Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Telling the Internet

"Mom? What does the Tooth Fairy do with all of those teeth?"

"I honestly don't know."

She stops and thinks again. "Mom? Where does the tooth fairy get all of her money?"

Hmmm. "That's a good question. Let's ask the Internet." I pulled out my iPhone and loaded up the Google app with the voice input. I cleared my throat. "Where does the tooth fairy get her money?"

I figured someone must of blogged or put some kind of answer up on some wiki somewhere. Right?

I get a list of promising results. The first one I click -- that is, tap -- on is from the Tooth Fairy's own blog. There's the question as I posed it... but no answer. I go back to try another site.

"Do you have an answer yet, Mom?"

"No. Hang on. I'm working on it."

The next site is WikiAnswers. Supposedly she saves it so that she can give it out. I report this to the child. "That doesn't really answer the question, does it?"

*giggling* "No, Mommy."

"Let's try another one."

"I have an idea...."

"Wait, wait. There must be an answer somewhere here."

I try a site called Answerology. Humph. A very long post at the end of which is my question... posed... not answered.

"What's taking so long, Mom?"

"Well, it takes a minute to find things and I have to read through everything...."

"I have an idea."

"OK, babe. What's your idea?"

"I think that the Tooth Fairy finds the all the money that people have lost and that's where she gets it."

"That's not a bad idea. She's magical and invisible... it would be easy enough for her to find all of the loose change we don't even notice.... After all, it has to go somewhere."

She gestured at the iPhone. "I think you should tell the Internet."

Done.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oh, please



The more I read, the worse it got. Honestly.