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A Few Good Things

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A Few Good Things

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Hey Dad Let’s Talk – 7

Hey Dad – Let’s Talk is a series of activities that allows Dad’s to spend time and bond with their kids. They include a variety of Creative activities from Riddles, Puzzles, Information Tit Bits, Trivia, Quiz, stories etc. Activities that you can discuss, stuff that is interesting and exploratory. Each activity should take 20 – 30 minutes and the best time to spend time with your kids is before you tuck them to Bed.

This session is on 20  Riddles – some very easy some a little tricky – have Fun!

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1. I get dirty in about 5 days but it takes half an hour to clean me. It takes a long time for me to be tall but I can be short in about 2 seconds what am I ?

2.You can feel me but you can’t touch me You can give me but you can’t take me What am I ?

3. One night a man and woman go on the boat. The man and woman got off. Who was left ?

4. I am unseen but all people know of me. I am intangible yet sharper than any sword. I come from nothingness but can fell even the mightiest kings.

5.When I was 2 years old, my brother was half my age. Now I am 100 years old, how old is my brother?

6.Imagine your in a sinking boat and there is alligators trying to eat you. How do you save yourself?

7. A monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree. Who will get the banana first, the monkey, the squirrel, or the bird?

8.Which eight-letter word still remains a word after removing each letter from it?

9. There are two  words in the English language that end with the letters ‘g’, ‘r’, and ‘y’.

10. If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven’t got me. What am I?

11. What gets broken without being held?

12. Which triangle will have a larger perimeter : 3,4,5 or 3,4,7 ?

13. There are 50 crows on a wire, a hunter shoots and kills three. How many are there left on the wire?

14.What has 6 wheels and flies?

15. A butcher named butch is 6 feet tall and has size 12 shoes. What does he weigh?

16.

I sizzle like bacon, I’m made with an egg.
I have plenty of backbone, but not a good leg.
I peel layers like an onion, but still remain whole.
I can be long like a flagpole, yet I fit in a hole.

What am I?

17.

It takes one word to separate them; otherwise they are inseparable.

What are they?

18. What always goes to bed with its shoes on?

19. Question: Little Johnny’s teacher asks him, “If I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?”

Little Johnny replies, “Seven!”

His teacher asks him again more slowly, “If I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?”

But again Little Johnny replies, “Seven!”

Next she asks, “If I get two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would I have?”

Little Johnny replies, “Six!”

“Good Job Johnny! Now if I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?”

Johnny thinks for a second, “Seven.”

But Johnny is not wrong. Why?

20. What English word is always spelled incorrectly ?

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Answers

1.  Hair

2. Love

3. One Knight

4.  Hunger

5. Ninety Nine

6. Stop Imagining

7.  None – Coconut trees have no Bananas

8. STARTING: Starting-Staring-String-Sting-Sing-Sin-In-I.

9. “hungry” and “angry.”

10. A  Secret

11.  A Promise

12.  3,4,5 – You cannot construct a Triangle with sides of length 3,4,7

13. None

14.  A Garbage Truck

15.  Meat

16. A Snake

17.  Lips

18.  Horse

19. Answer – He already has one Cat

20. Incorrectly

 

 

Hey Dad Let’s Talk – 6

Hey Dad – Let’s Talk is a series of activities that allows Dad’s to spend time and bond with their kids. They include a variety of Creative activities from Riddles, Puzzles, Information Tit Bits, Trivia, Quiz, stories etc. Activities that you can discuss, stuff that is interesting and exploratory. Each activity should take 20 – 30 minutes and the best time to spend time with your kids is before you tuck them to Bed.

This session is on 20  Riddles – some very easy some a little tricky – have Fun!

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1. Is an older one-hundred Rupee note worth more than a newer one?

2. There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?

3. What building has the most stories?

4. Railroad Crossing without any cars. Can you spell that without any R’s

5. Without fingers – I point,without arms – I strike, without feet – I run. What am I?

6 Thirty men and only two women, but they hold the most power. Dressed in black and white, they could fight for hours. Who are they

7. No matter how terrible things get for the people of the Arctic, they will not eat a penguin. Even if they are starving ( People living in Arctic are not vegetarians and eat all sorts of meat) Why not?

8. A truck driver is going opposite traffic on a one-way street. A police officer sees him but doesn’t stop him.Why didn’t the police officer stop him?

9. In a pond there are some flowers with some bees hovering over the flowers. How many flowers and bees are there if both the following statements are true: 1. If each bee lands on a flower, one bee doesn’t get a flower. 2. If two bees share each flower there is one flower left out.

