>Aluminum Can Frisbee


You can make an aluminum can frisbee out of any aluminum can. They fly quite far indoors or out with little practice.
Supplies you’ll need:
1 Aluminum can
Can opener
Heavy duty scissors or tin snips

First empty the aluminum can, meaning drink it, or find a used one even better. Then cut off the top using the can opener.
Next using tin snips or heavy scissors poke a hole about 1 inch from the bottom rim of the can and cut the base of the can off. Careful, this edges are now sharp and will cut your fingers easily.

Now using pliers fold the sharp edge over and into the can, then go over it once more and really flatten the fold.
You are done. To throw it hold it with the top of the can facing away from you and throw it like a football; that is, straight and letting it roll off the fingers as you release it. Have contests and see how far you can make it fly!


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>Potty Mouth Playground


Here lies some of what I can remember of the word play from the playground as a youth. Some of it is probably inappropriate for kids who just learned to read. Sorry, I’m naughty. Some of them are accompanied by my comments, some are left to stand alone. Kids and adults please feel free to add new sayings or offer changes to what is posted here in the comments section at the bottom of this blog.

Remember, No one likes a bully, so only in good fun.

Your mama, your daddy
Your greasy granny
 got a hole in her panty

Got a big behind like Frankenstein

Going beep-beep-beep down Sesame Street

Toot-toot-toot wearing army boots

In your ear with a can of beer
 & Up your butt with a coconut.

I’m rubber you’re glue whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks onto you.

Black Jack no backs. (Said immediately after an insult is delivered to make it permanent)

I know you are but what am I? (can be used again and again for infinity)

Liar Liar pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire. (Also remembered as “…hanging from a telephone wire”)

Up your nose with a rubber hose.

See my thumb?
Gee you’re dumb. (what else is there to say about that)

Guess what…
Chicken Butt.

Guess why…
Bird crap pie.

Round the corner fudge is made
Stick your finger up the hole
out comes a chocolate Tootsie Roll.
(said while you point first at one nipple then the other, then your groin and finally your butt)

What time is it?
Half Past the monkey’s ass
Quarter to his balls.

What were you eating under there?
Under where?
Ew… You were eating underwear!

How’d you get that updog on your shoe?
What’s updog?
Not much, what’s up with you dawg. (a classic and favorite)

How’s Joe or you know Joe?
Joe who?
Joe Mama…then laugh

From England-

Georgie Porgey pudding and pie
kissed the girls and made them cry
when the boys come out to play
Georgie Porgey runs away.

Now you go out and play, but, play nice!
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>How to make a Blowgun or Blowpipe


Blowguns are tubes for shooting darts by the power of breath. Used all through Southeast Asia with poison tipped darts, they were also employed by the North American Seminole Indians, though, without poison.     
The Seminole and Cherokee used lengths of cane or bamboo. The darts were made from splinters (10 inches by 1/8 inch) of bamboo, or straight grained hard woods like oak, maple, or birch. The fletching was  often done using thistle down. The thistle would be harvested in late fall when the blossoms have turned to seed pods, but before the down and seeds have emerged, and saved for use all year round. An alternate for the fletching might have been animal fur.

Our project today are designs using more modern supplies. We will also discuss a few options for dart making. For aesthetic reasons we will use bamboo for the pipe, though you can easily use a straw or Bic pen.
shoe laces
push pins
length of bamboo

Supplies for variations:
krazy glue
straw or Bic pen
cotton balls

Making the pipe.
If you are lucky and have bamboo near your home cut down a length with a few sections. You want a piece with a hole about 1/4″ down its center. Cut the ends off leaving the knot on at least one end. Now drill through the knot down the center of the bamboo. Lastly, file down the inside of the tube. This can be done with a long drill bit, or sand paper glued or taped onto the end of a slender rod. The smoother the inside the easier the dart will travel through. Smooth the ends, and use the larger end to blow from.
Bic Pen
Pull the cap off the pen, pull the ball point and ink reservoir out using pliers, and pull the end cap off. you now have a smooth tube to blow from.
Or use a straw.

Making the Darts-

Shoelace Dart
Cut the hard plastic wrapped end of a shoelace off, leaving about 3/8″ of cord (or lace) behind the tip to act as fletching for the dart. Now press a straight pin through the end and down the center of the tip until the pin comes out the tip. You have a finished dart.

Paper cone dart
Roll a 1″ tall cone out of paper, Krazy glue it closed (just a little glue), press a straight pin through the open end of the cone. You have a finished dart. These are not as sturdy as the shoelace dart. But work as well

Push pin and Cotton ball dart
Wet the blunt end of a push pin with a small amount of Krazy glue. Tear small amounts of cotton off the ball and twist it lightly around the rear of the pin so that the cotton builds up. You have a finished dart. These work a treat for as long as they last.

Place the dart in the mouth end of the pipe and blow! These darts will stick into cardboard easily and even wood and drywall.

And as always, this is a guide. Make variations to suit the supplies and time you have. That’s what the natives did.






