This puzzle, along with most of the other puzzles that I write, is a mental exercise in integrating, reviewing, and blending. I want to integrate more than one subject in a learning activity, cross-curricular learning as it were. All of life’s experiences are integrated activities. I want to review previous material a student (puzzle doer) has been exposed to. We get better at tasks in life by repetition. I want to blend a learning experience with as many other learning situations as I can. Few life experiences are isolated happenings.
This puzzle blends some "advanced" arithmetic (raising some numbers to powers, then adding or subtracting) with learning about what we do (that's not good) with cell phones that we no longer want, certainly a topic every teen/person ought to know more about. Here's the Intro that accompanies the puzzle:
Mark Twain said, “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” It’s a statement that is SO true, and should be remembered whenever statistics are used to support an argument. One should always be cynical and check the source, and methods used to obtain the statistics . . . particularly the more outlandish. That said, the statistics used for this puzzle came from five sources: Earth911.com, Dosomething.org, electronicstakeback.com, startacellphonebusiness.com, and Wikipedia.
To fill in the blanks above, and find the answer to the quote, match the number below the blank with the letters and events below. If you do not know the statistic, I’ve given you the math wherewithal to calculate it, though you WILL have to remember some squares, the order of operations, and, perhaps, do a little scratch work . . . though not all that much, most can be done mentally. If you’re sharp you’ll discover some stats that are anything but dull, and a quote from New York Times writer Thomas Friedman.
This paragraph is NOT part of the Intro. I'm sure some, perhaps many, maybe all, of the facts are right on. At the very least they will provide research material if you so desire, provocative thought/discussion, and . . . "Wow!".
Some Unpleasant Powers of Cell Phones, an Earth Day Look
by Jay Waggoner, Value Added Publishing
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