Friday Favourites 3

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– While folding laundry this morning, I watched “The Stone of Destiny”, a film about a group of Scottish nationals who stole the Stone of Destiny on Christmas Day in 1950. I’ve actually seen the Stone–it’s on display at Edinburgh Castle–and find its history really interesting. For centuries, it was used during the coronation of Scottish monarchs. British King Edward I took the Stone as a spoil of war and moved it to Westminster Abbey, where it was built into a wooden chair that was subsequently used during the coronation of English monarchs. According to legend, whoever was crowned upon the Stone was the king of Scotland, so this was a way for the British to assert their rule over the Scottish. When Scotland started pushing for their own parliament in the 50’s, a group of four students concocted a grand plan to break into Westminster Abbey, steal the Stone, and return it to Scottish soil. I don’t know whether this movie is available in the US, but if you can find it, definitely give this film a watch. I highly recommend it!

– My cousin Emily sent this to me a while back, and I still can’t get over how happy it makes me: How ‘Double Bucks’ For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill. I think it’s a brilliant idea, and I think it could really help low-income families afford healthier food.

– When I was a kid, I used to love reading Choose Your Own Adventure books. You know, the kind that gives you a choice like this:

You and your friends are stranded on a space ship in orbit around the Planet Gribblsnk. You have run out of food, but you know Gribblsnk is covered in edible plants. You have one escape pod, which could take you to the planet’s surface in exactly 4 minutes and 29 seconds. However, your flight briefing made it very clear that Gribblsnk is inhabited by Snurflganks–vicious six-legged monsters who have recently developed a taste for space explorers. Do you A. Stay on the ship and hope someone hears your emergency beacon before you all die of starvation? Or B. Take the escape pod to the surface and take your chances against the Snurflganks?*

And depending on your answer, you’d go to a specific page, where the next part of your adventure would unfold before your very eyes. I’ve always thought it would be really fun to write one of those, and I recently stumbled upon this magical site called Inklewriter. It makes it really easy to keep track of all the loose ends and bunny trails, and it is really fun to play around with. I used it to write a simple CYOA story for one of my Youth Sunday School classes, and the kids really enjoyed it.

– And just for giggles, this video by BYU TV’s comedy sketch group, Studio C, pretty much sums up my life. (If there’s any question whom I relate to, you clearly don’t know me.)

* Dude, I’m totally going to write this story now. Planet Gribblsnk and the dreadful Snurflganks are mine, okay? No touchy.