We love waterslides here at Bedtime Math. So a big, roller-coaster-like waterslide with plastic ramps soaring dozens of feet into the air definitely grabbed our attention. Click “Read More” to find out about this gigantic water ride and slide through the math!
One way to break a world record is to join a giant group of people who try to break it together. And bubble-wrap popping is one of the best records to break. Click “Read More” to see how the people at Twin Lakes Elementary school popped out some math and broke the record.
There aren’t many things more fun than a water slide. One thing that might beat it, though, is setting a water slide world record. Click “Read More” to find out how Mahwah, NJ students slid by this record, and do the math!
We are a week into the World Cup, the giant competition where countries send their best soccer players (or football, as most countries call it) to try to win the top prize. The countries are clumped into groups of 4, usually from 4 different continents, and each team plays the other 3; the 2 winningest teams from each group go on to the round of 16. With all these matches going on, the goals really start to add up. Click “Read More” to do the World Cup math!
If you like Lego, you might know that helpless feeling when you need a skinny 1-bump-by-4-bump neon green piece, and it MUST be that one piece, and you have to dig through hundreds of pieces to find it. Well, now there’s a solution to that! Click “Read More” to find out how one clever dad solved this problem and see how the Lego numbers build up.
It always feels good to fold a piece of paper into a triangle, hurl it into the air and watch it sail across the room like a real airplane. So you can imagine the excitement if that paper plane is 45 feet long. Click “Read More” to see this gargantuan airplane and do the math!
When people snap a really awesome photo, they want to show it off to everyone, so they share millions photos a day on the Internet. But that couldn’t have happened back in 1826 when the first photo was taken. Click “Read More” to see how far the camera has come and how the photos really start to add up!
Today is Oscar the Grouch’s birthday – he turns 45 years old! And what better way to celebrate than with some fun facts and math about this lovable grouch and trash! Click “Read More” to do the math.
Today is the 10th birthday of iTunes, the online store that lets you buy songs, movies, apps for your smartphone, videos…all kinds of stuff that you can enjoy on your phone or computer. Before iTunes, the only way we old-timers could buy songs was on something you could hold in your hand, like a CD, a tape cassette or a vinyl record. Or you could get songs electronically from various illegal websites, which was exciting but felt icky. So the idea that you could get onto your computer, buy any song you wanted (legally), and get it within seconds was mindblowing. iTunes opened with just 200,000 songs on it, all priced at 99 cents, and within just one week they had 1 million song downloads. As of today, iTunes has sold over 15 billion song downloads from a collection of 26 million different songs. Let’s just say, it takes far more than one person to listen to it all.
When it snows outside and you get that really wet, sticky kind of snow, it’s easy to pack it with your hands into a solid white ball that just begs to be thrown. Sure, you can roll it along the ground to make it bigger, and pile up a few to make a snowman…but it might be even more fun just to chuck it at someone. We’re not exactly sure who invented the snowball fight, but we do know that in 1863, during the American Civil War, when a few soldiers started chucking friendly snowballs at each other, it turned into a giant fight involving 9,000 soldiers. If serious grownups can get sucked in like that, it’s clear the snowball fight is here to stay.