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Week of July 8, 2019
(The last one of the 2018-2019 school year! See you in the fall!)
Joey "Jaws" Chesnut won his 12th Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest after downing 71 hot dogs in 10 minutes. This was a little shy of his record of 74 hot dogs, set in last year's annual contest. 74 hot dogs is equivalent to about 22,000 calories. In order to burn that off, Joey would have to do jumping jacks for 26 hours, do 21 hours of freestyle swimming or play 30 straight hours of Wii Dance Dance Revolution!

Week of July 1, 2019
Outerbridge Crossing, which connects Staten Island to New Jersey, is named for Eugenius Outerbridge. The word "Crossing" was used to avoid naming it "Outerbridge Bridge."

Week of June 24, 2019
The Lego Company was originally called Billund Maskinsnedkeri. Kirk Christiansen was the inventor of Lego, in a small Denmark town, called Billund. In 1934 he decided his growing company needed a catchier name and settled on Lego, a contraction of the Danish leg godt, or play well. It can also be construed to mean "I put together" in Latin.

Week of June 17, 2019
A newborn blue whale puts on 196 pounds every day. In addition, whales cannot taste anything but salt.

Week of June 10, 2019
We have stated before that Central Park takes up 843 acres of land, but have never put it this way...the Park is the equivalent of roughly 16 billion New York City apartments!

Week of June 3, 2019
Thomas Edison had a tattoo, an image known as a quincunx, which is four dots arranged in a square, with a single dot in the middle. This image is the way the number five is portrayed on a dice cube. It was inscribed on his right forearm, but no one knows how the tattoo got there. There is no mention of it in the vast Edison archives. Did old Tom tattoo himself? We'll never know!

Week of May 27, 2019
A whole orange floats on water, but sinks if you peel it.

Week of May 20, 2019
Supposedly, the great Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Week of May 13, 2019
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt lightbulb for four hours. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

Week of May 6, 2019
Fish can get seasick.
(Bonus fact!): A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

Week of April 29, 2019
A professional rock expert is called a petrologist.

Week of April 22, 2019
Hidden "Easter Eggs" have become very popular in movies, especially Disney/Pixar films. The addition of these hidden items provides the audience with a fun game of who-found-what. Some examples of "Easter Eggs" include: R2-D2 and C3PO appear in the hieroglyphics in the Indiana Jones film Raiders Of The Lost Ark and a Pizza Planet truck is driving around in (almost) every Pixar movie.

Week of April 15, 2019
The average weight of a professional baseball bat is 33 ounces. Babe Ruth is said to have used bats ranging from 38-54 ounces throughout most of his career, using "lighter" bats as he got older.

Week of April 8, 2019
If you ran -- literally -- at a snail's pace, it would take you 18 months to finish a marathon!

Week of April 1, 2019
As far as we can tell, the earliest recorded association between April 1, pranks, foolishness and jokey craziness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales which was written in 1392.

Week of March 25, 2019
The leathery "armor" plates on armadillos' heads are like fingerprints -- no two are the same.

Week of March 18, 2019
St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates.

Week of March 11, 2019
There is no sound up in space because sound has to travel as a vibration in some material such as air, water or even stone. Since space is essentially empty, it cannot carry sound, at least not the sorts of sound that we are used to.

Week of March 4, 2019
Each winter in the U.S., at least 1 SEPTILLION ice crystals fall from the sky.
That's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Yes, you counted right -- 24 zeros!

Week of February 25, 2019
In order to create the four transverse roads that cut through Central Park, which were a part of the original 1858 winning Frederick Law Olmsted/Calvert Vaux design, the construction team used gun powder to blast through 30 feet of solid bedrock. It is said that more gun powder was used in this blasting project than was used in all of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

Week of February 18, 2019
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President, founded the University of Virginia in 1819. He is the only President to found an institution of higher learning.

Week of February 11, 2019
No bears are native to Australia. What about koala bears, you say? They are actually not bears, they are marsupials.

Week of February 4, 2019
The full name of everyone's favorite groundhog? Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.

Week of January 28, 2019
D is the Roman numeral for 500.
Why is that relevant?
Because this marks our 500th Fact of the Week!

Week of January 21, 2019
The average kid eats 15 pounds of cereal a year.

