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Teacher Writing a Formula on a Blackboard

March 21, 2019

     

        I’m not talking about those fake and expensive hoverboards, you know, the ones that blow up. I’m talking about Back To The Future magic. Meet the Flintstones wizardry. Wildest dreams, flying through the sky hoverboards. But with sc...

March 15, 2019

In a world bananaless and bland, what are we to do? Make new ones.

Long ago, there was a banana known as the Gros Michel. They were wildly popular, and flavorful. Then, in the 1950's a plague erupted. The ¨Panama Plague¨ almost killed off bananas entirely. A new breed o...

November 9, 2018

In this essay, I intend to finally unveil the revelations of the age-old question: “why don’t llamas get arrested for spitting?” Although it is not well known, Plato, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking didn’t finish solving this riddle of the law and thusly I shall.

A...

November 1, 2018

 It’s that time of year again, No, not the most magical, but the time when we all seek cheap thrills and become obsessed with the afterlife. For a reason I intend to explore, people decide to pay to be scared and send their children to gather food from strangers*....

October 15, 2018

I visited a class entitled “Dictators and Democracies” taught by Devashree Gupta at Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota in which students presented a topic they chose and compared its usage to a country’s democracy score.

Each form of government has its own perks....

August 25, 2018

Smoke particles in the wind, layering in the mouth, a dusted wood fragrance. The sun and mountains behind a thick curtain. 

Why can you see smoke all around you, but not immediately next to you? It’s because of particulates. Think of it as boring rainbows. Once you thin...

August 19, 2018

You can start to feel your heart pound against your chest, you feel sweat start to roll down your neck and your breath becomes heavy. You’re not dying, you just paid seventy dollars for this feeling. Why?

Your body releases epinephrine and noradrenaline while creating g...

August 6, 2018

I feel that this essay needs a backstory. I was swimming in a rooftop pool when I suddenly stopped, turned to my dad and asked him the very question I am attempting to answer today. Neither of us had to concrete answer. Later that same day I happened to pick up the a b...

July 4, 2018

    Unlike my hoverboard essay, this time it’s a scientific loophole. In fact flying is the easiest thing for me to do. As it is for you. First, let’s define flying.
I’m going to use flying with the definition of not touching anything for support. The technical def...

June 25, 2018

  I don’t see a need for this final comma. A comma can leave many addlepated, confused and can make us misread sentences. Again, we’ll need to understand oxford commas.

   Oxford commas are the commas after the penultimate or second to last word or sentence fragmen...

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In this essay, I intend to finally unveil the revelations of the age-old question: “why don’t llamas get arrested for spitting?” Although it is not we...

Llama Legislation

November 9, 2018

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