Card game


Use at least one card deck and preferably use decks with 11’s, 12’s, 13’s. These are the packs used for playing six-handed Five Hundred’s.

Remove all face cards, aces, 10’s, and 2’s.
Split the remaining cards evenly between all players.


To begin, player 1 places down a factor card. Rotate who places factor cards through the rounds.

Then player one places a hand card from their deck. A hand is one card face up.

Player 2 places their hand card.

Each player then multiplies their hand card by the factor card and says their answer out loud. Whoever has the greatest product wins, except if the winning player says their number wrong.

The winner takes all cards on the board. Repeat until out of cards.

The final winner of the game is the person who has the most cards or the person who has zero cards.



If anyone of the players gets 42, 169, 9, or if it’s a tie, then a Battle begins.


There are no factor cards. Each player places 4 cards face up, then adds them together. Whoever has the greatest sum wins all cards on the board, if they state their answer correctly.
Here are some photos of gameplay.



42! (The answer to life, the universe and everything).



The lowest possible product – battle will begin.




189 the enemy is very angry, they want a battle! (maximum possible product).



Original game idea:

Thanks to Denise Gaskins for the original game idea, see The Game That’s worth 1000 worksheets

Nerf Hammershot Info

This is a review of the Nerf Hammershot gun.

In case you guys have been living under a rock for a few decades, Nerf guns are replica firearms that fire foam darts.

They usually use a spring to drive air into the dart, which fires it; however some use a pair of high speed rotating wheels to grab the dart and hurl it out the end of the gun (fly wheels).


This is the Hammershot – it is a “springer” which is the standard community-made term for a normal spring-powered Nerf blaster (more on that later when I show the internals).


(NOTE: I have repainted it to look better, see here for an image 0f the original).

This gun is very good; its PROS and CONS are:


  • One-handed prime
  • Slam-fire
  • Easy to mod
  • Easy to paint
  • Nice feel
  • Plenty of Mod Kits available


  • Low capacity (five shots)
  • Somewhat hard to prime the hammer

As you can see, I can’t think of many cons, so it must be good!


Now I will show you what the internal mechanics look like:

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It is very simple. I haven’t explained all the parts, but those are the main functions.

As a side note, the swirl painting I did on it used a borax and water solution, and Gloss enamel paint.

Index of useful Nerf Product and reference material:

The Nerf Wiki

Coop772’s YouTube Channel

LordDraconical a Modder

NerfBoyProductions’ YouTube Channel

OutOfDarts’ YouTube Channel

A basic mod and swirl painting guide (Remember the Gloss paint!)

Orange Mod Works


Well I hope you enjoyed this blog post, cya later.

Anatomy of Limpets

Critter Club went to Taylor’s Mistake Beach to look at the rock pools and found several species of limpets.



Limpets are a type of Gastropod (which includes garden snails).

They have an incredible grip to rocks when they need to, but also move via a snail-like foot.

Their tongue (radula) rasps algae from rocks, similar to a snail.

The tongue has teeth, which are reinforced with iron hydroxide (goethite).

This is a close up the radula and it’s teeth. From wikipedia, by Eystein-thom

There is a really great article on wikipedia. It has a very high quality and detailed limpet anatomy diagram:

Author(s): K. D. Schroeder. Saltwater Limpet Diagram-en.svg from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.

The ring of gills very interesting – this is how the limpet gets it’s oxygen from the water.

Here is a link to a page on Naturewatch about limpets:

As of now 11 species have been recorded in New Zealand on Naturewatch

Shh secretly, the most interesting part about a limpet is that it poops over it’s head :D