Day 234: Bobbing for Cheerios

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Some games are so fun and engaging they transcend language.

And species.

Take “bobbing,” for example.

Here, the only aspect that tends to change frequently is what is being “bobbed” for (on account of the size and weight of the “bobber” relative to the “bobbed”).

Young and not-so-young featherless beings, for instance (being rather robust in both structure and strength) may enjoy bobbing for apples.

Feathery beings, on the other hand, may enjoy a lighter but equally buoyant challenge – bobbing for Cheerios.

Here, champion bobber Pearl Cutts gives a rare demonstration of the ancient avian art of “bobbing for Cheerios.”

You want to start with the right setup that balances challenge level against accessibility.
First, you want to start with the right setup that balances challenge level against accessibility.
You can tell you have achieved the precise balance when the bobber doesn't fall in while bobbing.
You can tell you have achieved the precise balance when the bobber doesn’t fall in while bobbing.
From here, the bobber's role becomes to bob their head down into the bowl and nab a Cheerio with their sharp pointed beak.
From here, the bobber’s role becomes to bob their head down into the bowl and nab a Cheerio with their sharp pointed beak.
This is what a successful "bob" looks like.
This is what a successful “bob” looks like.
Cheerios can make particularly wiley targets on account of how they like to gather in packs and soak in more milk so they're heavier.
Cheerios can make particularly wiley targets on account of how they like to gather in packs and soak in more milk so they’re heavier.
As the bobber gains experience, they realize nabbing one Cheerio with sufficient force can separate it from the increasingly damp herd.
As the bobber gains experience, they realize nabbing one Cheerio with sufficient force can separate it from its increasingly milk-logged herd.
Once nabbed, the trick is to pull your head up quickly - flinging excess milk off your prize as you do so.
Once nabbed, the trick is to pull your head up quickly – flinging excess milk off your prize as you do so.
From there, you can add each new Cheerio to your growing pile (whoever has the most "bobs" at the end of a round wins the match).
From here, you can add each new Cheerio to your growing pile (you want to strive to increase your speed with each “nab,” since whoever has the most “bobs” at the end of a round wins).

Author: Shannon Cutts
Co-Author: Pearl Cutts

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