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Week of June 28, 2010
(The last one of the 2009-2010 school year! See you in the fall!)
The word Shrek is Yiddish for monster.


Week of June 21, 2010
Comic book fact: Superman once gave Batman a ring of green kryptonite so that if he ever lost his mind and became a danger to humans, Batman could use the ring to defeat him.


Week of June 14, 2010
Oakland A's lefty Dallas Braden (5/9), Philadelphia Phillies righty Roy Halladay (5/29) and Detroit Tigers righty Armando Galarraga (6/2; we all know he did it!) pitched perfect games within a span of 350 Major League games. The odds of that happening are 1,083,100:1.
The odds of a person being struck by lightning in his or her lifetime? 6,250:1


Week of June 7, 2010
There are approximately 100,000 types of birds on earth.
About 800 of those birds are in North America.


Week of May 31, 2010
Experts estimate that there are more than 56 million rats in New York City, or roughly seven rats for every person.


Week of May 24, 2010
With just one shock, an electric eel produces enough energy to light up every room in an average three-bedroom house.


Week of May 17, 2010
Electric cars were introduced in 1896. By 1900, almost 50% of cars worldwide were electric. However, by 1905, 80% of cars were fuel-driven and by 1920, the electric car had mysteriously disappeared.


Week of May 10, 2010
New York City subway facts (according to 2009 statistics)...there are 6,418 subway cars...there are 660 miles of subway tracks...the cost of a half-car full of ads for four weeks is $217,800...the biggest subway car is 75 feet, 85,000 pounds (look for this type on the A, D, F, G, N & Q lines).


Week of May 3, 2010
Did you know that tongue prints are like fingerprints? Everyone's is unique.


Week of April 26, 2010
The average bee can travel up to 11 mph -- about 4 times as fast as the average human.


Week of April 19, 2010
Plastic bags are the top nuisance at recycling facilities. They get caught in the machinery and they eat up valuable staff time, since workers have to remove them one by one. Bagging recyclables before you toss them in the bin causes even bigger problems, since workers have to tear open the bag and risk being exposed to potentially dangerous substances. Some facilities won't allow employees to open bags, meaning all your precious recyclables end up in the garbage. The good news: Many grocery stores collect clean, dry plastic shopping bags for recycling.


Week of April 12, 2010
We should rename this one "Gross Realization of the Week." Dentists have recommended storing a toothbrush at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid contact with airborne particles resulting from a flush.


Week of April 5, 2010
You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Cola and it will be gone in two days. The active ingredient in Cola is phosphoric acid. It will also dissolve a nail in about four days.


Week of March 29, 2010
The 21 smallest U.S. states, combined, are still smaller than Alaska.


Week of March 22, 2010
The unpopped kernels in a bowl of popcorn are called "old maids."


Week of March 15, 2010
In a year, an average elevator travels the equivalent of nearly halfway around the equator.


Week of March 8, 2010
Central Park is pretty big (843 acres), but it only ranks #5 among the city's biggest parks. The area's largest is Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, which checks in at a whopping 2,765 acres.

Week of March 1, 2010
Space officially begins 62 miles up.


Week of February 22, 2010
In 2007, 56% of the paper used in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. That's an average of
360 pounds of paper recovered for every person in the country. Not bad, but because of this high recovery rate, the paper industry set a new goal of a 60% by 2012.


Week of February 15, 2010
Once upon a time, some people believed if a woman saw a Robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor, but if she saw a Sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. However, if she saw a Goldfinch, it was thought she would marry a very rich person.


Week of February 8, 2010
A bar of gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.


Week of February 1, 2010
Flying fish can actually swim -- and glide through the air -- as fast as 45 miles per hour.


Week of January 25, 2010
In Nepal, rubbing yogurt on your forehead on your birthday is said to bring good luck.


Week of January 18, 2010
The Manhattan schist (crystalline rock) outcrops in Central Park are approximately
450 million years old.


Week of January 11, 2010
Think it's cold now? On March 29, 1848, the Niagra River froze solid, stopping the flow of the monstrous Niagra Falls. For a few hours, locals were able to walk along the riverbed upon which the falls cascade.


Week of January 4, 2010
In 1980, 31 years after the Road Runner cartoons debuted, in an episode titled "Soup or Sonic," Wile E. Coyote finally caught the Road Runner. He then held up a sign saying, "Okay, wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him. Now what do I do?"


Week of December 14, 2009
Revelers began celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square as early as 1904, but the New Year's Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square in 1907. The first New Year's Eve Ball was made of iron and wood, adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs and weighed 700 pounds. The Ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime "dimout" of lights in New York City.

See you in 2010 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


Week of December 7, 2009
Pineapples, oranges, lemons, watermelons and tomatoes are all berries.


Week of November 30, 2009
A baby beaver is called a kit. A baby codfish is a sprat. A baby elephant seal is a weaner. A baby fish is a fry. A baby frog is a polliwog. A baby kangaroo is a joey. A baby swan is a cygnet. A baby tiger is a whelp. A baby shark is a cub.


Week of November 23, 2009
A group of flamingos is called a pat. A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinoceroses is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of cats is called a clutter. A group of apes is called a shrewdness. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament.


Week of November 16, 2009
Did you know the origin of the name New York? The English took over the area that had been called "New Netherland" in 1664 and renamed it New York in honor of the Duke of York
(York is a city in England).


Week of November 9, 2009
The average American uses paper and wood equivalent to one 100-foot tree every year.


Week of November 2, 2009
The introduction of the traffic light predated the invention of the automobile.


Week of October 26, 2009
If a tuna stops swimming, it sinks.
(Bonus fact!): Baby whales are born tail first.


Week of October 19, 2009
More than 200 million trees are saved every year as a result of recycling efforts. The manufacturing of recycled paper produces 74% less air pollution, 35% less water pollution
and 64% less energy.


Week of October 12, 2009
An athletic shoe can stay afloat in the ocean for 10 years;
it is even still wearable after 3 years.


Week of October 5, 2009
New York's favorite bagels? H&H Bagels' top 5 sellers are: plain, poppy, sesame, cinnamon raisin and everything.


Week of September 28, 2009
To make one pound of honey, bees must collect nectar from approximately 2 million flowers, which is probably where the phrase "busy as a bee" came from.
(Bonus fact!): Honey never goes bad, you can keep it in your cupboard forever.


Week of September 21, 2009
In 1896, Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish chemist, was the first to predict global warming when he suggested that burning fossil fuels would result in the build-up of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere.


Week of September 14, 2009
(Welcome back! We hope your summer was memorable and you are ready to get back into the park!!!)
The Song "Happy Birthday to You" was originally written by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill as "Good Morning to You." The words were changed when it was published in 1935 and annual royalties for the song now average $2,000,000.


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