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Hang Onto Your Pants!
July 26th, 2022

There are strange national holidays for everything – including National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day! When you think about how many steps you take each day (with or without pants), the numbers can really add up. So grab your pants, get moving, and do the math in walking with your pants.

How Many Houses?
July 24th, 2022

Bedtime Math fan Alan D-S. asked us a great question: how many buildings are there in the world? Read on to build up the math and find out the answer!

July 21st, 2022

Today is the final day of Archery at the Olympics.  In this dramatic sport, the archers draw back their bows and launch arrows into the air at about 150 miles an hour, while the rest of us scramble to get out of the way.  Their target is a flat circle 77 yards away (where a yard is 3 feet) ringed with 10 colorful concentric circles.  Of course, the closer to the center you hit, the more points you get: the gold circle in the middle fetches 10 points, the next circle around it scores 9, and so on until the white ring on the edge, worth just 1 point.  The better your aim, the faster those numbers add up.

3, 2, 1, Blast-Off!
July 15th, 2022

It’s hard work to lift things, especially when they’re heavy. So just imagine how hard a rocket has to work when it’s blasting into space and carrying thousands of gallons of fuel! Read on to get carried away with spaceship math that’s out of this world.

How to Sing with a Whale
July 14th, 2022

Did you know that bats and elephants make sounds we can only hear with special machines? And whales sing whole songs we can’t hear. Read on to discover the math in whale songs, and swim through the numbers behind these singing sea creatures!

Wild World of Words
July 12th, 2022

Bedtime Math fan William B. asked us, how many words are there in the world? Read on to find out, and do the math where numbers and words collide!

A Furry Surprise Burglar
July 8th, 2022

Raccoons, those furry, masked creatures like this one that invade our garbage cans, are super cute, but have super-sharp claws for climbing trees. Turns out those claws can even hang onto a skyscraper! A mama raccoon in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota took a wrong turn and got stuck on a ledge. It was too […]

A Fight between Fruits and Veggies
June 24th, 2022

What’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? A fruit comes out of the flower on a plant and holds seeds. Apples and oranges, peaches and apricots, and all kinds of berries do this. Veggies come from other parts of the plant, like lettuce and spinach (which are leaves) or carrots and onions (which […]

A One-Word Tongue Twister
June 20th, 2022

What’s the longest word you can think of? Is it more than 45 letters long? Read on to find out which word wins the title of longest word in the dictionary – and see how the letters add up in even longer words!

Nature’s Water Shooter
June 1st, 2022

It’s fun to squirt each other with water guns. So just imagine how awesome a huge natural water spout that shoots water over 100 feet into the air every 91 minutes is! Read on to find out about this famous geyser, and do the “H2-whoah” math.