Five Thing Thursday: August 23rd

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Axes is the only word in the English Language that can be plural to three singular noun forms: Ax, Axe, and Axis.

Thing #2: Quite possibly the single greatest source of minor annoyance in my life resulted from the loss of the button on my phone case that lets me blank the screen. None of my fingers fit into the gap, so I have to wait until the phone blanks itself (about 30 – 60 seconds).

Thing #3: Quite possibly the single greatest source of minor pleasure in my life is sinking a “Shot” form a distance at a recycle bin or waste basket. That just never gets old.

Thing #4: It wasn’t until 2005 – that’s 5 years past the cusp of the 21st century – that scientists had figured out how Bumblebees were able to fly.

We still don’t know all the details about how they manage to change course once they’re up there.

Thing #5: I’ve said it before, but the first book that really turned me into a reader and, most likely, planted the seeds of the writer that I would become was Sir MacHinery by Tom McGowan.

Before that there was a story that I only remember snippets of. It was about a Robotic Dragonfly that some kids were able to fly via remote control using a helmet with screens fed by cameras in the Dragonfly and gloves which could actuate the dragonfly’s claws and do other tasks.

I tracked down that story on Monday evening: Danny Dunn: Invisible Boy.

It’s probably horribly dated, but here’s the thing. I remember reading this story on my own. It was published in 1974. I would have been 4 years old then.

Over 4 decades later, pieces of that story stuck with me.

If that doesn’t convince you that stories matter…I don’t know what will.

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See you tomorrow for the Friday Fess-up post.

Until then…

Be safe Y’All.

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