The Story Behind Zombie Pigmen (and why they’re nice)

(before reading this, this was made just for fun, and there could be an official version of this story that differs from this one.)

Once upon a time (don’t worry, dudes, this isn’t a fairy tale),

In the days of old,

There lived tribe called the Pigmen,

Who loved stealing gold.

They attacked anyone they saw,

And killed them all,

Their golden swords’ bling left people in awe.

One day,

The people had a enough,

So they summoned the Wither,

And he was quite rough.

A curse on the tribe is what he lay,

And then the Wither went on to say,

“From your deeds you must go,

to the heat of the great dungeon that lay far below.”

There they went accepting their debt,

Of a thousand eternities where it’s impossible to get wet.

There they learned to only defend,

And when a friend is in need,

A hand you shall lend.

So, yeah, just, don’t mess with the Pigmen.

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The End.

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Is Herobrine Real?

Hey guys!  Today, we will start the discussion, “Is Herobrine real?”.  I’ve become quite interested in that topic, though most signs point to “No”. But, who knows?  Maybe all that crud about ‘Entity 303’ could possibly be true, I guess?  I don’t know.  Let’s look at this; my favorite YouTuber, Unspeakablegaming, supposedly had a Herobrine sighting- ugh gives me chills just typing it! -with his friends on a ‘vanilla’ Minecraft server (vanilla means plain or no mods) and saw Herobrine at 0% health but still alive symbolizing that he’s dead.20170713_1319471 #Entity303

Now before I go any further, I need to put this in for the younger readers.  For one thing, why would an angry spirit haunt people through a video game?  Also, Herobrine is supposed to be Notches dead brother (Notch is the creator of Minecraft) WHEN NOTCH NEVER EVEN HAD A BROTHER!  Also, assuming he ireal, the odds of  him singling you out of the millions of people that play Minecraft is pretty much less than 1%.

Two facts disproving Herobrine:

1.  In most Herobrine encounters, Herobrine has a beard like the original Steve skin.  But, the real Herobrine skin is the current Steve skin (no beard) but with white eyes.

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Yeah Right.

2. In most encounter videos, there is little to no evidence of the actual existence of Herobrine.  For instance, there’s a video on YouTube where a guy was touring his own house.  But while he was doing so, he was avoiding one room of the house.  Then, when he entered the room, he ‘saw Herobrine’, then turned back, ran out of the room, and stopped the video.  There are way too many flaws in what happened.  For one thing, why would he stop the video if he was going to post it as evidence that Herobrine is real?  Another thing is, in the video, Herobrine’s arms don’t move.  People’s arms in Minecraft move a little bit to make it look like they’re breathing in and out.  This means “Herobrine” could easily be a custom banner made to look like Herobrine standing in front of a wooden wall.  Take a gander….

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Two more things.  One, THE BEARD!,  and two, a Minecraft avatar is about six foot two inches, and a standard block is three feet.  This means that because the space Herobrine is in is only six feet tall, the top of his head would be somewhat in the block.  You can try it on you’re phone, or computer, or whatever you use.  Did I mention everything below his chest darker?

Any opinions on the topic?

Comment down below to join the discussion.

Product Review: Skinseed

Hey, Minecraft fans!  Today, we will be talking about how to create your own Minecraft skin!  This confused me for quite a while until I downloaded Skinseed.  Skinseed is a skin launcher that allows you to create, download, and customize skins to export to Minecraft.  Skinseed is the simplest skin launcher that I’ve seen by far.  Here’s how to use it:

Create!

When you download the app, go to the wardrobe, click the small orange circle with the white “+” sign in its center and select “template skins”.  You’ll start with a guy who has a grey shirt, long, dark hair, and brown slacks.  From there, you can either use the colors you have or tap the small color wheel and make new colors!  Keep exploring the different buttons on the bottom bar and learn how to use them to create the best skins possible!  (Yes, it is possible to delete skins.)

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Download!

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Now, we’ll talk about downloading skins.  If you’re feeling too lazy to make a certain skin, like Iron Man, you can click the triple line in the top left corner of the screen and choose the “search” button.  From there, you can search and browse until you find what you need.

Customize!

