Thursday, January 25, 2018

Induced Seismicity

We just learned about the Volcano tectonic earthquakes.

Another thing that causes earthquakes is induced seismicity, which means things that people do that cause earthquakes.
This can be drilling into the ground, building large lakes or mining.

(from: wikipedia - induced seismicity)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Fujita Scale

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Common Octopus

Let's learn about some cephalopods!.

One of the most famous ones is the Common Octopus.

Some funny things about the octopus are that while a lot of people say "octopi" for a group of them, the right word is actually "octopuses".

Also, people say that an octopus has tentacles, but they actually have arms.
The difference is that arms have suction cups all along them, and tentacles only have suction cups at the end.

There are about 300 different types of octopuses in the world!

These cephalopods can change color to hide, and they use their arms to grab their prey and use their beak to crack open any shells for animals they have to eat.

(from: wikipedia - octopus)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: European Fire Bellied Toad

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Metacarpal Ligaments

We just learned about the Intercarpal Ligaments that hold your wrist bones together.

Another group of ligaments in your hand are the Metacarpal Ligaments.

These tie the bones together in your hand, right by your big knuckles, so your hand stays together.

(from: wikipedia - deep transverse metacarpal ligament)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Nucleus

Monday, January 22, 2018


We just learned about the Mexican state of Tabasco where the Spanish first landed in Mexico.

Another state in Mexico is Yucatán.

This state is on north end of the bottom tail of Mexico, right on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

(from: wikipedia - yucatán)

Yucatán's coat of arms is green and yellow.
It shows a deer for the native Mayan people, jumping over an agave plant which grows in the area.
On the top and bottom are Mayan arches, and the left and right are Spanish towers, for the two different people that live there.

(from: wikipedia - yucatán)

There are ancient buildings in the city of Chichen Itza, like an ancient pyramid nicknamed "el castillo" which means "the castle"

(from: wikipedia - el castillo, chichen itza)

In Cuzuma and some other cities are some caves on the water that people can go tour.

(from: wikipedia - yucatán)

Another big pyramid on Yucatán is the Pyramid of the Magician in the town of Uxmal, which is over 13 stories tall.
The name of the pyramid comes from old legends that said a magician built it in one night.

(from: wikipedia - pyramid of the magician)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Klamath-Siskyou Mountains

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Rose of Lima

We just learned about the nun Clare of Assisi.

Another famous nun was Rose of Lima, who was born in the country of Peru, and spent her whole life helping to take care of sick and poor people.

She was a member of what is called the Dominican Order, which was a group started by a Spanish priest named Dominic around 1200 AD.

(from: wikipedia - rose of lima)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Joshua

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Woman of Samaria - Rinehart

We just learned about the statue of Benjamin Franklin by Hiram Powers in the US in 1862.

Another neoclassical sculpture is the Woman of Samaria, sculpted by William Henry Rinehart in Washington DC, in 1859.

William Henry Rinehart was born in Maryland, and grew up as a farmer. When he was about 20 years old he got another job as a helper to a stone-cutter, where he studied sculpture.

At 30, he moved to Italy to learn more about sculpture, and did some marble reliefs. He came back to the US a few years later and opened his own studio where he made a lot of marble and bronze sculptures for the US Capitol of Washington D.C.

Eventually he moved back to Italy and lived the rest of his life in Rome.

This famous sculpture of his is of the woman in the book of John in the Bible who came to the well to get water, and she met Jesus.
He asks her to get him some water, and then tells her he can give her eternal life.

(from: wikipedia - william henry rinehart)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Cloister's Cross

Friday, January 19, 2018

Greek - Cow, Chicken, Pig

We already know that in Greek, dog is σκύλος (skýlos) and cat is γάτα (gáta).

Now let's learn about some farm animals!

cow - αγελάδα (ageláda) - sounds like ah-gay-LAH-dah

chicken - κοτόπουλο (kotópoulo) - sounds like koh-TOH-poh-oo-loh

pig - χοίρο (choíro) - sounds like xh-EE-doh

Also in Greek cows say mou mou, chickens say ko ko ko, and pigs say greelizee!

center for the greek language
(from: wikipedia - center for the greek language)

ASL: cow, chicken, pig

Italian: mucca, pollo, maiale

German: Kuh, Huhn, Schwein

Spanish: vaca, pollo, cerdo

French: vache, poulet, porc