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Week of June 27, 2011
(The last one of the 2010-2011 school year! See you in the fall!)
Clarence Clemons, a lifetime member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died on June 18. The next day, E Street Shuffle won the third race at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, just a few miles from The Stone Pony, where the band played early on.

Week of June 20, 2011
An idling car burns 1.6 ounces of gas (.00125 gallons) per minute, so turn it off whenever it doesn't need to be on!

Week of June 13, 2011
Our FIFTH summer EDventure Camp opens this week, though the official anniversary is June 18, 2007. Our first-ever trip was to the Queens Zoo.

Week of June 6, 2011
The average speed of a horse-drawn carriage is 8 miles per hour. The average speed of New York City traffic? 9.9 mph.

Week of May 30, 2011
A little over 131 million votes were cast in the 2008
United States presidential election...
In the recent finale of American Idol, 122.4 million votes were cast for finalists Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery.

Week of May 23, 2011
The first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box was baseball Hall-of-Famer Lou Gehrig (of the Yankees!) in 1924.

Week of May 16, 2011
Roughly 12% of all workers in the United States have worked at a McDonald's restaurant at some point in their lives.

Week of May 9, 2011
There are over 18 named gates in Central Park that were designated to thank certain citizens for their role in shaping the city when the park was created in the 1860s. Among others you will find are "Artisans' Gate," "Engineers' Gate" and "Women's Gate."

Week of May 2, 2011
Pull the plug! A whopping 75 percent of energy consumption by home electronics, like cell phone chargers, DVD players and printers, occurs when the devices are turned off, but still plugged in.

Week of April 25, 2011
The pin that holds a hinge together is called a pintle.

Week of April 18, 2011
Marshmallow Peeps contain pork. It's true.

Week of April 11, 2011
A common housefly carries some 1,941,000 bacteria on its body.

Week of April 4, 2011
The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at night can save a whopping 8 gallons of water per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's 240 gallons of water every month!

Week of March 28, 2011
Duck tape was originally green and developed by Johnson & Johnson for the U.S military, which wanted a waterproof tape that would keep the moisture out of (and blend with) their ammunition cases. During the postwar housing boom, it was discovered that it was also good for heating and air conditioning duct work, so the color was changed from green to silver and duck tape became duct tape (which fixes everything, by the way!)

Week of March 21, 2011
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings as a single volume and was annoyed when it was published in the mid-1950s as a trilogy. In 1968, Tolkien sold the film rights to the whole thing for $15,000. The three films have grossed nearly THREE BILLION DOLLARS worldwide.

Week of March 14, 2011
Baby pigeons are called squabs and by the time they are just four weeks old, they are ready to leave the nest and start feeding themselves.

Week of March 7, 2011
A tropical storm must have wind speeds in excess of 39 miles per hour before it is assigned a name and it is officially classified as a hurricane when sustained wind speeds reach 74 miles per hour.

Week of February 28, 2011
When you take a bite of ice cream (or any other really cold food or drink), some of it touches the roof of your mouth, otherwise known as the hard palate. That triggers the nerves above the palate to quickly cool down. Those nerves send an emergency message to the brain that it's about to get cold up there and the blood vessels in the brain constrict to accommodate. When the warm blood rushes through the blood vessels again -- presto! You get that feeling we all know as an "ice cream headache."

Week of February 21, 2011
All Crayola crayon names appear on labels in lowercase because tests reveal that lowercase letters are easiest for elementary school students to read.

Week of February 14, 2011
Billy Crystal was originally offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear in the original Toy Story (1995), but declined (Tim Allen took the role instead). After seeing the finished film, he said the decision was the biggest mistake of his career. Upon learning this, Pixar offered Crystal the role of Mike in Monsters, Inc. (2001), which he readily accepted.

Week of February 7, 2011
Kites are named after the kite bird, a member of the hawk family.

