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Thursday Things I Learned From Books…The Dangerous Book for Boys

This week’s Thursday Things I Learned come from Gonn & Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys found in my 7 year old’s book collection.

“In this age of video games and cell phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredible courage. The one thing that we always say about childhood is that we seemed to have more time back then. This book will help you recapture those Sunday afternoons and long summers – because they’re still long if you know how to look at them.”

· I learned 5 different knots…Reef Knot, Figure Eight, Bowline, Sheet Bend, and the Clove Hitch.

· You can make a battery out of 10 quarters, aluminum foil, blotting paper, copper wire, cider vinegar, salt, bowl, masking tape, and LED light.

· I’m 30 years old but I still want to build my own tree house one day with my kids and sleep under the sky in it.

· Advice about girls…”It is important to listen” “Be careful with humor”, “flowers really do work – women love them”, Don’t put your name on Valentines Day cards as “the whole point is the excitement a girl feels, wondering who finds her attractive”, “Avoid being vulgar”, Play a sport of some kind”, “Make sure you are well scrubbed, your nails are clean and your hair is washed”

· The official nicknames of the states I have lived in: California – The Golden State, Maryland – The Old Line State, Texas – The Lone Star State, and North Carolina – The Tar Heel State

· How to make a cloth fireproof…dip cloth in 1 lb 1 oz of alum dissolved in hot water then let air dry.

· Secret ink that displays secret writing after being heated include milk, lemon juice, egg white, and even urine.


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