Category Archive: Social Studies

Social Studies, History, Economics, Geography, and other related subjects.

Facts about Waldameer Park, Erie, PA

When summer approaches, it is not uncommon to see buses of school students arriving for a fun, field trip day at this historic landmark and amusement park in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Waldameer Park is an historic amusement park that was originally built in the year 1896, and continues to thrive as a family-friendly tourist attraction today. The …

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First Halloween on Friday the 13th in 666 years?

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,

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Dinner and a Show…

Do you watch TV while you eat dinner? You’re not alone. 40% of Americans do.

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If you thought YOUR makeup was expensive…

The producers of the 1968 movie, “Planet of the Apes” spent $1,000,000 dollars of the film’s budget just on makeup.

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Who really invented the internet???

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.

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Horray for “Hollywoodland?”

Hollywoodland Sign

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 …

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Who holds the purse strings in Japan?

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.

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Put your shirt on, man!

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.

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Change for a Dollar??

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 …

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The POTATO was illegal in France!

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. 

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