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Thursday, September 3, 2015

King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk


"Mom," my teenage daughter said. "King Henry died drinking chocolate milk."

I looked at the girl. "Are you sure about that? You need to double check your source."

She laughed. "That's what my teacher said."

"Why in the world would your teacher tell you that? It might be true that King Henry died of food poisoning, but it wasn't from drinking chocolate milk."

Then the truth came out. "It's a memory device for learning the metric system and doing conversions: Kilo, hecto, deca, deci, centi, and milli."

Oh. That made sense.

So, how did King Henry really die? Food poisoning - from eating an excessive amount of lampreys (small eels). His physician told him not to do it. But King Henry didn't listen. Too bad for him.


If you want to learn about this math conversion system, go here.

36 comments:

  1. Personally death by chocolate milk sounds a nicer alternative to death by lampreys.

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  2. Hi, dear Sherry! I consume at least a dozen eels per day (along with a few jellyfish) and I'm fit as a fiddle! :) It's true, though. Kings and other men of status and wealth ate themselves into an early grave because their diets contained too many rich foods.

    Happy Thursday, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. I couldn't even imagine what the appeal of eels would be. The thought of consuming them makes me sick!

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  3. Too many eels? Eww. He should have stuck with the chocolate milk. grin.

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    1. Now all I can think about is that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with the live eels...

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    2. Haha! Maybe King Henry actually got electrocuted by them! The Indiana Jones is a great visual!

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  5. Guess King's can be know it alls and know nothing

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  6. The phrase "You are what you eat" is looping through my brain. Poor King Henry. Sometimes the doctor is right.

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    1. King Henry should've listened to the doctor!

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  7. Small eels. Yuck, Yuck and double yuck. Can't imagine why he would've wanted to do that:(

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    1. Yes. I agree. Consuming eels is rather disgusting!

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  8. That's a good way to remember the metric system and conversions. And I think I'd rather die by chocolate milk than eels.

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  9. were those eels at least cooked?

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  10. I believe there was nothing that King Henry did not eat. Maybe eels were among the few food items left.

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    1. He was probably a glutton. And you're right. He probably ate everything else, and eels were all that were left.

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  11. If chocolate milk killed, then I would have been dead long ago. Henry VIII was in poor health long before he died. He had a wound in one leg that wouldn't heal. It's described as rather stinky.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Maybe if he had a better diet, he would've been in better health.

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  12. Ewwww...died of eating eels...gross!

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  13. He really should have gone for the chocolate milk...eels....{{shudder}}.

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    1. I couldn't even imagine putting one of those slimy things in my mouth! Yuck!

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  14. Eel sushi is a hit in Japan but I bet that wasn't what the king was eating. Interesting what our children come up with and to make this connection to math?

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    1. I can eat sushi, but I'm not a fan of eels or sea urchins.

      I never learned about this King Henry thing when I was in school. It's interesting to see the new things teachers come up with to help our kids learn.

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  15. I wonder if chocolate milk existed in the times of KING HENRY

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  16. That's a good one. I have a hard time coming up with good mnemonics for things, and the ones that seem to go around generally are awful.

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  17. Yeah, I had a feeling King Henry wouldn't have been drinking chocolate milk!

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    1. If they had it in his time, he probably would've been drinking it! But eels? Yuck!

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  18. Chocolate milk would've been ever so much more appetizing than eels, yikes!

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