10. I’m in everybody but everybody still wants me.I won’t feed you but I’ll feed the tree.What am I?

11. You are awoken at 3 A.M. by a knock on your door. Your parents call you to let you know that they are there for breakfast. You are confused but quickly think of what food you have. You have bread, jam, butter, and eggs. What do you open first?

12. Which is correct  “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The egg yolk is white?”

13. How do you make the number one disappear by adding to it?

14. I am the beginning of the end, the end of every place. I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?

15. What number do you get when you multiply all of the numbers on a telephone’s number pad?

16. A man is sitting in his cabin in Chennai. 3 hours later he gets out of his cabin in New Delhi. How is this possible?

17. If a white house is white and a yellow house is yellow, what color is a green house?

18. I go up and I go down, towards the sky and the ground.I’m present and past tense too,Let’s go for a ride, me and you. What am I?

19. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

20. Timmy’s mother has three children. The first was named April. The next was named May. What is the final one’s name?

 

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Answers

1.  Yes – Its 100 Rs the other is 1 Rs

2. Day & Night

3. Library

4. THAT

5.  A Clock

6 Chess Pieces

7. Penguins Live in the Antarctic

8. Truck Driver is walking

9. There are 4 Bees & 3 Flowers

10. Water

11. The Door

12. Neither – the Egg Yolk is Yellow

13. Add the letter G – then its Gone

14. The letter E

15. The number Zero

16. He is a Pilot

17. Colourless – its made of Glass

18. A See Saw

19. Yesterday , Today & Tomorrow

20. Timmy

Hey Dad Let’s Talk – 5

Hey Dad – Let’s Talk is a series of activities that allows Dad’s to spend time and bond with their kids. They include a variety of Creative activities from Riddles, Puzzles, Information Tit Bits, Trivia, Quiz, stories etc. Activities that you can discuss, stuff that is interesting and exploratory. Each activity should take 20 – 30 minutes and the best time to spend time with your kids is before you tuck them to Bed.

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Try this with your kids at the next Birthday Party. Give them a newspaper and ask them to fold it 8 times. They will struggle after folding it 2 or 3 times

The myth: You can’t fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough—and enough energy—you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years. Seriously.

How can a 0.0039-inch-thick paper get to be as thick as the Universe?

  • The answer is simple: Exponential growth. The average paper thickness in 1/10th of a millimeter (0.0039 inches.) If you perfectly fold the paper in half, you will double its thickness. Things get interesting quickly.
  • Folding the paper in half a third time will get you about the thickness of a nail.
  • Seven folds will be about the thickness of a notebook of 128 pages.
  • 10 folds and the paper will be about the width of a hand.
  • 23 folds will get you to one kilometer—3,280 feet.
  • 30 folds will get you to space. Your paper will be now 100 kilometers high.
  • Keep folding it. 42 folds will get you to the Moon. With 51 you will burn in the Sun.
  • Now fast forward to 81 folds and your paper will be 127,786 light-years, almost as thick as the Andromeda Galaxy, estimated at 141,000 light-years across.
  • 90 folds will make your paper 130.8 million light-years across, bigger than the Virgo Supercluster, estimated at 110 million light-years. The Virgo Supercluster contains the Local Galactic Group—with Andromeda and our own Milky Way—and about 100 other galaxy groups.
  • And finally, at 103 folds, you will get outside of the observable Universe, which is estimated at 93 billion light-years in diameters. 

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High school student Britney Gallivan dispelled the popular myth by resolving the mathematics and successfully folding a single roll of toilet paper twelve times in a record-breaking feat.

And the current record was created by some high school students. The biggest times is 13 times.

It may look like a prank but these mathematics students from St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts aren’t toilet papering the famed infinite corridor at MIT. Using intricate choreography and brute force, they’re breaking a paper-folding record by completing 13 folds, a challenge that students at the school have been tackling for seven years with the help of teacher James Tanton.

 

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Hey Dad Let’s Talk – 3

Hey Dad – Let’s Talk is a series of activities that allows Dad’s to spend time and bond with their kids. They include a variety of Creative activities from Riddles, Puzzles, Information Tit Bits, Trivia, Quiz, stories etc. Activities that you can discuss, stuff that is interesting and exploratory. Each activity should take 20 – 30 minutes and the best time to spend time with your kids is before you tuck them to Bed.

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This session is all about Lightning – an amazing spectacle of nature that creates both awe and fear. 

What is Lightning ? 

Lightning is a powerful burst of electricity that happens very quickly during a thunderstorm. Lightning is caused by an electrical charge in the atmosphere that is unbalanced. The movement of rain and ice inside a thundercloud creates an electrical charge, with the negative charge (electrons) forming at the bottom of the cloud and the positive charge (protons) forming at the top.Opposites attract so the negative charge at the bottom of the cloud seeks out a positive charge to connect with. Lightning can occur inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the ground. When lightning strikes the ground it seeks out the shortest route to something with a positive charge, this might be a tree, a tall building or if they’re very unlucky, a person.

