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All About Me

Hello, Today I am going to tell all about me.

My name is Hunter, not Tewawia. Either one is fine, though. I love writing and math. I like writing more, but don't tell anyone. I'm addicted to video games. I can maybe spend 12 hours on it before turning it off for food. It's crazy, right? You may think it is, but to me it is easy. I have maybe over 60 games, not counting PSP games. I can't even pick my top 10 favorites. I maybe get about 2 games a year maybe even more close to 5 or 6. That was the olden times though. I haven't had my PS3 for about a solid year. So I'm more used to playing xbox than my PS3. I like to be active, though. I played football for a year on the Malamutes. My team was not very good because everyone was just starting. I'm also starting baseball this year and I do rifle shooting.

Dear John Dunlop

October 9, 2014
Dear John Dunlop,
Thank you for inventing the tire and the bicycle. If we didn’t have any tires or bicycles, we would have to walk everywhere. So thank you for inventing the tire and bicycle.

I have two questions about the tire and bicycle. What did you make the tire and bicycle out of? Now one more question, how did you test it to make it work?

I do a lot of tricks, I do kick flips bunny hops. I also like it because you can do tricks and go on hills. Other people like it because they can go on hills and do tricks, too. Why didn’t you make bikes easier to ride? So thank you for inventing the tire and bicycle.


Dear Vladimir Zworykin

October 6, 2014

Dear Vladimir Zworykin,

Thank you for inventing the television. Now when I’m bored I can watch television. Most of the shows I watch are adult shows and teenager shows. For example, I watch THE BIG BANG THEORY. Then I play video games like BLACK OPS2 and ASSASSIN’S CREED.

I wonder how you came up with television? Did anyone ask you to make an invention? Or did you just come up with it yourself.

The way you watch television is easy. All you do is turn it on with a remote. People that are lazy just sit on the couch and watch television.

When you watch too much and eat, you get fatter, because the calories don’t get burned and they turn into fat. Other than that, I enjoy your invention.


Dear John Curtis

October 10,2014
Dear John Curtis,

Thank you for inventing my best friend, gum. It is a very great invention; I'm pretty sure that I have a piece of gum every day. Gum is important to me because when I am bored it is fun to chew and blow bubbles.

What I wonder is what did gum taste like in 1848. Nowadays we have hundreds of different flavors. I looked up What kind of flavors they had back then. It said that it started with spruce flavored gum and then later you made more - White Mountain, sugar cream, four in hand, big and best, plus more!

Gum is good for people when they are really busy and forget to brush their teeth. They can chew some gum to make their breath smell better.

A reason gum isn't such a good invention is because it's kind of a safety hazard. If a baby gets a hold of gum they can choke. Another one is sometimes gum gets stuck in hair. When that happens to me, my dad puts peanut butter in my hair to make it not sticky. Also did you know that if you swallow gum it won't digest for seven years! One other bad thing is kids love gum so much that they chew it at school. That equals a DR.

Well all in all gum is a pretty good invention.


The Mortal Instuments

Have you ever read the Mortal Instruments? It's a great series. It's about the unseen world.

There are vampires, werewolves, warlocks, demons, anglers, and shadow hunters. Warlocks are half human and half greater. Greater demons are demons that have minions and have more power. Warlocks are deformed. A warlock named Mangos has cat eyes and nothing else. Shadow hunters are people that kill demons and save the mundanes, humans.

Dear John Pemberton

Dear John Pemberton,

Thank you for inventing Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is awesome refreshment. I wonder what it would be like with Coca-Cola. A nice can of Coca-Cola is always good.

I like Coca-Cola for many reasons. There are Coca-Cola decorations and collectibles that I think are cool. An example is Coca-Cola coolers, pens, toys, dolls, puzzles, bottles, and COINS. The thing I like about Coca-Cola is that they have fun toys and board games, and stuff like that. That is why I like Coca-Cola.

