Monthly Archives: July, 2009

How did the game of hockey originate?

Hockey probably originated in a crude stick-and-ball game played by the ancient  Persians and Greeks.  The Greeks even included a kind of hockey in their Old Olympic Games. When we speak of hockey, many of us are apt to think first of ice hockey.  The earliest form of this game however, was not played on …

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How are pennies made?

Pennies are made in a coin factory called a mint.  To make pennies, a machine cuts round coins form a long metal sheet about as thick as the finished coin.  These round coins are called “blank” because they have no pictures on them.  Each blank then goes into another machine that makes a raised rim …

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What is Indian corn?

Indian corn is known in any places as maize.  We all  have read how the Indians taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn.  The Indian word for corn is “maize”.  The term “Indian corn,” or maize may be used to means any of several kinds of common corn grown originally in America, such as “field …

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What are giant sequoias?

Giant sequoias (pronounced seek KWOY uhs) are towering redwood trees, members of the pine family, that are found growing only in parts of California.  Giant sequoias are among the oldest and tallest of all forest trees and are the largest living things on earth. Many giant sequoias grow to be over 250 feet tall and …

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Why do we yawn?

Yawns are natural and healthy for you.  When we yawn, we are helping our breathing.  A yawn is a very deep breath in which big gulps of fresh air are pumped into our lungs, supplying our blood with more oxygen. Usually, we yawn when we are tired or drowsy and our bodies are relaxed.  It …

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How did the worm get into the apple?

The worm was put into the apple by a small moth. How often have you bitten into an apple and found a small white “worm” inside?  The apple worm is really the larva, or caterpillar, stage of a small moth known as the codling moth.  And here is how i got inside the apple. When …

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