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Happy Birthday, Opportunity!

January 25, 2017 4:00 pm

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As far as we know, there are no Martians living on Mars. But we do have a friend there who calls us. Read on to find out more about Opportunity, the Mars rover that landed on the foreign planet on this day in 2003 – and do the math in space travel!

Words That Make You Cross-eyed

December 28, 2016 4:00 pm

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We like to build with Legos, blocks, bricks and stones, but you can also build with words! Crossword puzzles do just that. And, believe it or not, there’s a lot of math in building with words. Read on to see!

Hot Cocoa, or Hot Chocolate?

December 24, 2016 4:00 pm

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Do you call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate? Is it the same thing? Read on to find out – and warm up to the math in this tasty winter drink!

Lots of Love and Latkes

December 24, 2016 3:59 pm

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(Note: Today we’ve included a second extra math problem about Hanukkah, for those who celebrate the holiday or would like to learn more about it. Enjoy!) Today starts the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, and there are a lot of numbers that go along with it, especially when it comes to the food! Read on to chow down on the history and math of Hanukkah.

“Wrong Way” Corrigan

December 9, 2016 4:00 pm

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Sometimes people make a wrong turn while driving. But imagine taking a wrong turn while flying a plane! Read on to fly through the math on one pilot who took a very wrong turn, which earned him the nickname “Wrong Way” Corrigan.

Number-Crushing Cupcake

December 6, 2016 4:00 pm

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If you’re really hungry, you can gulp down a cupcake in a few bites. But what about a 3-foot one that holds the record for the world’s largest cupcake? Read on to bake up the math in just how much stuff went into this cupcake – and chow down on the cupcake numbers!

Messed-up Pennies

December 3, 2016 4:00 pm

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Pennies are always only worth 1 cent…right? Not all of them. Read on to crunch the numbers behind messed-up money and how that makes some pennies more valuable than others!

Stacking Those Stars

June 14, 2016 4:00 pm

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The American flag didn’t always look the way it does now. The number of stars and stripes have changed as the country has changed. Read on to do the starry, stripey math on the star-spangled banner.

Heads or Tails?

June 1, 2016 4:00 pm

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To decide things, lots of times we flip a coin. There’s even a Flip a Coin Day that celebrates this! Read on to see how long this decision-making method has been around – and flip over the math in coin flipping.

A Great Day to Be Square

April 4, 2016 4:00 pm

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Usually “square” means you’re “not cool,” but in math, squares do very cool things. And it’s even more fun when you can play with the date to make cool square math problems! Read on to find out what squares do – and what dates get to be square.