Tuesday, April 1

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 11, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is more fairy tales, and in Indian Epics you'll be starting Buck's Mahabharata. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 10 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Final Grades. If you did not read the information about final grades in the Monday announcements, please take a minute to do that now. I am pleased to say that two people have already finished in the Indian Epics class!

Storybook stack. 
As often on Tuesday, there is still a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment before 5PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me and points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Fairy Tale Humor: Reality Tale. Since we are in the midst of fairy tales in Myth-Folklore, I thought you might enjoy this cartoon by John Atkinson:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are IDLE and IDOL. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Food and Culture: An Indian Scrapbook. Tracey's project for this semester offers you stories from the epics, plus recipes to go with them!

FREE Kindle eBook: Vikram and the Vampire by Richard Burton. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is a selection of stories from the classic story collection Baital Pachchisi.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The snake goes crookedly, yet it arrives straight within its hole. (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. As long as you get there, go as crookedly as you wish!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the Pandavas escaping the fire; brave Bhima is the last to leave, while you can recognize Arjuna by his bow.

Tuesday Event on Campus: For International Awareness week, there will be a screening of the Italian film The Great Beauty in Roberson Hall 304 at 5:00 PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 1: April Fool's Day Hoaxes. Happy April Fool's Day! There is a wonderful article in Wikipedia about the many famous April Fool's Day Hoaxes over the years. One of my favorites is this one from National Public Radio in 2007, when they ran a sponsor announcement for Soylent Green (yes, one of my favorite movies): "Support for NPR comes from the Soylent Corporation, manufacturing protein-rich food products in a variety of colors. Soylent Green is People." You can listen to the NPR audio of the Soylent Green announcement in their archives (it comes at the 1:29 moment in the segment, after they discuss the other April Fool's hoaxes they ran that year).

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.