Monthly Archives: June, 2012

How did rodeos start?

Rodeos started from old-time western roundups, when cowboys held contests between themselves to see who was best at riding, roping and other skills. A rodeo is an exciting content in which cowboys show their skill in bronc riding, bull riding, steer roping and steer wrestling or bulldogging. The word “rodeo” (pronounced ROM-deo-oh or roh-DAY-oh) comes …

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Were there ever real dragons?

No!  Dragons never existed, but the old dragon superstitions may have been started by real animals. Dragons never really existed, but most people believed in them at one time.  Dragons are found only in folk tales. They were usually pictured as huge, serpent like  monsters with wings like those of a giant bat. Their mighty …

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How are shoes made?

There are more than 200 operations for the making of a single shoes! The first pair of shoes may have been scraps of skin or flat pieces of wood held on by vines as sandals.   For a very long time all shoes were made by hand.  There are still shoemakers who make fine shoes partly …

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Why is Kentucky called the Bluegrass State?

Kentucky sets its nickname from the bluish tinted grass that grows in the State. “The Bluegrass State” is a popular nickname for the state of Kentucky. The name comes from the unusual bluish-stemmed grass with its dusty blue blossoms that grows in many parts of the state. The state’s name probably comes from the Indian …

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How is Flour Made?

Most wheat flour is made by grinding, sifting and bleaching wheat until it becomes a fine, white flour. We could not have any bread, cookies, cakes or many other foods if we didn’t have flour. Flour is a food made by grinding wheat or other cereal grains.  When we speak of flour, we usually mean …

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What do my tonsils do?

Your tonsils help prevent diseases by trapping and destroying harmful germs that enter your body through your mouth and nose. Tonsils are small masses of a special kind of tissue called “lymphoid tissue.” Your tonsils are located at the sides of the throat at the back of your mouth. Tonsils have a special job.  They …

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How is marble formed?

Marble comes from limestone that has been changed by heat and pressure. The rock we call marble is really made-over limestone – it is a metamorphic rock.  That is, it began as one kind of rock and later changed into another kind. Ages ago the skeletons and shells of countless billions of tiny sea creatures …

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How is the Height of the Mountain Measured?

Most mountains are measure with altimeters, for more accurate readings, surveyors use transits and mathematics to measure elevation. When we read of high mountains in books, we may wonder, how the height of a mountain is actually measured.  Most of our figures for mountain heights were obtained with an altimeter. This is a kind of barometer …

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What are aphids?

Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that such the juices of plants. During the summer, you may find the stems and leaves of you garden plants crowded with tiny pear-shaped insects called aphids.  Another name for them is “plant lice.” Aphids are among the most common insect pests of plants.  The aphid lives only to eat. Its mouth …

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Where Does Wax Come From?

Wax is a soft, solid substance that comes from animal, vegetable and mineral sources. When we think of wax, we may think of the soft, solid materials that candles are made of. There are  many kinds of wax and many use for them.  Wax comes from animal, vegetables, and mineral sources. The wax used for …

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