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  1. June 27, 2018 1:19 PM

    I am happy to announce, I answered correctly!!

    It was interesting to read more into the answers. Particularly learning about illustrations used by brands – I found the Faber-Castell one very impressive! (I sometimes buy their pens anyway… but that illustration definitely would’ve swayed me towards them!)


    • June 29, 2018 8:44 AM

      Well done, Lily!! One out of one– that’s a perfect score!! => 🏆😊

      Must agree: the Faber-Castell campaign was ingenious, and it makes perfect sense: if you’re going to advertise a water soluble graphite pencil, why not get someone to draw something with it to demonstrate its capabilities? I looked at all three illustrations, and was totally floored. The fact that it’s a water soluble pencil and all three illos were water scenes was a very clever touch. I’d never heard of Dutch illustrator Redma Hoekstra. The guy is clearly a genius!

      Thanks as always for your kind and cheerful support!


  2. June 27, 2018 4:57 PM

    I’ve been gone for a while, Mark. It’s exciting to once again launch my reader and find a post from you at the very top – and it’s an educational post. Very nice. And by the way, that woman in your illustration is cold. Brrrrr!! 🙂


    • June 29, 2018 8:58 AM

      Maddie!! Thank goodness you’re safe and back in the digital netherworld!! I thought you might have been kidnapped by some of the bad guys in those thrillers of yours!! 🔪🔨💣🔫___🚓🚓🚓💨

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks for the kind words. Re that underdressed woman in the illustration: that’s Velveeta Ooze. One of the places author Charles McNair wanted to drink a Coke was in a James Bond movie, and he conjured up Velveeta as the Bond girl for same. I was the perfect choice to illustrate this exciting story because I’m always capable of adding a cheesy touch… 😁

      I shall look forward to putting on my trench coat and fedora and visiting your crime-ridden blog soon!! 😊

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  3. Margy permalink
    June 28, 2018 4:46 PM

    While I learned quite a bit by checking the information hidden ‘behind’ each statement, I can’t figure out how you made the quiz. What special powers do you have!?


    • June 29, 2018 8:59 PM

      Special powers… haw! Well, I can make a bag of donuts disappear. And I know the secret place where they hide the pizza dough mix at the supermarket… that’s about it!! 🍩🍩🍩😋🍕👍🏆😊

      Hi, Margy! Here’s the story: I read a post recently which talked about the engagement power of a quiz. I thought: Gee, that’d be cool… you don’t suppose ol’ WordPress has something set up for that, do you? Lo and behold, they did! It’s one of their “shortcodes,” a cut-and-paste thing. You can read all about it in this WP support document.

      I should mention two things: for some reason, I have no idea why, and I’ve had no luck finding out, the shortcode shuffles the answers every time you access the post. That is, they display differently every time. Which means you can’t label the possible answers A, B, C, and D, because they’ll display out of order, and it will look foolish. FWIW.

      The other thing: I experimented and discovered that I can use [explanation][/explanation] as many times as I want for each answer– which simply allows me to skip lines, so I don’t have to cram my entire explanation into a single congested paragraph. Hope that helps!! 💪 <= super strength, an Armstrong superpower exclusive!!


      • Margy permalink
        June 30, 2018 9:37 AM

        Thanks Mark. I’ve used shortcodes to create post lists, but the Quiz shortcode is new to me. I’ll have to try it out!



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