I think most people like Coca-Cola because it tastes good. People probably like some of the commercials, too. People might’ve liked how they made Coca-Cola Zero. It has no calories, so it’s good for people that don’t want to get that many calories from soda.

Sometimes Coca-Cola can be misused. Some people can drink too much of it. You can get too hyper from too much caffeine.

Why did you decide to make Coca-Cola?


Dear Clarence Birdseye

October 3, 2014

Dear Clarence Birdseye,

Thank you for making frozen food. It makes it easier to make food faster, like frozen fish, pizza, corndogs, frozen blueberries with ice cream, and ice cream cake.

Mr. Birdseye, how long did it take you to make frozen food and what was it, like 1987, or some time ago? What times was it and were you like at your mom's, dad's, grandma and grandpa. Plus what made you make frozen food? Were you looking at normal food and saying, “Wow I wish I can freeze this?” Then you put it in your fridge? And what was your first frozen food?

I love my pizza, ice cream, corndogs and blue berries with chocolate with ice cream. So thanks for making frozen food, Mr. Clarence Birdseye.


Dear Jason Howard

Dear Jason Howard,
Thank you for making Super Dinosaur. But how many books did you make? What gave you the idea? Why the main topic dinosaurs? What if you made the main topic robots? I have so many questions to ask you, but I'll just ask one, for now. "What if SD turned against the good guys?

Would the book be as interesting if Maximus always won? I mean, all the bad guys lose, but what if they won? Would that be the end? I think Super Dinosaur is pretty cool, but others think it's immature. I think that Maximus is pretty darn cool. Why didn't Maximus make hundreds of dino-men instead of just 7? Also, how did he erase SD's, Derek's, and Dr. Dynamo's minds of Juileanna?

Zachary Kulis

Goblins and Other Scary Creatures

Have you ever wondered if there was anything other than humans and animals out there? Well I've seen other things that have not been found by scientists. Mostly goblins, but I've seen other monsters.

I'm going to talk about goblins first. Their color is greenish-brownish with bad clothing that is usually dirty, and ripped. They are really short, they are around 2ft tall. They have pointy ears, and long nails that are broken on some parts. Sometimes they carry weapons like small knifes, and other small weapons, but mostly small knifes.

Other creatures are like vampires, and Mothman! A lot of people know different stories on vampires, but not all of them are correct. Vampires do suck blood, but some hide and eat animals instead of human blood. Others just crave for human blood, and just can't stop. Not all of them wear a cape of black, and red. Usually they can run really fast, and jump really high. If a vampire bites a human, but does not drink a lot of blood then they have to become a vampire!

Mothman has been seen all over the United States. Mothman is believed to wreck things. Every time it has been seen something bad has happened. For instance a very large, sturdy bridge collapsed, and Mothman was seen before and after the accident. One time a family was driving outside of town, and the little girl on board looked out the window, and saw a creature with wings and a moth face with big red eyes. The family sped up, but Mothman stayed right next to the car for a long time. Then it flew off into the distance.

Dear Karl Benz

Dear Karl Benz,
Thank you for the automobile. They're called cars now. Your invention is the biggest step mankind has taken, because if you didn’t make the car, then everyone would be walking or biking. They wouldn’t be skipping happily because they wouldn’t be happy, because their legs would be hurting.
I like cars because they take me to school. They also take my dad and 3 quarters of the world to work. They entertain me by racing, and they are capable of insane jumps and tricks. In fact, many people like to watch them race, crash and blow-up.

The downside of the whole idea is pollution. The world “back then” didn’t think of this, so now WE DO. We have found a solution to the problem, ELECTRIC CARS. We sort of solved the problem because nobody wants to take the time and get rid of their car and buy a whole brand new car. Thank you again!

Dear Joseph Nicephore Niepce

October3, 2014

Dear Joseph Nicephore Niepce,

Thank you for inventing the photograph. Your invention is used all over the world. Also your invention inspired George Eastman to make the camera. Your invention keeps people’s memories alive. I know that your invention will be used for generations to come.

