Monday, June 3, 2013

Phoenix the Fish

Meet Phoenix! Phoenix is located on the front counter of our school's lobby. Phoenix is our school's Beta club fish! The beautiful creature is a Betta fish, also known as a Siamese Fighting fish. He has a vibrant shade of blue, which turns red at the tail fin. 
   Betta fish were first discovered in Southeast Asia, living in rice paddies, ditches, and various flood plains. The colors of Betta fish are effervescent and unique. Even more excitingly, Betta fish can be considered labyrinth fish- fish that are able to breathe directly from the air and take in oxygen from their gills. The name Betta was intended as a combatant name and after an ancient clan of warriors called "Bettah." Betta fish are known as "plakad" or "The Jewel of the Orient" in Thailand. Also, they have been given the name "ikan bettah" or the biting fish. The  male Bettas are also extremely territorial and may attack other fish. Thus, they are better off in a tank by themselves. In the 1800's, China began breeding Betta fish specifically for the purpose of fighting. 
   A Betta's diet can primarily consist of brine shrimp, dried bloodworms, or daphnia (planktonic crustaceans). The carnivorous fish will not only eat those items but also fish flakes and pellets. Bettas prefer their water to be slightly acidic and warm. Cold water can weaken their immune system and cause the fish to develop illnesses. The average lifespan of the fish is from 2-3 years. There are more than 65 different types of Betta fish known! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kick My Ash! by: Sierra McCray

Kick My Ash!

 There are many times in our lives where our skin looks like we've been bathing in powder. This certain situation is called being “ashy”. Being ashy is a signal that your skin is very dry. Dry skin can be cured by many moisturizing lotions and oils. It is understandable that we can sometimes get “caught slipping” being ashy, but it's a responsibility issue also. Younger kids, usually in elementary school and 6th grade, are going to be ashy because they may just be lazy. If you are older you need to get up, take a hot shower, and make sure you moisturize your skin! Hot showers are one of the few reasons we become ashy. Once your skin hits fresh air after a shower you may notice the ash. Daily moisture can help rejuvenate your skin and keep alligator skin away!

Commonly used lotions:

  • Johnson and Johnson's Baby lotion
  • Jergen's (Daily Moisture & Original Scent)
  • Aveeno (Daily Moisturizing & Stress Relief)
  • St. Ives (Daily Hydrating, Naturally Soothing, Intensive Healing and more)
  • Vaseline (Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning, Total Moisture, Aloe, and more)
 Many people often prefer using scented lotion when they become ashy. There is a huge problem with this, because these lotions do not have lasting, deep conditioning for the skin. Everyone knows that Bath & Bodyworks has a tremendous variety of wonderful smells, but these scents don't last either! Scented lotion should not be applied to the face because it can cause breakouts if your skin is sensitive. Body creams and oils are not as helpful compared to body lotions. Whipped scented creams are light and fluffy and do not deeply moisturize the skin.

 Ashy skin should be taken seriously because your appearance matters. Caught being ashy can be very embarrassing because there is a wide variety of jokes. These jokes are not very hurtful but can make you regret not putting lotion on. Lotion does not have a certain season also. Many people make an excuse that when it's summertime, the lotion is going to melt. Melting lotion is not an acceptable excuse for taking the ash off your skin! The winter is a MAJOR season for lotion because the coldness dries out your skin. Everyone should wake and shake the ash off TODAY!

*rubs hands like Birdman*

Friday, May 24, 2013

Henna Tattoo

Henna tattooing is an ancient, traditional part of many cultures and has become very popular in self-expression today. This body art is safe and made from natural products. Henna paste comes from the henna plant leaves that are dried out, crushed, and then mixed with some other natural products. Tannins, which has the dyeing property, are found in the henna plant. Another name for henna tattooing is mehndi. 
   Henna tattooing can be places almost anywhere, but the traditional places it can be found is on the hands, feet and shins. The paste should be left on the skin for a minimum of 2 hours. If you would like you henna tattoo to be dark than you would leave it on longer than the average time which is 6 hours. A natural henna can last from 1-6 weeks, and a colored henna can last from 2-10 days. The traditional henna color ranges from dark brown to deep orange. There is a henna hair dye that is safer than chemical dyes that most people use. 
Interesting Facts
  • It is used amongst many Asian brides and they put on their hands and feet in a large amount.
  • It is used as medication for headaches and fevers.
  • A henna plant symbolizes love, eternal youthfulness, and a long life. 
To learn more about henna tattooing go to the following sites:

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Stories You Wouldn't BeWEAVE! by: Sierra McCray

The Stories You Would'nt BeWEAVE!

