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The Arthur and Buster NewsletterJanuary, 2007
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TOP STORY: The Future is Now!
By Buster Baxter

Buster Baxter's Byline Picture I'm writing this on my living room floor in December 2006. But you're reading it in 2007! That's the future! Hmm... I wonder what the future will be like...

Flying bikes:
Of course, the first thing is: flying bikes! If you're riding one in the future, make sure to wear your helmet. You don't want to get hit in the head by a bird. And remember: always keep to the right when flying through clouds.

My Food Collection:
I'm sure that my Food Collection is now world famous. Presidents of all nations come to my house every day to learn the latest sandwich science. (Which reminds me, I'd better clean my room NOW, before they get here. Presidents will not want to see my dirty laundry lying around.)

The biggest change that happened in 2007 is, robots took over the world! (If it hasn't happened yet, just wait until next week.) Our computers, video games, and microwave ovens became a little TOO smart. They got tired of doing everything we tell them to do. Now they want vacation time. So my advice to you is: be kind to all your electronic devices, like, say, your toaster! Then, once the robots have taken over, they will remember your kindness.

Did I mention aliens? I think they may land in Elwood City in 2007! But until they do, you can play Alien: Assembly Required.


BRAIN'S TEASER: The Great 2006 Movie Title Word Swap
By Alan "The Brain" Powers

Alan The Brain Powers's Byline Picture Greetings! Here's a mental challenge, from my brain to yours. All the movie titles below are mixed up. Each title contains one word from one of the other titles. Put all the moved words back where they belong to get the 20 correct movies. Good luck!

1. Akeelah and the Dog
2. Ant
3. Charlotte's Hedge
4. Flushed George
5. Two Below
6. McPhee Away
7. Garfield: A Tail of Wild Kitties
8. Happy Hood
9. Hoodwinked! The True Story of Red Riding Cars
10. How to Eat Curious Worms
11. Ice Age 2: the Bee
12. Monster Clause
13. Nanny Season
14. Open House
15. Over the Eight
16. Meltdown of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
17. The Web Bully
18. The Santa Pirates 3
19. The Shaggy Feet
20. The Fried

(see answers below)

Speaking of movies, you can use the new map of Elwood City to find out where our movie theater is, where our houses are, and more! Give the Elwood City Map a look.


By Muffy Crosswire

Muffy Crosswire's Byline Picture One thing everyone knows about me: I have very good taste! So here are my top three must-have gifts of the season. (If you didn't get at least one of them, maybe you can get one for your birthday.)

1. Butler Whistle: Tired of straining your voice when calling for your butler? Then use this whistle. Just blow into it, and your butler will come running. (One weird thing, though: all my whistles keep disappearing! I'll have to ask my butler Bailey about that. Maybe he knows where they all went.)

2. Limousine-Mounted Cup Holder: To hold your drink when being driven to school. You certainly don't want to spill any of your Imported Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Swirl. The cup holder comes in many colors, so you can get one to match all of your limousines.

3. My favorite gift this year was: time with my friends! There's nothing better than hanging out with the gang: playing, talking, laughing, and being goofy. (And if it's time spent with friends at the Sugar Bowl, it's tasty, too!)

Speaking of the Sugar Bowl, there's a whole game about scooping ice cream (yum!). Play Scoop.


FEATURED ARTICLE: New Postcards From Buster!
By Arthur Read

Arthur Read's Byline Picture I wanted to remind you about two things:

First, Buster has new video Postcards on TV. He recently traveled to Hawaii, Philadelphia, the Dominican Republic, and a bunch of other places. Everywhere he went, he met great kids, and ate great food. Check it out!

Second, I'd love for you to send in more Postcards From You. Take a look here at what some other kids sent in...

...then make your own. We'll begin airing them on my show in the spring. It's your chance to tell the world about yourself. I can't wait to see what you all send in!

For more information about Postcards From You, visit


BRAIN'S TEASER: Brain Explains
By Alan "The Brain" Powers

Alan The Brain Powers's Byline Picture Here are the 20 correct movie titles:

1. Akeelah and the Bee
2. Cars
3. Charlotte's Web
4. Curious George
5. Eight Below
6. Flushed Away
7. Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
8. Happy Feet
9. Hoodwinked! The True Story of Red Riding Hood
10. How to Eat Fried Worms
11. Ice Age 2: the Meltdown
12. Monster House
13. Nanny McPhee
14. Open Season
15. Over the Hedge
16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
17. The Ant Bully
18. The Santa Clause 3
19. The Shaggy Dog
20. The Wild