By Charlotte Jones
From Wheaties to phones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, listed below are the inspiring and infrequently humorous tales of fifty blunders and misunderstandings that helped result in existence as we all know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky proof, this interesting compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't study out of your blunders, there's no feel making them."
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I agree, Lillian. You couldn’t do what you do in a larger school. You couldn’t teach in both groups and do the stories. ” “Home-porch-schooling, you mean. Which reminds me, I never did the acting part of storytelling in school until I read about Wally, but we used to do it on the porch for Grandpa all the time. ” “You’d have come to it on your own,” I assure her. “I never had a porch full of cousins and my grandfather felt too much a stranger to tell us his stories. He told them to the old men he met in the park near our apartment, immigrants like himself, but not to us.
Nearly everyone raised a hand. ” Not one hand went up, causing a good deal of laughter. I decided to read a transcript of Wally’s own assessment of the issue. Wally: In my old school, if you tore someone’s picture you sat in the hallway all alone by yourself until you were good. Teacher: Did it make you good? Wally: Yes. Hey, you know what we did in the hallway? We tore off the pictures on the wall. Teacher: Then being out in the hallway didn’t seem to make you good, did it? Wally: They didn’t know it was us.
That’s the point, I guess. When I went into teaching I had this image of a porch full of cousins playing on the steps, hanging over the railings, listening to Grandpa’s stories and making up our own. He even got us to write them down. ” “No, no, hardly that. He was pretty self-conscious about reading out loud and about his spelling. He didn’t get much schooling, you know, as a sharecropper’s child. No, he wanted us to read to him. So we 33 m In Mrs. Tully’s Room just sort of ªgured out how to do it, I guess.
Accidents May Happen: Fifty Inventions Discovered By Mistake by Charlotte Jones