 All over America we have seen women with many unique hairstyles. Some are poorly done and some can fool you. If you were to rub your fingers through an African American woman's hair, you may feel a knot or two, or three, or four! Don't be fooled because the same goes for Caucasions! Looking at some women you may not be able to tell, so here are tips for trying to figure out whether she's working with her hair or someone else's!
Tips for investigating poorly done weave without touching:
  • If her hair looks super thick and's weave.
  • If her hair is a little too shiny and looks like the sun just might melt's weave.
  • If her “Invisible Part” is VISIBLE and looks like the parting of the Red's weave.
  • If you see her track through her regular's weave.
  • If her regular hair looks poofy on top of “her” straight's weave.
  • If her hair reminds you of any traditional candy; Skittles, Starbursts, Mike and Ikes, etc. it's weave.


 There also has been lots of confusion on how the hair is put in the head of these weavers and where the hair is from.  Caucasion weave is easy to spot if it is poorly done also. The weave should not be showing and the texture is completely different (Haley, 2013). Being that Caucasion women have very fine hair the “Hair Extension” is glued into the hair that is actually on their head (Norton, 2013). With African American weave there is a longer process. An African American woman's weave can be either sewn in or glued. With sewn weave the client starts off with her whole head braided. Her braids can be circular or in any design suitable for her edges. The braids must be a decent size to be weaved with needle and thread. The hair dresser must also make sure the braids are not too tight so when the client takes her weave out she isn't taking her edges too! The next step is actually sewing the weave in. To protect the real hair the client may say she wants to use a cap. The cap supposedly stops damage done to the hair caused by the pulling of the needle. When the cap is on you simply line the hair evenly horizontally across the head. The weaving process is done like crocheting. If the weave is glued on you do the same but you take a track that fits the head and place glue on the actual track of the weave.

Pictured Below: The begining braids                                                                                      Pictured Below: Gluing of the track

 Some weave jobs may look terrible because of the quality of the hair. There is a variety of weave brands that woman use and some happen to be more decent. The better quality of the hair the more expensive the weave gets. Weave for African Americans comes in a larger variety than for caucasions.

African American Weave
  • Braiding Weave- Kanekalon, Synthetic, Human
  • Tracks- Brazilian(bundles), Remy, Human, Synthetic
  • Wigs- Lacefront, Half wigs
Caucasion Weave
  • Clip-on extension
  • Socap Extension 
 Weave can either help or hurt your appearance and hair expresses a woman's personality. A woman's hair is very significant to how she feels. If her hair is not done correctly she may have the worst day ever. African American woman look forward to getting their hair done because it calls for gossip time. African American women sit for hours talking and eating and bonding just to put someone else's hair in their head. Weave is important to the African American society and culture. Weave helps with maintance and conveinence of the natural hair and can portray art such as the Bonner Brother Hair Shows.

Oh girl, Snooki you should've thought that one over !

Meagan Good's CORRECTLY done weave

Tami Roman's bad weave!/exjun_

Just a HOT MESS!

Oops, she did it, again!

The things I just can't beweave!

Amiyah Scott's Correctly done weave (both pictures)


  Wolverine's real name is James "Logan" Howlett Hudson. He is a mutant who has an unusual gift that makes his cells re-grow and heal much faster than any other normal human. This power gives him the ability to heal from injuries but does not prevent them. He also has 3 very powerful claws on each hand that can easily tear through flesh. Wolverine's real name is James "Logan" Howlett Hudson and he was born in the 1880's, in Alberta, Canada.
  Roy Thomas, Marvel's former Editor-in-chief, and Len Wein decided to work on a Canadian character to add in the Incredible Hulk comic. After creating some basic characteristics, John Romita, Sr. worked on the actual appearance and costumes of the fierce, fictitious character. The costumes and struggles of Wolverine have continued to change and build on each other. The character first appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. #180 in November of 1974.
  The blue-eyed hero has been a major part of all of these groups:X-Men (current), Avengers, formerly Horsemen Apocalypse,Fantastic Four, Secret Defenders, Clan Yashida, Department H, Alpha Flight, Department K, Team X, Team Weapon X, Devil's Brigade, and the Canadian Army.

