Category Archives: Experiments

“How do storm glasses work?” Part Two: The Testing

About two weeks ago, after noticing that our replica storm glass had been predicting cloudy skies more or less continuously since we acquired it six months ago, The Nine-Year-Old and I began to wonder how storm glasses worked. You can … Continue reading

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(Not Even Sort of) Wordless Wednesday: Storm Glass Fun

Two days ago, I moved the storm glass into the master bathroom in preparation for the battery of tests we’re going to subject it to over the weekend. (I wanted the glass to have a couple of days to acclimate to … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “Are caterpillars ticklish?” Part Two: The Tickling

Every once in a while when I tell people the name of my blog, they want to know why I picked it. Believe it or not, there is actually a reason. Back in the days when my daughter’s question-to-declarative sentence … Continue reading

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“Mommyo, help! Does paper conduct even a low level of electricity?”

Just a quick Caterpickle today, as Snoopy is in dire need of rescue. According to The Nine-Year-Old, Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel have been trapped behind electrified enemy lines. The Nine-Year-Old needs someway to draw off all that electricity so … 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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Operation Paper Slick

I don’t know about your house, but this is a frequent sight in mine: I call them Paper Slicks. The construction paper may be thick on the ground here at Caterpickles Central, but willing workers aren’t. Oh The Six-Year-Old will … Continue reading

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If only science worked that way

Lately, The Five-Year-Old has taken to balling up pieces of otherwise perfectly good computer paper, tossing them at random around the playroom, and then instructing me in a very stern voice not to pick them up until she has documented … Continue reading

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Classic Caterpickles: “What else pops balloons?”

It’s summer, I have The Five-Year-Old to myself, and I’m taking full advantage of it. Today I’m experimenting with Classic Caterpickles — a blatant attempt to give myself a day off by rerunning a year-old Caterpickle that I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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“How did they make old-timey ketchup?” A Caterpickles Investigative Report, Part Two: The Cooking

If you’re just joining us, recently The Five-Year-Old asked me how Americans used to make ketchup in those bleak days before Henry Heinz brought his ketchup to market in 1876. Yesterday we found and translated an old-timey recipe. Today we’re … Continue reading

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“How did they make old-timey ketchup?”: A Caterpickles Investigative Report

One of the reasons I love eating at local diners is that they tend to serve ketchup in glass bottles. The Five-Year-Old, though, was a bit surprised to learn that squeeze-and-squirt hasn’t always been fundamental to the ketchup experience. The … Continue reading

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