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Week of June 25, 2007
(The last one of the 2006-2007 school year! See you in the fall!)
Protect your oceans - 70% of the world's oxygen supply is supplied by marine plants.


Week of June 18, 2007
If you walked all the pedestrian paths in Central Park, you would walk 58 miles.


Week of June 11, 2007
Say "3,000 puppies." In the time it took to say it, about 3,000 puppies were born in the United States.


Week of June 4, 2007
Fish with forked tails swim faster than fish with straight tails. Shrimp can only swim backwards.


Week of May 28, 2007
What are eructations, stenutations and pandiculations?
Burps, sneezes and yawns, in that order.


Week of May 21, 2007
Buses, trains, subways and ferries help us save energy. For every 10,000 commuters who leave their cars at home for one year and instead commute on existing public transportation services, the nation reduces fuel consumption by 2.7 million gallons.


Week of May 14, 2007
Zap! An electric eel generates enough electricity to power a medium-sized house.


Week of May 7, 2007
Since 1908, more than 240 feature films containing scenes in Central Park have been released (as well as countless television episodes), making it the most filmed public park in the world. To view the list of movies, click HERE.


Week of April 30, 2007
Ever heard of Dendrochronology? It is the science dealing with the study of tree rings.


Week of April 23, 2007
In honor of Earth Day, you should know that compact florescent lighbulbs (CFLs) are 70 to 75 percent more efficient than other bulbs. If every family replaced one bulb with a CFL, it would be like reducing carbon emissions from 800,000 cars. They will cost a little more up front, but you should save money on your electricity bill over time and these bulbs can last 8 to 10 years! Explorers, do your part!


Week of April 16, 2007
Skin is waterproof! A nice reminder on rainy days.


Week of April 9, 2007
Spiders are not insects. They are members of a group of animals called arachnids.
Insects have 6 legs; arachnids have 8.


Week of April 2, 2007
The elephant is the only animal with four knees.


Week of March 26, 2007
The Empire State Building has roughly 10 million bricks and 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone. It also has 73 elevators (including 6 for freight) and approximately 800 bathrooms.


Week of March 19, 2007
Do you know how to make a rubber band last longer?
Put it in the refrigerator.


Week of March 12, 2007
When recycling, remember to clean all of the recyclable items before putting them in the proper bin. If you send out dirty papers, plastics, etc., they will just be thrown away and become garbage anyway.


Week of March 5, 2007
A camel can drink 25 gallons of water in half an hour. However, rats can live longer without water than camels can.


Week of February 26, 2007
The lollipop was named after Lolly Pop, one of the most famous racehorses of the early 1900s.


Week of February 19, 2007
Central Park is 843 acres, or 6% of Manhattan's total acreage, including: 150 acres in 7 water bodies, 250 acres of lawns and 136 acres of woodlands.


Week of February 12, 2007
Thunder is caused when air rushes into the vacuum created by a bolt of lightning. Bonus FOTW: A lightning bolt is usually three to four miles long but only an inch in diameter. It is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.


Week of February 5, 2007
According to the February issue of the New York State Conservationist, the American Pulpwood Association has developed a table for judging the relative safety of ice on lakes and streams in the winter.


ICE THICKNESS PERMISSIBLE LOAD
2 inches One person on foot
3 inches Group in a single line
7.5 inches One car (2 tons)
8 inches Light truck (2.5 tons)
10 inches Truck (3.5 tons)
12 inches Heavy truck (7-8 tons)

Please remember this is just a guide. According to the Conservationist, many ice anglers do not like to fish on less than five inches of ice, to be safe.

Week of January 29, 2007
Ever heard of Arachibutyrophobia? It is the fear of having peanut butter
stuck to the roof of your mouth.

Week of January 22, 2007
Toads do not have teeth. Frogs do.


Week of January 15, 2007
Late last year, physicists from Duke University and Imperial College London designed new materials that can bend microwaves around an object so that they are neither absorbed or scattered. This means that an actual Invisibility Cloak has been invented! The researchers successfully made a two-inch-wide foam-filled copper cylinder appear as if it wasn't there. While lead scientist David Smith admits this is the "first practical realization" of a cloak of invisibility, he warned Harry Potter fans that "it may be a while" before he is able to actually make anyone vanish.


Week of January 8, 2007
John Hertz, who founded the Yellow Cab Company in 1907, chose the color yellow for his taxicabs because he read a study, conducted by the University of Chicago, that indicated
it was the easiest color to spot.


Week of December 18, 2006
The moon's official astronomical name is...Moon.


Week of December 11, 2006
Cockroaches can go without eating for three months, as long as they have water. They can eat many different foods, including peanut butter sandwiches, fingernail clippings and even your math book (they like the glue in the binding).


Week of December 4, 2006
Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.


Week of November 27, 2006
Every part of the dandelion, which was brought here by the Pilgrims, is edible. The root can be baked and ground into a type of coffee. The leaves are full of iron and taste best when gathered in cool weather. Even the fluffy seed head can be eaten.


Week of November 20, 2006
The OHIO STATE BUCKEYES defeated the michigan wolverines on Saturday, November 18, 42-39, to win the Big Ten Title and the right to play for the National Championship. Thirty-two minutes after the game ended, the Ohio Pick 4 Lottery numbers, randomly drawn, were 4-2-3-9. The odds of the numbers turning up in that combination were 10,000 to 1.


Week of November 13, 2006
The Ohio Buckeye, named the state tree of Ohio in 1953, can be found throughout Central Park. The tree derives its name from its nut, a shiny, dark brown seed with a light brown center, which resembles the eye of a deer (a buck's eye). A Buckeye is a good luck charm and legendary protector against arthritis when carried in one's pocket. The Buckeye is also widely considered throughout Ohio to be lethal to Wolverines.

Week of November 6, 2006
Walk to school! Many Japanese children do not ride school buses - their parents believe walking to and from school is an important way for them to think about what they
learned in class that day.


Week of October 30, 2006
Urban legend has it that equestrian statues contain a code whereby the rider's fate can be determined by noting how many hooves the horse has raised. A person on a horse with both front legs in the air means the person died in battle. If the horse has just one hoof in the air, the person was either wounded in battle or later died as a result of those wounds. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the rider survived all battles unharmed and died of natural causes. However, the "hoof code" has never actually been proven. Just a quick look at Washington, D.C., home to more equestrian statues than any other city in the nation, shows that only 10 out of at least 30 such statues follow this rule.


Week of October 23, 2006
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


Week of October 16, 2006
Broadway, originating from Lower Manhattan at Bowling Green and ending in Albany, is one of the world's longest streets at 150 miles. The official name of this street is Highway 9. Also, Broadway's original name was the Wiechquaekeck Trail. It was an old Algonquin trade route.


Week of October 9, 2006
Kurt Steiner set the stone-skipping record with 40 pitty-pats on the Allegheny River during the 2002 Pennsylvania Qualifying Stone Skipping Tournament.


Week of October 2, 2006
Oak trees do not have acorns until they reach the age of at least fifty years.


September, 2006
"Cleopatra's Needle," an obelisk that dates back to 1600 B.C., was given to the United States by Egypt in 1880. It took four months to transport the 71-foot granite structure (workers rolled it over cannonballs) from the Hudson River to its present location near the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park.



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