Celebrating Silliness

April Fools’ Day is almost here… And I can’t wait! Thought you’d enjoy my latest parenting column for Sesame Workshop — Sesame Newsletter “April Fools Fun” — in which I recount some of the recent pranks that have been pulled on me by my kids, Finian and Olivia. Hope you find it enlightening and inspirational. As always, feel free to add your Comments below. I’d love to hear of any wonderful practical jokes that you’ve pulled — or that have been pulled on you. Before I go, I stumbled on this short video of a sweet baby getting “pranked” by his cruel parents —The Art of the Tart (What cracks me up is that the baby keeps going for the lemon, hoping that it might actually test better on the second or third try.)

Jordan and His Favorite Pranksters

paper airplane and crumbs

If Microbes Read the Newspaper…

Happy spring! (and Happy Birthday to Stephen Sondheim! After 80 years, “he’s still here!”)

These days, when not consulting or writing for kids TV series such as DINOSAUR TRAIN, I’ve been busy visiting schools to talk about my new kids science book MICRO MANIA. The children I speak to love “meeting” all the gross little creatures that share the planet with us. Yesterday, while reading the paper, I spotted an article that would probably intrigue bacteria everywhere (assuming they could read):

A nutritionist in Denver, Colorado, Joann Bruso, concerned about the preservatives in fast food did a fun experiment. She bought a Happy Meal from McDonalds — then left it out in her office for ONE YEAR. Check out the shockingly similar “before” and “after” photos:
Sure the plastic toy didn’t decay, but why didn’t the burger and fries succumb to flies, mold, bacteria etc.?

In her blog about his experiment Joann Bruso says: ‘Food is supposed to decompose, go bad and smell foul eventually. The fact that it has not decomposed shows you how unhealthy it is for children.’

Here’s the whole article, if you’re interested. I found the Comments below it especially interesting. Some folks question the validity of her experiment, wondering for example if the results would have been different if she’d tried it in a less arid, warmer climate. What do YOU think?

Maybe my kids and I will re-enact the experiment this summer. If any of you do a similar experiment at home, please post your results.

paper airplane and crumbs