Archive for Category: Did You Know?

slug

It’s a Slug Life: Fun Facts About Slugs

Some creatures are really interesting to look at. You see them, but you don’t REALLY notice them.  Occasionally, you just have to stop, bend down and take a closer look. Slugs are one of those creatures.  But what are they good for?  We’re going to explore the life of...

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plastic

It’s Just Plain Weird: Houses Made From Recycled Plastic & Unlikely Friends

Houses from Recycled Plastic This sounds like an awesome idea. A company formed in 2013 in Puebla, Mexico, called Eco Domum, is using discarded plastic trash to form panels to build houses. It is the brainchild of Carlos Daniel Gonzalez who identified the need for low cost housing in...

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farm

Fun facts about farm animals

Did you know the chicken is the closest living relative to the t-rex? That seems crazy, but it’s true! Here are some more fun facts about farm animals that might surprise you! Goats and sheep don’t have teeth on their upper jaw.  They have a hard palate that helps them...

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ice cream

You Can Get A Foot-Tall Ice Cream Cone!

It has come to our attention that you can get a FOOT TALL ICE CREAM CONE in Garfield, Arkansas. According to “Only in Your State”, the Short Stop Grill in Garfield serves up some huge ice cream cones. My goodness! A foot tall! Could you eat that much? Would you have to...

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books about presidents

Bookworm Kids: Books About Presidents

President’s Day is February 17, 2020. Celebrate by reading some of these awesome books about presidents that honor those men who have shaped our nation.  My Little Golden Book About George Washington  by Lori H. Houran, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli Best for Grades PreK-1 An account of how...

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mammoth spring

Weird & Wonderful in Arkansas: Mammoth Spring State Park

Mammoth Spring is part of a large underground river system.  It’s called a first magnitude karst spring and it starts with rain falling in southern Missouri. It is the largest spring in Arkansas and the third-largest spring in the Ozark region behind Big Spring and Greer Spring. Mammoth Spring...

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chocolate

Chocolate: A Sweet History

Do you love chocolate? Did you know that in some form or another, it has been around for 2,000 years, and some even say about 4,000 years? It comes from the pods of the cacao tree. Heart-shaped boxes filled with yummy treats are favorite gifts on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate...

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fatbergs

It’s Just Plain Weird: Fatbergs and Helping Orphan Animals

What is a fatberg? This amazing image shows a “fatberg” that blocked a drain in Australia. Similar fatbergs have blocked drains in America and the United Kingdom. One recent headline in Bloomberg News reads “In Fatberg Fight, NYC Goes to War Against Flushable Wipes.” Bloomberg describes how $1.1 billion...

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ice

It’s Just Plain Weird: Ice Balls & Zebra-Striped Cows

Ice Balls This phenomenon comes about in cold climates where ice formed on water breaks apart into small pieces and is known as slushy ice. Layers of this ice stick together in the cool waters and come ashore on waves. The waves spin the balls of ice smoothing them...

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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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