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A Surprise Inside a Surprise Inside a…

December 2, 2017 4:00 pm

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Have you ever seen those little wooden dolls that split open to show another little doll inside, then another inside that one? Ever wonder what they’re called? Read on to find out – and see how the math stacks up in these stacking dolls!

Gold on Fire

November 30, 2017 4:00 pm

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Bedtime Math fan Emerson S. asked, how much gold is on the flame on the Statue of Liberty’s torch? Well, the torch may not look that big to us from the ground, but when you get up close, you realize how big it really is – and how much gold goes into covering it. Read on to find out and discover the treasure-chest of math in Lady Liberty’s gold flame!

Big Balloon Bash

November 23, 2017 4:00 pm

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Any decent parade should have marching bands, clowns, and of course giant inflated balloons shaped like our favorite characters — and in New York the giant Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade does it all. Read on to be surprised by the numbers behind everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving Day parade…and get carried away with the math!

Spotlight on 11/11 11:11

November 11, 2017 4:00 pm

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We are loving the geometry in the Anthem Veterans Memorial sculpture in Arizona. What makes this sculpture so mathematically special? Read on to find out – and see how math can meet nature to create memorable and honoring tributes.

How to Get a Bigger Brownie

November 6, 2017 4:00 pm

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Cake tastes delicious no matter what shape it’s in. But we’re loving this cake-cutter made by Matthias Wandel that cuts the cake into hexagons. Read on to find out why this hexagon knife is so cool – and bite into the cake math!

When Elephants Were Furry

October 28, 2017 4:00 pm

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Woolly mammoths were long-ago cousins to the elephant – and they were definitely woolly! With hair as long as 3 feet, they were sure to keep warm in the cold winters. Read on to discover the hair-raising numbers behind this mammoth of a creature.

Pumpkin Face-Off

October 26, 2017 4:00 pm

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What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Read on to find out the answer to this pumpkin math riddle, and learn more wacky number facts behind pumpkins!

What’s the Best Stuffed Animal?

October 20, 2017 4:00 pm

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Ever wonder if your favorite stuffed animal is the same kind as other people’s? Even though the first stuffed animal was a bear, there are all types now – from dogs and dinosaurs to cows and crocodiles. Read on to cozy up with the math in your favorite plush pals!

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

October 16, 2017 4:00 pm

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The saying “let the cat out of the bag” actually has to do with cats and pigs. And this cat-and-pig duo shows that there doesn’t have to be a bag involved for these two animals to be paired up. Read on to do the math on this cat (and pig!) nap – and find math and friendship in unlikely places!

How Many Days Old Are You?

October 7, 2017 4:00 pm

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Just how long is 1,000 days? When you do something every day, you might not realize how the numbers rack up and how quickly you can reach 1,000! Read on to see just how fast you get to 1,000 days.