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Week of June 24, 2013
(The last one of the 2012-2013 school year! See you in the fall!)
Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of their first American meal. Baffled, many attempted to spread it on their bread.

Week of June 17, 2013
The tiny silver balls used in cake decoration? They are coated with actual silver and are marked as inedible on the labeling.

Week of June 10, 2013
If you ever decide to get married at Disney, an extra $1,200 or so will get you Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as guests at your reception afterwards. For 30 minutes.

Week of June 3, 2013
The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.

Week of May 27, 2013
Eagles see better than humans on clear days; humans see better than eagles on foggy days.

Week of May 20, 2013
Here's a weird law...In Spain, it is not only illegal to drive while wearing flip-flops, it's also against the law to drive with groceries on the back seat of a convertible!

Week of May 13, 2013
The dreaded northern snakehead, referred to by some as "Fishzilla," has recently been spotted in Central Park's Harlem Meer. This fish is a relentless predator that devours just about everything in its path, including fish, frogs, crayfish, beetles and aquatic insects. The snakehead is common in the rivers and lakes of Asia but considered an invasive species in American waters and it does not meet death easily; it is able to survive under ice or even live on land for days in damp conditions. Signs have popped up saying if you catch this fish, contact the authorities immediately and do not release it. It does not belong and could radically alter the local fish population.

Week of May 6, 2013
The cartoon Tom and Jerry has been on television since 1940. Itchy and Scratchy, the show within the TV show The Simpsons, is a spoof on Tom and Jerry. Think this show is past its prime? It was nominated for a 2013 Kids' Choice Award, in the "Favorite Cartoon" category.

Week of April 29, 2013
Grasshoppers hear with the fronts of their knees. Starfish have eight eyes, one at the end of each leg. A snail breathes through its foot.

Week of April 22, 2013
Higher-end detergents contain three of the same digestive enzymes that are in...your saliva!

Week of April 15, 2013
There are almost 3 times as many taxi garages in Queens as there are in Manhattan.

Week of April 8, 2013
The term "Final Four" was originated by Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter Ed Chay, in a 1975 article that appeared in the Official Collegiate Basketball Guide. The article stated that Marquette University "was one of the final four" in the 1974 men's college basketball tournament. The NCAA started capitalizing on the term in 1978 and turned it into a trademark several years later.

Week of April 1, 2013
A blue whale's tongue is so large that 50 people could stand on it.
(Bonus Fact!): A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4-foot-tall child inside.

Week of March 25, 2013
In Los Angeles, California, taxi drivers can be fined $1,500 for wearing plaid.

Week of March 18, 2013
Do you have scholionophobia? You's another name for "fear of school."

Week of March 11, 2013
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

Week of March 4, 2013
An ant's sense of smell is almost as good as a dog's.

Week of February 25, 2013
The first dinosaur to be formally named was the Megalosaurus, back in 1824.

Week of February 18, 2013
According to experts, human knowledge is increasing so fast that 90% of what we will know 50 years from now will be discovered in those 50 years.

Week of February 11, 2013
The first Valentine's Day card was sent in 1415. France's Duke of Orléans sent one to his wife when he was a prisoner in the Tower of London following the Battle of Agincourt. (Bonus Fact!): 141 million cards are exchanged every Valentine's Day and this total doesn't even include the cards that children give out at school!

Week of February 4, 2013
60% of all chicken soup sold in the United States is bought during cold and flu season.

Week of January 28, 2013
What do American cartoonist Hank Ketcham and British cartoonist David Law have in common? Independently, each came up with comic-strip characters named "Dennis the Menace," both about obnoxious youngsters and both debuted on the exact same day: March 12, 1951. Neither man ever filed a lawsuit because they understood it was just a strange coincidence, but to avoid confusion, the U.S. version was shortened to "Dennis" when it ran in the U.K.

Week of January 21, 2013
It has been estimated that 43,000 Americans are injured each year as a result of furniture or televisions toppling over.

Week of January 14, 2013
Last Friday, Central Park Conservancy workers came upon a live cannon ball, loaded in an 18th century cannon that is being refurbished. Authorities believe the cannon is at least 233 years old and it was donated to the park about the time of the Civil War. No one had any idea it was ready to fire until now and it was even on public display from the 1860s until 1996, when the Conservancy decided to bring it indoors to protect it from vandalism.

Week of January 7, 2013
Mohr's Explorers turned 9 on January 7.

Week of December 17, 2012
In the Ukraine, it is considered good luck if you find a spider web on Christmas morning.

See you in 2013 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Week of December 10, 2012
Your stomach has to produce a new mucus layer every two weeks, otherwise, it would digest itself.

Week of December 3, 2012
A cow's spots are like fingerprints. No two cows have the exact same pattern of spots.

Week of November 26, 2012
The OHIO STATE BUCKEYES defeated the michigan wolverines on Saturday, November 24, 26-21, to cap the 6th undefeated season in Buckeyes' history. Ohio State held them to 39 yards of offense in the second half, never allowing them to cross midfield, and have now won 10 of the last 12 meetings in the storied rivalry.

Week of November 19, 2012
Thanks to the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's is the world's second largest consumer of helium. The United States government is the first.

Week of November 12, 2012
In Cleveland, Ohio, it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

Week of November 5, 2012
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy last week, there was no Fact of the Week for the first time since we started them in the 2006-07 school year, ending our streak at 243 consecutive weeks. Mohr's Explorers was also cancelled for an entire week for the first time in the program's 9-year history.

Week of October 29, 2012

Week of October 22, 2012
The seven Gummi Bears are named Gruffi, Cubbi, Tummi, Zummi, Sunni, Gusto and Grammi.

Week of October 15, 2012
In one second, our sun produces enough energy to meet the current needs of the entire Earth for 500,000 years. However, only 1% of U.S. electricity is generated from solar power.

Week of October 8, 2012
There are more insects in 10 square feet of a rain forest than there are people in Manhattan.

Week of October 1, 2012
The Alaskan Wood Frog survives long, bitter Arctic winters by turning into a "frogsicle." It becomes frozen solid and for several months, its heart stops beating and it doesn't draw a single breath. When the weather warms, the frog miraculously thaws and comes back to life.

Week of September 24, 2012
Middle-class families with at least two kids have an average of 55 items affixed to their refrigerators.

Week of September 17, 2012
"Tug of War" was an official Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.

Week of September 10, 2012
(Welcome back! School is starting, must be time to Explore!)
Do you know how Coney Island got its name? There was a rare species of rabbits on the island and the first European settlers in New York City were the Dutch. In Dutch, Welsh and other languages, "coney" means rabbit.

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