Hey bloggers. So I was researching navy battle ships this weekend and I was thinking about how much they’ve changed overtime. Back in 1794, the first U.S. Navy was created. The first boat came around in about 1797.
The boat wasn’t much like they are today. For one ,the boats made back then were made of american live oak while the ones today are made of steel. Also, back in the 1700s, there was no gps, radar or sonar navigation systems that they have today.When the navy first started, there was the sun and stars to help people get though the journeys. Also, they had no engine to power the boats like there are today, all they had was the wind. A major difference is that there were no submarines either and no equivelent to the submarine. Did you know that the submarine was made right here in Connecticut? It helped out the eonomy here big time.Also, the ships were really small compared to the ones we have today. Back then the ships they had were probably really big to most people.
USS Constitution-the first navy ship
There were a lot of similarities as well as differences.For the ships, there were the same titles for people working on the boat like “captain.” Both ships had big cannons that they used, but back then the cannons could shoot maybe half a mile while the ones today the cannons can shoot miles away. Both of the ships are used for the carrying soldiers to where ever they have to go. When the ships were all built for the navy in the early 1800s, they traveled in groups as well as the ones today.Also if you are going to be in the navy, you’d have to attend the naval academy. However the naval academy wasn’t established until 1845 which was 20 years after the request for the academy was well, requested.
Hey bloggers, guess what I found out? I’m sure most people have heard the story of our first president, George Washington, and how he was known for being so honest with everyone and especially his father. Well the story of the cherry tree and George telling his father “I cannot tell a lie, I cut the cherry tree” is completely not true! Yep, you hear it here, it was a big lie that people probably told their kids to keep them from lying. however, there is an alternative story that is possibly true! (YaY!!)
George Washington’s father passed away when Goerge was just 11 years old and he was left with his brothers, sisters, and mother. When George was about 12 or 13, he and his brothers were outside with their mother’s favorite colt that was wild and no one else really seemed to like it. He made a bet with his brothers that he could ride the colt and of course, got on it and started to ride. Then the colt got on its back legs and tried to shake off George which did not work. Suddenly, the colt burst a blood vessel and died.
So George and his brothers go back into the house while George is feeling proud yet guilty….have you ever gotten that feeling before? Anyway, their mother asks them how the colt is and George says to his mother “it’s dead madam,I killed the colt.” Their mother, angry and depressed,says to him “Well,I regret the loss of my colt, I rejoyce my son who always speaks the truth.” So everyone loves George and he goes on to be a typical teenager and make mistakes like that, but then becomes our nation’s leader.
Hey bloggers, have you ever been asked the best question in the world? Probably not…but I have! It was ” What would happen if…” When I first heard it, I wasn’t sure what to think. There’s a lot of things too think about. I often think of this question when I’m imagineering. No, not imagining, imagineering. I want to be a Disney Imagineer when I grow up, and they are in charge of creating the rides and attractions for the theme parks. They often ask what would happen if but mostly crazy stuff like “what would happen if we sent our guests to the moon?” My question would be (drum roll please) What would happen if I seized every day I had?” I would never have any regrets about anything. I might open up some doors for people and teach them to do the same. I would never have to ask what would happen if I never seized the day and wasted my life. I would be happier and my life would be more exciting. People may look at me strangly because if I seized the day, I’d do some extreme stuff. So now that I’ve answered my question, here’s some for you.Don’t be afraid to ask me some questions either, after all I’ve answered the best question in the world! What would you do to sieze the day? A bunch of stuff or one thing in particular? And always ask yourself “what would happen if…”
Hey bloggers. So now that I’ve told you about the Supreme Court (refer to Europe +America=?), it’s time to learn more about the laws. A couple quick questions first..don’t worry, it’s not a quiz! Do your parents or legal guardian believe in strict rules? Are your parents or legal guardian more laxed on the rules in your house? Well, imagine if both types of parents or legal guardians crashed together and had to make a bunch of rules for your family. Of course there’d be a lot of fighting but that’s okay. After fighting and fighting and fighting (I know, you’re tired of the fighting) you might get a bunch of strict rules and a bunch of laxed rules as well as an elastic clause. No an elastic clause is not Santa’s cousin!
