Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A Ninja Turtle


Seventh grade special ed world history. They're studying the Renaissance.

We had a few paragraphs to read. Then they had some multiple choice questions to answer. As they were special ed, we were doing them together.

Question number 3: Who was Michelangelo?

Very faintly, from the back, I heard, "A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle."

I pounced.

(The Ninja Turtles were huge when I worked at the evil toy store. And, he wasn't wrong.)

I had the kiddos recall the names of the Ninja Turtles. Raphael. Leonardo. Michelangelo. Donatello.

Then I informed them that the Ninja Turtles were named after Renaissance artists. 

Ahem.

It's a stupid random piece of trivia. I love throwing out stupid random pieces of trivia. Silly, I know...

19 comments:

  1. Hi Liz - it clicked into place ... for the moment - I didn't know about the toys!! Cheers Hilary

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  2. So cute. And I didn't know that about the Ninja Turtles being named after Renaissance artists, but now looking at the list, yep, they were. My kids weren't too much into those particular action figures.

    betty

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  3. Yeah but I bet they liked that went along with them, plus you let them where the turtles' names came from :)

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  4. The guys who came up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were brilliant. All four words are so unrelated that it is crazy.

    And informing them about the classics---excellent.

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    1. I appreciate them more now. The first time someone asked for them at the toy store... They had to repeat it several times, and then a fellow worker had to clue me in (she had kids, so she was familiar).

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  5. I hated that these Ninja Turtles were named after famous artists but if that got the kids to check into class for a few minutes to learn about these great artists then why not

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    1. It's one way to keep those names memorable to a generation. Every little bit helps.

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  6. Wait, there are people who didn't know that? I guess they're kids after all. I think I always knew that they were named after Renaissance artists. I'd never have been able to remember any of those if they weren't also turtles.

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  7. My son grew up with the Turtles so I know these guys all so well. Funny, I find myself sitting here trying to remember what color each one was....Donnie - purple? Raphael - red I think. Leonardo - Blue so that would leave Mikie as orange. HAHA...I sort of remembered but a couple yrs ago I went over them again cause I painted several series of them. I actually loved watching those movies with my kids. Great trivia to throw out at the kids.

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    1. Then you know more than me. I know which aisle they were on... (7C, in case you were wondering.)

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  8. Renaissance time period had always fascinated me, but history always has.
    Coffee is on

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  9. Love random trivia and that is one I already knew. Did they appreciate the link?

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  10. Love it! You must be the best sub ever! :)

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  11. I agree with Mandy. ~grin~ Take care!

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  12. I loved TMNT when I was kid and had that fact memorized. LOL

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    1. I'm rather shocked it isn't still common knowledge.

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