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Donuts Gone Bonkers

January 16, 2019 4:00 pm

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When you stick one yummy food inside another, the yumminess really multiplies quickly. So the “donut turducken” – an apple fritter inside pudding inside a donut, topped with chocolate frosting – must have a yumminess factor that’s out of this world! Read on to get a taste of the delicious dessert math.

Dogs in Charge

January 15, 2019 4:00 pm

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Dogs may seem like they’re just fun, fluffy goofballs. But some dogs actually work real jobs, such as police dogs. When you count up all the hours and years they spend training and doing their jobs, it’s clear that they’re not just all about the fun and games! Read on to see how the training adds up – and do the canine counting.

The People Flying over Your Head

January 14, 2019 4:00 pm

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Have you ever watched an airplane in the sky, and wondered how many people are in there, and where they’re going? Now just imagine how many planes fly above you in one day! Read on to take flight with the math in the number of people flying over your head.

A Brush with Danger

January 13, 2019 4:00 pm

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Sometimes you look at your everyday life and decide you need a change – a big change.  And one way to get that is to repaint your bedroom.  Lots of colors, lots of eye-hurting patterns – something that will make a statement.

If you could repaint your room, and could go as crazy as you wanted, what colors would you use?  Of course, the fancier you get, the more carefully you have to plan.

How Birds Make Movies

January 12, 2019 4:00 pm

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We all love to take pictures and videos of ourselves, and it looks like eagles do, too. One eagle stole a hiker’s camera and took a little trip with it. Read on to do the high-flying math on this camera-crazed bird!

Karate Chop!

January 11, 2019 4:00 pm

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Have you ever seen someone chop a wooden board in half with his bare hand? It probably looked like it didn’t even hurt. That’s because our bones are surprisingly super strong! Read on to find out just how strong your body is, and chop through the karate math.

Making Toys out of Chocolate

January 10, 2019 4:00 pm

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The 3D printer is a pretty exciting machine. And it becomes even more exciting when you put chocolate in it to print out cool, yummy chocolate shapes. Read on to do the math and play with your dessert!

Giving the Green Light

January 9, 2019 4:00 pm

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When we drive on the road, we can’t all just go every which way. We have to stay on one side, and wait our turn where roads cross. Stop signs help, but really busy crossings need traffic lights. The traffic light, that cute red, yellow and green trio, was patented (made official as an invention) on this day in 1923. Actually, the very first electric traffic light was invented in 1912 by Lester Wire, a policeman in Utah fed up with all the traffic; you can imagine, after hundreds of years of slow horse-drawn carriages, what it was like to have this speedy, loud thing called a car suddenly show up. So Wire borrowed the idea of railroad signals to make a traffic light, which had just red and green for stop and go. Then in 1920, Detroit cop William Potts built one with 3 colors (red, orange and green). As you see here, people have tried other designs, like this funny dial one from Australia, but the three-color light is what keeps most of us from crashing into each other today.

The Tastiest “Type” of Waffles

January 8, 2019 4:00 pm

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Waffles are yummy no matter what shape they come in. But it must be a lot of fun to eat keyboard-shaped waffles – especially when there are so many square holes to catch the syrup! Read on to eat up the math in this funky invention.

How Many Cheerios in a Box?

January 7, 2019 4:00 pm

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Bedtime Math fan Arun W. just asked us a question we’d never thought about: how many Cheerios are in a box of Cheerios? Read on to find out, and add up the big fun in these little Os!