December 11, 2018

Antelope Canyon Arizona

AngelopeCanyonAntelope Canyon is the product of millions of years of water erosion. In fact, the Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is “Tse’ bighanilini,” which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Once home to herds of pronghorn antelope, the canyon now lies within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation, and draws nature-lovers near and far for its remarkable, mysterious beauty. The canyon walls climb 120 feet above the streambed, making it a cathedral of red-hued, swirling sandstone.



Wind Powered Challenge


  • Lots of random items to encourage creativity and experimentation!
  • Milk Carton or shoe box
  • Skewers
  • Corks
  • String
  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Lego
  • Fearless Lego MiniFig

Long Name:

Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea, Spain

At 39 letters, this is the fifth longest name of a place in the world, and the longest both in Spain and Europe. This name has been named from Bosque language which has been translated into English to mean “the low field of a high pen of Azpilkueta”.



corningwareThe selling point of CorningWare is it’s ability to withstand tremendous heat, moving safely from an oven to stovetop burner as needed.

Donald Stookey, a researcher at what was then Corning Glass Works, didn’t set out to make cookware. His expertise was with special types of glass that exhibited photosensitive properties. One product he pioneered, for example: photochromic sunglasses lenses that get darker or lighter depending on ambient light. He was also on a team at Corning contracted by the U.S. government on a project, later abandoned, to create class coins to replace metal currency.

In 1953, Stookey was working with a substance called FotoForm glass when he made a game-changing mistake that would benefit Corning for decades to come. He had intended to heat a piece of glass he was working with to 600 degrees C., but the furnace blasted out 900 degrees of heat. At that temperature, the glass should have melted, but it didn’t. In fact, there was no apparent damage, except for the fact that it turned white.

In a 1986 interview with The Associated Press, Stookey recalled that day.

“I took it out of the furnace as fast as I could with a pair of tongs,” he said. “The tongs slipped and it fell on the floor. The thing bounced and it sounded like a piece of steel bouncing. So, I figured something different must have happened.”

That creation, a glass-ceramic material named pyroceram, was adapted for cooking use to take full advantage of its ability to withstand intense temperature changes. CorningWare hit store shelves in 1958.


Arrojadoa Penicillata


An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

AppleWas this catchy rhyme a proverb from Pembrokeshire, or Devon? The earliest recording of the phrase in 1866, states “Eat an apple on going to bed, And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread” is from the former. But in 1913, Elizabeth Wright recorded this phrase from the latter: “Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An’ you’ll make the doctor beg his bread; or as the more popular version runs: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away.”




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