What is Thunder ? 

Thousands of years ago philosophers such as Aristotle believed that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds. But its actually caused due to a different reason. The intense heat from lightning causes the surrounding air to rapidly expand and create a sonic wave that you hear as thunder. The hot air moves up and the cold air gushes in – causing a huge sound that is Thunder.

Lightening striking near Merdeka Square

Interesting facts about Lightning 

  • The Earth has nearly 100 lightning strikes per second – thats 3.6 billion per year ! Lightning strikes usually last around 1 or 2 microseconds. The Earth has about 2,000 active thunderstorms at any point of time. Without thunderstorms, the earth would lose its electric charge in less than 1 hour.
  • Rwanda, Africa is the lightning capital of the world, receiving nearly 2.5 times the amount of lightning as Florida
  • Florida is the Lightning Capital of the U.S. Central Florida, from Tampa to Titusville is “Lightning Alley” in the U.S.. Lightning is the #1 weather killer in Florida – more than all other weather deaths combined.
  • Most lightning strikes occur either at the beginning or end of a storm.
  • The average temperature of lightning is around 20000 °C (36000 °F) – that is a more than twice as hot as the Sun
  • Lightning is only 1 inch in diameter and has been observed over 100 miles long.
  • An average lightning flash has the energy of a 1-kiloton explosion. Lightning voltage can be up to 300 million volts.
  • Since the late 1980s, there have been several attempts to investigate the possibility of harvesting lightning energy. None have been effective. A solution here can solve the world of its energy crisis.
  • Lightning current averages 30,000 amps, but ranges from 10,000 to 200,000 amps – 100 To 1,000 times as strong as a steel welder.
  • Corded telephones are not safe and should not be used during thunderstorms. The usual way that current enters a telephone is through the wire. Cloud-to-ground flashes tend to hit tall objects such as utility poles. When a pole is struck, its current enters a building through the wiring, then to the phone, and then straight to your head. Cell phones and cordless phones are safer, but be sure to stand away from the cordless phone’s base as a strong current can possibly arc a few feet from the base to the handset.
  • Lightning damage to home electronics usually occurs when lightning strikes to nearby utility poles or wires, then enters the building through power, phone, and TV wires. For direct or indirect hits, the only sure way is to pull the power, phone, and cable plugs on sensitive electronics before thunderstorms threaten. Never touch wires during a thunderstorm, even to unplug your equipment. People have been electrocuted while unplugging their electronics during thunderstorms. Better your computer than you!
  • Greek and Roman temples often were erected at sites where lightning struck – They worshipped the gods here in an attempt to appease them.
  • If you are in the mountains and lightning begins to strike, you should quickly get below the treeline and get into a grove of small trees. Make absoulutely sure that you are not standing next to a tall tree when you are in the mountains. If you are standing next to a tall tree, you are more likely to get struck by lightning that you are if you are in a group of small trees.
  • Lightning rods (also called conductors) are metal rods or similar objects that divert lightning safely to the ground, they can often be seen at the top of tall buildings.
  • Most lightning occurs over land rather than oceans, with around 70% of it occurring in the Tropics.
  • Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Because sound travels slower than light you hear the sound of Thunder later. After you see a flash of lightning, count the number of seconds until you hear the thunder. (Use the stop watch or count “One-Mississippi, Two-Mississippi, Three-Mississippi,” etc.) For every 5 seconds the storm is one mile away.
  • Lightning is usually produced by Cumulo Nimbus clouds that are very tall and dense.
  • Lightning puts 10 million tons of nitrogen into the Earth each year.
  • Lightning can also occur during volcanic eruptions, dust storms, snow storms, forest fires and tornadoes. Check out this amazing video of volcano lightning   Video Link : http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/earth/volcanolightning.html. ( This may not be a clickable link You may have to paste URL separately in your browser)volcanolightning
  • The study of lightning is known as Fulminology and Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.
  • In Indo-European cultures, the Thunder God is frequently known as the chief or king of the gods, e.g. Indra in Hinduism, Zeus in Greek mythology, and Perun in ancient Slavic religion; or a close relation thereof, e.g. Thor, son of Odin, in Norse mythologyZeus_Jupiter_Greek_God_Art_06_by_GenzoMan

 

  • As Fast as Lightning is a commonly used speech – but the truth is Lightning travels slower than the speed of Light.The bottom tip of a lightning bolt traveling from a cloud to the ground does travel rather quickly, although it travels at much less than the speed of light. A lightning discharge consists of electrons which have been stripped from their molecules flying through the air. They are accelerated by a strong electric field, a consequence of the big voltage difference between the cloud and the ground. They crash into air molecules on their way down and free other electrons, making a tube of ionized air.

