Reid and I are reading a Magic School Bus story about volcanoes that starts with a quiz. On the way home one night, Reid decided we should share what we know about volcanoes, in a quiz format. She announced some fact that she’d learned in science class, where they are also learning about volcanoes, and then she asked me for something I knew. When I produced some tidbit, Reid made a “blanh” noise and announced that the score was 1 to 1. I suggested it might be more competitive if we asked each other questions but that idea was firmly rejected. We traded facts a few times – I remembered some Pompei facts from the exhibit at the Museum of Civilization a few years ago, just to prove that my memory isn’t entirely non-functioning – but then Reid seemed stumped. As she looked around for inspiration, Reid saw a McDonald’s restaurant. Her next fact was, “There has never been a McDonald’s inside of a volcano.” I had a Mount St. Helen’s fact and then Reid provided another example of something that had never been built inside of a volcano. My final offering was that sometimes lava comes out of the side of a volcano instead of just through the top. Reid said, “I don’t think that’s true, Mama.” I snorted. Hadn’t I accepted buildings that had never been constructed inside a volcano? I told Reid that I was sure of my fact but that we could check. Reid grudgingly agreed and then reminded me that the first one with 10 points won. She offered one last thing that had never been built inside a volcano, updated the score: 10 to 9 for her, and declared herself the winner. I don’t mind losing but I was tempted to check if, in fact, a McDonalds had ever been built inside a volcano. They seem to be everywhere else.