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Spotted on Halloween

October 24, 2014 3:00 pm

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With Halloween just a week away, lots of us have decorated our homes for the big day. And if you’re a little creeped out by all those giant spiders and webs on people’s bushes — even though you know 3-foot-wide spiders probably aren’t real — you can try glowsticks for something a little less yucky and a little more colorful. No matter what you use to decorate, though, there’s sure to be lots of math!

Eye-Popping Puzzling Paper-Play

October 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re loving the site Papermatrix, where super-talented people show us how to weave strips of colored paper into wild-patterned boxes, balls, and other shapes. And these cool crafts have a ton of math in them.

Facing the Soccer Ball

October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

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Soccer balls are fun to kick around and do cool tricks with. There’s lots of math in soccer balls, too, like the different shapes on them. It’s one sphere that’s full of surprises.

Top Pick

October 18, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you’ve ever played with a calculator, you might have seen that some screens make the numbers using all straight lines, and those numbers look like letters when turned upside down. But even when they stay right side up, numbers made of sticks give you all kinds of games to play.

7-Foot Shoe

October 14, 2014 4:00 pm

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Yes, you’re seeing that picture right: it shows a man sitting inside a fuzzy, claw-shaped slipper. The slipper was a big accident, made wrong when Tom Boddingham tried to order one slipper in a different size from the other. We doubt he wanted it to be that much bigger, but it definitely makes a nice sleeping bag!

Cat Meets Deer

October 11, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re loving this video of a very confused-looking cat meeting up with some equally confused-looking deer, maybe for the first time for all of them. It makes sense that the little cat would be nervous, but if you do the math, the deer shouldn’t be so scared, right?

Crazy Circle

October 9, 2014 4:00 pm

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An optical illusion is a picture that looks different from what is really happening on paper. Pictures where straight lines look bent, or where totally still shapes look like they’re moving, are playing tricks on you. There are lots of optical illusions, but this circle illusion is one of our favorites.

Color Explosion

October 8, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re loving this map of Crayola crayon colors, showing how Crayola has added more and more shades over the years. Back when the company started in 1903 as Binney & Smith, there were just 8 crayon shades. Since then, the number of colors has grown a lot, making coloring more fun!

Monster Pumpkins

October 6, 2014 4:00 pm

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As Halloween nears, we start thinking about ghosts, monsters, and creepy creatures. We also think about more cheerful, colorful things like pumpkins, too. So what better way to celebrate than to make a monster out of pumpkins?

Dancing with a Traffic Light

October 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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When we’re in a hurry, we hate having to stop and wait for a red light, or for that sign with the little red man. People in a rush sometimes just ignore that guy and try to run across before cars drive through, which is dangerous. So some people in Lisbon, Portugal wondered if pedestrians (people on foot) would stop if the little red man moved around and made waiting fun.