With the kids home for a solid week (that would be 9 days, including the weekends. Yes, I was counting) the questions were coming fast and furious. God Bless teachers because they have to answer these questions all day long!
The small sampling:
Worm Burner (8): “How does that work?” *points to old fashioned scale serving as decor at a restaurant*
Mom’s answer: Well, it has a spring below the flat part that you stand on. The spring deflects and the force you put on it, or your weight, is proportional to the amount that the spring squishes.
Worm Burner: I mean how does it move the dial?
Dad’s answer: There’s a mechanical linkage, or lever, between the pad on the bottom and the dial on the top.
Worm Burner: Cool!
OK, so clearly Worm Burner is going for the mechanical coolness over science nerdiness. Sigh.
Dark Omen (11): In World War II, was Brazil on the side of the Axis or Allies?
Mom’s answer: I think Brazil was on the side of the Axis, because a high profile Nazi (Mengele) fled there at the end of the war, when it looked like they were going to lose, before they could get caught by the Allies. *inwardly thinks about The Boys from Brazil and can’t remember which part was fact and which part fiction*
Dad’s answer: I don’t think Brazil wasn’t allied with anyone. They didn’t have a strategic interest in the war.
Dark Omen’s Answer: Well, in my Axis and Allies game, they have 2 IPCs (International Production Credits, a unit of measure of worth in the game), so they must have done something. The rest of South America was neutral.
Mom and Dad: *stunned silence*
So naturally we googled it. Turns out Brazilian dictators were friendly with the Axis powers until economic pressure forced them to side with the Allies. At one point they actually hunted German subs and sent troops into combat. At the end of the war, Mengele, Eichmann, and possibly others fled to South America (as well as other haven countries), including Brazil.
Huh. Learn something new every day. And from the kids, no less.
The kids are safely back in school now, tormenting their teachers with their endless barrage of questions. I am wondering how much writing I can cram in before summer hits, with its temperate weather and endless time for pondering.