Here are the answers to the science quiz we posted on Wednesday. This article has the questions, in case you didn’t see them.

1. Define atom. The smallest stable unit of matter in creation.

2. Define molecule. Two or more atoms linked together to make a substance with unique properties.

3. Fifty grams of a carbon disulfide can be broken down into 42.1 grams of sulfur and 7.9 grams of carbon. Is carbon disulfide made up of atoms or molecules? Carbon disulfide is a molecule

4. If you put iron near a magnet, the iron will be attracted to the magnet. Rust is made up of molecules which contain iron atoms, oxygen atoms, and hyrdrogen atoms. Rust is not attracted to a magnet. If rust contains iron atoms, and iron is attracted to a magnet, why isn’t rust attracted to a magnet? Because when an atom is a part of a molecule, the molecule doesn’t pick up every characteristic of the atoms. The atoms join together to make a new substance with unique qualities.

5. A statue is made out of copper and displayed outside. After many years, what color will the statue be? It will turn green over time.

6. Have scientists actually seen atoms? No, they have not.

7. Give the numerical meaning for the prefixes centi, milli, and kilo. Kilo means 1,000, centi means .01, and milli means .001.

8. If you wanted to measure an object’s mass, what metric unit would you use? What English unit would you use? In the metric system you would use grams and in the English system you would use slugs.

9. If you wanted to measure an objects length, what metric unit would you use? What English unit would you use? Metric: meters. English: feet, yards, inches, or miles.

10. If you wanted to measure an object’s volume, what metric unit would you use? What English unit would you use? Metric: liters. English: gallons, pints, or quarts.

If you want explanations for some of the answers, you can comment to ask. Hope you did well and had fun!


Like many people, we haven’t eaten at McDonald’s for many years on account of their food being awful and making us feel bad. Fairly recently, we began seeing articles about McDonald’s profits going down, and that made us feel very happy.

Then yesterday, we saw an article saying that McDonald’s is having to close 700 stores. Their franchise has stores pretty much all around the world and profits have not been good in China, Japan, and the United States.

McDonald’s, of course, is saying that they are going to try to make their menu more healthy and say their chicken isn’t treated and all that stuff, but I don’t think anything they do is going to help them. In our opinion, people aren’t going to go back to McDonald’s; we know we aren’t. Even if they said their menu is more healthy, we wouldn’t believe them.

Watching McDonald’s fall is good. It means Americans don’t want to continue poisoning themselves with McDonald’s “food”.

The fall of McDonalds! McDonald’s is closing hundreds of stores this year


Through a series of happenings, my mom had a really long wait somewhere, and she was pretty bored. There was a Trader Joe’s nearby, and since we have heard so much about this establishment, she wanted to go in and shop a bit while she was waiting.

You can examine a few of the items she purchased. The soft ten grain bread is pretty standard bread, perhaps a little bit more “real” than some, but the Greek yogurt was not my favorite. I usually like honey Greek yogurt, but not in this case. The peach yogurt was alright and not as sweet as brands such as “Yoplait” or “Dannon”, but I didn’t like the thick texture. The mini scones were also not good, in our opinion. The texture was not at all like a scone, felt fake, and they were way too sweet for our taste – and we like sweet things. The last thing was some chocolate granola. Again, it tasted fake and unhealthy – perhaps okay for a dessert, but definitely not for any kind of breakfast in our opinion.

All in all, we couldn’t figure out what the big deal is with Trader Joe’s. The produce was nothing to speak about and the store seemed to just be filled with a lot of junky snacks like the ones in the pictures. For some reason we thought Trader Joe’s was a healthy food store. Can anyone tell us what we are missing?


We haven’t done a quiz of any type in a while, so I thought I’d let you take one of my physical science quizzes. I only picked out ten questions; I figured that was more than enough. So, without further ado:

1. Define “Atom.”

2. Define “Molecule.”

3. Fifty grams of a carbon disulfide can be broken down into 42.1 grams of sulfur and 7.9 grams of carbon. Is carbon disulfide made up of atoms or molecules?

4. If you put iron near a magnet, the iron will be attracted to the magnet. Rust is made up of molecules which contain iron atoms, oxygen atoms, and hyrdrogen atoms. Rust is not attracted to a magnet. If rust contains iron atoms, and iron is attracted to a magnet, why isn’t rust attracted to a magnet?

5. A statue is made out of copper and displayed outside. After many years, what color will the statue be?

6. Have scientists actually seen atoms?

7. Give the numerical meaning for the prefixes centi, milli, and kilo.

8. If you wanted to measure an object’s mass, what metric unit would you use? What English unit would you use?

9. If you wanted to measure an objects length, what metric unit would you use? What English unit would you use?

10. If you wanted to measure an object’s volume, what metric unit would you use? What English unit would you use?

As always, answers will be posted in three days, on Saturday. Have fun!


Yesterday’s episode of Swamp People was not the last in season 6 but the one in which the winner of the bounty was announced. Today we watched it, and it was pretty close. First of all, RJ got a secondary prize of Louisiana blue crabs for having caught the alligator with the most girth. Jay Paul and he caught an 11′ 5″, 800 pound gator up in Mississippi, but it wasn’t the longest, just the fattest.

Most of the other hunters entered something, but Liz and Justin were in 1st place coming in on the last day, with an entry of 11′ 9″. Troy went hunting with his younger brother, Guy, on the last day. They were hunting on property that used to be Junior’s (Troy outbid him and so that land will be Troy’s to hunt on for the next 5 years). There, they caught an alligator that won them $10,000. It was 11′ 10″. He’s upholding his reputation as “King of the Swamp” :)

We did feel pretty badly for Junior, though, because he lost the land he used to hunt on and it has big gators on it.

And then, there were Jeromy and David. They were also hunting in Mississippi, and they caught a huge gator there. They measured it in their boat to be 12′ 5″. However, on their way back, they got lost in the unfamiliar swamp. Then they got their bearings but then had to find a different way out due to the fallen water level (whereupon Jeromy commented that he’d rather be kicked between the legs than have that happen to them). Then they had to stop for ice so that their alligator would not  get completely ruined in the heat. And then David drove 50 mph back to the buyer’s, because he wanted to get there safely.

Well, they arrived well after dark, after everyone had already celebrated and left.

They would have easily won the bounty with their 12.5′ gator. Oh well, though, that’s the way the cookie crumbles :/

So that was the $10,000 Bounty for the Biggest Gator, but the season continues on. Congratulations, Troy :)