On long car rides and paddling excursions, the boys like to play their version of 20-questions. They just don't like limiting it to only twenty. They prefer to keep asking questions until they figure out the answer.
Poor 6-year old YB's turn never lasts more than 3 questions. He always picks something he saw immediately before playing the game. For example:
[Eagle flies by.]
Me: "Oh, look! An eagle!"
YB: "Okay, I'm ready."
ES: "Is it an eagle?"
YB: [exasperated] "Yeeeees" [tone of voice interpretation: how do you ALWAYS know what I'm thinking???]
ES has been throwing me for a loop lately. During our Monocacy River kayaking trip on Saturday, he stumped me. After what seemed like a hundred questions, I had figured out it was a previous ruler of Germany, but my level of knowledge of German history isn't all that great. ES gave me a hint: "Unification." Still stumped, I finally gave up, and ES said, "Otto von Bismarck!"
You're 8 years old.
How on EARTH do you know ANYTHING about Otto von Bismarck???
ES likes to play the video game Civilization - a sort of grand-strategy, global domination simulation game. I guess Otto von Bismarck is one of the characters / leaders you can choose to be in the game, and ES didn't know who that was, so he looked him up on Wikipedia and read about him.
Who says video games aren't educational?