I'm not as smart as I thought

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My sister-in-law refuses to play Trivial Pursuit with Durel and I.  She says it's too humiliating because we know so much stuff.  As much as we've tried to change her mind, she won't budge.  (As in, she doesn't even want to be on our team.)

Which is a bummer, because I love Trivial Pursuit.  But is also a compliment because she insists that Durel and I are, like, encyclopedias...

However, as a boy momma, I'm learning what it is that I don't know.  I have not the foggiest idea about football (not a newsflash).  But evidently, I know pretty much squat about dinosaurs, too.

Last night:

Jack:  Mommy, did the Ice Age kill the dinosaurs?
Me:   (Shit.  I don't know.  I've got a 50/50 chance.)  Yes.
Jack:  NO, IT DIDN'T!
[pause]
Jack:  Mommy, did the Ice Age kill the dinosaurs?
Me:    (Shit.  I still don't know.)  No.
Jack:  That's right!  Mommy, what did kill the dinosaurs?
Me:    (Shit.  This is like law school.)  I don't know.
[silence]
Me:    Jack, what killed the dinosaurs?
Jack:   THE VOLCANO!

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So, being the smart ass that I am, I decided to follow up on this so that I could feel a tiny bit less clueless.  Though I'm pretty sure Jack's done with me on this topic after my bungled answers last night.

Per National Geographic, I learned:  
New insights about the asteroid thought to have killed off the dinosaurs suggest it may have just been the final blow, and that the reptiles were already suffering from a finicky climate prompted by volcanic eruptions long before the meteorite struck. (Link above, under picture.)
And per Jack, I can now somewhat visualize said volcano:



You see, he and his buddies are doing a project.  They've built a volcano, and today is the day they MAKE IT BLOW UP.  

Ice Age.  Sheesh.  Can't believe I fell for that one.

Hope you learn something prehistoric today.

Talk to you soon,
Heather

8 comments:

  1. LOL! This is great. Aren't arguments with preschoolers the best? I feel like I bs answers to his "Why?" questions on a daily basis. The worst is that we both insist we are right. This morning it was about whether fire comes out of planes. I said that if you've got a fire on your plane, you better get the heck out. He argued against that. Turns out it was a matter of the difference between saying "put out" and "come out". He meant the former. Yes, some planes put out fires. No, fire is not supposed to come out of planes - that would be bad.

    The best though is when he uses the "But Daddy said..." argument. Sometimes, Daddy is simply WRONG. :)

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  2. Please add me to the list of people who won't play Trivial Pursuit with you. Also, check out Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts, and Walking with Monsters on Netflix. Narrated by Sir Kenneth Branaugh, fun for the whole family.

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    1. You almost got mentioned in the post re: Trivial Pursuit. I knew you felt that way. :)

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  3. I am terrible at Trivial Pursuit! Also, I would have failed the dinosaur test, too, but now I can practice for the future when Ike inquires!

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    1. Just saying. It's nice to appear knowledgeable for as long as we can, right?

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  4. This sounds so much harder than law school (unless you had Rice for evidence....)

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm not as smart as I thought

My sister-in-law refuses to play Trivial Pursuit with Durel and I.  She says it's too humiliating because we know so much stuff.  As much as we've tried to change her mind, she won't budge.  (As in, she doesn't even want to be on our team.)

Which is a bummer, because I love Trivial Pursuit.  But is also a compliment because she insists that Durel and I are, like, encyclopedias...

However, as a boy momma, I'm learning what it is that I don't know.  I have not the foggiest idea about football (not a newsflash).  But evidently, I know pretty much squat about dinosaurs, too.

Last night:

Jack:  Mommy, did the Ice Age kill the dinosaurs?
Me:   (Shit.  I don't know.  I've got a 50/50 chance.)  Yes.
Jack:  NO, IT DIDN'T!
[pause]
Jack:  Mommy, did the Ice Age kill the dinosaurs?
Me:    (Shit.  I still don't know.)  No.
Jack:  That's right!  Mommy, what did kill the dinosaurs?
Me:    (Shit.  This is like law school.)  I don't know.
[silence]
Me:    Jack, what killed the dinosaurs?
Jack:   THE VOLCANO!

Image credit
So, being the smart ass that I am, I decided to follow up on this so that I could feel a tiny bit less clueless.  Though I'm pretty sure Jack's done with me on this topic after my bungled answers last night.

Per National Geographic, I learned:  
New insights about the asteroid thought to have killed off the dinosaurs suggest it may have just been the final blow, and that the reptiles were already suffering from a finicky climate prompted by volcanic eruptions long before the meteorite struck. (Link above, under picture.)
And per Jack, I can now somewhat visualize said volcano:



You see, he and his buddies are doing a project.  They've built a volcano, and today is the day they MAKE IT BLOW UP.  

Ice Age.  Sheesh.  Can't believe I fell for that one.

Hope you learn something prehistoric today.

Talk to you soon,
Heather
 
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