Once you’ve downloaded or created a skin you can always edit it.  So now, we will talk about layers and naming skins.  Layers are really fun to use, and they help you create the skin of your dreams!  All you need to do is click the button that looks like two squares overlapping each other.  If you want to get really advanced, go to the color wheel and you will see a new white bar.  Moving the adjuster to the left will make the layer more transparent.  Moving it to the right will make the layer thicker.

Naming skins is pretty easy.  All you need to do is select the skin you want to name, and click the button with three dots that’s located under the picture of your skin.  Then, tap the “name skin” button and type in what you want to name that skin._20170502_1041381

#Layers

Skinseed has helped me make my Minecraft world more interesting and fun.  I hope you join the fun and get this app too.

(Free on Amazon!!!)

Any Questions?

Feel free to comment.

The World’s REAL Heroes

Last week, I met a man named Chet Elliot who served in World War II!

He joined the military when he was nineteen years old and chose to serve in the Army instead of the Navy or Marines.  He was a foot soldier and he worked on and in half tracks.  He also served in Germany, France, England, Scotland, and more, but I didn’t catch them all.

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This is a half track.

One of his crazy encounters during the war was when he was when he was guarding the half tracks and a German tank rolled in.  At first he thought it was an allied tank, until it started blowing up their equipment!  The tank saw him, but chose not to shoot.  That experience would later save three German soldiers.

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The reason his experience would save three soldiers is because during the war, he captured three German soldiers.  He could have killed them, but he thought about his tank encounter and instead, turned them over to the U.S. Army to be taken as prisoners of war.  The good thing is, the war was over soon after that, so they weren’t in prison very long.

He was injured extremely bad when a grenade exploded on his shoulder.  He was afraid his girlfriend wouldn’t  like him anymore, but now they’ve been married for seventy years!  They were married July 12th, 1946.

P.S. Real heroes don’t wear capes, they wear dog tags.

5 Tips and Tricks for Navigating the World of Minecraft

Hey Minecraft lovers, and people who are yet to download Minecraft and LOVE it!  Here are some tips and tricks on Minecraft PE (PE stands for pocket edition).  Don’t worry.  You won’t have to do actual PE.

  1. How to get to the End City!

First, you need to kill the Ender Dragon.  To do so, you need to take out the end crystals located on top of the obsidian pillars surrounding the dragon’s nest.  The reason you have to do this is because end crystals heal the dragon.  Now, in case you’re wondering how to set up the End portal, I’ll show you in this picture:

 

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Make sure the white reflection of the eye faces inward.

Once the crystals are gone, the dragon will start to swoop down to a small bedrock pillar, where you can hit him with a sword.  Or, as I like to do it in creative mode, repetitively blow him up with TNT!

Once the dragon is gone, an egg will appear.  The egg will eventually hatch another dragon.  You will see a floating piece of bedrock with a portal in the middle.  DO NOT BREAK IT!  Simply throw an Ender pearl into the portal.  You will find yourself in a sort of End Forest with chorus flowers all around you.  If you keep searching and searching, you’ll find it.

Hint: Endermen won’t attack you if you’re wearing a pumpkin on your head.

2. How to find the Nether Fortress.

You aren’t guaranteed to find it, but a good seed for it is: GIMMEABREAK.

Once you enter the GIMMEABREAK seed, you’ll spawn near a village that can easily access the Nether Fortress.  The village takes some traveling to find.  Just build a 4×5 obsidian doorway and light it with flint and steel like this one:

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Here is what to expect from the Nether Fortress:

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3. How to summon an Ender Dragon outside of the End.

You must have cheats activated.  Then, go to chat and type: /summon dragon.  He will look for bedrock to nest in.

 

4. How to grow chorus.

Chorus is quite simple, you only need endstone and a chorus flower.  Just place a chorus flower on the endstone, and it will get bigger, and bigger, and bigger.  Eating chorus fruit will make you teleport.

 

5. How to make an automatic farm!

Place grass in a small slope, then put water on the sides .  Make sure the water is covered up like it’s in a capsule so that the water running down the slope does not wash into the water next to the crops.  Once this is done, put pistons on the top of the hill to hold up the water as shown in this picture:

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Next, build a bank for the crops to drain into.  Once you have everything set up, test it out by planting your crops and applying bone meal to them to speed up the growth process.  Then, you’ll have CROPS FA’ DAZE!!!!!!!!!!

