Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chicago: Day 6 - The Shedd Aquarium

Well, it certainly took me long enough. I can't believe it's almost the end of March and I'm just now posting the last of my Chicago pictures. From AUGUST. ANYway...

The last day in Chicago we spent at the Shedd Aquarium. It was probably my least favorite day. Which is sad, because it was also the place I was looking forward to visiting the most. Don't get me wrong, the aquarium was awesome, it's just that there were SO many people!

THIS is what we had to deal with when we got there.

This is at the back of the line, and we weren't there very long before people started lining up behind us. Eventually someone came along and told us we could skip the long line, and get in the short line since we had City Passes, but that proved to be of little consolation as we were moved from one place to another, and didn't actually get into the aquarium for, I'm not even sure. I'm going to guess it was a good hour. And that doesn't include Uncle Bill, who had come with us for the day. He had to wait in the long line, as he didn't have a City Pass. I don't even know how long he had to wait. We didn't see him for most of the day.

Once we got in and away from the crowds though, we had a great time. By far the highlight of my day was seeing the Beluga Whales, up close from down below, and later performing in the show! More on that later. I only wish I could have gotten a better picture. This one has been heavily Photoshopped to look this good, the lighting was pretty bad for photography. The whales were such hams. You could tell they loved clowning around for the visitors. They swam all around the tank, swimming in circles, back and forth, and upside down, only stopping when they were called to the surface to perform in the show.

Aside from the whales and dolphins, my favorite exhibit was the jellyfish. There were so many more kinds than I have ever seen, and some were just bizzare!

The best part of the day was the dolphin and whale show. We had to wait a long time for it to start but it was worth it.

This picture made me regret not bringing my good camera. I love it, but I hate that it's so blurry!

And that's about the extent of my pictures. I didn't take nearly as many that day as I did on the others.

If you're interested in seeing some more pictures from my trip, I made up a blog post of some of my best photos on my photography blog. You can find that post HERE.

We had so much fun in Chicago last year, that we have definitely decided we're going back. There are so many places we wanted to see, but didn't get to. It's not a question of if, just when. School makes it kind of hard to plan anything right now, but we will go back eventually!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

True Facts! About War!

Don't ask what's wrong with me. I don't even know.

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Did you know that World War Two was fought exclusively through dance battles? True fact!

Did you know that the Vietnam War was actually just a thumb war? True fact!

Did you know that the French and Indian War was fought by beating each other over the heads with croquet mallets? The Indians won because the French kept trying to actually PLAY croquet. True fact!

Did you know that the Napoleonic Wars were actually just a series of intense slap fights? True fact!

Did you know that the winner of the American Civil War was decided through a belching contest? Historians still debate whether or not they should have changed the name of the war after that. True fact!

Did you know that the first war ever fought started as a game of Rock, Scissors, Paper? Unfortunately it was a draw since neither paper nor scissors had been invented back then, so they started chucking rocks at each other. True fact!

Did you know that the Cold War started out as an innocent pie eating contest? Toward the end, Russia accused the US of cheating and the pies started flying fast and furious. Once they had run out of pies they decided to get cleaned up by spraying each other with garden hoses. Since this was during the fall, several people with rather weak immune systems came down with colds, and thus the war was named. True fact!

Did you know that the Korean War was just a hot dog eating contest? The media blew that thing WAY out of proportion. True fact!

Did you know that the Crusades were not the only holy war? About 500 years ago the Buddhists and the Quakers had a nasty spat over who had the most peaceful religion. They gave each other the silent treatment for like a month. It got pretty intense. True fact!

Did you know that Canada has never once fought in any wars? They settle all their disagreements through hockey. True fact!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

If I Were a Troll... The 6th and Final

Well, I think this is the end. I just ended my "U Spel bad" series, and today's "If I were a Troll" will also be the last. I haven't added anything to either of these posts in over two months, and I've kind of gotten bored with them. Sometime in the future I might bring them back, but for now, this will be the last "If I Were a Troll" post.

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like how lisen that every day

Like how stupid you every day.

u should eat heathy

Is Heathy a nickname for someone? If so, you're sick.

*COUGH*COUGH*negative side effects of marajana, people........

Is one of the side effects bad spelling and sentence structure?

just child steped up to you and had a Tshort with Jessie how's it?;)

I'm sorry, what?

Maybe you should to follow back to don't have lost followers?

It's like it's trying to communicate, I just know it!

Foooping awesome chester ! this all song is so good in music and lyrics aspects ´)

I hope you're old enough to be drinking like that...

one more time and it sgonan be the yellow blob i swear im gonna

Yeah, you just do that... Whatever that is...

