Farty's Fortunes

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Educashun News

If the papers are to believed - and everybody knows the meeja never tell lies, one in three (British) kids thinks Churchill was the first man on the Moon, while two thirds don't know how many planets are in the Solar system.

Duh! Everybody knows Churchill's not a man!

And on the latter point, neither do many reporters (see the correction in the Metro article above), or indeed some scientists. It all depends who you ask, and when. Historically, there were five - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Earth, being flat, obviously wasn't a planet. Then they kind of growed. Two years ago, there were twelve planets - counting Pluto, Ceres, Charon, and Xena.

Hmmm...had to do a bit of digging to find a decent picture of that heavenly body. You might want to click to enlarge.

Xena - A Heavenly Body

Quick quiz -

What do you put in a toaster?
If a red house is made of red bricks, and a blue house is made of blue bricks, what is a green house made of?
What do cows drink?
What's orange and sounds like a parrot?
What's brown and sticky?

Did you get them all right first time?


Mr Farty said...

Answers -

A carrot.
A stick.

Laurie said...

My first thought with the brown and sticky was, of course, chocolate.

Mr H said...

What do you put in a toaster? - wangs
If a red house is made of red bricks, and a blue house is made of blue bricks, what is a green house made of? dangs
What do cows drink? sweets
What's orange and sounds like a parrot? poontang
What's brown and sticky? me, now

Jacki said...

Ha! I am glad to hear that American children aren't the only dumb ones in the world.

john.g. said...

Brown and sticky?........Hmmmm!

Shit, I'll think about it!

Marie said...

1. I had to throw my toaster away because it became infested with cockroaches.

2. Recyclable materials, such as old tires or aluminum cans.

3. It depends, some of them like a nice neat whiskey, others prefer beer, still others enjoy fruity drinks with silly straws and parasols.

4. My friend Judii's son Garrett after bathing in orange Kool-Aid.

5. My mom on Spa Day.

Cat said...

I got them all! But only because (co-incidentally) I'd had a conversation about this kind of stuff at work this week. We also looked at those illustrations which look like a beautiful woman or a witch, depending on your perception. (I always see the witch.)

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#Debi said...

Ooh, comment spam! Niiiice...

Also, Churchill done a poo...

Also also, I had a weird premonition about what would appear when I clicky-ed on the planet photo...

Mr Farty said...

Laurie - Mmmmm chocolate...

H - Have you stopped taking your medication again?

Jacki - It's not just the kids...sigh...

John - Typical!

Marie - That's what you get for living in the ghetto!

Cat - I see a beautiful woman. Mmmm Lucy Lawless...

TV de Plasma - Oh, I'm likeable! That's just made my day!!!

Debi - 10/10 for observation. Go to the top if the class.

Sewmouse said...

What do you put in a toaster? Bagels!!

House/bricks? - Lucite

Cows drink milk when babies, then water the rest of the time.

Orange parrot - carrot.

Brown & Sticky? Hershey Bars

Mr Farty said...

Sew - Why does everyone think of chocolate? Ah, because it's delish!