Meet the New 5-Spot Clubhouse Crew!
By Corey Pratt, Googolplex editorial board liaison

Last month I wrote about the new C-Note Teenage Panel. This is the last month for announcing new youth board members. This month I'm pleased to introduce to you the new 5-Spot Clubhouse Crew:
Zachary, 10—Zach, from Moon Township, Pa., enjoys reading; his favorite book is “Magic Thief” by Sarah Prineas. Zach is passionate about being a part of his school’s program, Odyssey of the Mind (OM), which allows him to learn to solve problems creatively. Last year his OM team flew all the way to Michigan to compete. Zach also enjoys watching the film “Despicable Me” and the television show “iCarly.”
Scott, 11—Scott, from Tunkhannock, Pa., has quite a passion for the underwater world—his favorite animals are sharks and his favorite television show is “River Monsters.” Scott enjoys all elements of nature as a member of Boy Scouts of America and when he’s camping and fishing with his family. Scott’s favorite movie is “Madagascar.” Keep an eye on your watermelons, because he loves them too.
Kaylee, 8—Kaylee, from Bartonville, Ill., enjoys going to the movies, especially if she can see her favorite movie, “Hotel for Dogs.” She likes to listen to music and her favorite musician is Justin Bieber. Besides her interest in movies and music, Kaylee is an accomplished poet. She recently became a published author; a poem she wrote for school was selected to be published with Young Writers of America.
Talia, 7—Talia, from Spokane, Wash., plays basketball and wants to take up cheerleading. She also enjoys reading and her favorite book is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Ugly Truth.” When Talia is not playing basketball she likes to cool off with a peach ice tea and watch her favorite movie, “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She also enjoys Cold Stone Creamery, especially her favorite ice cream flavor—Birthday Cake.
Marketing Tip: Quick Tip: Promote the new "Wheels" chapter: Homeless
Reach out to high school students in a fun and teachable moment. Announce Homeless, the new chapter in "Wheels,"  the serial comic that follows the life of our wheeled heroine, Marcy.
Marcy is on the verge of a modeling career, with a surprise side trip into the world of the homeless. Teenagers will learn that homelessness is not limited by social, economic, racial, educational, or any other boundaries.

Market this high school comic strip "Wheels" any time of the year. The first two chapters, A Question of Identity and Predator, and the new chapter, Homeless, are online. Send a direct link to your young members, or tell them how to find it:
  • Visit "Wheels" on any page in C-Note. You'll find a link to it on the left navigation bar. It's automatically updated twice a month—you don't do anything.
  • Use the arrows at the top right of any strip to navigate through the three chapters.
  • Use the arrows and/or episode numbers at the bottom left of any strip to navigate through the episodes of each chapter.
  • Check out viewer comments in the Talk Back area directly below the comic strip.
You must register on the site and log in to post a comment, but anyone can read other's comments and follow Marcy's adventures forward and backward over time.
Don't reinvent your wheel! With your subscription you get several tools to help you market Googolplex. Click the photo or contact Rena Crispin, Googolplex's managing editor, at 800-356-9655 ext. 4258.
She can help you pinpoint the best tools for your situation.
C-Note instant poll results—Entertainment Expenses
Most C-Note teenagers say that they spend between $25 and $50 a month on movies, games, music, and so forth.
"Designing video games is still a new field with infinite unexplored possibilities. If you have the enthusiasm and technical background, there's no limit to how far you can go," says Mike Baron, the innovative creator of the C-Note comic serial "Wheels."
Use Baron's story, Turn Video Play Into Pay, as a tool to help high school members channel their creative energy into careers.
Last month's Instant Poll* question and its results:
Q: How much do you spend on entertainment (games, movies, music, and so forth) each month?
1. I don't spend anything.
2. $0-$25
3. $25-$50
4. $50-$100
5. $100+ (maybe I should rethink that)

Instant poll questions capture your high school members’ attention. On which issues would you like to learn more about what they think? Use your imagination and send your poll questions with possible responses to Rena Crispin.

* Instant poll results reflect an unscientific sampling of Googolplex readers.

