‘History’

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Real-Life Treasure Hunt

March 26, 2017 4:00 pm

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You never know what’s buried in your backyard, and for one California couple, their yard held real treasure. When they saw a can sticking out of the ground, they dug it out and ended up finding eight cans filled with 1,427 gold coins! The mix of $5 coins, $10 coins and $20 coins was minted (made) between 1847 and 1894, back when Americans used coins for those amounts. If you add up all those $10s and $20s, the coins have a total face value of almost $28,000. But they are worth far more than that, because the older a coin, the fewer of that coin we still have, and so the more that coin is worth. One of the coins is worth over $1 million all by itself, and all together the collection is estimated at $10 million. So what do you do when you suddenly find $10 million of coins in your backyard? Bury them again, of course! But just to be safe, they picked a new spot.

A Day for Wishes and Tricks

March 17, 2017 4:00 pm

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day, that Irish holiday when we wear green clothes, eat green food, and maybe score some “luck of the Irish” for ourselves. There are leprechauns, those funny elf-like fellows from Irish fairy tales who are only as tall as kids, but have big magical powers. Supposedly they keep all their coins in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, which would be a great thing to find. It’s even better to find the leprechaun himself, because if you capture him he’ll grant you 3 wishes. Another Irish symbol is the shamrock, or 3-leaf clover, because long ago people in Ireland believed that carrying a clover kept you safe from evil spirits. It’s still a sign of good luck today, and 4-leaf clovers are even better luck. Who knows, maybe today you’ll find a leprechaun or a clover – or at the least, you’ll get to eat a green pretzel.

The Wheel Deal

March 14, 2017 4:00 pm

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Learn how doing math with Pi can be just as much fun as eating pie!

Cat out of the Bag

March 10, 2017 4:00 pm

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What does it mean when someone “lets the cat out of the bag” and why did tricky farmers have to make sure they did the math right when selling pigs? Read on to see how these things are related – and do the math in swapping animals!

1 Fish, 2 Fish, 396 Fish

March 2, 2017 4:00 pm

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Did you know today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday?! Who knew his books could inspire so much fun math!

What You’re REALLY Wearing

February 26, 2017 4:00 pm

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Have you ever really looked at your clothes up close? If you did, you may have seen that they’re made up of lots of smaller threads weaved or knitted together. The patterns in weaving and knitting require a lot of math! Read on to get up “clothes” and personal with the math and numbers in your shirts.

City of Surprises

February 20, 2017 4:00 pm

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What do Accident, Maryland and Surprise, Arizona have in common?? They are both cities! How about where you live? Do the math to find out!

Candy That Counts

February 14, 2017 4:00 pm

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Around Valentine’s Day, there’s candy everywhere – especially those sugary, colorful hearts with cute messages on them. And when you think about how long they’ve been made for and how many are made each year, the candy count begins to add up! Read on to get sweet with the math in this fun holiday favorite.

Starting a Town by Accident

February 13, 2017 4:00 pm

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Did you know that a town can be formed by accident?! A little history and math are tied up together in today’s problem!

Year of the Rooster

January 28, 2017 4:00 pm

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Chinese New Year is a fun, days-long celebration of new beginnings. With 12 different animals for years to cycle through, there’s a lot of math that goes along with it! Read on to cock-a-doodle-doo the math in the Year of the Rooster this year, and learn more about this neat celebration.