Chatterbox: Chirp at Cricket



It's a truth universally acknowledged that life can kinda suck. Especially nowadays, what with Covid, climate change, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and all the other problems humanity is struggling with, it's horribly easy to get lost in the darker sides of humanity, and forget about the light. So let's not forget. Let's remind each other of all the beautiful, whimsical, goofy, adorable, sparkly, touching, hilarious, extraordinary parts of life. 

Post random fun facts. Post cute pictures of your pets. Post artwork you've made. Post the fantabulous grade you got on that math test. Post what the sunset looked like last night. Post something, anything, that makes you smile. 

So when we can't see the light for the darkness, we'll make our own. We'll set the shadows alight with moonlight and sunrises and candle flames and fireflies. 


submitted by Snazzycakes , age 13 she/her, Sesquepedalian
(April 3, 2022 - 1:56 pm)

I've been reading some cute comics lately to drown out the stress and negativity... Always looking for more! <3

submitted by Jaybells, Lost, somewhere
(April 3, 2022 - 5:18 pm)
submitted by RainTOP!, the TOP of a rainbow
(April 4, 2022 - 6:24 am)

How about some random interesting facts?


-Spiders have tiny paws. (If you aren't afraid of spiders, I suggest googling this. When I did, I was not disappointed.)

-Rats can be tickled.

-Lasers can get trapped in water. If you shine one into a bottle, then poke a hole at the point where the laser leaves the bottle, the laser will follow the resulting stream of water.

-If the temperature and pressure are just right, water can be a solid, liquid, and gas, all at the same time.

-111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

-Choose a four-digit number. (The only condition is that it has at least two different digits.)  Arrange the digits of the four-digit number in descending then ascending order. Subtract the smaller number from the bigger one. Repeat.

Eventually you'll end up at 6,174, which is known as Kaprekar's constant. If you then repeat the process you'll just keep getting 6,174 over and over again.

-The word 'forty' is the only number with its letters in alphabetical order.

- 0.999999..... = 1

1/9 = .111111..... and 9/9 = 1

multiply .111111111..... by 9. Proof.

-You can buy a (really expensive) flying bicycle. Like, it actually flies in the air.

-Alfred Hitchcock was frightened of eggs. Like actually scared and revolted by them.

-In a town in Alaska in the United States, there was a cat that served as Mayor for twenty years. 

submitted by Wildfire, age always, he/him (for now)
(April 4, 2022 - 8:18 am)

*throws eco friendly self-vanishing glitter* Yay! Positivity!

I have about a 99.5 average in Physics this quarter, which I'm very proud of :) :)

Also here's a gorgeous sunset I took a picture of last week:

submitted by Jwyn, age 17, Positivitea €~
(April 4, 2022 - 2:34 pm)

*gasps* WhY iS ThAt SuNsEt sO PrEtTyYyy?? 

(Inkling, What did DZ do? Who who even is DZ?)

submitted by Rainbow, age 12, Wishing on a star
(April 4, 2022 - 3:46 pm)

I think (the grades weren't posted yet, but we got to look at the tests–Sorry, as my teacher calls them, 'Celebrations of Knowledge') I got a 100% on my math celebration of knowledge!! I didn't get the bonus question; but then again, no one did (sorry, we are not the mathematician Gauss when he was 8), but I got really close!! :) (Oh, if you want to know the bonus, it was what is the sum of all the numbers from 1-100?)

Inkling says <<ezenb>> Easy end? No, the end of that test (the bonus) was not easy–for us, at least.

submitted by Rainbow, age 12, Wishing on a star
(April 4, 2022 - 3:50 pm)

Yep! 52 out of 52!!!

submitted by Rainbow, age 12, Wishing on a star
(April 11, 2022 - 4:09 pm)

I made salted Mexican vanilla shortbread over the weekend :)

submitted by Snazzycakes, age 13 she/her, Sesquepedalian
(April 4, 2022 - 4:14 pm)

I found a really cool podcast!! I love it and I'm listening to it rn, it's so funny :)))

submitted by Silver Crystal, age Infinity, Milky Way
(April 5, 2022 - 9:40 am)

May I ask which one specifically? :)

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(April 5, 2022 - 12:31 pm)


I think this thread is a really good idea!!! It can be really easy to forget about the good things in life and think that there are only bad things happening (Especially if you read the news too much). 

Here some more random facts:

-An entire rainbow cannot be seen unless you fly in the atmosphere or are standing at the top of Niagara falls.

-Stars can sing.

-The biggest diamond ever was found in 1905 and weighed 1 ⅓ pounds.

-Butterflies taste with their feet.

-The tongue of a giraffe is purple.

-The biggest number that is known is a Googolplex, which is 1 followed by 100 zeroes.

Some Vocabulary:

Abode means residence.

Abound means to be plentiful.

Abrade means to wear away by rubbing.

Fun Things to try:

Read upside down

Memorize something (Like Pi, or Latin Declensions)

Invent a Secret Code

Make a flowchart (I did one for identifying bugs)

Design and build a Rube Goldberg Machine (An invention that uses many steps to accomplish a simple task)

Make a map

Draw a maze

Invent a logic puzzle

submitted by FerventWriter, age 12, California, USA (she/her)
(April 6, 2022 - 5:08 pm)

Those are so cool! I'm extremely curious about the stars singing bit, though. In the 15- and 1600's, Ptolemaic astronomy declared that stars move about the earth in crystalline spheres, emitting a beautiful, high pitched music that it was impossible to hear. (As you can imagine, Shakespeare got some pretty dang cool metaphors out of that). Is that somehow related to what you were saying?

submitted by Snazzycakes , age 13 she/her, Ink-smudged and happy
(April 7, 2022 - 8:06 am)

So, about Googolplex. (not trying to be rude or anything, just couldn't resist)

A googol is a one with a hundred zeroes after it.

Googolplex, on the other hand, is a one with googol zeroes after it.

It's huge. Like so humongous.

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(April 7, 2022 - 11:42 am)

You said googolplex is the largest number known, right? But what about googolplex + one?! Dun dun DUN

submitted by Rainbow, age 12, Wishing on a star
(April 12, 2022 - 5:34 pm)

Once I saw a full-circle rainbow in a field.

submitted by Avara, she/her
(May 5, 2022 - 2:16 pm)