The Phantom Ship part one

Please read “The Tale of the Haunted Caverns” before reading the following story.

“BREAKING NEWS: PHANTOM SHIP SIGHTED BY YACHT OWNER, STEVE JOHNSON”

“Hey guys,” said eleven year old Kasen, “come check this out.”

“You’re reading a newspaper?” asked ten year old Kathrine.

“No, this is a picnic blanket,” replied Kasen.

“What did I say about the sarcasm?” asked twelve year old Andrew.

“Hey, we’re not being chased by an undead miner, so I thought that rule didn’t apply anymore,” Kasen said back.  “Just look at this.”

Steve Johnson sighted an almost transparent wooden ship named the ‘H.M.S. Incognito’.  This ‘ghost ship’ was discovered just off the coast of The Wedge in Newport.  ‘It was like a dream.  No.  A nightmare,’  says the yacht owner’s wife, Sarah Johnson.”

“That sounds really creepy,” said six year old Emma.

“Whoa, look at that,” said Andrew, pointing at the next paragraph.

“Mrs. Johnson said that she had found barnacles in the bathroom when she had just mopped the floors of the boat.  Mr. Johnson also noted that the helm turned the boat magically towards the ‘ghost ship’ and upon impact, the ‘H.M.S. Incognito’ dispersed, as if it were made of air.”

“Hey, it says here that the family saw a British flag on the stern representing the Royal Navy,” Kasen noticed.

“You know what,” Andrew commented, “I think I saw a new Naval History Museum listing every Navy ship ever registered.”

“I saw that too,” replied Katherine. “It’s about a five minute walk from here.”

“It’ll be shorter by bike,” Emma added.

“True,” replied Kasen. “Very true.”

The next day, the foursome went down to the museum and found different-and also very rare-artifacts.  They explored things like word maps, Spanish swords, and old European coins.  After looking around a bit, they found the section where ship registrations were.  The kids looked through U.S. registrations and found ships like the Battleship Texas and the U.S.S. Iowa.  Then, they found the British registrations and noticed the H.M.S. Bulldog, the ship responsible for cracking the Nazi’s code called ‘Enigma’, and the H.M.S. Dreadnought which has a guitar named after it.

“These ships are too late in history,” Kasen complained.

“Let’s just look around a bit,” Katherine said. “We’ll find it.”

Finally, they came upon a list of registered Royal Navy ships that was from the Fifteenth through sixteenth century and it was in very good condition.  They did not find the Incognito!

“Where is it?!” Kasen asked himself frustratedly.

“Kasen, have you ever heard the story of Black Beard?” Andrew asked.

“Yeah, what about it?” Kasen replied.

“Remember how when he would attack ships, he would raise a British flag?”

“Yeah.”

“So….”

“OH! I get it! The Incognito is a pirate ship!”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Okay, so we know that, now what?”

“Uhh…..”

“Hey, you know how to sail, right?” asked Katherine.

“Yes,” Kasen replied, “you don’t mean-”

“Yep, that’s exactly what I mean.”

“Aw crud.”

“Well?”

“You know I wouldn’t be allowed to take any of the boats, right?”

“Then we’ll-”

“No!”

“Common, we can do this!”

“So, you want to steal a boat?”

“Look, no one  knows what this boat is capable of.”

“All the more reason not to go”

“Are you sayin’ you’re a chicken?”

“No, I’m saying I don’t want to die tomorrow!”

“Pikock!”

“Sto-”

“Pikock! Pikock! Pikock!”

“Ugh.  Fine!”

“Cluck.”

“Really?”

“Sorry.”

“So, tomorrow?”

“Tomorrow.”

“Let’s do this.”

The next night, the group went down to Newport to swipe a boat from the harbor.  When they walked down, someone saw them down there.  Conveniently, there was a boat already rigged and ready to sail.

“That one!  Over there!” Andrew yelled.

“Common!  Let’s go!” Kasen said back.

The foursome hopped into the boat and went off.  As the man on the harbor  watched, the boat got smaller and smaller.  Then, the kids noticed he jumped into the water in pursuit after them!

“Whoa, guys look.  He jumped in!” Emma said in astonishment.

“What a nut,” Andrew said back.