An elastic clause is Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. Why is that? Because the law is only used under certain circumstances. So like the rule that your parents wil always be there for you has an elastic clause. I’m pretty sure that if you decide to dye your hair purple, buy a clown car and drive with 20 of your craziest friends to clown college, your parents might not be there for you, but you never know! That’s not the best example but I have to go now. I’m busing planning a road trip with my crazy friends. Oh yeah…someone comment and remind me that my hair dying appointment is on Thursday. Thanks agian.
Hey bloggers, you’ll never believe this! Did you know that European architecture is very similar to the designs of buildings in Washington D.C.? In fact, this peice of archiceture looks very similar to the Supreme Court building. The Hearst Castle is not actually in Greece, but in California and is inspired by Greek architecture.
The Hearst Castle
In case you don’t know much about the Supreme Court or have never ever heard of it, here’s what it is. The Supreme Court is the only court ever to be established by the Constitution. The Supreme Court is in charge of all of the other courts in the U.S. there for, whatever the Supreme Court says is law. It’s kind of like the principal of your school. The principal is in charge of making sur that all the teachers are doing what they’re supposed to and all the teachers (and students) are obeying his or her “laws.”
The Supreme Court
If you notice, the styles of the castle and the supreme court are very similar. The pillars are all in the front providing a good support for the building. Also, there are carvings on the top of both buildings that are similar as well. There are staues on the sides of both buildings. It’s kind of funny how two things you never though would have much in common do! It’s a small world after all. Yes, you may call me corney at this point…I won’t really be offended.
Hey bloggers! Guess what? I discovered a new tool called Sketchfu! It’s a site where you can paint and draw on the computer. I thought this would be awesome for me because I love to draw. But I soon realized that drawing on the computer and drawing on paper are a lot different. I’m not very good at drawing on the computer. I hope to get better at it though! If you want to try your hand at computerized drawing, click on the “make your own” button! Enjoy!
Hey Bloggers! I hope it’s not illegal to wish someone a happy Thanksgiving after Thanksgiving because I’m wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and it is WAY after Thanksgiving. But even though most Americans have heard the story of thanksgiving a billion times, there’s a lot of things they don’t know.
One fact being that Squanto was actually taken from his village as a kid by an Englishmen named Thomas Hunt. Thomas sent Squanto (also known as Tisquantum) to Spain where he was almost sold as a slave until someone caught Thomas Hunt and stopped him. When Squanto was older, he convinced another man in England to let him back home to his tribe. By the time that Squanto returned, the Plague had hit and there wasn’t many people left in his tribe. Squanto also noticed that there were knew settlers there. Squanto, not sure what to do, made an alliance with the Pilgrims and translated for them in order to keep peace.
It’s said that Sqaunto was captured by Wapanoag (now known as Massasoit today) while on a mission. Squanto was said to be freed by Myles Standish and was brought back to live with the Pilgrims. Though Squanto was brought back, he soon was not trusted by both the tribes and the Pilgrims. It’s said that Squanto caught a fever and died a few days later while others say that he could have been poisoned by the tribe do to them not trusting him.
I never expected to get into the movie buisness so quickly but Mr. Bogush’s class lets you do a lot of things you never thought you’d do. This past week we created movies with three other group members about a certain part of ,the constitution. My group had the Preamble which is the first section of the constitution and the most famous paragraph in the world. In the movie though, we didn’t just read off the paragraph, but we explained it in a way we thought kids could understand. The coolest thing about this project was that it is on Youtube. I never put a video on Youtube before and I thought that was awesome. So sit back in your computer chair and relax and enjoy the movie. Popcorn anyone?