Week of January 31, 2011
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

Week of January 24, 2011
Three significant snowfalls have kept the Central Park Conservancy busy this season -- they have cleared a combined 32 inches of snow throughout the Park, already more than it sees in an average winter. To make sure the Park remains accessible to winter revelers, the Conservancy has used the following so far this winter: 19,000 pounds of calcium chloride & magnesium chloride to melt snow and ice, 75 tons of sand-salt mix, 72 tons of straight sand, 75 staffers for snow shoveling, 16 plow trucks, 12 snow blowers, 4 front loaders and 2 snow brooms. Impressive, huh?

Week of January 17, 2011
From 1957 until his death in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. traveled more than 6 million miles and gave over 2,500 speeches during his travels. In 1964, at age 35, he was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Presently there are more than 730 U.S. cities that have streets named after King.

Week of January 10, 2011
The flagship Bloomingdale's store (at 1000 Third Avenue) is the third-most popular tourist attraction in New York City, after the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

Week of January 3, 2011
Before the bald eagle was chosen as our national bird, Ben Franklin proposed that the Continental Congress choose the wild turkey instead. He thought the eagle was of bad moral character.

Week of December 13, 2010
In an attempt to save money on the company's annual holiday promotion, executives at Montgomery Ward stores asked Robert May, one of their copywriters, to come up with a children's story that they could print themselves, instead of having to buy existing coloring books to give away. The plan paid off: that Christmas, they distributed 2.4 million copies of May's tale, which featured an underdog (named Rudolph) who had been banished by his reindeer community because of his glowing red nose.

See you in 2011 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Week of December 6, 2010
According to the National Recycling Coalition, aluminum is the number one item on their list of easiest things to recycle. Aluminum cans are 100% recyclable and recycled aluminum can be back in use to hold a new drink a mere 60 days after being recycled. And to boot, aluminum can be recycled over and over again. You can actually recycle anything made out of aluminum, but how about starting simple with just recycling all your soda and juice cans?

Week of November 29, 2010
The OHIO STATE BUCKEYES defeated the michigan wolverines on Saturday, November 27, 37-7, the 2nd-most lopsided OSU victory in the series since 1968. The BUCKEYES extended its win streak to 7 straight over michigan, outscoring the wolverines 218-108 during that span. Head coach Jim Tressel led the BUCKEYES to a share of a record-tying 6th straight Big Ten title and is 9-1 vs. michigan during his tenure in Columbus. When the teams meet next year, it will have been 2,925 days since michigan last beat OHIO STATE.

Week of November 22, 2010
Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after being challenged by Bennett Cerf (his editor) to produce a book using fewer than fifty different words.

Week of November 15, 2010
That distinctive smell that you experience upon opening a box of crayons comes from stearic acid -- which is the formal name for processed beef fat.

Week of November 8, 2010
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson mixed up some popular fruit-flavored soda powder and accidentally left the glass outside overnight. The next morning, he found the stirring stick frozen upright in his drink and proudly showed his friends this unique "soda on a stick." 18 years later, Epperson patented the Popsicle.

Week of November 1, 2010
Brooklyn got its name from a small village in the Netherlands called Breukelen. Later, the English named it Kings, but it never really stuck.

Week of October 25, 2010
The end of an era? We just completed our fall camping trip, which marked the first season since the June 2006 "School's Out!!!" trip that neither Tobias or Flory were in attendance.
Both were there in spirit!

Week of October 18, 2010
Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

Week of October 11, 2010
If you are average, your lifetime will last about 2,475,576,000 seconds.

Week of October 4, 2010
The heart of a full-grown blue whale is the size of a small car; its tongue is as long as an elephant.

Week of September 27, 2010
The term piano is short for the instrument's full name -- piano et forte -- which translates to "soft and loud."

Week of September 20, 2010
Ronald McDonald is considered the second-most recognizable character in the world, after Santa Claus and ahead of Mickey Mouse.

Week of September 13, 2010
(Welcome back! We hope your summer was memorable and you are ready to get back into the park!!!)
The star in the Macy's logo was taken from a tattoo on founder R.H. Macy's hand.

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