“I’d say he’s off his rocker!” Kasen added.

Soon enough, the man had turned back and the kids were on their way to the H.M.S. Incognito.

In about an hour, they were out of the harbor and a few dozen yards from the beach, where the boat had been sighted.  They saw no signs of the boat.  A moment later, Katherine found a peace of wood that said:

-.M.S. Incogn-

“Hey, look at that,” Katherine noticed.

“What is it?” Andrew asked.

“A peace of wood.”

“It’s got writing on it.”

“Ms. Incogn?”

“No!  It’s a peace of wood from the ship.  It probably used to say, ‘H.M.S. Incognito’.”

Just then, a fog began to stretch across the water and the bow of a huge ship came into view.  It had a broken piece of wood that said:

H                        ito

“Who’s Hito?” Katherine questioned.

“Oh, wow” Andrew sighed.

Kasen lined up the board with the broken piece on the ship and H.M.S. INCOGNITO became visible.  They floated around to the back and noticed the ship was built as a Royal Navy battleship.  After coming around to the stern, they saw a dark, shadowy figure in the window.  It then disappeared.

“What are you doing?!” Katherine whispered.

“I’m sketching the ship” Kasen answered.

Kasen put his sketching journal in a Zip-Lock bag and swung the boat close to the vessel.  At that moment, waves started coming out from underneath the ship.  SPLASH!  The boat capsized!  As he came out from underneath the sail, he noticed things were missing. 

“Is everyone okay?” Kasen asked. “Where is everyone?  Hey, where’s the harbor?”

As he turn around, his boat was gone!

“And the boat?  Ugh, just my luck.  The one boat that didn’t disappear is the creepy haunted one.”

Looking up, Kasen noticed a ladder hanging down from the deck.  While he did have a bad feeling about it, he knew it was the only way to save his friends’ lives.  And his own!

TO BE CONTINUED……

I SURVIVED! The Voyage on the Student Driver

Based off of a true story… wait, it is a true story.

1:00 P.M. Friday, January 27….

I sat down in the boat not suspecting anything of the trip.  As they raised the sails, I went down into the cabin to check things out.  The rest of the kids were going on about how they thought a storage compartment was a toilet.  John and Ian were doing their usual….. talking about why they didn’t get this Nerf gun or why they’re going to get that one.  I was just hanging out, sitting next to the beds which Kate and Sarah were inexplicably examining.  I then decided to go up to the deck.

Promptly, the boat pulled out from the dock.  The instructors on the boat were arguing about something, although through all the yelling -and some of my nervousness- I didn’t understand any of it.  Soon enough, the ‘Student Driver’ was on its way (the boat was named that because it drove students).  It wasn’t swaying that much until we were going really fast.  Tack, after tack, the boat felt like it was going over.  When I went to the cabin, it felt a lot better.  Somehow, seeing the water through the window facing upward was relaxing.

There was a girl sitting on the low side of the boat about fifteen years old who had a tear running down her face.  Due to my nervousness, I did not judge.  Every time the boat would lean, she clutched a pole running through the middle of the boat.  I can, however, judge for not switching sides.  Anyway, after about an hour of that madness, we were out of the harbor.  I did not approve of that at all.  Obviously, the instructor wouldn’t stop the entire trip because of one kid’s opinion.

As we went out, we saw sea lions basking on a buoy.  That was the least scary part of the trip.  A few more minutes that felt like hours later, we had turned around and were heading home.  Finally, we were back in the harbor.  I was sitting in the cabin talking to my friends when BAM!!!!!!!!!!!  Suddenly, we all felt a worrying and abrupt jerk that had immediately brought us to a stop.

Worriedly, I asked the instructors what happened.  We had run aground, but one of the instructors reassured me because he said it would take a tank shell (bullet) to break the keel.  The reason that was comforting is because the only way to capsize the boat was to break the keel.

Minutes later, Orange County Harbor Patrol showed up.  We were loaded onto the patrol boat while a whaler (a type of small motor boat) pulled our sail boat out of the mud under the water.  Meanwhile, one of the instructors was actually yelling at the officer for not marking the shallow water.

Everything from there was calm because they tied the whaler to the side of the boat to pull it back to the docks.  We did run the boat through a flock of seagulls on the way back though.

The End.