5-Spot activities

Hyper Hodgepodge
See letters magically move on the page to help guess these goofy drawings.
Five notorious kids are featured on wanted posters for recklessly spending their allowances. Piece together the broken-up posters, learn where the kids spent their money, and put each one on the path to saving.
Back 2 Square 1
We divided a detailed image into equal-sized squares, reproduced some, rotated some, and mirror-imaged others. Your job is to tell us which squares are from the original grid.

5-Spot stories

Stylish on a Dime
You want to look good, but sometimes it's hard to find the money. Sydney, 10, says "I'm creative in finding ways to save money and still be stylish." Find out how she does it.
Buried Treasure
Finding cool toys at a good price is like finding buried treasure. Michael, age 13, tells you how.
Math Beyond Your Imagination
There are so many different ways we use math, every day. Meet three people who have jobs that involve math.

AJ's activities

You've been enjoying summer vacation when your report card arrives—full of incompletes. Try our homework completion machine. Can you remember the last time finishing your homework was so much fun?
Battle in the Boneyard
You’re in the boneyard filling a gunnysack with your booty when the not-so-friendly Skyler Skeleton challenges you to a bone-grabbing battle.
Do you speak dummy? Long after the ventriloquist has gone home for the day, his stage partner Wilbur Woodenhead just keeps on talking. Can you decipher 10 of his words or phrases?

AJ's stories

Take a Leap With Creative Gifts
"Every person is different," says Madison, 14. She challenges you to "take a leap into your friend's life and pick a gift that matches his or her personality."
Orchestra: Don't Miss Out!
"Do you do any extracurricular activities?" asks Pamela, 13. If not, she adds, "join your school's orchestra! It's super fun!" Pamela tells you the many reasons why.
Cell Phones: 3G or Not?
"I have a 3G plan," says Shereen, 13, so you'd think she'd tell you why you need one, too. Nope. "You can use your money more wisely and effectively," she advises.

C-Note activities

Score points with more than just an educated guess--you have to be sure of your answers. Demonstrate true confidence and reign supreme!
Check out this collection of 30 of the most unusual, obscure, and completely real words. Attempt to guess their actual definitions and you’ll find them to be downright bizarre!
Mixed Messages
You can decipher a simple anagram, but can you rearrange a complete paragraph of them? We’ve taken a simple rearrangement exercise to a whole new level with five unusual messages in desperate need of un-mixing!

C-Note stories

Looking Good on a Budget
Kendall, 16, says she's figured out a good way to save money and still look good. "Nobody will ever be able to tell, so go out and get some awesome clothes!" says Kendall.
Special Nights Without Busting the Budget
"Every now and then it's nice to get all dressed up and have a special night out with friends without breaking the bank," says Samantha, 16. She'll help you plan a great night out and save money at the same time.
The CARD Act and You
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) became law in 2009. "The CARD act is meant to protect all consumers, but it will especially affect us as young adults," says Kelsey, age 25. Find out how.

Links to Recent Releases


Activity: On the Road Again
Going on a long road trip? Take along Travel Bingo and Alphabet Search and other car games. Warning: Time flies when you're having fun!

Story: Make Your Own Greeting Cards
Here's a cool idea: "Make your own greeting cards instead of buying them at the store," says Camryn, age 10.


Activity: 15 Forks
You're walking down the street when you come to a fork in the road. To the left, a can of cola from Moscow. To the right, a ticket to the movies. Which has greater monetary value?

Story: Sea Cadets: What's That?
Kasey's mom signed him up for Navy Sea Cadets. "Was I interested in the Navy? NO! Do I like the idea of getting yelled at and made to run and do lots of push-ups? NO!" says Kasey, 13. Find out what happened.


Activity: May Contain Nuts
Many warning labels are there to protect us, but some are downright ridiculous. Do we really need to be warned that coffee is hot? Check the fine print!

Story: How to Date and Save Money
"What do you do if you're the one who's paying (or not paying) for the costs of a date," asks Hannah, 17. She says, "It's easy—you don't have to blow your budget!"

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In This Issue
Meet the Clubhouse Crew
Marketing Tip:
Teenagers love Wheels
$100 Winner: Nice Ride!
Instant Poll Results
Know What's Coming
Promote to Members
Retrieve Password
Contact Us
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Spokane, Wash.
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