Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hits from Google searches

A silly review of search phrases that drive people to my blog.

Sometimes I peek at the Google searches that get folks to my blog--some make sense, some less so, and some are just bizarre.

Here are some from this week:

"barometer worksheet for kids"
Please, no--just give a child a barometer, the old-fashioned kind, one that is easy to see, no magic beyond the magic of changing air pressure.

Here's one for less than $30. Hang it on the wall, maybe have the kids record its changes, which itself would be a great activity. How do we quantify changes? 

Can be found (and bought) at Stanley London

"3rd grade tide tables"
Not sure how you'd alter a tide table for the pre-pubescent crowd--if a child lives close enough to tidal water to watch it rise and fall over the years, and seems interested in the tides, she'll figure out how it works.

Those of us who grew up along the shore had them slapped up on the fridge--no sense swimming in the bay at low tide, you'd have to walk halfway to Staten Island to get in water higher than your knees.

"are human ashes good fertilizer"
I get this one regularly, not sure why, but the human ashes you get from the crematorium are more like gritty gravel than some nitrogen-rich source of fertilizer

My step-mother dumped my Dad's ashes on his garden, but she made sure she chopped down the flowers before she did. Yeah, our clan has issues, but I never did return to see if the garden grew any better.

From our little blueberry bush in our front patch of earth.
"why are blueberries blue"
Another frequent search, and I am embarrassed to say that off-hand, I have no idea why blueberries are blue, but I am betting their named that because of their color, but apparently I had a clue back in 2011.
I do make a lot of blueberry melomel, and blueberries may be my favorite all-time fruit.

 "label the parts of the microscope"
Seriously, don't.

Study Island gets a lot of hits, too--but I don't want to talk about it.....


John Spencer said...

You know what sucks about Phoenix? We almost never get to see barometric pressure change. I had one of those old-fashioned ones and on the rare occasion that a low pressure system came in, it felt like magic. But it was truly rare.

doyle said...

Dear John,

Wow, I never thought about that!

It changes so quickly and so often here that it has a major effect on one of our AP Bio labs.

Must be odd seeing that barometer just hang steady like that.

John Spencer said...

We spend most of the year trapped by one of two different high pressure zones. Things only change during monsoon season, which is when school is out of session.

However, every once in awhile, something creaks through from September to June and it really does feel like magic.