Author: samth3man1420

First ATM opens for business

First ATM opens for business

Samtheman1420 here and today on September 2nd in 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine or ATM was opened to the public at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. The ATM replaced the need for a human bank teller. The first ATM was created by Don Wetzel, an executive at Docutel ( a Dallas company that developed automated baggage-handling equipment). Wetzel built the ATM to speed up the bank industry and make it more productive. Wetzel’s ATM only gave out cash, but in 1971 another ATM was created that could handle multiple functions. Today there are over 1 million ATMs around the world and millions of credit card holders. So I would like to take this moment to thank Don Wetzel for creating the ATM and making all of our lives a lot easier. If you want to learn about Don Wetzel go to this website.
Interview with Don Wetzel. That’s all for now Samth3man1420 over and out.

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Warning:This blog post does contain spoilers, read at your own risk.

Samth3man1420 here and today on Book Review I will be talking about the book The Fellowship of the Ring.  This is part one of the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. In the beginning there are rings made for the lords of middle earth, three rings for the Elven kings, seven for the Dwarf lords, and nine for the men lords, but in secret one ring was made for the Dark Lord. He wanted to claim all of middle earth to himself. During a long and horrible war the Dark Lord loses his ring and all of his power. The ring is lost for many years until a Hobbit named Smeagol finds the ring and goes into hiding. While Smeagol is hiding he changes into the ugly creature named Gollum. Gollum loses the ring, but another Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins finds the ring on his own adventure. Bilbo continues on his adventure with the help of the ring. He makes it back to his home the Shire and keeps the ring to himself.

Many years later Bilbo Baggins invites all of his relatives to his eleventy-first birthday even the wizard Gandalf the Grey, a companion that traveled with Bilbo was invited. On his birthday Bilbo decided that he was going to leave the Shire for another adventure and give everything to his favorite nephew Frodo Baggins, so that night after he gave a little birthday speech he put on the ring and turned invisible. Bilbo gets his things and headed out the door until Gandalf stopped him. Gandalf told Bilbo that he should leave the ring with Frodo. Bilbo agreed with Gandalf and he dropped the ring on the floor. After Bilbo left Frodo went inside to find Bilbo. When he opened the door he found the ring on the floor and Gandalf in a chair across the room. Gandalf told Frodo to keep the ring in secret until Gandalf came back to the Shire.

Months later Gandalf goes back to the Shire and he has news of the ring. Gandalf asks Frodo to give him the ring. When Gandalf gets the ring he tosses the ring into Frodo’s fireplace, the ring doesn’t melt. When he takes it out the ring says in elvish “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Once Gandalf read the ring he knew that its the Dark Lords ring. He told Frodo about the Dark Lord and he even told Frodo that he is growing in power and he needs his ring to regain all of his power. Gandalf also said that Frodo has to go to Mordor, the Dark Lord’s land, and drop the ring into Mt. Doom, the volcano that the Dark Lord used to make the ring. Frodo was not willing to go, but Gandalf told him that he had to go or all of Middle Earth is doomed. At that moment Gandalf heard a noise in bushes outside. When he pulled his hand back from the bushes it was Frodo’s gardener Sam Gamgee eavesdropping. Gandalf told Sam that he had to go on this journey with Frodo because he already knew too much. Frodo asked if Gandalf is coming. Gandalf said that he had to go and get some more information and that he would re-join them very soon. The next day they were off, but right before they were gone, Gandalf warned Frodo that the Dark Lord has servants called Dark Riders and ugly beasts called orcs that would try and take the ring.

On there journey they meet up with some of Frodo’s relatives named Merry and Pippin. They also meet with Gandalf again and they meet up with a man named Arogon, a elf named Legolas, a dwarf named Gimli, and another man named Boromir. Together they made The Fellowship of the Ring. On there journey they fight against the Dark Riders and Orcs to make there way to Mount Doom.

This is one of my favorite books and I hoped you enjoyed this blog. If you would like to learn more about the author go to this link,

This is samth3man1420 over and out.

S.H.I.T Talk

samth3man1420: Editor samth3man1420 here and welcome back to another S.H.I.T Talk. Today I will be joined by  Louis Pasteur, Pablo Picasso, and Thomas Edison.

Louis: Hello.

Pablo: How you doing?

Thomas: Good day.

samth3man1420: Now this question is for you Thomas. Where did you get the idea of the light bulb?

Thomas: I wasn’t the one who invented the light bulb. I improved the light bulb to last longer and be affordable.

samth3man1420: Wow I thought you made the light bulb. Now Louis how did you come across rabies vaccines?

Louis: After I made a vaccine to kill Anthrax I turned my attention to rabies. I took samples from a spinal cord of a dog that died of rabies. Then I injected them to a rabbit. After two weeks the rabbit died and I did the same process over and over again. Until the microbes in the samples were weakened I injected it into a dog which made the dog immune to rabies.

