Category Archives: Ask the iPhone

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

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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

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“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

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“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

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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

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“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

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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 … Continue reading

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“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

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Caterpickles consults Daddyo: What does “fever and ague” mean?

Seems like every 30th second grader we passed while trick or treating this year was dressed up as Laura Ingalls Wilder. Second grade must be when everyone reads Little House on the Prairie. The Seven-Year-Old, succumbing to the happy sort of peer pressure, pulled down our copy of Little … Continue reading

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Classic Caterpickles: “How does Santa fly?”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been fielding a lot of Santa questions lately. This one’s been coming up a lot, so even though I answered it a couple of years ago, I thought I’d pull it from the … Continue reading

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