My favorite thing about the photograph is that it helps me remember the stuff I did in the past. It also helps me look up what someone looked like in the eighteen hundreds. If you didn’t create the photograph, the whole world would be up-side down because we wouldn’t remember anything that happened, and we would have to pay a artist money to paint a picture of us. If you were still alive you would be happy that your invention is used around the globe. Your invention has been used on phones, the internet, albums, and other things.

Why did you create the photograph? Did you work alone? And if you didn’t, who did you work with? What was your intention to make the photograph? Did you make mistakes while making it? How did you think to do the photograph? Thank you very much.


Dear Bartolomeo Cristofori

Dear Bartolomeo Cristofori,

I never thought that I would write to you. In fact I didn’t know you existed until now. I’m writing to you to tell you how I feel about your invention, the piano!

I’ve always loved the piano. In fact, I grew up living with a piano at my grandparents' house. It's very old by now. I loved the piano. I love the piano so much I started to take lessons at my mom's friend's house, Miss Heather's house. I went there for two to three years. I learned a lot of songs. I was about to move on, but then we had a accident and I never went there again. I still play but I’m not as good as I was back then.

A lot of things you can do with pianos is why it’s totally awesome. You can do like a million songs. Your invention is the first to play any song in the world. You can play one direction and Adele and Katy Perry.

We also use your invention for plays, musicals, and concerts. I would be proud if I was you.


Dear George Eastman

October 7, 2014
Dear George Eastman,

Thank you for inventing the camera! We use the camera for so many things. The camera keeps memories and dreams alive. It shows us what people looked like back when our ancestors were alive. The camera is used for a lot of learning possibilities.

I like the camera because I have had lots of loved ones pass. I can go back and look at the pictures. One other thing I like about the camera is that I can crop the picture and make my own collage. Also if you go on a trip you have the pictures to remember all the fun things you did. You can also remember the family members' voices with video.

One of the uses for cameras is that people use it to track people with video cameras to keep us safe from bad people, and to make sure you don't do anything bad. How did you the idea for the camera? How much money did it take to make the camera? And my final question is.......How many people supported you?


Dear Bartolommeo Cristofori

October 6, 2014
Dear Bartolommeo Cristofori,

Thank you for making the piano. I don’t play it, but I still think it’s great. I think it’s a beautiful instrument. They look nice, too. I think it’s fun to pretend to play them. The instrument is very nice; I bet you would have loved to see how it is now. People use them in concerts and stuff. They’re electric now! Thank you so much. It helps me because it’s used in orchestra, and I play in orchestra.

Your invention helped other people too. It helps by giving people money. People play piano for a job. So, it’s a really useful thing. It sounds very nice. I think a lot of other people like it too. I think people like it because it’s electronic now! So it’s lighter and smaller. Which I think is cool.

I have some questions. What was it like making the piano? Was it hard to think of and make? How and where did you get the idea for a piano? Did people call you crazy, or were they happy for you? Did you have any help making it? Was the very first piano a bust, or was it really good? I asked a lot of questions, but thank you so much. You would probably love to see your invention today!


Dear Karl D. Saurerbronn

Dear Karl D. Saurerbronn,

Thank you for inventing the bicycle! People use them for transportation or as a toy.
I like to use it as a toy; I ride around with my friends instead of staying inside all day, well sometimes.

Riding a bicycle is a lot easier than walking. Walking hurts your feet after a while; a bike doesn't. When i ride my bicycle, it also makes me go faster. One last thing about walking compared to walking is that it can be a lot more fun.

Bicycles are way cheaper than cars but aren't as good of a way to get around, but the bike is as I said a lot cheaper. I love the invention of the bicycle but the only problems I have is when once my wheel came off by trying to go on a trail that had a jump. The chain can fall off out of nowhere, but that isn't the invention's fault; its the company's. Once again, thanks for inventing the bicycle.


