Facts about Symmetrical
What makes something symmetrical?
Symmetrical shapes or forms are the same on both sides of an imaginary line through the middle.
A square is symmetrical.
It is symmetrical because you can fold it in half, and both sides will be identical. Continue reading
Using the wrong homophone or homograph when texting, using the internet, or writing a paper for school can be confusing! Here is how homophones and homographs are different, and some examples of each to help you use them correctly. Continue reading
Would you like you like to learn the difference between factors and multiples? And would you like a few math examples to help you understand the difference? Here you go! Continue reading
Facts About Elodea Plants
“Elodea” became a genus of aquatic plants in 1803.
Facts About Elodea Plants
Elodea plants are native to North and South America.
Elodea plants are sometimes referred to as “waterweeds,” or “pond weeds.”
The stems of elodea plants can grow up to 2 feet long. Continue reading
Millipedes can be great as pets at home, or in the school classroom for kids.
Keeping live millipedes in habitats can be an exciting and fun classroom science project. Learning about millipedes provides a fun learning challenge for students learning about the environment. Here are some cool millipede facts to get you started!
Fun Facts About the Moon!
Eugene Cernan standing on the surface of the moon on December 13, 1972. [Image by NASA]
1.) A one-way trip to the moon is the same distance as 49 round-trips between New York City and Los Angeles — about 238,900 miles (or, 384,400 kilometers).
2.) Five of the six American flags that astronauts left on the moon are still standing. The one that fell over Continue reading
Hoax alert! You might have seen a meme floating around the internet that claims “This is the first time in 666 years that Halloween falls on a Friday the 13th!”
The truth is, Continue reading
The smallest species of monkey is the marmoset. They weigh only 10-12 ounces (~ 0.3 kilograms), and grow up to a mere 8 inches long (20 centimeters).
Marmosets are native to South America.
Marmosets have also been referenced by William Shakespeare in “Tempest,” Act 2, Scene 2.
The next time you ever play the Nintendo video game, Super Mario Bros., look closely at the clouds and the bushes. They are the same graphic. The only differences are their placement and color.
Do you watch TV while you eat dinner? You’re not alone. 40% of Americans do.
Praying mantises are cannibalistic! Well, at least the females are. After she mates, she bites her partner’s head off.
Have you ever gone to the zoo and thought, “the lions always seem to be sleeping every time I come here!” That’s because, if you are trying to catch them up and moving around, the odds are against you. Lions spend 19-20 hours (83%) of each day sleeping.
Despite its name litetally meaning “lazy,” the sloth is not the laziest animal. Sloths only spend 10 hours of their day sleeping, in the wild. Even squirrels sleep more than sloths — 15 hours a day. The award for the most hours of sleep per day goes to the koala — which have been known to sleep as many as 20-22 hours, or 90% of their day.
Fish don’t have eyelids, so it’s a good thing they don’t need any “shut eye.” That is, most fish do not sleep.
Kangaroos can jump over 30 feet long (9.14 meters) and they can leap as high as 10 feet (3 meters).
The producers of the 1968 movie, “Planet of the Apes” spent $1,000,000 dollars of the film’s budget just on makeup.
Around the world, there are at least 60 volcanic eruptions every year.
Teri Garr, who is best known for acting in films such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and a recurring role on the TV show, “Friends,” has been credited in films using other names such as Terri Garr, Terry Garr, Terry Carr, and Teri Hope.
The Marx brothers’ real names were actually —
And a 5th brother — Milton (Gummo), who was actually never in any of the Marx Brothers’ movies.
The fastest animals on land are cheetahs. A cheetah can run as fast as 70 miles per hour!
No one person invented the internet. It actually started around 1967, when the United States spent $19,800 to develop a computer network for ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) called “ARPANET.” ARPA was established in response to Russia taking the lead in technology by its launching of Sputnik in 1957.
If you encounter a skunk in the wild, you may want to stay at least eight to ten feet away. That is the range that skunks can spray their stinky, nasty stuff.
The famous “Hollywood” sign in Los Angeles, California actually read “Hollywoodland” when it was built in 1923 as an advertisement for a housing developing business. The sign was only meant to last 18 months. It was rebuilt by the L.A. Parks Department in 1949, because it had drawn so much interest. That is when it was shortened to “Hollywood.”
The first African-American woman to anchor the news on WVTF-TV in Nashville, TN, was none other than Oprah Winfrey — when she was only 19 years old.
The longest living mammal is the human being. However, that is determined to be a worldwide average. Human longevity can vary greatly in each country, depending on health care, education, nutrition, disease, and other factors.
In Japanese culture, it is customary for the wife to be in charge of the family’s finances. Husbands typically submit their paychecks to the wife. The wife will then allow the husband to have an allowance.
In 1979, a male jogger was arrested in Palm Beach for not wearing a shirt, because of the “topless ordinance.” In 1988, the law was thrown out.
The explosive force when a kernel of popcorn “pops” can launch it as high as 3 feet in the air, or 91.44 centimeters.
If you wanted to make a string of popcorn that stretched all the way from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need 3940.16 kilometers of string (or 2448.30 miles’ worth), and roughly 352,028,160 popped kernels of popcorn.
The average American eats 54 quarts of popcorn, annually. That means all of America is eating 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year.
In one teaspoon of water, there are 8 times as many atoms as there are teaspoons of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
The collective weight of every ant in the world (all 10,000,000,000,000,000 of them, or, ten thousand trillion, or 10^16) is equal to the weight of the sum of every human on earth.
