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Friday Sprog Blogging: ferrets.

The elder Free-Ride offspring, always a fan of mustelids, has lately taken a particular interest in ferrets. Given that Casa Free-Ride is located in the great state of California, this interest in ferrets has also spurred an interest in state law. In California, it’s illegal to keep ferrets as pets. According to the elder Free-Ride…

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that the elder Free-Ride offspring has a fondness (occasionally verging on obsession) for Pokemon cards. This means I had no choice but to involve my offspring in Dave Ng’s Phylomon project: [W]hat can we do to get kids engaged with the wonderful creatures that are all around them?…

Dr. Free-Ride: What have you been learning in science? Younger offspring: I’ve been learning how to make fossils, and imprints. Dr. Free-Ride: Tell me how.

Whereas the commenters on this blog have on numerous occasions proven themselves to be whip-smart and very funny, and whereas this humble blog comes up near the top of Google searches for “three toed sloth sex jokes”, I propose that we write some worthy three-toed sloth sex jokes.

Fun drawing (by a sprog).

(Not the post title I’d have chosen, but the sprog in question is sitting right next to me.) The younger Free-Ride offspring likes to draw, and seems to have a fondness for marine mammals. Today, we offer two drawings of otters. Here’s an otter with a sea urchin. I’m told the otter plans to eat…

The younger Free-Ride offspring’s third grade class is involved in some independent research about animals.

The Free-Ride offspring try to explain what it means for an organism to be adapted to its environment, and why it matters: Dr. Free-Ride: OK, so you’ve been learning in school about? Younger offspring: Different adaptations. Dr. Free-Ride: Can you explain what an adaptation is? Younger offspring: Well, I forgot.

At dinner last night, the younger Free-Ride offspring told us about a science lesson from earlier this week: Dr. Free-Ride: You were going to tell me about a science activity you did, we think, on Tuesday in school? Younger offspring: Mmm-hmm. Dr. Free-Ride: Tell us what it’s called. Younger offspring: “Best Bird Beak”. Dr. Free-Ride:…

A few weeks ago, the elder Free-Ride offspring was anxiously awaiting the feeding of Ziggy, the classroom ball python. Sadly, that feeding was delayed on account of the elder Free-Ride offspring’s teacher having jury duty. Feeding the classroom snake, apparently, is not a task you leave to a substitute teacher. In any event, since then,…

Send GrrlScientist to Antarctica!

GrrlScientist is in a contest to become Quark Expedition’s official blogger from Antarctica. (So is DN Lee from Urban Science Adventures.) Grrl has been doing pretty well getting votes in this contest, despite the fact that her competition includes a radio personality from Portugal and a member of the Osmond family. Of the top vote-getters,…