Risky Business

This is from book “The Tuttle Twins and Their Spectacular Show Business” that I wrote about.

Starting a business is difficult, and many people who aren’t entrepreneurs don’t understand that. The Tuttle Twins wanted to create a family theater where they put on plays, but they didn’t realize how hard it would be.

Their grandmother, who had experience as an entrepreneur, made them answer five questions: 1. Who are you? This is to make sure you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. 2. What do you know? This is your skills and talents. 3. Who do you know? This is your network – people you know who have knowledge that might help you. 4. What are your resources? This is how much money you have and any capital others may want to invest. 5. What can you contribute? If the Tuttle Twins want their business to succeed, it has to be different, better, or cheaper. It has to provide value.

Ethan and Emily planned to do their theater in their grandmother’s old dance studio. They needed to clean it up, buy new equipment, get a license, and hire actors. To save money, they got used chairs and Ethan wrote the play, so they wouldn’t have to buy the rights to a play. They cut costs from $23,000 down to $14,000. “I’m very impressed with your creative problem-solving,” their grandmother told them encouragingly.

Fortunately, the play went swell. After the performance, however, another theater opened on the other side of town. The twins were sad, but their parents reassured them that competition was good because it pushes you to make your company better. Ethan and Emily loved being their own bosses and making money, even though being an entrepreneur is risky and challenging.

World War 2 Weapons

Even though WW2 was a horrible conflict, it had many cool-looking guns. I think these guns have a nicer appearance than modern ones. I will be telling facts about them.

Japan had a bolt-action rifle which was an older model. These rifle were made mostly in the 1890s. The rifle was called the Arisaka, and after one shot, you had to cock back the bolt. Unfortunately, you had to reload after one shot. However if it hit your enemy in the head, it would instantly kill him, and if in the body, it would be a fatal injury.

Japan: Arisaka

Japan’s sub-machine gun the Type 100 was a peculiar gun. The clip was jutting out of the side of the gun. This was a little like their Type 99 but instead the clip was on the top. Although the weapon shot quickly, it was difficult to hit your target.

Japan: Type 100

Germany’s main rifle was the Kar98k (Karabiner 98k) also known as the Mauser. If a gun, for example, has 98 or 41 on the end, that is when it was made. The Kar98k was built in 1898 and was a bolt-action like the Arisaka.

Germany: Kar98k

The German sub-machine gun was the Mp40, made in 1940. It was another machine gun but shot slower than the other ones I will talk about. It was more accurate than the other full-auto guns and was one of the best WW2 guns.

Germany: Mp40

The main rifle of the USA, the M1 Garand, was not a bolt-action but a semi-automatic rifle. Some people say “Why the Allies won WW2” was because of this gun. It was extremely accurate and didn’t have a clip but had a cartridge instead.

USA: M1 Garand

The Thompson was the USA’s full-auto sub-machine gun which was similar to Japan’s Type 100. The official name was the M1928 M1A Thompson but another common nickname is the Tommy gun.

USA: M1928 M1A Thompson

The USSR’s bolt-action: the Mosin-Nagant, made in 1891. It was really similar to the Kar98k.

USSR: Mosin-Nagant

This gun is my favorite gun to use in WW2 video games. It’s the USSR’s PPSH-41. Made in 1941, it was a machine gun. Firing as fast as the wind, it held over 50 bullets in a clip, more than other full-auto sub-machine guns, and had a drum mag clip. Interestingly, the Germans took it back to their country and made it into a gun of there own. An older model was named the “Popuchka” which means “daddy” in Russian.


This concludes my WW2 guns paper. There was many other guns in the WW2 era, but these are the main ones.

Rome: The Legendary Legacy

By Gabe
March 10, 2020

In ancient times, Rome was not only a great empire, but also had an amazing legend. Two unlucky brothers, whose uncle didn’t want them to become heirs, were sent in a basket down the flowing Tiber River. Thankfully, they were rescued by a loving wolf. When they were kids, a friendly shepherd raised them. When they were adults, they planned to build a stunning and enormous city. Sadly, the brothers got into a brawl. Like a barbaric butcher, Romulus slaughtered Remus, finished the city, and became king. 

Originally a small community, the people lived on seven hills in modern-day Italy. The population of the city was mostly traders and who had tremendous success in their occupations. The multiple communities united to fight an invading foe. Finally, the fledgling town expanded to a vast empire because they governed the people they conquered. Hundreds of years ago, ancient Rome was the most majestic and humongous empire to ever be, and their legacy lives to this day.