Category Archives: Ask the iPhone

The Ten-Year-Old asks the most important question of her life

When I picked The Ten-Year-Old up from school yesterday, she wasted no time. “Mommyo, I have to ask you the most important question of my life.” Uh-oh, I thought. That’s gonna be a doozy. She’s at that age, you know. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, history | Tagged | Leave a comment

“Why did that President use a wheelchair?”

Originally posted December 13, 2011. In talking with The Four-Year-Old about wheelchairs the other day, I happened to mention that Franklin D. Roosevelt had used a wheelchair, although he was notoriously shy about being seen in one. Although the fact … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Classic Caterpickles: “When is Santa’s birthday?”

This depends on who you think Santa is. Let’s look at our top Santa contenders from last week. St. Nicholas: Ides of March (March 15), 270. Father Christmas: Unknown. Santa Claus: This is a recursive question, and I refuse to … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Throwback Thursdays | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Classic Caterpickles: “How old is Santa?”

That depends on who you think Santa Claus is. Let’s examine the candidates, shall we? Saint Nicholas Also known as Nikolaos the Wonder-worker, Saint Nicholas was the 4th Century Greek Bishop of Myra who had a penchant for dropping coins … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

“Why did Jeeves describe an orange tabby as a ‘lemon-colored animal?'”

As you may have deduced from the title of this post, Daddyo and I introduced The Nine-Year-Old to Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry’s Jeeves and Wooster TV series this weekend. Although I had hoped she would enjoy it, until we sat down to … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Nature | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Why does hair turn grey?”

When The Eight-Year-Old asked me why my hair was turning grey this last week, I was so tempted to simply answer with a quick and trite: “Parenthood.”

After all, my first grey hair popped out shortly after The Eight-Year-Old was born. But even this English major knows that correlation does not equal causation, so I skipped the made-a-million-times-but-new-to-The-Eight-Year-Old jokes and went straight to Asking the iPhone. Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Health | Tagged | Leave a comment

Classic Caterpickles: “Did dinosaurs have belly buttons?”: A Caterpickles Investigative Report

Some really exciting things are going on here at Caterpickles. I promise to tell you all about them, but not until Thursday. Until then, here’s a Classic Caterpickle to tide you over. I’ll tell you why I picked this particular one in Thursday’s … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Nature | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

“Do centipedes really have 100 legs?”

Ah, summertime in Chicago. After six relatively bug-free months, all the little critters have come out to play and provoke questions in The Eight-Year-Old’s wonderfully elastic great brain. Questions like: “Do centipedes really have 100 legs?” Although the word “centipede” does mean “100-footed,” … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Nature | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Music | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Why do they call it 20-lb paper?”

The Seven-Year-Old is a voracious consumer of paper. Paper is the essential component of the Winnie-the-Pooh museum she is constructing in her bedroom. Right now, there are at least 8 brightly colored paper airplanes and several dozen paper-based art projects scattered around … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the iPhone, Crafts, Experiments | Tagged | 3 Comments