December 9, 2018

Great Blue Hole – Belize


The great blue hole is a tremendous underwater sinkhole that is located off the coast of Belize and lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef. The hole has over 300 meters across and 125 meters deep. It is the world’s largest natural formation of its kind and is part of the Belize Barrier Reef System.


Water Cycle in a BagWaterCycle

Supplies Needed:

  • Ziplock
  • Black Sharpie
  • ¼ c. Water with blue food coloring


Ivory Soap

icoryIvory is known as “the soap that floats”, but that came about thanks to an accident.

The popular telling of the origin has it that a worker for Procter & Gamble ( PG) in 1879 make the mistake of leaving one of the industrial blenders running while he went off on his lunch break.

The resulting product looked OK, and the extra air whipped into the bars of soap wasn’t immediately noticeable. Afraid he would lose his job, the worker let the shipment roll off the assembly line without calling attention to his error.

The gig was soon up, but in a good way. Company executives were puzzled when customers started writing laudatory letters, praising the new variety of soap that would float in the bath (rather that sinking, hidden beneath the water) and offered a superior alternative to soap on a rope.

Some internal detective work eventually uncovered the worker’s brilliant mistake, and that lunchtime error was integrated into the manufacturing process, as it still is today.


Pilosocerus Leucocephalus

Long Name:

Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik, Manitoba

Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik is the name of a lake in Manitoba, Canada. It is the longest one worded place name in Canada. The name derives from the Cree language and means a place where fishing hooks are used to catch wild trout. This lake is located in the northeastern part of Manitoba near the border with Ontario. At 31 letters long, it is ranked as the seventh longest single word place name in the world.


Hold a Candle To

This phrase originates from when apprentices were expected to hold the candle up, so their more experienced colleagues could see what they were doing.HoldACandleTo



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