Not Just for Kids

 Vol. 10, No. 45

November 7-14, 2002

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The How-To Cowboy™
Secret, Magic How-To Fun Tricks
How to Speak Cow Latin

1. First, a refresher course. Pig Latin is a form of language used by children; it is derived from ordinary language by moving the first consonant or consonant cluster of each word to the end of that word and adding the hard a sound, as in Eakspay igpay atinlay, meaning “Speak Pig Latin.”

2. How now Latin Cow? Same deal, except add the hard o sound: Eakspo igpo atinlo.

3. Recite a nursery rhyme in Cow Latin. “Eyho iddledo iddledo/The atco and the iddlefo/The owco umpedjo ervoo the oonmo.”

4. If you are having trouble with this bovine language, visit a dairy farm. Drink a glass of milk.

5. After you’ve become an accomplished speaker of Cow Latin, try Cow-Pig Latin, namely, every other word is Pig Latin: Eakspo igpay atinlo. Or Pig-Cow Latin: Eakspay igpo atinlay.

6. Broaden your language skills to include Mule Latin. Eakspu igpu atinlu. Geese Latin. Eakspee igpee atinlee. Fly Latin. Eakspy igpy atinly.

7. Mix them up. Only you and your clued-in linguistic friends will know what you’re talking about.

Remember the sailors’ famous dictum:
Red sky in the morning
Sailors take warning
Red sky at night
Sailor’s delight.

Here it is in Barnyard Latin, each word alternating between a different animal. Can you figure out which language each word is?

Edry kyso in the orningmu
Ailorspay aketee arningwy
Edry kyso at ightnu
Ailorspay elightdee

click here to find out the answer

8. Set a goal. Master Barnyard Latin by your next birthday. Join Toastmasters. Become a Berlitz instructor. You’ll be the talk of the town.

The How-To RanchHand Challenge:
Send a unique How-To trick to IM Press, Box 5346, Takoma Park, MD 20913 with step-by-step instructions and, If accepted, you will see your trick published in this space, and receive a LITTLE NED STORIES book and a $10 check.

Visit The How-To Cowboy, aka Edward Allan Faine at his website:

Can you find 6 differences between these 2 pictures?
Grab a pencil or pen and a piece of paper and write down your answers. When your done, click here to find out if you were right! Good Luck!

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Kids Stuff

Friday, November 8
Gingerbread House
Today is the last day you can register for the 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show at the Darnall’s Chance House Museum. You can build any architectural structure. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as Most Creative; Best Use of Materials, etc. Adults and children can enter in different age groups. Entries on display Nov. 29-Dec.14. Entry forms available @ the museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $5; rsvp: 301/952-8010.

Saturday, November 9
Fall Fun
In case you haven’t noticed, autumn has arrived and the leaves are changing into beautiful tapestries of color. Join Ranger Susan for a hike so you can collect some of those colorful leaves and make a fall craft you can use at home. For ages 3-5. 10am @ Kinder Farm Park, Millersville: 410/222-6115.

Sunday, November 10
Scavenger Hunt
Children ages 5-10 are invited on a nature hike and scavenger hunt, followed by hot cocoa. 1pm @ Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. Rsvp: 410/222-6115.

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