Volume 5 Issue 6
January 1999



Lorie Mc. sent this to me to tax my brain, which isn't that hard to do. But maybe a Webelos or two might be able to figure these out with the help of a dictionary. See if you can recognize these old adages:

Do you recognize these well known adages?

1. All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous.

ANS: All that Glitters is not Gold.

2. Sorting on the part of mendicants must be interdicted.

ANS: Beggars cannot be choosers.

3. Male cadavers are incapable of rendering any testimony.

ANS: Dead men tell no tales.

4. Neophite's serendipity.

ANS: Beginner's luck

5. A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of small, green, biophytic plant.

ANS: A Rolling Stone gathers no Moss.

6. Members of an avian species of identical plumage tend to congregate.

ANS: Birds of a feather flock together.

7. Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity.

ANS: Beauty is only skin-deep.

8. Freedom from incrustations of crime is contiguous to rectitude.

ANS: Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

9. It is fruitless to become lachrymose of precipitately departed lacteal fluid.

ANS: Don't cry over Spilt Milk.

10. Eschew the implement of correction and vitiate the scion.

ANS: Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child.

11. The stylus is more potent than the rapier.

ANS: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.

12. It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.

ANS: You cant teach an Old Dog new Tricks.

13. Surveillance should precede saltation.

ANS: Look before you leap.

14. Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minim. (not a proverb)

ANS: Twinkle twinkle little star

15. The person presenting the ultimate cachinnation possesses thereby the optimal cachinnation.

ANS: One who laughs the last, laughs the best

Ways To Improve Your Grades
Greater Alabama Council

1. Learn to listen. Look at the speaker and concentrate on his words. Participate in discussions. Take notes.

2. Develop good study habits. Have a study place at home away from distractions. Have supplies handy.

3. Improve your vocabulary. Look up words that you don't know. Note spelling, pronunciation, and meaning. Write them down.

4. Sharpen your writing skills. Organize your thoughts. Use lists and outlines. Keep sentences short. Avoid beginning sentences with "the" or "I."' Write neatly. Double check spelling and punctuation.

5. Learn how to take tests. Study for a test well in advance, don't "cram." Read all the directions before you begin the test. Remain calm. Pace yourself. Answer the questions you know for sure first. Then go back and fill in the other answers as best you can. Work steadily. Double-check your work for careless errors.

6. Develop a positive attitude. You are what you think you are. If you think you can, you can.

Heart of America Council

Have the boys list what they consider the best and worst things in their school. Arrange to give these lists to the principal or a school board member. Invite them to a den meeting to talk with the boys. Important to the participants in such a meeting is a feeling of trust and comradery. Allow the meeting to have aninformal setting. After repectfully introducing the guest, let it become an informal rap session. A few cookies and punch served by the denner has worked wonders in the past. Now is the opportunity for the leader to blend into the woodwork and enjoy observing. Do not become concerned with a lack of participation on the boys' part. If the guest is someone concerned with the boys of this age group, he or she will draw them in.

A little more informal would be a meeting at school between the boy and a teacher. Have the boy list questions and set up approximately 10 minutes to meet. Have the boy discuss his meeting at a den meeting.

Pack Meeting
Heart of America Council

1. Charts of the school system of government.

2. School board election posters.

3. Show some old school books and antique education items.

4. Display a map showing the educational institutions in the community; i.e., special services schools for the handicapped - schools for developing specific technical jobs - colleges, etc.

5. Make and display a historical exhibit on the local schools like old photos books, report cards, etc.

Scholarly Quiz
Greater St. Louis Area Council





















































1. If Jupiter is closer to the Sun than Mercury, write "V" in spaces 4, 20 24, and 25. If not, write "S" in 4, 20, 24 and 25.

2. If it's OK to divide a number by zero, write "J" in spaces 13 and 22. If not, write "N" in spaces 13 and 22.

3. If you are the oldest person in this room, write the letter "X" in spaces 2, 7 and 23.

4. If you like Christmas time better than being punished, indicate this with an "O" in 11 and 16. If not leave the spaces blank.

5. Put your hands behind your back and by counting on your fingers, find the seventh letter of the alphabet. Write it in space 6.

6. If water freezes at 64 degrees F write a "P" in space 12. If not, write a "W" in that space.

7. If George Washington became president after Abe Lincoln write nothing in space 8. If not, write a "T" in spaces 3, 8, and 15.

8. If 5 feet equals one mile, draw a house in space 1. Otherwise, write an "L" in space 1.

9. If you're a Webelos Scout, put the letter "D" in space 20, the letter "U" in space 19 and the letter "I" in space 21.

10. If you like this kind of 'paper' game, write the second letter of the alphabet in space 18. If you don't, write a "B" in space 18.

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