Funstuf

By Janet Peterson


Aesop’s Fables (see cover)

A Woman and a Fat Hen

A good woman had a hen that laid an egg every day. Now the woman fancied to herself that, given a larger allowance of corn, her hen might lay twice a day. She tried the experiment, but the hen only grew fat and quit laying.

Moral: He that has a great deal already and still wants more may risk losing all.

A Boy’s False Alarms

A shepherd boy had a roguish trick of crying “A wolf! A wolf!” to fool the other shepherds. He had been at this sport so many times in jest that they would not believe him when at last he did tell the truth. So the wolves set upon a flock and seized the helpless sheep.

Moral: A truly wise person will never lie even in jest.

Court Sports

Many sports are played on a court. Can you tell which sport is which by matching each sport to its descriptive clue?

1. Racquetball

a. A birdie or shuttlecock is used instead of a ball

2. Tennis

b. A ball is caught in a basketlike container and thrown against the wall

3. Handball

c. A heavy disk is pushed along the floor or pavement with a long forked cue

4. Volleyball

d. Fast-moving game in which a ball is hit against a front wall with a short-handled racquet

5. Basketball

e. Played on inside walled court with long-handled racquet

6. Squash

f. Love is the same as a zero score

7. Badminton

g. A ball is hit over a net by players’ hands

8. Shuffleboard

h. Popular game in which players attempt to toss a ball through a hoop

9. Jai alai

i. Players hit a small rubber ball with their hands in a walled court

Answers:

(1) d, (2) f, (3) i, (4) g, (5) h, (6) e, (7) a, (8) c, (9) b.

Rebus Riddle

To make things right, what do you do morning and night?

paint - ant - i + rain + boy - in + x - box = __ __ __ __

Answer:

pray

Body Parts

Rearrange the letters in each word to form a word that is part of your body.

  1. 1.

    Slip __ __ __ __

  2. 2.

    Are __ __ __

  3. 3.

    Ram __ __ __

  4. 4.

    Sink __ __ __ __

  5. 5.

    Below __ __ __ __ __

  6. 6.

    Smug __ __ __ __

  7. 7.

    Inch __ __ __ __

  8. 8.

    Earth __ __ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) lips, (2) ear, (3) arm, (4) skin, (5) elbow, (6) gums, (7) chin, (8) heart.

Priesthood Word Square

Find the following words associated with the priesthood by reading up, down, forward, backward, or diagonally.

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Who Does What?

Match these people with their jobs.

1. Detective

a. Driving a taxi

2. Astronomer

b. Feeding and milking cows

3. Lumberjack

c. Carrying luggage

4. Cabbie

d. Teaching

5. Longshoreman

e. Solving crimes

6. Tutor

f. Designing buildings

7. Dairyman

g. Cutting timber

8. Architect

h. Riding racehorses

9. Bellboy

i. Studying stars

10. Jockey

j. Loading and unloading ships

Answers:

(1) e, (2) i, (3) g, (4) a, (5) j, (6) d, (7) b, (8) f, (9) c, (10) h.

Fruit Basket Upset

See if you can find at least twenty-three fruits hidden in the word square below. Read up, down , forward, backward, or diagonally, and circle each one as you find it.

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Answers:

apple, apricot, banana, cantaloupe, cherry, currant, date, fig, grape, grapefruit, guava, lemon, lime, mango, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, quince, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon.

Go Ahead!

The letters G O begin each word below. See how many of them you can answer correctly.

1. Game played with clubs

G O __ __

2. A pumpkin or squash

G O __ __ __

3. Deep and narrow pass

G O __ __ __

4. Drinking glass with stem

G O __ __ __ __

5. To rule

G O __ __ __ __

6. Burrowing rodent

G O __ __ __ __

7. Eat greedily

G O __ __ __ __

8. Style of architecture

G O __ __ __ __

9. Idle talk or rumors

G O __ __ __ __

10. The largest ape

G O __ __ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) golf, (2) gourd, (3) gorge, (4) goblet, (5) govern, (6) gopher, (7) gobble, (8) Gothic, (9) gossip, (10) gorilla.

Philippine Island Squat Tag

You will need five or more players. Someone is chosen to be the tagman who runs after the others, trying to tag one of them. A player may escape by squatting. However, players are allowed to squat only two times. After that, they must escape by running. The first person tagged becomes the next tagman and the game continues. If the other players did not see the tag, they will be surprised when they are tagged by the new tagman.