Dear Vladimir Zworykin

October 6, 2014
Dear Vladimir Zworykin,

Thank you for inventing the television in 1923. Your invention helped us know what kind of shampoo we should use and what food tastes the best. Your invention has turned into a 72” television, which is HUGE!!!!!! When you invented the television, did it have a remote? People also gave the television a nickname; it is “TV.”

Your invention is also good because kids can entertain themselves. On the TV nowadays we have about 400 channels. There is also cable TV, which is awesome!!! Cable is awesome because you can pretty much watch anything you want, more than once a day. We also like the TV because we can watch football games and the Olympics instead of going to them if they’re far away.

Some of the problems with the TV are that the screen breaks really easy. I know this because one of my friends broke their screen. They got made that it was not working. Maybe you should have made the screen everything-proof.

When you made the TV how old where you? Where did you live what state?

Your invention has become a huge success you should be proud of you invention. Thank you again for the invention of the TV.


Dear Alfred Nobel

October 7, 2014
Dear Alfred Nobel,

Thank you for inventing dynamite. Without it, we would have never been able to make train tracks through the mountains. Well, we could have just used pickaxes, but it would have taken a lot more time, lives, and money. Yes it was risky because if you light it and run, you only get a little bit of run time. I believe that many lost their lives because of it. Even though it would be easier if you placed the gunpowder and Nitroglycerin, lit a block of wood, and throw it at them.

But why exactly did you make dynamite? I read your biography and know how you made it, but I want to know why. What gave you the idea? How did you shape it?

I like dynamite because it makes cool movies, helps civilization, and miners! When you made it, people totally flipped! Next thing you know, you’re a millionaire! Dynamite helped miners make tunnels though the ground and mountains! It would be near impossible to dig tunnels without tons of cave-ins!

Once again, thank you. We hardly had any trouble digging, special effects, and blowing up landscapes with dynamite. It is amazing how fast you made it. It is amazing how it is possible. Most of all, you made the lives of people easier.

Control Freak

how to make a duct tape wallet

Today I am teaching how to make a duct tape wallet. first you take the silver type and tape 2 and a half pieces of duct tape onto the table put together. Next you take some fun patterned duct tape and put 2 and a half pieces onto the silver duct tapes sticky side. Repeat so you have two sheets of duct tape cloth. (as it's called that.) After you're done with that, then you can take a color that matches your design. Take a piece as long as the bottom of the wallet and rip the ducktape in half. Take on of the halves and connect the two cloths together on the bottom. Then take the other half and rip that in half, then connect the sides.

That's just the simple billfold. If you want you can lay down 3 strips of duct tape at about 3 inches long. Then take an exacto knife and cut out a letter or shape. Like hearts or the first letter of your name.

You can also make card pockets. Take a 4 inch long piece of ducktape and fold it in half then take another 4 inch piece and lay it on top of the little square piece and now you have a pocket.

You're welcome and I hope you had fun making your ducktape wallet.

A Few Years Back...

When I was about four years old me and my family flew down to California to see grandparents. My grandparents have a pool and a pool table. It all started in my grandparents' house in the pool room. Finally, we got of the plane and I ran down the escalator to hug my grandparents. It was a long ride to their house. It is a 30min. drive to the house and there is nothing to see along the way.

Finally, we get to the house. I ran inside to see her dogs, Luke and Joey. I sprinted upstairs to unlock their kennels. They were so excited to see me. Luke is my boy. He is a huge dog and weighs over 90 pounds. Joey is my sister's dog. He is smaller than Luke and a lot older. When we go camping we pretend like Luke and Joey are our dogs. We even make them little beds outside next to the camper. First we pick a spot then take a shovel and clean that spot. Then we get pine cones and decorate around there bed in the shade. Next, we find a branch and hang there leashes and the shovel. Every other day we have to re-shovel their beds and each day they love it more and more.