Thomas:   (Rolls eyes)

samth3man1420: What wrong Thomas?

Thomas: Oh nothing, just that you gave him more time to talk when my invention changed the world and he just cured some disease.

Louis: Oh ya you want a piece of me!

samth3man1420: Hold up. Both of your discovers changed the world. Now Pablo how did you come up with cubism?

Pablo: In my time artist began to reject  idea of painting a realistic copy of nature. So in my Portrait of Daniel Henry Kahnweiler I painted Daniel in a cubic form.

samth3man1420: I see.

Pablo: And I created many more forms of art, unlike some people who stay inside tinkering with nonsense light bulbs.

samth3man1420: You know Pablo Thomas’s light bulb has expanded and its being used in many different ways like this tablet.

Thomas: See my invention is better than your discovery Louis .

samth3man1420: Actually Louis’s vaccines are saving millions of lives every day and many scientists are still using his methods to find more cures. Also Pablo’s art is being admired still to this day.

Pablo: So you mean I had to be dead to get people to like my art

samth3man1420: Um I can not answer that.

Thomas: But still I am the most important person in this room.

Louis: No I am.

Pablo: What are you talking about? I am.

samth3man1420: Well that’s all for S.H.I.T talk. I better get everyone back to their time before this fight becomes a battle.

Message from the Editor

These past few months we have not been on top of our blog and I am sorry. The reporters and I have have been thinking about my New Years resolution and that I have not kept it. So this spring me and the reporters are going to continue on the blog. Speaking of Spring, April first is coming and I have a really good prank for the guys. I don’t want  give it away, but it includes a whoopee cushion. I hope everyone has good April fools this year. Easter was fun too. Instead of a Easter egg hunt we had an Easter challenge, where we had a stack of index cards and foot of scotch tape. We had to build a tower at least a foot and a half high with the index cards and tape in 20 minutes. Then the judge will put 5 silver dollars on the tower and wait 10 seconds to see if the tower will stand. If the tower doesn’t fall then the person who made the tower would get 5 dollars. If you had two or more winners then you move on to the 10 dollar challenge where the judge would put 10 silvers dollars and wait 15 seconds. The winner of that challenge would get 10 dollars instead of 5. The beginning of spring has been fun and I cannot wait for the rest of it.

Happy New Year Message from the Editor

This New Year for School House of Independent Thinkers has been horrible. Everybody was excited just for a New Year, but the worst part is that everyone had some vacation time. So that meant that there was nobody to boss around and that I was the only one here. Just kidding, this New Year has been a blast. During vacation I was enjoying myself with the family eating snacks while watching the ball drop at New York City. Now we are getting back on track with the blog and this year I am expecting big things from everyone. This year I have made two resolutions. My first resolution is to keep the blog going because we have not been on top of our posts and I don’t only mean the reporters but also me. I have not been pushing them and myself to do the posts and we have fallen behind, but this year is going to be different. My second solution is to work out more because I am a little out of shape after eating all that Rockey Road ice cream. Well I have to get back to work.

From the Editor,

Fall’s Message from the Editor

This Fall season at school house of independent thinkers we are excited for many extraordinary events going on. It started off with a trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch with Chocokitten123’s Girl Scout troop. This was our first time visiting and is was awesome. Then we celebrated Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Each of us dressed up in some pretty incredible costumes. Next up we celebrated AwesomeEwok’s birthday where he had cupcakes, he got to open some pretty cool Star wars 7 school supplies, and he had a choice to pick a Lego set or the new video game Lego Dimensions. I think he should get Lego Dimensions. After that we started admiring Fall and its beautiful leaves, the changes in the wind, and hot cocoa. What I like about fall is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the food! I love eating a nice juicy turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing. That sounds good right now. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving. I also can’t wait to see what my reporters write about, especially AwsomeEwok’s S.H.I.T. Talk with Mr. Turkey. That’s it for now…Editor Out!

Halloween’s History

Halloween’s History

When people think of Halloween they think of costumes ,trick-or-treating and CANDY!!! But Halloween is more than going around your neighborhood wearing a costume and collecting candy.

Halloween started out as a Celtic festival 2000 years ago. This festival called Samhain where people thought that the dead would come back to life to cause trouble and destroy crops. Celtic’s would put food on their porches to keep the ghosts calm and created bond fires to ward off the ghosts. They also wore costumes when they went out of the house to make the spirits think that they were one of them.

Then in the eighth century Pope Gregory III made November first All Saints Day and the evening before on October 31 All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween. Before trick-or-treating people use to do Souling or Guising. Souling is where on November 2 the needy use to beg for soul-cakes in return they would pray for their dead relatives and Guising is when young people dressed up would go around collecting food,wine,and money in exchange for singing,poetry,and jokes.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.