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Fun With Planets and Sad News


Tue, Mar 8, 2011
From: Joel
To: Manfred, GK, Walter, Thad, Don & Deb
Subject: So glad I did not discover those rings!

James Elliot Is Dead at 67; Discovered Rings of Uranus

Tue, Mar 8, 2011
From: Don
To: Manfred, GK, Walter, Thad, Joel, Deb

Not being a science teacher, I have never experienced the naughty joy of talking about Uranus in front of a roomful of adolescents who are desperately trying not to giggle, guffaw, or pee their pants. Teaching history, geography, and government, however, has over the years given me rich material to work with, a quick sampling of which would include the following:
 
Lesbos
Lake Titicaca
Djibouti
Pigeonholing
Caucus
Penal reform
Oral argument
The beaver trade
The “Gay Nineties”
“Big Stick” diplomacy
Japanese Prime Minister Takeshita
Rep. Dick Armey
NH Senator Dick Swett
Sen. Dick Lugar
Speaker John Boehner (kids refuse to believe it’s pronounced “baner”)
 
And, of course, the granddaddy of them all…Homo Erectus.
 
I’m sure there are many others from every discipline. GK, I would imagine Balzac is always a hit in your classroom, but what other gems does the literary world offer? Walter, any theological tidbits?  Anyone else?

Don

Tue, Mar 8, 2011
From: GK
To: Manfred, Walter, Thad, Joel, Don & Deb

I shall have to give some thought to the English related list.  However, did you not forget beloved political prankster and Nixon-nemesis Dick Tuck?

Tue, Mar 8, 2011
From: Don
To: Manfred, GK, Walter, Thad, Joel, Deb

Seems there is a limitless supply of Dicks in politics…

 Tue, Mar 8, 2011
From: GK
To: Manfred, Walter, Thad, Joel, Don & Deb
 
And don't forget the current chairman of the GOP, Reince Priebus, whose name sounds vaguely dirty.

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