Mr. Ian Byrd, gifted teacher and fellow lover of all that is interesting in the world, is once again sending us a weekly set of Puzzlements.

Click the links below to check them out! 

(new links will be posted each Friday)


December 3, 2021


November 19, 2021

  • Too late for Halloween, but this performance of The Ghostbuster's theme had me laughing out loud. Stick around for the outtakes.
  • Watch this cruise ship dock, get sliced in half, and then have a new section added in! The action starts at 60 seconds.
  • So… how do they make highlighters?
  • If you can get through this 1 minute video about a hot dog sorting machine without cracking up, you are a more mature person than I!
  • Check out these weirdly warped trees from a forest in Poland! Cool story starter, poetry inspiration, or science experiment!


November 12, 2021


November 5, 2021

  • Weather researcher Taro Nakai filmed this time-lapse in Fairbanks, Alaska from 11am – 1pm on the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year. Look how low that sun goes!
  • The band The Academic performs on Facebook Live and uses the website’s inherent delay to sample and loop themselves live, building up their song over time. This one takes a little time to get going.
  • Oh my gosh, this wool food is the cutest.
  • How fast can you tie your shoelaces? Professor Shoelace guy can beat you!
  • Check out this metal structure that's light enough to sit on a dandelion.



October 29, 2021

Halloween themed!

October 22, 2021


October 15, 2021

  • A hand-drawn cube that seems to float about a paper. Plus, instructions for how to draw it!
  • Tough to explain but a delight to watch! Graphs of the movement of everyday objects: block towers, springs, paperclips, and more - put to the most amazing soundtrack. (Reminds me a bit of Dan Meyer's ol' Graphing Stories.)
  • Some fascinating, overhead photography that gives an unexpected perspective of cities, airports, parking lots, and more. Thanks to Karin for the link!
  • Pretty amazing video of a skater which alternates from day to night shots. Would love to know the details of how they made this!
  • This clip from BBC Earth is incredible. Longer than most puzzlements, you’ll see sea lions hunt a huge school of sardines with help from an increasing variety of predators!!! Preview if you have sensitive kids since, well, a lot of sardines don’t make it.


October 8, 2021

October 1, 2021


September 24, 2021


September 17, 2021


September 10, 2021


September 3, 2021

August 27, 2021


August 20, 2021


August 13, 2021


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