February 21, 2010

Of Cakes and Creatures

Our previous Cub Scout troop had their crossing over into our current Boy Scout troop today. During the ceremony, they awarded the Arrow of Light, something Webelos strive for and the only badge they can wear on their Boy Scout uniform from Cub Scouts.

And so my girlfriend who was the Den Leader, went to Publix and asked for a cake. She told them she wanted it to say the following:
"Congratulations to Bobby, Tommy, Johnny, Sam, Mark, and Luke in attaining your Arrow of Light!"

And she gave them directions that said, "If Arrow of Light is too long, don't put Arrow of Light. Please put AOL."

And her husband picked up the cake and when she got home she opened the box and the cake said,

Congratulations to Bobby, Tommy, Johnny, Sam, Mark and Luke in attaining your Arrow of Light!
(If Arrow of Light is too long, don't put Arrow of Light. Please put AOL.)

No kidding. They wrote the directions for the cake on the cake itself.

We were astounded... and could not quit laughing.


Son#4 is taking Honors Biology at the same school Ringo is attending. Ringo is in regular Bio as you have to take Honors Geometry to be in Honors Bio and I refused to put him in Honors Geom since the boy had never studied in his life.

Anyway, so keep in mind... these boys are FRESHMEN. They are both in sophomore bio, Son#4 in Honors, but they are in HIGH SCHOOL.

This was Son#4's project and I'm going to get some of this wrong, so read into it if you can.

The class was divided into groups of three. Each group was given a single strand of DNA with 1000 nucleotides for some unknown 'creature'. From their 'Strand A', they were to figure out what the matching 'Strand B' looked like and then they were to figure out the MRNA and the TRNA for each Strand.

From there, they were to get the amino acids and group them in groups of three, where she gave them charts and they could figure out what traits their creature had, then they were to build the creature.

They chose a habitat randomly and were to then create a shoeobox type structure of what the habitat would look like and then write a paper on the survivability of said creature and what it would do there.

His creature ended up standing on two legs (like a standing bear), it had longish arms, two colors of brown fur on his back, head, and outside of his legs, a pink skin colored tummy (underside), a short tail, a snout with a horn (like a rhino), brown eyes, two big teeth (think rabbit), and floppy ears (like a dog).

I'm sorry... but how frickin' cool is THAT for a project? Good grief. Talk about really understanding DNA!!!

I couldn't wait for him to finish so I could hear what it was like and pass it on to my Dad, who also thought it was a cool as crap project. Son#4 came over today and he showed me pictures of his creature he'd taken on his cell phone for me.


If that doesn't trump any Bio class I've ever heard of for High School, I don't know what else does...

Posted by Boudicca at February 21, 2010 09:44 PM

WHAT? One of those things chased me one night when I was coming home from a few hours at the pub.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at February 21, 2010 10:48 PM

I think he kind of sounds like a Pooka, except for that horn thing.

Posted by: Bou at February 21, 2010 10:51 PM

My gosh. School certainly has changed since my time... that is way cool!

Posted by: Pam at February 22, 2010 08:38 AM

Have you ever seen the blog "Cake Wrecks"? They locate professionally done cakes with similar mistakes to what you mentioned, take pictures and post them. It is absolutely hilarious.

Posted by: Trudy at February 22, 2010 08:49 AM

Pam- I know! My Dad said, "Hell, they didn't even know what DNA was when I was in school!"

Trudy- Yes! I've seen that! And when I saw the cake, it was the first thing I thought of. I wish I'd taken a picture. When I left I was irritated that I didn't do it. What a bunch of boneheads...

Posted by: Bou at February 22, 2010 09:37 AM

that IS a cool freaking project. i would have loved that. beats the heck out of disecting a pig and harvesting/fertilizing anenome eggs!

Posted by: arcanai at February 22, 2010 04:03 PM

Awesome project! Now THAT'S teaching!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at February 22, 2010 06:26 PM

That project sounds AWESOME!! And fyi - I read the cake story aloud to my folks (Pop is undergoing treatment and in the hospital right now) and we all positively HOWLED with laughter. :) Thanks Bou - we needed that...

Posted by: Richmond at February 23, 2010 06:25 PM

I love it when stupid crap like that (cake) happens!!

And the DNA thing? Too cool for school!

Posted by: Rave at February 23, 2010 09:32 PM

The cake thing is FUNNY, but not surprising these days.

And I LOVE the DNA item. I'm going to pass it along to some education folks at the zoo.

Posted by: George at February 24, 2010 11:01 AM