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!
Have you ever wondered how far you walk every day? And how many steps you take to go that far? You can find out exactly how many steps you take by wearing a pedometer. Click “Read More” to do the math and be surprised at how your steps really add up during the day!
Charmin, the toilet paper maker, has decided to give away toilet paper as a gift, in case people need it. So a dump truck with thousands of rolls of Charmin toilet paper is driving around the U.S. and handing out free toilet paper in towns along the way. Click “Read More” to get on a roll and do the math!
If you love celebrating your birthday, try living 111 years – lots of birthdays, lots of parties. Maybe that was the plan for Dr. Alexander Imich, who is now the world’s oldest living man. And with that many birthdays, the numbers really start to add up – click “Read More” to do the math!
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.
First, a fun announcement: The second Bedtime Math book is coming, with all-new wacky math…and it’s kicking off with a big party for you! Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal launches March 11, and to celebrate we’re throwing a nationwide Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry Party that week at bookstores across the U.S. Kids will build giant geometric shapes out of glowsticks, then flick off the lights to see them shine. Over 130 stores in 41 states are taking part, and New York-area parties will have Laura there in person to read to the kids and sign books. Check the list here to find a party near you!
With that, let’s have a sneak preview from the book.
Underwear is that strange piece of clothing where no one sees it on us, but we still care what it looks like. We don’t want to wear underwear that’s goofy-shaped, or full of holes, or decorated with a cartoon character we haven’t liked in 3 years. That’s why things turn desperate when the laundry hasn’t been washed in a few days and we run out of underwear. How many pairs do we need to get through the week — and if we run out, how many people are we willing to tell?
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.
On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell finally got his invention working: the telephone. It worked nothing like our phones today: the very first phones were sold in pairs, where each phone could call only that one other phone (you had to pick that other person carefully). Then came the “switchboard,” which let you call any other phone, but the “operator,” a phone company person in the middle of town, had to plug in wires to connect your call for you. Now we can call anyone anywhere on our own within seconds, and through the air. But that first phone, that first time talking to someone through a wire, must have looked like magic.
You’ve probably heard of biking to work, but biking at work is a whole other story. A recently invented work desk, called the WeBike, makes people work for their, well, work. As you sit at your desk, you pedal the bike, which generates the electricity to power your laptop, printers, phones, and other electronics. It seems like kids could use this thing even more than adults, to power all the batteries you need for your toys. And imagine if you had these bikes at school…could it do your homework for you?