Jubbling + ABC’s Wipeout + Kid Birthday Party = Inexpensive, Fun And Memorable Celebration (Redux)

Planning a birthday party and want to keep it fun and on the cheap? Wipeout birthday is the way to go. From June 2012.

The Chunnel:  Lawn chairs with torn slip-n-slide on top.

The Chunnel: Lawn chairs with torn slip-n-slide on top.

My just-turned 9 year old son absolutely loves the ABC TV show Wipeout. He loves it so much that he will setup an obstacle course around our house and completing it is the last thing he’ll do before he goes to bed.

As the birthday party planner, I would normally go the “lets see a summer movie for your party” route because it’s easy to plan, lasts 2+ hours and I can sleep through it. This year, my kid wanted a Wipeout party and mom insisted we make it happen.

Wipeout Big BallsThinking about the details and the idea of corralling and keeping 7+ plus kids interested kept me awake the night before the party. How do you duplicate the Big Balls from the TV show? Then I realized that we just need keep it simple and we could reuse items we already own to create the course. So we thought of the things kids like to do/not do and we went through our house and yard looking for stuff to build the obstacle course.

The first obstacle was the dress up station where the kids had to put on a Farrah Fawcett wig, Army coat, pink-studded belt [all from our Halloween costume box and not my closet] and then do the hula hoop.

The grass is hot lava obstacle.

The grass is hot lava obstacle.

The next was the hula hoop (instead of tires) course that the kids had to run through, hop back and then run through again. The kids then had to traverse the rope crossing and not touch the grass – our poor man’s Big Balls. Four more obstacles completed the course.

After cake and presents, we had the kids run through it one more time and we added the water factor to complicate the course. Each race was timed and at the end, we gave small prizes to the winners. Total investment: about $25. We could’ve done it for nothing but we’re beginners as Wipeout party planners.

So if you’re planning a party soon, remember to keep it simple, accept help and try to reuse stuff you already own. It’ll Jubblingly keep the cost down and won’t affect the fun. And if possible, limit the party to 2 hours. Sub 10-year old boys can only keep it together for about that long before they start hurting each other.

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If Jubbling Made A TV Show It Would Be Like Norway’s 12-Hour Prime Time Show About A Fireplace.

Norway Public Television 12-Hour Fireplace Show With Lars MyttingProduction value, production value, production value! Hard to beat Norwegian public television’s programming – especially when it’s only showing a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours with firewood expert Lars Mytting providing commentary. It’s the TV equivalent of the one-scene film “My Dinner With Andre” only 6 times Jubblinger. From Rune Moeklebust, producer for NRK [Reuters]:

“We’ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we’ll also have cultural segments with music and poems. It will be very slow but noble television.”

It’s hard to beat slow but noble television. The only way to make the 12-hour fireplace show more Jubbling: simulate the fire with computer graphics and dump the firewood expert Lars Mytting. I’ve heard firewood experts are total divas. [Reuters]

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CNN’s Deb Feyerick Asks Bill Nye If We Should Blame Global Warming For The Asteroid Coming Close To Earth.

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick posed the asteroid/global warming connection question to Bill Nye and he did a good job dodging it in earth-like fashion. Misinformed but honest mistake and lets hope the folks on the wrong side of the climate change debate don’t pounce on this – pretty sure they will though. I think it’s part of the denier’s credo: survive on misinformation, choke on science. [Slate]

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BBC One’s Africa Series Exaggerates Climate Change: 35 Years To Increase Temps By 3.5C – Not 20.

BBC One's Africa series.Here’s what narrator and presenter Sir David Attenborough states in the BBC One’s Africa series:

“Africa’s climate is certainly changing. Some parts of the continent have become 3.5C hotter in the past 20 years.”

Well it turns out the numbers they used could not be substantiated and overestimate the effects of climate change in that part of Africa. Since the 3.5C in 20 claim was disputable, the BBC has pulled the comment from the series.

It’s great that the BBC made the correction but I’m still wondering why they would risk their credibility and go with 20 years versus 35. Stating that temperatures in parts of Africa have increased by 3.5C over 35 years is still powerful. Exaggerating – that the realm of deniers. [Guardian]

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Best Part Of The World’s Most Expensive Dog Wedding Was Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Calling It Insane!

Thank you Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. You successfully pooped on the World’s Most Unnecessary Wasteful Expensive Dog Wedding! [Laughing Squid]

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High Quality Animated GIFs Of Nature In Action.

Frog checking out mealworm.

Frog checking out mealworm.

These amazing high quality animated GIFs of nature in action were taken from documentaries. More animated GIFs of nature are posted on the Head Like An Orange tumblr blog.

Spinning tornado.

Spinning tornado.

Ladybugs wrestling.

Ladybugs wrestling.

Ground squirrel realizing the ladybugs aren't wrestling.

Ground squirrel realizing the ladybugs aren't wrestling.

Nature is awesome! [Laughing Squid]

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