Friday fun, Mother’s Day edition

Time for some Friday fun! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

  • Of course your Mom encouraged you to spell properly. Here’s a funny way to remember commonly misspelled words, from The Oatmeal. Thanks to Amy Sept for pointing to it.
  • Teachers say they can tell the children whose parents read to them. Take this quiz and see if you remember reading any of these classic opening lines (like “Call me Ishmael”). I did the quiz, and with an 8 out of 10, am “as well read as Elizabeth Bennett” and she is impressed with my “quick wits.” Ha.
  • Moms know that music helps children learn. Music AND books? Wonderful. Here’s how best-selling albums might look as books, often in lurid style, a post spotted by Allegra Young. Click on the “Check out more here” link, too.
  • Moms come up with their own names for things, often helped along by their children (in my house, pacifiers were known as “googies”). From Mental Floss, here are some odd names for common things, like “rhumba” for a group of snakes and “grawlix” for the string of symbols indicating profanity ($@#!). Read the comments for other amusement, such as “A single slice of bacon is also called ‘not nearly enough.'”

If you found these entertaining, you might like some of my earlier Friday fun posts, such as the Christmas, video and Thanksgiving/wordplay versions. Please share your own funny finds! And happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.

Image: Mom and son at the beach by Sura Nualpradid and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

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