Week of January 14, 2019
The clock on the hundred dollar bill says it's 4:10.
(Bonus fact!): A dollar bill can be folded in the same spot about 4,000 times before it tears.

Week of January 7, 2019
Mohr's Explorers turns 15-years-old on January 7!

Week of December 17, 2018
The first candy canes were made without stripes.
Winter lasts for 21 years on Uranus.
A snowflake can take up to two hours to fall from a cloud to the ground.

See you in 2019 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Week of December 10, 2018
Coffee beans are actually seeds and sunflower seeds are actually fruits.

Week of December 3, 2018
The original animated special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," aired in 1966. In the original storybook, the Grinch was black and white with pink eyes. The decision to make him green was made by animator and director Chuck Jones when he created the 1966 film. The current movie remake is titled "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch."

Week of November 26, 2018
The OHIO STATE BUCKEYES, once again, defeated the michigan wolverines 62-39 on Saturday, making it 14 wins in the last 15 meetings (and 16 of the last 18) in this storied rivalry. The 62 points was the most the Buckeyes have ever scored in the 121-year history of "The Game," as Head Coach Urban Meyer improved to 7-0 vs. that team up north. It was also the most points allowed by a michigan team in a regulation game in its entire history.

Week of November 19, 2018
Iouea, which are Cretaceous fossil sponges, is the shortest English word that contains all five principal vowels (excluding y). Caesious is the shortest English word containing all five principal vowels in alphabetical order and it means having a waxy, bluish-grey coating.

Week of November 12, 2018
Bison are born orange -- our favorite color!

Week of November 5, 2018
Leaves change color due to the process of photosynthesis. During the growing season, a chemical called chlorophyll, which absorbs light energy, is responsible for capturing sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and sugar. In the fall, as temperatures cool and days grow shorter, chlorophyll naturally breaks down, the green color disappears from the leaf surface and colors such as yellow and orange, which until now have been masked by the green, start to become visible. However, some trees, like maples and sweet gums, start making brand new pigments of their own as their chlorophyll breaks down, producing brilliant shades of red, scarlet and purple.!

Week of October 29, 2018
Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth and never die of old age, they drink about 2,000 liters of water each year, a single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old, all the while producing breathable air for us!

Week of October 22, 2018
Hippos make their own sunscreen. Their skin oozes hipposudoric acid, a sticky, red slime that blocks the sun's ultraviolet (burning) rays.

Week of October 15, 2018
Alligators balance twigs on their noses to lure birds looking for nest-building materials.

Week of October 8, 2018
The New York Yankees and the boston red sox continue their playoff series tonight in the Bronx. boston holds an 11-10 edge in games played this season. This is just the 4th time they have met in the playoffs and the 1st in 14 years. No team in baseball scored more than these two teams this season and it wasn't even close. The Bombers hit 59 more home runs than the sox did, but boston scored 25 more runs.

Week of October 1, 2018
That tiny pocket on your blue jeans is for your pocket watch. Well, maybe not yours, but the cowboys who made blue jeans famous in the 1800s were grateful for it. Typically, watches were carried on chains and worn in waistcoats, but hard field labor made that a lot less practical. Outdoors, the "watch pocket" on any pair of jeans did just the trick, even after watches moved to the wrist. "This extra pouch has served many functions, evident in its many titles," the Levi Strauss website reminds us. "Frontier pocket, coin pocket, match pocket and ticket pocket, to name a few."

Week of September 24, 2018
The ridges on the letters F and J on your keyboard help people remember where to align their index fingers while typing on "QWERTY" keyboards. Knowing where to place your index fingers will give you a natural place for your other fingers, help you type faster and make it easier for you to feel your way around the keyboard without constantly looking down.

Week of September 17, 2018
The color of the tag on your store-bought bread tells grocers what day of the week the bread was shipped. Bread is usually delivered fresh to stores five days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday and each day has its own colored tag or twist tie. Though some companies use their own system, this common code is easy to remember...just as the days of the week proceed in order from Monday to Saturday, their corresponding colors proceed in alphabetical order: Blue, Green, Red, White & Yellow.

Week of September 10, 2018
(Welcome back! We hope your summer was ridiculously fun!!!)
According to pizza guru Scott Wiener, pizza will not burn your mouth once it has cooled below 170-175 degrees.

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