   Although honorable, he is one of the most dangerous people in the world due to his thrashing claws and impressive healing ability. He also has an Adamantium skeleton which "redistributes the force of blows dealt against."
( He displays advanced eyesight and superhuman strength, along with amazing sense capabilities. Intense stamina, speed, reflexes, agility, and fast recovery from injuries. Three bone claws upon each hand that can tear through flesh and penetrate steel.

The History of Animation Part 2

    This part of the article will be from 1955-2005. On the 17th of September 1955, "Speedy Gonzales" made his first appearance in the episode "Speedy Gonzales". This show went off the air because of the depute about using him as a stereotype against Mexicans. In the same year Disneyland was opened. Hanna and Barbera left the MGM Studios and created the Hanna Barbera Studios and Dr. Suess wrote "The Cat in the Hat" in year of 1957. "Rocky and Bullwinkle", the TV show that brightened many children's spirits,  started in 1959. 
     In 1960, the famous 'stone age' themed  animation "The Flintstones" had their first prime time TV series. The "Nine Old Men" era started in 1961 along when the releasing of "101 Dalmatians", which was the first use of xerox cels. The Warner Bros. Animation closed in 1962 and Charles Shulz wrote "Happiness is a Warm Puppy". The first "Peanuts" TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" came out in 1965. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", written by Dr. Seuss and directed by Chuck Jones, came out in 1966. The fist "Speed Racer" came out in 1967. "Winny the Pooh and the Blustery Day" came out in 1968. "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?", the TV series that many children loved/love, first aired in 1969. The first X-rated feature in the U.S., 
      "Fritz the Cat", was released in 1971. Tim Burton's "Vincent" came out in 1982. The cultural phenomenon that caused adults to start watching an animated show/movie, "The Simpsons" started in 1987. 1989 was the last year that Disney had an animated feature-length film to use traditional cels. There also was a gross of over $300 million in 1989, that proved animation was not just for children audiences. 
      "Beauty and the Best", the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award as Best Picture, was let out in 1991. In around 2 million homes, Cartoon Network started in 1992 and by 1995 it was in 22 million. The thrilling and musical, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was released in 1993 and still is a hit for children and you teenagers. Disney's, "The Lion King" came out in 1994 and "Toy Story" , which was the first full-length 3D CG feature film, was released the following year. When the merge of Time Warner and Turner in 1996 was made, it brought Warner Bros. Feature, TV, Classic Animation, Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network, and many others under one roof. In 1997, the humorous TV series, "King of the Hill" started. 
      The first "Shrek", which one the Academy Award for Best Animation, was released in 2001. Two years later "Finding Nemo" came and was called 'the all time highest grossing animation of all time, beating out Beauty and the Beast'. "The Simpsons" became the longest running show in 2005 and was in its 16th season. It surpassed "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", which had 15 seasons.


The Story of Bi-bo
Bi-bo products were first introduced into mainstream U.S. markets by Archie Mcphee, an American business based out of Seattle, Washington. The following explanation was apparently obtained from the factory in which the Bi-bo character doll was obtained.

“Good day! Story of Bi-bo.
This is an ancient God story and Love story in China. At that time there were two main powers; Snake Devil Woman and power called Sky Devil Religion, who likes drinking people’s blood very much. When the solar eclipse is coming is the time Sky Devil come out to control the world… They have a beautiful Phoenix God Woman to protect them against the Sky Devil.
One day, beside the very beautiful pool, there was one handsome young man who sit on a big stone and blowed flute to lead one fire Phoenix to the pool. Then he use cold pool water to extinguish the fire of this Phoenix and suddenly Phoenix change to be a very beautiful girl. Also, this handsome young man aroused one sleeping God Monster called Bibo to be protection God of Phoenix. This God Monster Bibo had slept in the bottom of the pool for over thousands of year. Bibo is a God Monster with intelligence. He has two big eyes, and he knows very well what people want to do. He cannot speak, but only “Bi-Bo.” When there is any danger happened, he will speak. The top of his head will light up and his hip will makes many colorful smoke to help him survive because this smoke is very stinking and it can hinder the sight of his enemies.
We love Bibo very much because he always survive by using some funny ways.”
Below is an original catalog from the Archie McCphee online store with pictures of the Bi-bo clock.

Written by Zoe Wright