Archive for Category: Did You Know?

It’s Just Plain Weird: The Great Green Wall

A plan to change the barren landscape across the width of Africa seems far-fetched but it is real, and it has achieved some success. It’s called the Great Green Wall and is an expanse of land approximately 30 miles wide and 4,350 miles long. 21 countries participate in the...

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Food Gratitude: The Importance of Reducing Food Waste

Many of us are lucky to live in a country where good, fresh food is available for sale at every store. And we all should be grateful for that. But, we also waste a lot of good food in America, every single day. How much food is wasted every...

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It’s Just Plain Weird: Trick or Treating

Where did the tradition of Trick or Treating come from? According to Smithsonian.com it all began with a Celtic tradition in celebration of the end of the year. The idea was to dress us as an evil spirit. People believed that, with the changing of the year, the spirits...

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Antarctica snowstorms

It’s Just Plain Weird: Snowstorms in Antarctica & Life-Sized Jellyfish

Making Snowstorms in Antarctica It is predicted that with global warming, sea levels around the world could rise by as much as 10 feet (3 m). The result would be that many coastal cities, like New York and Tokyo, would be below sea level. Scientists believe the time is now...

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Up, Up, & Away! August 19th is National Aviation Day!

On August 19, Americans celebrate National Aviation Day. It’s a great day to learn more about airplanes and aviation. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed that August 19 would be National Aviation Day.  Why August 19? Because that’s Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville, along with his brother Wilbur,...

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It’s Just Plain Weird: The World’s Largest Cave & “Smart” Cities

The World’s Largest Cave In 2009, a group of cavers from the British Cave Research Association led an expedition into a previously unexplored cave on the Laos/Vietnam border known as the Hang Son Doong Cave. The name means Mountain River Cave. A local hunter had found the entrance in...

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Bullying: What Kids Can Do to Help

Are you being bullied? Do you see bullying at your school? What is Bullying? When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s RUDE. When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s MEAN. When someone says or does...

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It’s Just Plain Weird: A Massive Cloud of Ladybugs

A Massive Cloud of Ladybugs or Maybe Not? Weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in San Diego, California, were surprised when a large “blob” appeared on their radar screens, over the San Gabriel Mountains. It was a clear day and there were no other signs of storms or...

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