    The “leader”, the first stroke of a lightning discharge, actually proceeds in steps – lengthening by about 30 meters at a time, taking about a microsecond (one millionth of a second) to do each step. There is a pause between steps of about 50 microseconds. The whole process may take a few milliseconds (one-thousanths of a second), providing enough time to perceive motion. Most of the charge flows after this leader makes electrical contact with the ground, however. A powerful “return stroke” releases much more energy. That’s not the whole story, however – a lightning flash may have only one return stroke or may have several tens of strokes using the same column of ionized air. It may seem to flicker.

Hey Dad Let’s Talk – 2

Hey Dad – Let’s Talk is a series of activities that allows Dad’s to spend time and bond with their kids. They include a variety of Creative activities from Riddles, Puzzles, Information Tit Bits, Trivia, Quiz, stories etc. Activities that you can discuss, stuff that is interesting and exploratory. Each activity should take 20 – 30 minutes and the best time to spend time with your kids is before you tuck them to Bed.

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For this session – here are a dozen interesting Trivia questions that are simple riddles where you need to think creatively. The answers are at the end of the questions  – so that these riddles can tickle your intelligence also before you spend time with your kids on them.

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1.  I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for more than 5 minutes. What am I ?

2. Your parents have Six Sons including you and each son has one sister. How many people are in the family ?

3. Name a dress that you can never wear

4. A man came to a hotel on a horse. He arrived on Saturday and stayed for one night. He left the hotel on Friday. How is that possible?

5. What are two things you can never eat for Breakfast?

6. What’s Orange and sounds like a Parrot?

7.What is the centre of Gravity?

8. What loses its Head in the Morning and gets it back at Night?

9. What kind of Coat can only be put on when wet?

10.What has 4 fingers and a thumb, but is not living?

11. How many seconds are there in a year?

12. What has 3 feet but cannot walk?

 

Here are the answers to the above questions in chronological order

1. Your Breath

2. Nine – 2 Parents + 6 Boys + 1 Sister

3. AdDRESS

4. The name of the Horse is Friday

5. Lunch & Dinner

6. A Carrot

7. “V” – its the alphabet at the centre of the word Gravity

8. A Pillow

9. A Coat of Paint

10. A Glove

11. Only 12 – One in every month Jan 2 , Feb 2 …..

12. A YARD

 

And if you finished these 12 questions fast and still have some time here is a fun story from the Panchatantra with a nice moral. The moral is significant given the recent cases we have seen in schools where small children have been targeted

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Tale of the Three Fishes

Three fishes named Anagatavidhata, Pratyutpannamati and Yadbhavishya lived in a certain pond, along with many other fishes.

One afternoon, some fishermen were passing by the pond. They investigated the pond, and agreed that the pond was full of fishes. Since, they were already returning after catching fishes, and already had a big haul, they decided to come back the next morning.

They discussed, “This pond is full of fishes, and there are many big ones too. We have never caught fishes in this pond. Let us come back tomorrow morning.”

The three fishes were swimming on the surface when they heard the fishermen discuss their plans.

The first fish panicked. He immediately assembled all other fishes and told them what they had heard. He said, “Tomorrow morning, the fishermen will arrive to catch us. I do not want to die like this. So, I will leave with my family at the earliest. I advise all of you to follow me. It will not be wise for anybody to stay here any longer!”

The second fish agreed, “I shall follow you, my friend, for what you say is correct. It will be unwise to remain here anymore!”

But the third fish disagreed. He laughed at the two fishes, and said to the fishes assembled, “See how cowardly these two act! This pond belonged to our forefathers, and it is our home now. For so long, no harm has ever come to the fishes of this pond.”

He continued, “Just because some fishermen were discussing their plans, is no reason for us to panic and leave our home. Those who agree with me, I advise them to stay where we belong and not go to some unknown place.”

He further said, “O Friends, the scriptures state that when the time for one’s death arrives, one is not spared. If death has to come, let us rather die bravely in our home!”

Thus, the fishes of the ponds got divided into two groups. The group that wanted to stay laughed at the other group. However, within the very evening, the families of the first two fishes started their journey to a different pond through a small outlet. They were followed by many who believed them.

The next morning the fishermen arrived as they had planned, and trapped all the fishes that remained in the pond by casting net all over the pond.

Not a single fish was spared, and the fishermen were overjoyed with the big haul of fishes that they had caught.

Moral of the Story :
When you see a danger coming, act immediately.

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