Then, that night I was going to play pool with my grandpa. When he went downstairs to get something to drink I jumped on the spinning chair and started jumping off. After a few times I was fine I thought it was safe. So, I thought finally I jumped off one last time and I sprained my ankle all the way up to my waist. I started to cry and my dad and mom came running. For the next couple of weeks my dad carried me everywhere. I wanted to go into every store, but my dad always said, "NO." That is why I don't really like spinning chairs that are high off the ground.

Dear Alfred Nobel

Dear Alfred Nobel, 10-10-14

Thank you for your awesome invention. Your dynamite has been very useful. It has been used to make beautiful art. It was used to make Mount Rushmore's sculpture of the Founding Fathers. It would have taken a LOT longer if you didn't make the dynamite. It helped scientists, too. It helped them look inside the earth and gather research about minerals deep, deep, deep inside the earth.
Dynamite on the other hand has been very dangerous, as well. Bad people have used it to hurt other people. It has really hurt and even killed people if they were close enough. I hope people never do that to other people.

Your invention is a very booming idea!

Jensen Zadra

Dear Laszlo Biro

Oct. 7, 2014
Dear Laszlo Biro,

Thank you so much for making the pen. I think that the pen is a great invention for the world. I love this invention because when you write your signature, it won’t erase. It’s also portable and you don’t need to sharpen it ever. I use it almost every day at my house and at school.

I have a few questions to ask. When you first made it in 1944, was it feather, or metal? Also where did you think of the idea? Did it just come to you that the world might need it? Overall, I really love this amazing invention that you made! I hope you make more great inventions. You changed the whole world! You changed the life of writing with something that will stick with life forever!


Dear Tim Berners-Lee


Dear Tim Berners-Lee,

Thank you so much for making the World Wide Web. It is very helpful and fun. There are many useful things, and many games. It is a joy playing on it. It has become very popular. I don’t know what I would do without it. It has websites to post videos, chat with people, or just play games.

Other people love it too, because it can keep people long distances away like family members, in contact, and you can even talk to them face to face. You can meet people that you never even knew existed.

Unfortunately there are also bad things about your invention.
People can hack into things like bank accounts, emails, profiles, different computers, and even phones. People have made inappropriate web sites. I’m sorry about this.

I also have many questions for you.
Why did you make it? Did any one prompt you on this idea, and did you have any help? Where did you create it? Did you do it in your garage? Did you have a degree in college?

Thank you, your invention is a wonderful thing. I wish I hope to see you in person too. Thank you.

Your fan,


Inside My Head

During my life I have thought about many things from dinosaurs riding rainbows while sneezing jelly beans, to chihuahuas with hippo heads riding a mechanical bulls. I have also thought of aliens with five arms, three legs, two bellybuttons, one eye, three nostrils, four rows of teeth, a mouth the size of a microwave, and no head. (Its head is on the stomach.) I thought of a man with stale chips for earwax, syrup for snot, and sour salivia. He also has grape juice tears. That is the kind of stuff I think about every day.

I also have many memories from when I was four (that is as far as I can remember) to now. I have had tons of great memories, and I also had my share of bad times. If you were reading this and picturing what I wrote in your head, you just took a ride through my head.


. Hi, this is Fred here. WHAT?! You don't know me?! Well as you must know, I am the speck in the top left-handed corner. Now enough talk, let's get on to the riddles! HA HA HA!

. What starts with p, ends with e, and has a MILLION letters in it?

. I have a face just like you, I have two hands, too. I have ONE leg split in two, I do not talk, cannot walk, and only talks in sign language. Heh, who am I?

. I hold out my hand, though we do not touch, you hear my voice, though I do not speak, you see my face, though I am not here. Heh, who am I?

. I look like a meanie, but I just have a bad face, I look like a ball, but I'm the one you call, when you want someone gone in the ocean, I'll do it before dawn.

. What has a desert but with no sand, what has an ocean but with no water, and what has a forest but with trees?