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>Assemblage; Glue Gun Fun


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈsem-blij, for 3 also ˌa-ˌsäm-ˈbläzh\
Function: noun
Date: 1690
1 : a collection of persons or things : gathering
2 : the act of assembling : the state of being assembled
3 a : an artistic composition made from scraps, junk, and odds and ends (as of paper, cloth, wood, stone, or metal) b : the art of making assemblages
Glue guns are a great way to begin as a sculpturist. You can put together just about any combination of objects of any texture provided they are clean and dry. Make a trophey, a rock igloo, a tank or fly thingy. If you go to Flikr.com search result for assemblage there are some great pictures and ideas for your own creations; lots of robots there. Also, the International Museum of collage, Assemblage and Construction website is a great springboard for research and ideas around the topic of glue gun fun. Projects like these are a perfect reason to start your own collection of little  shiny objects for the day you decide to create your glue gun assemblage.
When using a glue gun have plenty of glue sticks on hand. Plug it in and wait or it to heat up. It is always wise to put down a thick cover over your work area to protect it while you create, and to additionally place the glue gun on a flat, level non-flamable surface while it is not in use.
Glue guns are hot! They will burn you. The glue is Hot! It will burn you and keep burning if it gets on your skin, cause it’s hot and sticky. Follow all safety instructions included with the gun.
Less is more when it comes to glue safety.
Pieces should be clean and dry.
Have all your pieces ready and know each pieces placement before you put the glue on.
Put your pieces together immediately while the glue is very hot for the best results.
Fabrics work well as long as the glue penetrates.
On slick solid surfaces the glue will hold well, but also pull apart if you need to try again.
When gluing thin edges, make a puddle of glue and run the edge through the glue then stick it to the desired surface, to avoid squirting glue near your finger tips.
Now do some research and get to work making your Assemblage!

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>Uncommon Knots

>The “Loop knot” or “Overhand loop” is the most common knot for a loop both at the end or in the middle of a line. You can go anywhere on the web to find the classic “boy scout” knots. Here are two uncommon and easily untied loop knots.

The first loop is to be tied in the end of a line only. There are many variations on a loop in the end of a line.  The one I’m offering has the advantage of being secure and easy to untie. It has no name that I know of. The Ashley Book of Knots simply gives it number 1044.

The second loop is to be tied in the middle or slack part of the rope between the two ends, also known as the  bite or bight of a line. It is known as the “Harness Loop.” It can be tied in any size rope as small as a fishing line for dropper flies, in a climbing rope as stirrups, or in a large tow line for pulling heavy items uphill or through rough terrain.
Have fun!
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>Draw a circle passing through three points; Geometry of Technical Drawing

>This is one of those magic tricks done with a compass and straight edge that has always tickled my senses and amazed the people I’ve shared it with.
And actually; it’s geometry, not magic.

That is: To find the Center of a Circle Passing through Three Points Not in a Straight Line and to Draw the Circle.

That’s a mouthful. So read and reread it until you understand it. Then try it. Use the picture below to help you lay it out. The three points cannot be on a straight line. Once you get comfortable it will only take a minute to do!

You’ll need: Paper, pencil, straight edge, and a drafting compass. And, If these instructions turn your head inside out this link will sort you out.

Let A, B and C be the three points. Draw the lines AB and BC. Now Draw the lines EO and DO; these lines are perpendicular to AB and BC.
Draw line DO by setting your compass to a length just over half the distance of line BC. Now strike arcs from either end of the line (at points B and C) so that they intersect on either side of the line (at points D and O). Use your straight edge to draw the line thru the two arcs points on intersection. Line DO will be perpendicular to line BC. Do the same for the line AB, and create EO.

The intersection O (of lines DO and EO) is the center of the circle. OA, OB and OC are the radius required to draw the circle using a compass. A circle drawn this way will pass through ANY three points not on a line!

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>Mazes; How to make mazes, Downloadable mazes



Creating mazes and solving them is great fun for one or more. Design your own mazes and challenge others to solve them.

The easiest way for a beginner maze maker is to first draw (in pencil) the perimeter of the maze, then fill the space with multiple tangent chambers. Now make an opening at the start of the maze by erasing the pencil line, and continue to erase a path through the chambers until you have reached the desired end point. Drawing a short line on each side of each doorway as in the picture can make it easier to see the doorways. For a more difficult maze draw more chambers and change direction a few times before finishing. Now go back and erase false paths. Practice will make this method of maze making quick, and produce a good maze.

The next method is using graph paper. Draw your perimeter as before, make a point of entry by erasing one square of the border line, and now draw your path to the finish of the maze by drawing a hallway from the start point to the finish, leaving openings as you go for false paths. Again, make changes in direction, however, be careful not to cross your own path. Now go back and fill in the remainder of space with the false hallways.

The Maze generator at this link will create a new maze simply by tapping on it. The same site has a great set of Maze links and sample mazes.

Here are a  few downloadable and printable PDFs of mazes. These mazes are over and under style. Have fun, now get lost!

Hard Maze
Intermediate maze
Easy Maze

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