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Switching It Up

September 12, 2015 4:00 pm

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What can you buy with $1? How about an 848-foot-tall rock? That’s what one man did back in 1915. Then he decided to put zig-zaggy paths up it, so people could climb it. Read on to do the math on how the climbing and hiking really add up when you’re zig-zagging your way up a giant rock.

Backwards Basketball

September 11, 2015 4:00 pm

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If you could break any world record, what would it be? One basketball player decided to try to break the record for longest basketball shot…backwards! Read on to do the math on how far his shot went – and see if it added up to a new world record.

Running for 99 Days

August 26, 2015 4:00 pm

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Have you ever walked so long it felt like you were walking for days? One man actually did walk for days – 99 days to be exact – as he trekked across the United States, from California to Maine. Read on to find out how the miles added up!

Zip Line to Another Land

August 13, 2015 4:00 pm

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Zip lines are a fun way to soar through the air from one place to another. Usually those places are in the same country. But one of our favorite zip lines soars from Spain to Portugal. Read on to find out more about this wild ride – and zip through the math!

For Fish Who Like Phones

August 12, 2015 4:00 pm

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These days we take our phones everywhere, which means there’s a greater chance they’ll get lost. So imagine one scuba diver’s surprise after his phone fell into Monterey Bay, and then he got it back weeks later. Read on to find out an even more shocking surprise – and dial up the math in swimming phones!

Beat the Clock, Win a Truck

November 12, 2014 4:00 pm

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Basketball isn’t just about chucking the ball so it lands in the net. There’s a lot of excitement in how you throw the ball, and how far. And this was certainly true when Drake University student Alex Tillinghast had the chance to win a truck by making 4 different shots in 30 seconds. Did he make it? Read on to find out and do the math!

Deep Dive

September 27, 2014 4:00 pm

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On Thursday we talked about breaking world records, and somebody set an amazing one this week. Click “Read More” to find out what record was broken – and dive into the math!

60 Years of Awesomeness

September 25, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you love a good contest and a chance to win a prize, you might be excited about a new one at Guinness World Records. As of this year they’ve been tracking records for 60 years, and so they’re celebrating their own birthday with a competition. Click “Read More” to find out about it – and see how much math is involved in breaking world records!

American Ninja Warrior

July 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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If there’s one time you get to see super-strong, super-fast people do amazing stunts, it’s on “American Ninja Warrior.” Athletes have to do all kinds of stunts to get through crazy obstacle courses like climbing tilted ladders and run across tipping mats. Click “Read More” to see the math needed to get through the obstacles!

Double – or Triple – the Fun

January 2, 2013 4:00 pm

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Yesterday at Alexandra Palace in London, a guy named Phil “The Power” Taylor won the world professional dart championship for the 16th time.  Whoa!  And throwing darts is no easy sport: you aren’t just aiming for the middle of the dartboard the whole time.  As you see in this picture, each wedge of the board has a number, which equals the points you score if you throw your dart there – except for the skinny green and red rings, which double or triple those points.  Even the bullseye has multiple parts: its outer ring is worth 25 points, but the very center is worth double that (50).  To make matters worse, to win the championship you have to score exactly 501 points, and your final throw has to land on the double ring or the double bulls-eye.  So darts aren’t just a matter of good aim – you have to do the math right, too.