I was perusing Guy’s blog over at The Short Fat Kid and ran across one of his posts that dealt with some of the ridiculous stuff he learned in school. One of the things he mentioned which had not been ridiculous was pencil fighting.
I think I laughed out loud when I read his comments about the art. I had completely forgotten about playing that in school, and it brought back lots of great memories about the stupid stuff we did as kids.
One of the things that I excelled at was Elementary School Origami. This is quite different from traditional origami, which focuses on creating boring things like flowers, swans, and frogs from paper. Instead, I focused on paper footballs, paper airplanes (and not just the standard ones either; I could build one that looked like some kind of spaceship), and my personal favorite – paper guns.
You know, I’ve never needed the Periodic Table in my adult life, but knowing how to make bizarre things from paper has been quite useful.
I also remember throwing pencils into the ceiling tiles while the teacher wasn’t looking to see whose pencils would stay the longest. And when I was in 3rd grade, I went to a school that had no A/C. Our evil teacher Ms Avant (whom Wes remembers well; we actually met in 3rd grade) kept a small fan under her desk that would only blow directly on her. After lunch, she would often doze in class, so some of the braver students would take erasers, bits of paper, or pencil lead and throw them into the fan. The blades would then shoot the projectiles at her legs at a much higher velocity. It was pretty fun to watch!
Micro Machines were another great way to pass the school day. They were small enough to hide from the teacher (and the snobby girls who loved to tell on you), and it was lots of fun to send them exploring the mountainous terrain of textbooks, folders, and desktops. And they definitely beat pretending that paperclips and erasers were cars or jets.
Anybody else enjoy similar pastimes in school?