A DID YOU KNOW? SPECIAL:
All the May holidays you didn’t know about!!!
By Olivia Green and Willa Suratt
- Join Hands Day
- National Chocolate Parfait Day
- National Fitness Day
- International Harry Potter Day
- National Brothers and Sisters Day
- National Teacher Day
- National Orange Juice Day
- National Astronaut Day
- National Cartoonists Day
- National Totally Chipotle Day
- National Nurses Day
- National Space Day
- World Migratory Bird Day
- National Have A Coke Day
- National Clean Your Room Day
- National Shrimp Day
- National Eat What You Want Day
- National Limerick Day
- National Apple Pie Day
- International Hummus Day
- National Crouton Day
- National Dance Like A Chicken Day
- Star Wars Day
- National Archery Day
- National Barbeque Day
- National Chocolate Chip Day
- National Learn To Swim Day
- National Pizza Party
- National No Dirty Dishes Day
- National Endangered Species Day
- National Talk Like Yoda Day
- Buy A Musical Instrument Day
- National Lucky Penny Day
- World Turtle Day
- National Asparagus Day
- Put A Pillow On Your Fridge
- National Learn About Composting Day
A True Letter From The Big Bad Wolf
Uncovered By Rhea Sethi
Dear whoever is reading this,
Yup. It’s me, the Big Bad Wolf. I know what you’re all thinking, “oh no! It’s the Big Bad Wolf!” In my defense, you don’t know the whole story. Sure, I blew down two of the Three Little Pigs’ houses (I dislike them), I’m sorry for eating Little Red Riding Hood (although it’s mainly her fault she got eaten as she showed up on my way), and yeah I ate the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf’s sheep (he provoked me by tickling me). Besides all that, I am a very likeable person. That is why I’m going to tell you what really happened in each of those events. Today, I’ll tell you about the terrible Three Little Pigs.
First off, let me say this: those pigs are awful! They are way too smart for their own good, by they I mean the third little pig. Let me tell you a few details you have most likely never heard before.
One day I came across a straw house with the first little pig inside. I asked the pig to let me in, he said no and I blew his house down, blah blah blah. Same with the second little pig except his house was made of sticks, I blew his house down nonetheless. I tried to blow the third little pig’s house down but it was made out of bricks, so that didn’t work! After that I tried in vain to trick the third pig into letting me in his house, as you can tell, it didn’t work. So, I tried to go down the chimney but there was a pot of boiling water inside the chimney. I fell in the pot and that was the end of me. So sad, am I right?! You’re probably wondering, “if you died in a pot, how did you send this letter?” well, I have my ways….😏
Anyway, the truth is an entirely different story. I lived next door to the pigs’ new houses so I baked cupcakes to welcome them to the neighborhood. But…… I am not a skilled baker so the cupcakes were more of a disaster. At least I tried! But I hoped that the pigs would see past that and appreciate my kind intentions. In fact, they did not! They literally threw the cupcakes in my face and laughed at me!! They are terrible neighbors! As you can imagine, I walked home shamefaced with my tail in between my legs and cupcakes on my face.
I then tried to welcome them a different way by offering them cards I made but they wouldn’t let me in! Instead, they laughed at me through the window. I got so mad I then did the rest of the things in the “original story”. But now surely you can understand why with this context!
Now you know that I am not as bad as I seemed, I hope you will read my future letters! Perhaps we could grab dinner sometime? And you may want to bring extra napkins…
The BIG (Not so Bad) Wolf
How do you feel about Massachusetts being the snobbiest state in the USA?
Rhea Sethi, Grade 6: “I feel proud about it. Out of all the other states, MA is the best! We literally have EVERYTHING! We have the education, the cities, the beaches, the food; literally the best of anything!!”
Audrey Rafterly, Grade 6: “It kinda makes sense, it’s not out of the blue, there are a lot of wealthy people in MA, that means a lot of money goes to unessential things. We have the Red Sox, the Patriots and the Bruins. A lot of money goes to the sports teams.”
Aine Chase, Grade 6: “I get it. MA is pretty rich. Sometimes people are snobby because they think they know more than other people (WHICH IS TRUE!). Some states like MA have tons of money and have good education. While other states are not snobby at all because they are not as educated as MA.”
Uraan Choudhury, Grade 6: “I feel pretty proud. I mean, it’s our thing. MA is known for being snobby and that’s how it’s gonna stay. Yeah, we do spend a lot of money, and we earn a lot of money, and we are one of the richest states! It means we’re rich! It means we’re powerful! So, I’m proud.”
Charlie Unwin, Grade 6: “It makes me feel mad. I think it’s really dumb. And that’s all I gotta say.”
“WHAT A SNOB!” Have you ever heard someone say that to you? Maybe it’s the way they hold their glass of wine, instructing you on how to properly appreciate the aroma.
Top 10 snobbiest states:
- Massachusetts – good or bad?
- New York
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
It looks like the Northeast has a smug problem.
How was this information determined?
- Percent of population with a bachelor’s degree
- Percent of degree earners with a degree in arts and humanities
- Number of Ivy League colleges
- Gallons of wine consumed yearly
First, the people examined education using data from ACS. We opted to find the overall percent of the population in each state with a college degree.
While there are a lot of great things with college degrees and arts, they increase the rate of snobbiness, scientifically.
Let’s now look at why the first five states are the first five:
Adults with college diploma: 42.9%
Degree holders with Arts or Humanities degree: 24%
Wine bottles per person: 21%
How can you tell someone went to Harvard? You don’t, but trust me, they’ll tell you. In addition to being home smug university, Massachusetts is MUCH more educated than the rest of the country (LET’S GO!) and has a strong appreciation for wine and cheese.
Adults With College Diploma: 37.3%
Degree holders w/ Arts or Humanities Degree: 29%
Wine Bottles Per Person: 26%
In 2nd place is a still pretty snobby. 29% of Vermonters have a humanities or arts degree, more than anywhere else in the country. With the extra wine bottles
Adults With College Diploma: 38.9%
Degree holders w/ Arts or Humanities Degree: 24%
Wine Bottles Per Person: 19.5%
Connecticut is the third snobbiest state. Don’t think so? Just head to New Haven and visit Yale, then you’ll believe.
- NEW YORK
Adults With College Diploma: 35.9%
Degree holders w/ Arts or Humanities Degree: 27%
Wine Bottles Per Person: 16.8%
New York…what a snobby place! Home to Broadway, many art galleries, and premier institutions, there is a lot to be confident about. Maybe a bit too confident.
- NEW HAMPSHIRE
Adults With College Diploma: 36.5%
Degree holders w/ Arts or Humanities Degree: 23%
Wine Bottles Per Person: 28%
In 5th place is New Hampshire. New Hampshire consumes TONS of wine per person. It is estimated about 36.5% bottles of wine for every resident.
Now for some serious stuff…
It’s okay to be proud, but don’t be a snob!
The line between pride and snobbiness is thin. So maybe take a step back and rephrase if you find yourself being a snob.