‘History’

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When String Gets Silly

August 10, 2015 4:00 pm

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The inventors of silly string didn’t mean to make a toy. But it was so much fun, they decided to bring the idea to a toy company. What were they originally trying to make? And how did the toy company react when they were literally hit with this new idea? Read on to find out – and do the math to see how much silly you can get from one can of this string!

Big Day for Ice Cream

July 19, 2015 4:00 pm

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If you ask us, any day is a good day for ice cream. But today is National Ice Cream Day, so there’s an extra good reason to celebrate by enjoying this delicious dessert! Read on to get the scoop on the numbers in this melty treat – and find out just how long people have been enjoying it.

3-Billion Mile Picture-Taking Trip

July 14, 2015 4:00 pm

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Why are we so excited about Pluto today? Read on to find out what (literally) astronomical event is causing a Pluto party – and do the millions of miles of math!

Better Than Turtle Soup

July 4, 2015 4:00 pm

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It’s traditional to eat hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and all kinds of grilled goodies on July 4. But that wasn’t always the case. Read on to find out how early Americans celebrated Independence Day – and eat up the math!

A Cool 100 Grand…Kids

June 16, 2015 4:00 pm

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When you have 100 people in your family, things can get a little crazy! Read on to do the math on the Zanger family, who just added a great-great-grandchild to the mix for an even 100 family members.

A Fairy-Tale Castle for Real

December 25, 2014 4:00 pm

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Have you ever wanted to live in a fairy-tale castle? This is a real castle called the Swallow’s Nest, on the south coast of Crimea, and would make anyone feel like a king or queen. Read on to do the math on this real-life castle!

When Your Body Falls Apart

December 23, 2014 4:00 pm

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Have you ever made anything out of clay? Clay starts out soft, and you can roll it, shape it, and carve designs into it. But once it dries out and hardens, if you drop it, it will break into zillions of pieces, like marble and stone do. That’s what happened to one statue at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read on to see if the pieces of this masterpiece were able to be put back together – and do the math!

Last One of the Century

December 13, 2014 4:00 pm

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Did you notice anything about today’s date? If your country lists the date as the number of the month, the number of the day, and then the year, today is 12/13/14. And a date in order like this won’t happen for the rest of this century! Read on for more calendar number play.

Way, Way, Way Past Due

December 7, 2014 4:00 pm

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When you borrow a book from the library, you need to bring it back within a few weeks so other people can borrow it, too. But sometimes people return their library books late — really, really late. One book that was recently returned to a school library in Washington might hold the record, though. Read on to see the trip it made instead of being returned to the library.

Give That Building a Shove

November 29, 2014 4:00 pm

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When a building isn’t the right size for what we need, we have some choices. We can add onto it, we can knock it down and build a new one, or we can just move to another building. Or you can just move the whole building, as one company did back in 1930. You can bet that required a lot of planning and math!