shaken by this earthquake. Pots and pans inexplicably crashed from the counters and tables.

“At the time of this trouble,” reported local resident William Stewart, “I lived about three quarters of a mile from the place and was present and saw for myself many of these strange things. Mr. Alex Brown, with the others, took a number of lead balls that came in through the window, marked them, tied them in a bag, and dropped them in to the centre of the Channel Ecarte, in about 36 feet of water, and in a short time the ball came back through the window. I was present when the barn was burned and also when a man by the name of Harmon was preaching there. At this time a large stone came right through the door, breaking out one of the panels, and rolled in front of the minister. The stone apparently had come out of the water. A search was made about the house, but no person could be seen. I also saw a loaf of bread move off the table and dance around the room. The owner of the house, John T. McDonald, I know to be a very respectable man.”

As news of these occurrences spread, hundreds of curiosity seekers from the surrounding areas began to visit the house in hopes of witnessing poltergeist activity first-hand – even the Toronto Globe reported the events as they occurred. The McDonalds took advantage of the situation and profited as a tourist attraction until their safety was really threatened:

“I went with my father to see what was going on at Belledoon for I was very young at that time,” H. Drulard later recalled. “We saw a pot rise from a hearth and chase a dog outside and all around the yard. It could not get away from the pot, for it would hit the dog and he would yell and howl with all his might. I saw an old fashioned butcher knife pass through a crowd of fifty men and strike into the wall the whole length of a ten-inch blade. This happened in 1830.”

After a local Methodist preacher, Reverend McDorman, tried to exorcise the spirits, the poltergeist became more violent: healthy livestock suddenly began to die in the middle of the night. Horses dropped dead in their stalls; the ox died in the field while still connected to the plough. Hogs and chickens withered and passed away. The family would awaken in the middle of the night to the slow, steady tread of men marching in the kitchen. Robert Baker, a Michigan schoolmaster who had a great interest in the subject of witchcraft, tried next to exorcise the spirit by nailing a horseshoe above the front door of the farmhouse and invoking the Holy Trinity. Not only were his efforts in vain, but local authorities prosecuted him for attempting to perform witchcraft. Mr. Baker was convicted at trial in Sandwich and sentenced to a year in prison; the Lieutenant-Governor, however, heard his appeal and granted him a pardon on 6 May 1830. And still the hauntings continued, and they became more violent. The baby screamed as its cradle rocked of its own volition; it was said that two men had to hold the cradle for the mother to rescue the infant. Guns went off while no one was holding them. The fires broke out with increased frequency and became harder to put out. And then the entire home burned to the ground.

This version of the Baldoon Mystery by Windsor’s Scottish Heritage website.

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Trivia Thursday

Today’s Trivia Thursday is a little different. We know that many of you have not been to the Centre for a while and miss it. We also got a new camera that I really wanted to play with we needed to test out . So what we did is take close up pictures of things around the centre. Your job is to guess what everything is. Haven’t been in the Centre in a long time? That’s ok! You should still be able to guess what most of these are. There are ___ close ups posted below. Below that are the full pictures. Some of the close ups are zoomed in from the same angle, while others are meant to challenge you by taking the pictures at a more unusual angle. We left a lot of space between the close ups and full pictures, but be careful not to scroll too far until you are ready.

How well do you know our Centre? Tell us below how many you got right!

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Card rack near the front entrance

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Exercise balls in the Exercise Room upstairs

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Exercise bike in the large Fitness Room

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Pool cue rack

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Ramp railing

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Cake stand from Sue’s Kitchen

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Yoga mats

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Pocket from one of our pool tables

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Hand weights

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Flowery Flyswatter

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First Aid Kit near the Dining Room

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Large tree painting in the exercise room
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Trivia Thursday

Today is the 48th edition of our Trivia Thursday, and my first attempt at making a trivia post! With it being so lovely outside, I wanted to make today’s trivia post full of interesting little tidbits about Spring! Test your knowledge and see how much you know about this wonderful season!

As usual the trivia questions will be listed with a short story below which has the answers hidden within it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out. The answers are posted with in the comment section. Do you think you can find all the answers?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go….. Have Fun

The Questions:

  1. What is usually (but not always) the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere?
  2. Which holiday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal (Spring) Equinox?
  3. What myth is associated with the first day of Spring?
  4. These two flowers are usually the earliest to bloom each spring.
  5. This day is observed internationally as a day to raise awareness a bout environmental issues.
  6. The opening of the cherry blossom in March or April signals the start of spring in this country.
  7. According to Greek myth, the return of spring coincides with the return of this goddess.
  8. Spring is the most popular season to make this large purchase.
  9. The early Egyptians built this monument so that it points directly toward the rising sun on the spring equinox.
  10. These flighty creatures are more likely to swarm during the spring but are actually more docile than at other times of the year.
  11. April Fools Day is believed to have started in 16th century France when this was changed from the Julian version to the Gregorian version. With this change, the observation of New Year’s changed from April 1st to January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate on April 1st were called “April Fools.”

The Story:

Three sisters, Elizabeth, Jane, and Lydia, were out for a walk one mid-April day. The trees were starting to bud, and the tulips and daffodils were poking through the soil beside the path. The birds were singing, the honeybees were flying from flower to flower, and the laughs of children playing could be heard.

It was the first time they had seen each other in several weeks. They walked and talked about their husbands, their kids, their jobs, and got caught up with one another. Eventually the subject changed to where the sisters wanted to take their next vacation.

Elizabeth, always the most adventurous and definitely the most quirky said “I want to do one of those weird tours where you go see creepy things. I would love to go to Japan and see how close I can get to that nuclear powerplant that had a meltdown and see the Haunted Forest.” Her sisters looked at her like she was crazy.

Lydia said that she would love to go on a cruise or to a tropical beach somewhere. “Anything with a beach, basically,” was how she put it.

Jane, always the most practical of them all, said “I was thinking of buying a house actually.”

“In this market? It’s a seller’s dream right now. You think you can find a house at a decent price? You’d have better luck balancing an egg on its tip!” Lydia exclaimed.

“Really Jane, sometimes you have to live a little.” Elizabeth pushed. “Make some memories. Where is someplace you have always wanted to go?”

“Well, I have always wanted to see the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx…”  

“Ooh. That would definitely be an awesome trip!” Elizabeth said, nodding.

Lydia exclaimed “Hey! I just had an idea! We should all go together. It can be a chance for us to hang out for more than a few hours. Jane, you have gotten so busy with little Persephone, and Elizabeth, I haven’t see you since New Year’s.”

“I love that idea, Lydia!” Elizabeth said. “Let me just check my calendar and see when I can make it work.”  She pulled out her agenda and started flipping through it. The other sisters did the same.

“Well, I’ve got a huge project coming up at work. It’s going to take months to finish.  Plus, I need a little time to save up for a trip.” Lydia said.

Elizabeth thought. “Well, what about next March?” That gives us nearly a year to save up.”

“Isn’t Easter in March next year?” Jane questioned.

Lydia checked. “Nope. It’s in the middle of April next year. Close to Mom’s birthday. And Earth Day apparently” she said, looking at her calendar app.  

“The kids have March Break until the 20th. They go back to school on March 21st. Can we leave after that?” Elizabeth requested. “Darcy is great with the kids, but I would feel bad taking off on a trip and leaving him alone to take care of them all day. Plus waiting until after March Break should be cheaper.”

“Yeah, that works for me” Jane said, nodding.

“Me too” Lydia smiled.

“Great! It’s a date then!” Elizabeth declared.

The sisters kept walking, enjoying the warm spring sunshine, and talking of all the sites they wanted to see when next spring came around.