September 29, 2009

Great Knowledge?

I know EVERY state capital. My kids keep spontaneously quizzing me.

My son knows 3/4 of them.

Where this will get either of us in our lives, I have no idea.

THANK YOU animaniacs, who are currently getting us through, same song we learned, just with great animation...

I made it for 44 years without knowing the capitals of all the states. I did OK...

I needed this video in particular to figure out how to pronounce Montpelier for Bones. I kept pronouncing it in French (thank you four years of French class) and he kept saying, "That doesn't sound right..." I needed the video to find out how we pronounce it in English.

And as he and I sing the song... everywhere we go, I now try to pronounce the State's capital with their regional accent. I don't know if it's working... but I'm trying anything to stick.

By the way, if you're from Arkansas, your state is full of little rocks. And as horrified as I was by this one that my husband came up with, it's worked, "Virginia is a girl's name and girls want rich men. Richmond."


Bones reply was, with a grin, "Then why did Mom marry you?"

I love my son...

Posted by Boudicca at September 29, 2009 09:09 PM

I can't wait to see Richmond's reaction to this one. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at September 30, 2009 04:53 AM

hee hee, i loved the animaniacs!

Posted by: arcanai at September 30, 2009 08:02 AM

Memorization itself is a form of learning for the brain regardless of the material being memorized. Teaching yourself different tricks for remembering things will serve anyone well through out the school years and even in work environments. It's learning how to remember.

Learning the state capitols - useful later in American history classes.

Generally learning by using word associations (the more ridiculous the better) works the best.

And yes, I think Rich needs to see this one LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at September 30, 2009 12:43 PM

BTW - just listened to the song. LOL. South Dakota the capitol Pierre is is pronounced "peer" by the locals. My father was from So. Dak.

That is of no relevance at all to people taking a state capitol test, just thought I'd throw it out there. ;-)

Posted by: Teresa at September 30, 2009 12:51 PM

Hahahahaha - Rich men, huh?? Well whatever works... Does this mean I get one now?? :)

Posted by: Richmond at September 30, 2009 01:29 PM

One of the best animated series' ever. :)

Posted by: Barmy Mama at September 30, 2009 02:14 PM

I had never heard the song and was waiting to see how they would fit in Des Moines. Very fun.

Oh, and "rich men"... Nice!

Posted by: Jody at October 1, 2009 07:00 PM