Monday, October 11, 2010

Mentor Monday--A Fun Site for Writers

Say you're writing an article for children about cats. It's always nice to have a bit of extra information ready if the editor asks for sidebar material.

Harper's Magazine Index is the place to go for quirky information that is just right for a sidebar or two.

I typed in the word "cats" and got results such as these:

Chances that an adult [human] will die after a fall from six stories: 9 in 10

            Chances that a cat will: 1 in 10


Estimated number of pounces it takes a cat to catch a rodent: 3

The results found on Harper's Index run from the obvious to the totally ridiculous, but all the information presented also contains a source.

Allow yourself a little play time when you visit the site, but beware, you could become addicted!


Photo by Sandy Austin

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