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5 Things I’m Looking Forward to in the Month of April

When April comes around, there’s always nice weather. And this April features a bunch of special occasions in my family. I’m only a teenager, so my chains are still holding me back, but at least there’s these events:

Gonzaga faces off against North Carolina in the college basketball national championship game. April 3, 9:20 eastern, CBS. My money’s on the Tar Heels. Sesame Street adds a new regular Muppet character. In 2011, Sesame Street introduced a food insecure Muppet named Lily in a special teaching kit and video that you could only order online, but Lily never appeared on the actual show. In 2012, they introduced Alex, a Muppet whose dad was in jail. He appeared in special teaching kits and videos that you could only order online, but never on the actual show. Then in 2015, the show, with a little help from a family friend, Jennifer Cook O’Toole, introduced an autistic Muppet named Julia, who got the same treatment as Alex and Lily… at first. But then, after angry letters poured…

12 Scrabble Words That Shouldn’t Be Acceptable

I love word games. And there’s no better word game than Scrabble. Scrabble accepts thousands of words. But some are just strange, so strange that they just shouldn’t be valid words. According to the 2017 Scrabble Dictionary, Scrabble is jampacked with so many strange words. There are so many like that, showing their low standards, but I only had enough qi to find 12.

Here they are:
Za. This is defined as “a slang term for pizza that originated in the Southern California campuses in the 1980s”. I don’t think it is. Scrabble just took a syllable and tried to pass it off as a slang term. Zzz. As in the “sound” of sleep. First of all, why is “zzz” accepted but not “zzzz” or “zzzzz”? Also, a Scrabble set containes only one Z. So you’d have to burn both blanks, worth zero points, to make “zzz”, making “zzz” worth only ten points, same as a bajillion other words. Mo. As in “just a mo.” Never heard a moment called a “mo”? Well, neither have I. What’s next, “min”? (“Sec” is legit, though.) Wo. Mea…

10 Aliases I Wrote On My Papers While in Upper Elementary

Back when I went to The Epiphany School of Charlotte, 75% of your grade came from putting the correct name and date on your paper. I don’t know if that’s why I did this, but I liked to put aliases on my papers. Here are 10 that are especially funny.

e.e. cummings. As a sign of protest on a sheet about using capital letters, no less. Quaker the Parrot. First used on a reading comprehension sheet about quaker parrots. A Quaker is an admittedly unintimidating figure, and so is a parrot. Maybe I just liked the sound of the words. Boris the Spider. It was a song on a Halloween CD we had. I would always add a little doodle of a spider. Huevos Rancheros. Huevos rancheros is a Mexican dish involving fried eggs and refried beans, but I have no idea why I signed it as my name. Sammy Q. Not to be confused with model and actress Maggie Q, who is FBI agent Hannah Wells on the ABC show Designated Survivor. I sometimes hide under a blanket and portray “Sammy”, who calls people windbags (and worse). I kn…