The first animal to conceive in space was Nadyezhda — a cockroach, in 2007. You probably wouldn’t want her in your kitchen. Scientists documented that the offspring were stronger and faster than typical ‘roaches.
There are 293 possible ways to make change for an American dollar.
Let’s see, you can do it by four quarters, or one hundred pennies, or two quarters and five dimes, or twenty nickels, or….. Nevermind. You can count them yourself, or just take our word for it. There are 293 different combinations for making an American dollar using American coins.
Sharks and stingrays are cousins. And, neither of them have any bones. They belong to the family “elasmobranchs.” That means they have gill slits, and skeletons made of cartilage, not bone.
Despite the anatomy charts that depict veins as red and arteries as blue, human blood itself is never blue inside the body. It will vary in shades of red — brighter red having more oxygen, darker red having less. At very most, living blood can become a reddish-purple, but not blue.
Potatoes were illegal in France for 24 years. In 1748 the French Parliament forbade the cultivation of the potato on the grounds that it was thought to cause leprosy. Continue reading
At one time, maps showed a large area as “Oregon Country,” and four different nations all claimed it was theirs. Prior to 1805, Lewis and Clark were the only ones to explore it — in fact, they walked the entire length of Oregon Country. Oregon Country was the entire area south of Alaska, and to the north of California.
The four nations that originally wanted to claim it was the United States, Spain, England, and Russia.
Levi Coffin was a man who became an important historical figure because of his work in helping runaway slaves to find their freedom.
Levi Coffin became known for his help with the “Underground Railroad.”
Fact Frenzy presents the following passage taken directly from the accounts of Levi Coffin, an Ohio Quaker in 1850. He helped slave fugitives escape from the south in a system that was known as the “Underground Railroad.”
In the time of the “mountain men“, at the beginning of the 19th century, Lewis and Clarkand other explorers had already explored the West.
Mountain Men — explorers and fur traders were the ones who unlocked the secrets of the West.
The United States government had already sent these explorers to find out all they can, and to bring the answer to those secrets home. But there was still a lot to be found out about the mountainous West. Continue reading
<< Mexican – American WAR PART 1 | Mexican – American WAR PART 2 >>
The United States Congress decided to declare war against Mexico on May 13, 1846. They thought it was necessary in response to Polk’s statement, “American blood has been shed on American soil.”
The Battle of Molino del Rey was fought in September 1847, during the Mexican-American War.
In 1836, Texas had just declared its independance as a nation from Mexican rule. The battle of San Jacinto had just been fought and won. But now, the Republic of Texas was bracing itself for possible future attacks — and a possible Mexican – American war. Continue reading
Texas Revolution Part 1 | Texas Revolution Part 2
The Texans put their protests together and presented them to president Santa Anna. When this happened, Santa Anna had Stephen Austin arrested and held for several years without a trial. Eventually he was released. Stephen Austin actually became a chairman of the Committee on Public Safety. However, president Santa Anna assembled an army of 8,000 soldiers in an effort to control the American Texans.
Mexican President Santa Anna, mid-1800's.
The time for battle had come, and the first major battle took place at the Alamo, the fortified mission of San Antonio. Many lives were lost on both sides there. General Sam had ordered the Alamo defenders to retreat. However, they stayed. Among them were Davy Crockett, W. B. Travis, and Jim Bowie. All the Texans there were killed, and the attackers from Mexico had 1,500 casualties.
Texas Revolution Part 1 | Texas Revolution Part 2
The Texas Revolution, as we call it today, came about after a number of attempts from different groups of people to seize control of Texas had failed.
Stephen Austin, in a 1833 painting, around the time that the Texas Revolution began.
At one time, Texas belonged to Spain. Then, it belonged to Mexico. However, the Comanche and Apache Native American nations were the true rulers of Texas at that time. There were small towns that comprised of churches and small stores, although the territory was very hostile. Continue reading
Bonus Army veterans in front of the U.S. Capital.
What was the Bonus Army?
The United States faced many problems during the Great Depression. So did President Herbert Hoover. One notable problem he faced was his public image after the handling (or perhaps, mishandling) of the marchers in the “Bonus Army”.
The Freezing Point of water is any temperature below the Melting Point!
Do you know what the “freezing point” of water is? Fact Frenzy brings you this article that explains the temperatures that make liquid water and water vapor freeze, and the difference in temperature scales.
The increasing amount of human-made GHG's, through the burning of fossil fuels, is more than the delicate balance of nature is able to absorb.
Fact Frenzy answers the question: “What is Global Warming?”
The term “global warming” refers to the rising of the average temperature of the earth. More specifically, research has shown rising temperatures near the earth’s surface, bodies of water, and atmosphere. Continue reading
What is "Foreclosure?"
If you own a home, or have ever dreamed of buying your own home, it’s important to know the facts regarding the consequences of getting behind with your mortgage payments. Fact Frenzy offers an explanation about one thing you should avoid — what the banks and lending institutions call “foreclosure”. Continue reading
Domain names can be words, letters, numbers or phrases that are followed by ".com", ".net", ".org", or some other extension.
Fact Frenzy takes on the question: “What is a Domain Name?”
If you’re considering starting a website, probably the first — and most important — thing to consider is a domain name.
We’ll focus on 2 things: what is a domain name, and how it works. Continue reading
The Americans – McDougal Littell – ISBN 0-618-68985-0
McDougal Littell – ISBN 0-618-68985-0
The Americans is a popular text book used in education for teaching United States history. Readers and students learn critical thinking and how to think reflectively on the historical events that helped shape America. This unbiased text tells the story of America from many different perspectives, featuring photographs and in-depth narratives of notable individuals. Continue reading