I made the side trip to Michael's on a mission bunny_hugger did not ask me to take. I was looking for Easter trinkets. Anything with bunnies, really. Even though this was still the week before Easter, they had several little bunnies holding baskets and the like on the discount shelves. Only two, though. We needed more. I went back to the rubber figures of animals. They had three bounding hares, and for not much more than the discount Easter bunny figures cost. They were small ones. They did have a large figure, a baby cottontail or some similar rabbit species. That was a good size, but it didn't make a natural trio with the small hares or with the clearance-shelf Easter bunnies. But there weren't any more rabbit figures to be had, either. So I bought them all.
bunny_hugger had been looking for cheap bunny figures to make trophies. These were for March Hare Madness, the second of her planned pinball tournaments at our local hipster bar. She had a two-day break in work set for the 31st of March and 1st of April. She had just long enough to forget how stressful and horrible preparing the Silver Balls tournament had been, and not quite long enough to forget how much fun it was. With the encouragement of CST she worked out the plans for an Amazing Race-style tournament. And she'd need trophies.
The month, and the just-past-Easter date, suggested an Easter theme. Getting wood blocks to be the bases of trophies was easy. Things to go on top, that was hard. Nothing good was on hand at Meijer's, or at the Michael's near home, and time was running out to get to the Goodwill store district and prowl around there. I went to a different Michael's, figuring that if I found anything usable, great. If I didn't, at least it didn't lose her any time. I could return anything unusable later on.
She liked most of these. The Easter Bunny figures she'd use for the second- and third-place trophies. The trio of hares bounding she'd use for the first-place trophy. The baby cottontail figure, the biggest and most naturalistic of the set, would join our Easter decorations. It is rather a cute thing. We wouldn't have anything to return.
Trivia: Connecticut sold its 3.5-million-acre Western Reserve in Ohio for $1.2 million to the Connecticut Land Company. The money was used to set up Connecticut's public education system. Source: Measuring America: How the United States was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History, Andro Linklater.
Currently Reading: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach.
PS: Some More Stuff To Read, pointing to other mathematics blogs and a bit about the Chandler Wobble.