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100-Year-Old Math Teacher

October 22, 2014 3:00 pm

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100 is a great number, and it’s even better if it’s your age — and you’re a math teacher. Madeline Scotto just turned 100 years old last week, and is still working 3 days a week as a math-team coach. It just goes to show that it’s fun to play with numbers at any age.

Eye-Popping Puzzling Paper-Play

October 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re loving the site Papermatrix, where super-talented people show us how to weave strips of colored paper into wild-patterned boxes, balls, and other shapes. And these cool crafts have a ton of math in them.

Licking Your Own Eyeball

October 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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Of all the animals who blend into what’s around them using shape and color, the leaf-tailed gecko might be one of the coolest. It lives on the island of Madagascar, and looks just like the way it sounds: with a tail that looks like a leaf. And that’s not the only cool thing about it.

Facing the Soccer Ball

October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

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Soccer balls are fun to kick around and do cool tricks with. There’s lots of math in soccer balls, too, like the different shapes on them. It’s one sphere that’s full of surprises.

Top Pick

October 18, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you’ve ever played with a calculator, you might have seen that some screens make the numbers using all straight lines, and those numbers look like letters when turned upside down. But even when they stay right side up, numbers made of sticks give you all kinds of games to play.

How Many People Have There Ever Been?

October 17, 2014 4:00 pm

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There are about 320 million Americans – right now, at least. But how many have we ever had? This isn’t the easiest number to figure out. In 2011 one group did just that, though. And the numbers may shock you!

1,000-Pound Pumpkin

October 16, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you live in America, you might want to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, or at least roll a couple onto your front lawn for decoration. Well, you’d better get your muscles in shape if you’re buying your pumpkins from farmer Keith Edwards, who’s grown 7 huge pumpkins that together weigh over 7,000 pounds!

Chasing Too Big a Fish

October 15, 2014 4:00 pm

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When animals hunt for food, sometimes they bite off more than they can chew. That seemed to be the case with this eagle. Luckily a fisher nearby happened upon the eagle to help it out.

7-Foot Shoe

October 14, 2014 4:00 pm

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Yes, you’re seeing that picture right: it shows a man sitting inside a fuzzy, claw-shaped slipper. The slipper was a big accident, made wrong when Tom Boddingham tried to order one slipper in a different size from the other. We doubt he wanted it to be that much bigger, but it definitely makes a nice sleeping bag!

Paint Like a Caveman

October 13, 2014 4:00 pm

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Back when human beings lived in caves, life wasn’t anything like it is now. Cavemen woke up, hunted animals all day, went to sleep, and the next day they started all over, probably without taking a bath. They definitely didn’t have our cool tools, toys and gadgets. But they did make art!