. Why didn't the skeleton go to the ball?

. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?

. I have no keyhole, hinges or lid, yet still inside me golden treasures are hid?

. How do you get out if your stuck in a steel box, with nothing but a mirror and a glass cutter?

. What word does the Alphabet spell?

. Would you rather be: eaten by a mutant worm or a mutant pig? Why?

. Do all bees make honey?

. What's in every week twice, once in a year, and none in a million days?

(P.S., please send answers WITH riddles so I know which one you're talking about. I'm a busy man. Also to send answers, send comments, after about 10 guesses, I'll give you a hint. Thanks!)

Being Sick

I was sick this week for two days. September 23rd and the 24th. Two days, feeling really dizzy and heavy headaches. One of the things that happened when I was at home was that I needed to go downstairs. But I was dizzy. I had confidence and thought I could make it. My stairs, for some odd reason, don't have hand rails, so I used the wall. The first set of stairs were like 6 or 7 steps long. I went down hold on the wall. Now my stairs are like you stand at the top and then there at the bottom there is my front door. At the bottom of the first set there is a platform, then the door.

Anyway. There was a second set to the basement, same length, and I went down. Three or four more steps, and I fell. The way I fell caused me to tumble and land on my hand, with a hard floor at the bottom. I ended up in a wrap for my wrist and hand. Lucky me, it wasn't my right and my dad was home. So don't go down the stairs when you're dizzy, with heavy headaches, and pains in your stomach. Don't. The nurse I went to at the clinic said I could take the bandage off in a week or more. It's all bruised and swollen. Ouch!

My dog Cody

My dog Cody likes to play fetch. He is a boy. Everyone thinks he is a girl because he has a white eye and a green eye. Cody is a friendly dog. He drive us insane because he wants to play fetch 24-7. He has red marks on him, and white too. He is a border collie. When he plays fetch he playas with a ball or a frisbee. He is 1 year old. He has a lot of hair that comes out of him. So we have to brush him a lot.

How to make a drum

I'm going to teach you how to make an Alaskan Native drum. First you soak a piece of a large animal's skin and put it on a wooden circle. Then you get a string of sinew and loop it through the hide. After you're done with that, you make a knot in the middle of the drum. After that, you get black tape and tie it around the drum so you keep the folds down. Then you wrap tape where the sinew and the hide meet up so you don't cut your hand on the hide because it's really sharp after it dries. Wait for a day so it can dry.


I have two older sisters and one older brother. Their names are Cc, Kira and Isaac. Well when we play games we are sorta, kinda rough.

A card game we like to play is called spoons. All you need is some friends, free time, spoons and of course cards. This is how you play.

First you pass the cards in a circle and chose what cards you want to collect, whether it's the 5s or aces.

Second, you finally do collecet all of whatever it is.

Third you pick up a spoon and protect it with your life. Or you will get a big bruise, and on top of that you would be out waiting for the next round.

I know it sounds stupid but even if you win with the cards you can still lose. That's at least what I think.

Too Many Shoes

I have WAY too many shoes. Like 2 billion pairs! Ok maybe I am over reacting just a bit. I have 3 pairs of flats, 1 pair of boots, like 7 or 8 pairs of nice dress shoes, and 3 pairs of sneakers. So actually 22 pairs of shoes. Well at least last time that s what I had. Now it may be different. I say that I DON'T have a lot of shoes. My mom says I DO. After we counted them and saw which ones fit and which didn't, I didn't have much after all.

"Told you! I know my feet and how many pairs of shoes go on them." Thats what I said to my mom.

"Are you sure? I think your hiding some..... Let's check your closet," said my mom.

Oh Uh! Ok maybe I told a little bit of a lie... She opened my closet door and out came the river of shoes.

"AHHHHHH!" screamed my mom. She was covered in new and old shoes! I ran to her and saved, not my mom, but my shoes. Ruined! All the cute decorations on some of them were ripped off and others crushed! Such horror!