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)

aaahh happy birthday!!

submitted by Tealeaf, Steeping
(May 15, 2022 - 9:59 am)

Happy birthday! I hope your day's been going great :)

submitted by Periwinkle, age Pi, Somewhere in the stars
(May 15, 2022 - 4:24 pm)

Happy birthday! What's it like to be 15? (Toootally not asking for life advice for myself, toootally XD) I'm glad you don't think you're "too old" for the CB or something, because I'm really glad to have you around : ) 

submitted by @Silver, Blackfooted Bobcat
(May 16, 2022 - 2:27 pm)

Thank you all for the well-wishes! My birthday weekend was really great and I had loads of fun :D

What's it like to be 15? Let's see, it's just about the same as being 14 except now I'm edging in on YA protagonist territory. Not sure how I feel about that...

Aww thank you for saying that! I'm also glad that I'm on here, and I don't ever want to be 'too old' for the CB, truthfully. I'm planning on staying for a while, so I'm happy that you're glad to have me around <333 

submitted by Silver Crystal, age Infinity, Milky Way
(May 16, 2022 - 3:36 pm)

Happy (belated) birthday!

submitted by Avara, she/her
(May 17, 2022 - 9:37 am)

Happy (late, sorry) birthday!

submitted by Flamarestii
(May 17, 2022 - 1:53 pm)

Thank you Avara and Flamarestii! I just noticed that both of your names are so cool and interesting~

submitted by Silver Crystal, age Infinity, Milky Way
(May 17, 2022 - 3:28 pm)

nooo, I'm late :( I hope you had a great birthday !!

submitted by peppermint, age 14, she/her
(May 17, 2022 - 10:40 pm)

hey guys I'm reallly not having a good day (like at all) so would you mind just spurting some positivity in my face like a sparkly cannonball? Like the things that make you think maybe humanity isn't so terrible after all. thx

submitted by anon
(May 18, 2022 - 9:18 pm)

1. My class has been raising money for Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced people, and we're up to $10,665.77. (At least that much; we were just selling the produce we grow and products we make at a farmer's market and people donated there too, but that's not factored into the figure above)

2. The fact that scambaiters exist. Scambaiting is the term for scamming a scammer so that they can't steal from anyone else, at least not for a while. Classic scambaits include calling them and then just wasting their time, deleting their files, hacking their CCTV footage and then using that to scare them into not scamming people, and even tracking specific scammer bosses and getting them arrested. You can look up some examples; the whole idea is really awesome. 

3. I was working at the farmer's market mentioned above, and this lady was walking through with a bearded dragon just chilling on her shoulder. Also, one of my teachers (who wasn't manning the stand) came by with her two adorable huskies and brought gummy bears and fizzy water for everyone working the stand. She is the actual best.

4. The cave that my class is excavating (I detailed this a little more in a previous post) is going really well! It's about ten feet deep and probably eleven feet across, and we saw our first troglophilic life form! It was a scorpion, so that was kind of terrifying at first, but it means that we getting pretty deep into the cave. 

submitted by Snazzycakes
(May 21, 2022 - 3:16 pm)

I have matcha with milk foam and it's incredible :D

submitted by Tealeaf, Steeping
(May 20, 2022 - 11:36 am)

I'm going to Kentucky this summer! I am so happy! Her have some adorable facts about dogs



1. Dogs have a sense of time.
It's been proven that they know the difference between a hour and five. If conditioned to, they can predict future
events, such as regular walk times.


2. Your dog is as smart as a two year old! Ever wonder why children around this age seem to have a special bond with the family dog? It could
be because they speak the same language, roughly 250 words and gestures in fact.

3. A study at the UCSD claims that your dog can genuinely get jealous when they see you display affection for another creature.

4. Dachsunds were
originally bred to fight badgers.


5. Stray in Russia have learned how to ride the complex subway system, and get off at
specific stops in search of food.

6. Your dog can smell your feelings. In fact, your dog’s sense of smell is approximately 100,000 times better than yours. So it shouldn’t be
shocking that they can in fact, smell things such as fear. When a human is fearful, they perspire, and a dog is easily
able to pick up on this change.

7. Newfoundlands make great lifeguards because they have water-resistant coats and webbed feet.


8. Dalmatin puppies
are born completely white, they develop their spots as they get older. 

9. Petting a dog can actually benefit your physical
and mental health. Studies have shown that petting a dog for 15 minutes can lower
blood pressure by 10%, can help lower feelings of stress, depression, and combat loneliness.


10. A dogs nose is wet because it helps to absorb scent chemicals.

11. Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as
the oldest dog to ever live. Bluey lived to be 29 years 5 months old and lived from 1910 to 1939.


12.  Dogs can be trained to to detect cancer and other diseases in humans. Cancerous
cells release different metabolic waste products than healthy cells in the human body. Dogs may even be able to sniff
out cancer cells simply through smelling someone’s breath.

13. Three dogs survived the historical sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Two Pomeranians and 1 Pekingese - all from
First Class cabins.



15. Do you have a dog that experiences seporation anxiety? Try leaving some clothing with him that you’ve worn. It’s been proven that
the scent you leave behind on your clothes can help ease your dog’s separation anxiety.

17. All puppies are born deaf. As they get older, they can hear 4 times better than humans can.

18. Dogs don’t sweat, instead they pant
to cool themselves.


submitted by Reuby Moonnight, age 11 nebulas, Lunaitaria
(May 25, 2022 - 1:00 pm)


submitted by th3mysticw0lf
(May 26, 2022 - 5:29 pm)

I got to go outside today! I hadn't been outside of my room for five days (yay covid!), but it was really nice today and I got to go out in the backyard and chill and listen to podcasts which was fun :D

submitted by Silver Crystal, age Infinity, Milky Way
(May 29, 2022 - 3:21 pm)

Adorable little pixie cup lichen I found~~ 

submitted by pangolin, age she | they, Outskirts of the Galaxy
(May 31, 2022 - 3:39 pm)