2 pranker awesome love it oh and I was lafing the hole time

I'd be ashamed for you, but I rather doubt you'd even understand why.

this must be the most stupid argue i've ever been a part of.

Yup, it's the most stupid argue I've ever seen!

Just a pope dream right now.

Really? What does he dream about? Wearing the Papal Tiara every day? Many smooches from hot nuns? Tricking out the Pope-mobile with spinning rims, flame-shooting tail pipes, and a giant spoiler?

And with that, we come to the end of an era. And it's a pretty good way to go out. I was pretty proud of that pope one. :) I'll have a special new "True facts!" for you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

U Spel bad 16: teh emd

Well, I think this is the end. I have decided to end my "U Spel bad" and "If I were a Troll" series'. I haven't added anything to either of my drafts in over two months, and I've kind of gotten bored with them. Sometime in the future I might bring them back, if I find something so hideously mangled that it demands to be publicly ridiculed, but for now, this post will be the last of the "U Spel bad" series. The final "If I were a Troll" post will be up tomorrow.

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Your teacher was ALLEGEDLY fired for being an awful teacher.


I'd find your ignorance IRRITATING, but really I just find it sad.


Given that TWEETY is my favorite Loony Tunes character, it is incredibly difficult to keep myself from doing you an injury.


This is the most disturbing misspelling of ORIGINS that I've ever seen.


I'm not even gonna touch this one.


Is this a new abbreviation? Because it's completely stupid. (COULD)


I think your dementia is BEGINNING to set in


The only thing MAGICAL about you is that you can function well enough to even use a computer.


Wow. I'm actually speechless. (EXIST)


Just say, "Likewise," "You too," or, "I agree." Right now you're just casually name-dropping an internationally famous British singer-songwriter. (DITTO)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

True Facts! 11!

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Did you know that if an octopus eats a balloon it will float up into the sky and start tentacle-ing the birds? True fact!

Did you know that matches are just angry toothpicks? True fact!

Did you know that rocks are kind of delicious? Pine cones taste better though. True fact!

Did you know that the "Drink Me" bottle and the "Eat Me" cakes in Alice In Wonderland were the first recorded instances of food items developing sentience? Too bad the poor things were suicidal. They had so much to live for! Probably... True fact!

Did you know that the name "Rainforest" is a misnomer? The forest is not made of rain at all. Its actually made of snow and hail with just a hint of smog thrown in for flavor. True fact!

Did you know that butterflies are named after their favorite food? Ancient Chinese scientists noticed that the "Flying Flowers" were attracted to the bowls of buttered flies they had made for lunch, so they named them after the dish. Ancient Chinese scientists were really awful cooks. True fact!

Did you know that cows have a similar life cycle to that of frogs? In their larval, or tadpole, stage they live in the water and are known as manatees. True fact!

Did you know that vanilla cream sandwich cookies were an accidental invention? Someone left a handful of Oreos in the pocket of their white dinner jacket when they sent it to the cleaners to be bleached. They liked the results so much they decided to sell them as an entirely new flavor. True fact!

Did you know that the first mop was invented when a man saw a really skinny fashion model with super long hair? He thought to himself, "I bet if I flipped her upside down, and dipped her hair in soap, I could clean up all this grape juice I just spilled!" True fact!

Did you know that spaghetti seeds are actually just rice? True fact!

Did you know that Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal is actually mutant Froot Loops? True fact!

Did you know that McDonald's insanely popular sandwich, the McRib, is actually made of... Never mind. You probably don't want to know. True fact!

Did you know that neckties used to be a form of corporal punishment? Originally designed as a non-lethal alternative to the hangman's noose, some imaginative criminals decided to make the best of a bad situation and color them in a variety of bright colors and patterns. One day a particularly strange bank robber designed a paisley pattern for his necktie, and for some reason it became a wild new fashion statement Suddenly everyone was wearing neck ties, regardless of whether or not they'd actually done something wrong. True fact!

Did you know that energy drinks are made from an unknown liquid found underneath nuclear silos? True fact!

Did you know that 45 minutes is the equivalent of one year to a screwdriver-head shark? True fact!

Did you know that the original name for Coca Cola was Cocoa Koala? The original recipe used chocolate and live koalas until PETA stuck their noses in and threatened to have them shut down. True fact!

Did you know that I want twelve? I want twelve of them! True fact!

Did you know that clowns hunt and eat pinatas? True fact!

Did you know that Maple leaves are the official salad of Canada? True fact! Eh?

Did you know that stealing a leprechaun's gold usually spells its demise? Hiding the gold at the end of the rainbow is what keeps a leprechaun alive. If you take its gold, it immediately begins to calcify. If it does not find a new source of gold quickly, it will completely harden into a terrifying lawn gnome. True fact!