What Not to do in Your Seventh Grade Year

Seventh grade can either be a hit or a miss. Taking heed of my oh so wise advise will be undoubtedly beneficial to you. Of course, there are more things you can do wrong than right, so I decided I would help you start the long list of what not to do.

1. DON’T chew gum in class.

This one comes with a simple solution: don’t bring gum to school. Chewing gum will cost you dearly and humiliate you if your teacher calls you up to spit your gum out.

2. DON’T do all of your assignments in pen (unless it’s erasable).

Most pens don’t erase and won’t forgive you for any mistakes. Pencils, therefore, are better alternatives. I know what you’re thinking, but flashy, colorful Paper Mate pens are going to be your downfall.

3. DON’T intentionally skip any class.

As you enter seventh grade, you will notice that classes are much harder and more intense than sixth grade. To make up any class other than an elective (that isn’t a foreign language) can mean an hour of pain-filled make-up work.

These are just a few neat tricks for not getting ratted out on in school. (I hope you survive!)

 

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Speech: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”

By WIlliam Shakespear

From Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
I chose this poem because the word “tomorrow” is often used as an excuse. I’ll do it tomorrow. But, every day has a tomorrow, and the word is an empty promise and sometimes meaningless. This poem reminds me not to rely on such a fickle excuse.

 

 

Chocolate: Delectable or Addictive?

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Chocolate is often linked with love, happiness, and is often presented as an unquestioned Valentine’s day gift by most everyone. On top of that, chocolate acquires about $16 billion from just America alone. We have probably all experienced the delicious, creamy seduction that we know as chocolate, but what else is at work in addition to the equation for the perfect chocolate?

One ingredient of  chocolate is a chemical called anandamide (also known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine and arachidonoylethanolamide). Anandamide is natural way that allows your brain to do what some prescribed drugs may also achieve: make you happy. In fact, the word anandamide was adapted from the word “ānanda” in Sanskrit meaning bliss. It is because of anandamide’s presence that you feel happy when chocolate is mentioned.

A common fact about chocolate is that chocolate’s main ingredient is cocoa beans, but fewer people know that cocoa beans contain an alkaloid (a compound with a physiological effect on humans) theobromine (formerly known as xantheose). The effects of theobromine are similar to those of caffeine, but are in such inadequate amounts that you would almost surely “overdose” before you can actually achieve the effect of a simple cup of coffee. Theobromine s also created naturally in our bodies for muscular relaxation, but has much shorter effects when made in our bodies than from consumed nourishments.  Theobromine, along with phenylethylamine and anandamide, are the components that prompt the appropriate label “love drug.”

Phenylethylamine is an alkaloid that triggers the release of endorphins, pleasure-inducing compounds that activate the body’s opiate receptors; and increases activity of dopamine, an organic chemical that also responds to pleasure and happiness. Intakes of phenylethylamine have also been shown to relieve depression and may also be effective for dieting, as it can decrease your appetite.

Chocolates also contains a peptide that is commonly linked with brain activity that is also aroused in the presence of cocaine. Luckily, the level of peptide in chocolate is lower than that of cocaine, so it’s unlikely that you’ll actually achieve a high. Unfortunately, chocolate can be addictive.

Wait… This is what we keep feeding each other?

Marius the Giraffe

Marius the giraffe was a healthy young giraffe living soundly in the Copenhagen Zoo, so what made the zoo’s committee decide to put Marius down? Bengt Holst, the director of research and conservation at the Copenhagen Zoo, answers that Marius’ genes were not fit for breeding, as the zoo is “part of an international breeding program, which has a purpose of ensuring a sound and healthy population of giraffes.” He continues by explaining that with the available space, zoos must take genetic composition into account.

Once it was announced that Marius would be killed, a “Save Marius” petition was formed with over 27,000 signatures, along with several zoos offering to take Marius in. Some private property owners offered money to be able to keep Marius alive. But all these other options did nothing to prevent the eventual leave of Marius. He was shot once in the back of the head by a vet, who later preformed a necropsy on Marius in front of a public audience that consisted of 5 year olds, and fed Marius’ remains to the carnivores in the zoo.

Fortunately, this rather seemingly unjust decision was not met without its own fair share of animosity. Soon after the murder of Marius, a petition popped up with a statement about firing Bengt Holst. This petition reached more than 16,000 signatures.

The Phantom of the Opera: Team Phantom!

Adapted from French surrealist Gaston Leroux’s story Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, The Phantom of the Opera is a famed Broadway Musical for its riveting plot and enticing love triangle. Those who have studied the story in any way have almost certainly been stirred up in the familiar Phantom-Raoul controversy.

