Archive - 2021 - Mr. Maillet

Hi everyone. Every week, I'll be posting some random little extras here I think you might find interesting or amusing.

Posted: June 4, 2020

NASA/SpaceX historic space launch

Okay, so what makes this space flight historic? This was the very first time the Falcon 9 system has carried astronauts. There's something else rather awesome about this space flight, but I won't tell you what it is. :)  You'll have to watch the video and see for yourself.

A Labracadabrador.

Posted: May 29, 2020

Mercury, the Messenger

This week, since we've clouded over, I'm posting two links to NASA's fact page on Mercury. Their gallery (which is the main link on this article) has some amazing pictures of our solar system's smallest planet.

Posted: May 29, 2020

Tornadoes at home!

Here's a neat explanation on how you can create tornadoes in a water bottle.

Posted: May 29, 2020

Squirrel obstacle courses.

This is just one of many examples of some excellent squirrel obstacle courses that can be found on youtube. Try searching for "squirrel ninja course", or "squirrel maze", or "squirrel obstacle course".

 When it becomes apparent.

Posted: May 22, 2020

One person can make a difference.

This is from 2017. In a drought, Patrick Mwalua saw that the animals at a nearby national park were suffering from a lack of water. So he rented a water truck and hauled water to them until the rains returned. Just a reminder that not all heroes wear capes. One perfectly ordinary person can make a difference with kindness. How is your kindness making a difference?

Posted: May 22, 2020

Clear Skies Alert! Friday, Saturday, Sunday!

Last week, I told you that this was a great month for spotting planets. This weekend will be even better for spotting the elusive Mercury alongside the much flashier Venus. This time, I've only linked one image from the article I linked last week.

Be ready Saturday evening at 9:40pm (a half hour after sunset), in the darkest part of your yard you can find, you'll see the barest sliver of the new moon low in the western sky (up river, near where the sun has set). Almost directly above the new moon (and slightly to the right), you will see bright Venus. Directly above the new moon, and just a bit above Venus (as shown in the diagram) will be Mercury. Mercury will be much dimmer and harder to spot, but it should be the only other point of light you can see that low in the sky near the last of the sunset. If you can spot it, Mercury should be visible until about 10:10pm when it, and Venus, will also set.

Next week, I will post some articles giving you some good close-up views of our innermost planets.

Posted: May 22, 2020

Julius Sumner Miller is back!

The Professor is back with the Mystery of the Stick That Would Not Tip!  Another clip from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Julius Sumner Miller demonstrates an experiment you can try at home with any smooth stick.

After you see what he does, try it yourself, see if you can make your stick tip over. Why do you think this is happening as it is?

What happens when the stick is a bit heavier at one end (you can tape a small rock to one end to do this)?

Is it possible to balance these sticks on only one finger? What do you notice about the balance point?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this experiment by email  ( :) 

Posted: May 14, 2020

3-2-1 Contact!

3-2-1 Contact was a show I loved while growing up. And I noticed that several full episodes have appeared on Youtube lately. I think you'll find this show interesting. It's kind of similar to Bill Nye's show, but at a much more relaxed pace. This episode is about exploring why things either sink or float.

If you want more, searching Youtube for 3-2-1 Contact is an easy way to find other full episodes.