Archive for December, 2007

What song is he singing?

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Watch this all the way through… you’ll figure it out at the halfway point. Then enjoy!

Upside down water experiment: Thinking like a scientist

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Robert Krampf leads us through the process of reasoning/thinking like a scientist by considering how many ways you can think of to keep water in a glass when it is turned upside down.

“The Homeschool Family” video

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Thanks to Jenai Axelson for pointing us to this one. It is a hoot!

Link to offsite video. Click it, this is great

The Classic pull-the-tablecloth-and-don’t-make-a-huge-mess trick

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Robert Krampf teaches us about the science of inertia with a classic experiment that will amaze your friends. Kids, don’t do this with anything breakable. Moms, don’t hate us for this one!

Classic Video: Frosty the Snowman

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Here’s the first of three classic 1950s Christmas cartoons that you probably have never seen… unless you lived in Chicago. These are a delight!

In 1954, the UPA studio brought “Frosty” to life in a three-minute animated short which appeared regularly on WGN-TV. This production included a bouncy, jazzy version of the song. It has been a perennial WGN-TV Christmas classic, and was most recently broadcast on December 24 and 25, 2005, and again in 2006, as part of a WGN-TV children’s programming retrospective, along with their two other short Christmas classics, “Suzy Snowflake” and “Hardrock, Coco and Joe”.

THIS Frosty I Like! Enjoy!

Classic Video: Hardrock, Coco and Joe

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a short stop motion animated cartoon written by Stuart Hamblen. It’s about three of Santa Claus’ helpers who ride on Santa’s sleigh each Christmas. The short has become an annual “Christmas Classic” on Chicago’s WGN-TV since its introduction in the early 1950s, and has been rerun over and over and over. It was originally created by a company called Centaur Productions. This cartoon is traditionally broadcast with their two other short Christmas cartoons, “Suzy Snowflake” and “Frosty the Snowman”. I love these quaint, good natured old cartoons & songs!

Classic Video: Suzy Snowflake

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Suzy Snowflake” is a cartoon short created in 1951 by Centaur Productions. It was based on a song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. It was shown (over and over and over) during the Christmas season on WGN-TV in Chicago for years. It’s a sweet, old fashioned Christmas short with lovely music. Enjoy!

Battling Robots!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Japanese robot makers battle it out to see whose creation is left standing. I want a “Mr. Balloon Head”!

The Mad Scientist Vaccum Cleans a Pillow!

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Hmmmm…. I suspect you could have a lot of fun with this, and get the kids to clean your pillows to boot!

Street Market on Train Track

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

This is just a minute long, but be sure to watch it through to the end… it’s a video of a “pop-up” street market located DIRECTLY ON a train track in Thailand. Watch how quickly it gets back to “business as usual”.

This would be the absolute scariest, last place I would imagine a market to be located. I sure wouldn’t shop there. Amazing.


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