In the beginning of the opera, Christine explains that The Phantom was the one that tutored her in her sleep to sing the lead singing part of an opera that Christine was formerly a dancer in, so it couldn’t have been more true when The Phantom sings his first lyrics in The Mirror, “Insolent boy, this slave of fashion. Basking in your glory. Ignorant fool, this brave young suitor. Sharing in my triumph!” Raoul is only noticing Christine because The Phantom taught her to sing and set her up for the main part. Raoul also tries to bask in Christine’s glory when he forcefully tries to take Christine out to “celebrate”. And Raoul wasn’t the one that taught Christine to sing the main part.

The age variable actually has little or no part in who is better! In very few instances age is actually an importance. In the original plot, Christine is 20 years old and The Phantom is in his forties, but that does not make The Phantom’s love “creepy” or “stalkerish”! Love cannot be measured by age. By following the thought that his love with Christine is “creepy” and “stalkerish”, you may as well call the love of a father and his daughter “creepy” and “stalkerish”.

I personally never been on team Raoul, and I instead feel that the musical genius is far more likeable than the “childhood sweetheart”.

 

To read the other side of the argument, check out Ella’s post.

 

Christmas “Cheers”

Sweapt into another torrent of freezing cold and pink-nosed Christmas shoppers, Aelin tucked her large fluffy coat ever closer to her body, almost making it seem like a super thick, super unresponsive second skin. Amused, she thought about the irony of wrapping herself in her heavy coat for a presence of warmth, only to provide for herself suffocation. Of course, Aelin thought, she wouldn’t be much of a burrito— after all, the accidental tastes of her expensive perfume were enough to convince her that it was just as much a fashionable choice as a (self-) harmful one.

A bit miffed that she was going to get home late from her own shopping splurge, Aelin self-pityingly thought about her no doubt warm and well rested Siberian Husky. Wistfully, she sighed, and sped up her pace to get home and finally get a chance to enjoy something for the lonely, silence-filled holidays.

Stuck

Pounding feet, seemingly getting louder at an alarming rate caught up with me. A shadowy figure, covered with a dark hood bared its unnaturally sharp canines—

I shoot up, sitting on the edge of my cot, ready to bolt at any sound. But as I look around, I remember that I am stuck inside puny cell, barely large enough to accommodate everything necessary. I see nothing but the same surroundings I have been stuck in for over 13 years. The small cell that only contained a small bed with a tattered mattress and worn out blanket. I curl my lips in disgust, barely remembering the bright court, filled with lavish decorations, that even that (bratty) king doesn’t deserve.

How had I, one of the council members fallen so far in the food chain know as society? It had happened so quickly, getting myself stuck here, like falling down an area sandwiched between two walls of unforgivingly smooth ice with no footing or any purchase to slow oneself. I miss the glamorous lifestyle of golden roofs, painting covered walls, and the grand feasts once in a while but I couldn’t help but feel that this was a blessing to be released of strict rules, heavy dresses, and highly invasive rumors that travelled faster than the flu.

The pressure was gone, the high standards were gone, and the king’s (ugly) face was gone too. But there has always been something missing in the bare, empty cell. A sense of freedom.

Why You Should Love the Ocean More

The oceans are often under-appreciated by most everybody. Not many people can say that their head is filled to the brim about ways to help preserve everything in the ocean so I have come up with 3 ways the ocean is important and vital to life as we know it.

1. It’s Blue

The color blue often conveys a calm, cool feel that can put your mind at ease. Blue has also been proven to sooth our brains mentally, rather than giving a physical reaction like the color red does. Studies also show that people are more productive when surrounded by blue, as blue gives more of a centered hopeful feel.  Blue can also lower heart rates.

2. The Wildlife In the Ocean

The ocean is currently known to house over 1 million species. However, scientists think that there may be as many as 9 million species that have not yet been discovered. Most life in the oceans cannot be found anywhere else on the planet, meaning we have to preserve the wildlife in the oceans because they is unique.

3. The Oceans’ Water

The oceans’ water cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface, coming out to be around 332.5 million cubic miles. To put that in perspective, one cubic mile of water is more than 1.1 trillion gallons. Ocean water could potentially be desalinated and provide clean drinking water for people around the world.

 

I hope you.appreciate the ocean just a little bit more for everything that it stands for.

Reasons You Should Love Horses

 

Horses are one of my three favorite animals. They are so much fun to ride and so nice and gentle. Here are a few facts your probably didn’t know about horses.

 

1. Horses can start to run after the first few hours of birth.

2. Their hooves are made out of the protein as our fingernails (chitin).

3. One horses, named “Old Billy”, reportedly lived for 62 years, which is about two times the length of the average lifespan of humans (ever).

4. Because their eyes are on the side of their heads, horses are capable of seeing almost a full 360 degrees.

5. A horses’ teeth take up more space in their head than their brain does.

6. Horses cannot throw up.

7. The first ever cloned horse was a mare (female) in Italy in 2003.

I hope you learned something interesting about horses!

 

For the original website and more of the fun facts, visit here.