It’s Not All Mary Poppins

What’s My Line?

Here’s a puzzle for you. Small boy, age two and a half, takes a throw cushion and tosses to the hardwood floor. Places toddler-size chair upon the cushion. Holds onto the back of the chair, and pushes the chair-on-cushion with great vigour all over the living room. What is he doing?

For the literal-minded (or just plain smart-asses) among you: No, he is not pushing a chair-on-cushion around the living room. Though one might think this a reasonable enough guess.

Hint: the pushing was accompanied by motor noises.

Hint 2: think winter, think sports.

Hint 3: Remember this is a Canadian two-and-a-half year old!

August 11, 2005 - Posted by | memes and quizzes, random and odd


  1. Mowing the lawn?

    Comment by misfit | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  2. I thought he might me driving a boat, but I think misfit’s guess was on the money.

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  3. As the mother of a three year old, I would say driving a boat. Mine is always telling me that the floor is the ocean and my sofa pillows are his boat. He’s not had the bright idea to put a chair on his boat, yet, though.

    Comment by M&Co. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  4. A choo choo train?

    Comment by Matthew | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  5. Good guesses, everyone, but no! I realise now it’s a bit unfair, so I’ve put up a second hint…

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  6. He’s on a snowmobile! (Though it was a “snowmachine” when we were in Alaska!)

    (Or some sort of machine to prepare the ice for hockey?)

    Comment by LoryKC | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  7. And the winner is…


    No, it’s not a snow machine (which is what we called them in rural Ontario where I grew up).

    It’s a Zamboni!!!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  8. What? You don’t know what a Zamboni is?

    It’s that “machine that prepares the ice” – prepares and repairs, used before a game, and between each period, invented by a Canadian, and named after him. (Very old Canadian name, Zamboni.)

    This little dude just LOVED the Zamboni. Take him to see his dad play hockey, point his daddy out to him, and all he can talk about is the Zamboni. Yee-haw! The best thing his dad did for him was get him a ride on the thing.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  9. I used to love watching the Zamboni when my dad would take me to a North Stars game. The ice always looked SO smooth when the guy was finished. I always wished I could be the first to skate on it.

    Comment by Sharkey | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  10. DAMMIT!!

    I was *totally* going to say Zamboni when I read your other hints!!

    My brothers played hockey throughout my childhood, but *I* couldn’t, no, because I was the *GIRL*. I’m not bitter.


    Comment by misfit | August 11, 2005 | Reply

  11. You mean the official name of that thing is not a thingamajig?!?!

    (Sorry! Spent my childhood in Florida. My experience with machines that prepare ice involves blenders, ice crushers (gotta have snow cones), plastic ice cube trays…you get the idea!)

    I’m impressed that a 2 1/2 year old has already ridden a Zamboni! (I will remember that name now)

    Comment by LoryKC | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  12. Unfair! You never gave those of us in another timezone to answer 😦

    Comment by Si | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  13. Sharkey: I always used to find it mesmerizing, kinda meditative, that big machine gliding over the ice, leaving a pristine trail behind it. North Stars – Minnesota, right?

    Misfit: the girls play hockey now! In fact, didn’t the Canadian women’s team whup your asses last time? Bet they wouldn’t have if YOU’D been on the team!!

    Lory: the name sticks in your head once you know it. Florida to Alaska? That’s quite the stretch. Must’ve been some culture shock at first!

    Si: ooo, sorry! Next time I’ll cool my jets for the extra five hours. Guess this ended at two a.m. your time, didn’t it?

    Comment by Mary P. | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  14. Zamboni?

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  15. Okay, I’m an idiot. I see you’ve already told us the answer. Of course I know what a zamboni is, Snoopy drove one in some of his cartoons. 😉

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  16. Crayonz: heeheehee…thank you for making that mistake. Of course that’s exactly what I was hoping would happen when I put it in two separate comments. I feel good now! And you’re right – Snoopy DID drive one. I’d forgotten that!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 12, 2005 | Reply

  17. My friend’s little one calls it the Manicotti machine. She just can’t wrap her brain around “zamboni” I guess.

    My college was a big hockey school in Colorado (Go Tigers) but I could never get too attached to the Avalanche as a pro team…. I will always be a Flames fan at heart….

    Comment by Homestead | August 18, 2005 | Reply

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