“Why doesn’t Dr. Scott ever win a Nobel Prize?”

Dr. Scott Sampson, Ph.D (Photo via ScottSampson.net)

Dr. Scott Sampson, Ph.D (Photo via ScottSampson.net)

Every December when the Nobel Prizes are handed out, The Eight-Year-Old waits with baited breath to find out whether Dr. Scott Sampson of Dinosaur Train fame has finally been recognized as the outstanding scientist he is.

Every year, she’s disappointed.

“Mommyo, why doesn’t Dr. Scott ever win the Nobel Prize?”

The answer is so simple, I have resisted turning it into a Caterpickle for years. But the question keeps coming up, so I’d like to have something in print to refer The Eight-Year-Old to. (She trusts that Caterpickles lady more than me.)

Quite simply, there is no Nobel Prize for paleontology or any other branch of natural history. Until that changes, Dr. Scott and all of The Eight-Year-Old’s other paleontological heroes will continue to be shunned by the Nobel Prize Committee.

“That’s not fair, Mommyo.”

Perhaps not, but Dr. Scott did win the 2013 Geological Society of America Public Service Award for his work bringing the wonder of science to millions of kids (and their parents), which is pretty awesome too. A belated, but heartfelt congratulations to you, Dr. Scott from your fans at Caterpickles.

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The Eight-Year-Old finds her limits

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The Eight-Year-Old, after an hour of concentrated drawing on a recent Tuesday afternoon: “I’m running out of ideas! My ideas are jumping the shark!”

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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

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Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week: More books about aliens, how wolves have changed the landscape of Yellowstone, and evidence that tabbies really are the sweetest cats. 

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Wordless Wednesday: The Eight-Year-Old was here

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

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“Why does it rain fish in Honduras every year?”

Worker cleaning up after the latest rain of fish. (Photo via Iyeey)

Worker cleaning up after the latest rain of fish in Yoro, Hondurus. (Photo via Iyeey)

It’s May, which means any day now a massive thunderstorm will form in Yoro, Hondurus, pelting the region with heavy rain for hours. By the time the rain’s over, the ground will be covered in small, blind, silver fish.

It happens every year in May or June, at least once, and sometimes twice. It’s been going on for over a century now. Locals call it the Lluvia de Peces (rain of fish).

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The Eight-Year-Old Goes to the Movies

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A few weeks ago, a miracle happened and we were able to convince The Eight-Year-Old to go see a live-action film (Disney’s Cinderella) in an actual movie theater out in the world. (She definitely prefers to only watch animated movies at home.)

The Eight-Year-Old ended up liking it. But it was touch-and-go for a while.

When Daddyo asked what she thought when the movie was done, The Eight-Year-Old said in great frustration: “Why do the Moms always have to die in these classic stories?”

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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

May15Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, an innovative animal shelter campaign that pairs Star Wars characters with adoptable future friends, a proto-star cluster out in space, and of course, more books about aliens and dragons.  

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Wordless Wednesday: The Eight-Year-Old goes to #C2E2

Photo: Michael Howell

Photo: Michael Howell

C2E2 was in town recently, so we spent some time checking it out. I wish you could have seen The Eight-Year-Old’s face when she spotted Stan Lee. Star-struck only begins to describe it.

It was so much fun, we’ve decided to make it an annual Howell family trek.

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Was macaroni and cheese really one of Beethoven’s favorite foods?

The Eight-Year-Old, lobbying for her favorite dinner: “Mommyo, did you know that mac and cheese was one of Beethoven’s favorite foods?”

Mommyo, dubiously: “Really? Where did you learn that?”

The Eight-Year-Old, confidently: “Schroeder.”

That’s right. Everything my daughter knows about classical music, she learned from this guy:

Schroeder, the piano-playing Beethoven groupie from Charles Schultz's Peanuts comic strip.

Schroeder, the piano-playing Beethoven groupie from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip.

I am the best mom ever. This is one of the truths I hold to be self-evident. Regardless of what this guy thinks:

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Speaking of grouchy white men who lived long enough ago to have formal portraits available in the public domain, I just can’t see Beethoven chowing down on Kraft’s Mac and Cheese, or even The Eight-Year-Old’s personal favorite, Annie’s Shells with White Cheddar. Can you? Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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My Mother’s Day bouquet from The Eight-Year-Old. She’s been bringing me these all week.

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