Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Marrus Orthocanna

We just learned about the Green Hydra.

Another type of hydrozoan is the Marrus Orthocanna.

This animal looks like a long fiery string with bubbles on it.
It can grow to be several feet long, and forty inches wide.

These creatures live in very deep waters, over 600 feet deep and mostly in the Arctic Ocean.

(from: wikipedia - marrus orthocanna)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Big Blue Octopus

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


We just learned about the Cornea.

Another part of the eye is the Retina.

Remember that the black pupil in the eye is really just a hole for the light to come in.
The black color of the pupil comes from the inside of the eye, where the light hits the retina.

The retina is in the back of the eye.
Inside the eye it is shaped like a ball, with the pupil as the hole to let light in, and the retina as inside of the ball at the back.

The retina helps take the light that shines on it, and turn it into signals that are sent to the brain so you can understand what you are seeing.

(from: wikipedia - retina)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Tooth Enamel

Monday, September 2, 2019


We just learned about the big gated door called the Yett.

Another kind of castle fortification is a Hoarding.

This is a wooden shed that is built on the outside of a stone castle, to help protect archers and defenders of the castle during a battle.

These hoardings are usually not built on the castle until there is a battle.
When they are put up, there are holes in the side of a castle called putlogs or putlocks that they would put logs into, and then build the hoarding on top of that.

(from: wikipedia - hoarding (castle))

(from: wikipedia - putlog hole)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Spiš Castle

Sunday, September 1, 2019


We just learned about the Fifty Bibles of Constantine.

Another part of early Christianity is Monasticism, which means talking about monks.

We've learned a lot before about Monks and Nuns.

During the years 300-400 Christianity went from became illegal and people being killed for being a Christian, to being legal in the Roman empire.

Around that same time is when people started going off by themselves to live in caves, or live in buildings together called monasteries or convents.

Monks and Nuns have been around for hundreds of years, but it first started in the 4th century (300 - 400 AD) and when it was made legal people started making places for monks to live, and the monks also started being very important in how people understood the Bible.

(from: wikipedia - christian monasticism)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Caius - Bishop of Ephesus

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue

We just learned about the Olmec Colossal Heads.

Another ancient art from the ancient Americas is the Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue.

This is a type of jewelry that was worn in someone's pierced lower lip.
The snake would stick out, and the tongue would even move when they moved their head.
In the place now known as Mexico there were people called the Aztecs that would sometimes pierce their lips and wear things in their mouth like that.

It's made of gold, copper and silver, and was made long ago, some time around 1400 AD.

(from: wikipedia - serpent labret with articulated tongue)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Nestorian Stele

Friday, August 30, 2019

Norwegian - Counting to Eighty Nine

We counted to 79 in Norwegian, let's keep going!

80 åtti - sounds like aw-tee
81 åttiett - sounds like aw-tee eh-t
82 åttito - sounds like aw-tee too
83 åttitre - sounds like aw-tee t-day
84 åttifire - sounds like aw-tee fee-dah
85 åttifem - sounds like aw-tee fam
86 åttiseks - sounds like aw-tee seh-ks
87 åttisyv - sounds like aw-tee see-v
88 åtti οκτώ - sounds like aw-tee aw-tuh
89 åttini - sounds like aw-tee nee

norwegian language
(from: wikipedia - norwegian language)

Greek: ογδόντα (ogdónta), ογδόντα ένα (ogdónta éna), ογδόντα δύο (ogdónta dýo), ογδόντα τρεις (ogdónta treis), ογδόντα τέσσερις (ogdónta tésseris), ογδόντα πέντε (ogdónta pénte), ογδόντα έξι (ogdónta éxi), ογδόντα επτά (ogdónta eptá), ογδόντα οκτώ (ogdónta októ), ογδόντα εννέα (ogdónta ennéa)

ASL: eighty, eighty one, eighty two, eighty three, eighty four, eighty five, eighty six, eighty seven, eighty eight, eighty nine

Italian: ottanta, unottanta, ottantadue, ottantatre, ottantaquattro, ottantacinque, ottantasei, ottantasette, ottantotto, ottantanove

German: achtzig, einundachtzig, zweiundachtzig, dreiundachtzig, vierundachtzig, fünfundachtzig, sechsundachtzig, siebenundachtzig, achtundachtzig, neunundachtzig

Spanish: ochenta, ochenta y uno, ochenta y dos, ochenta y tres, ochenta y cuatro, ochenta y cinco, ochenta y seis, ochenta y siete, ochenta y ocho, ochenta y nueve

French: quatre-vingts, quatre-vingts-un, quatre vingt deux, quatre vingt trois, quatre vingt quatre, quatre vingt cinq, quatre vingt six, quatre vingt sept, quatre vingt huit, quatre vingt neuf

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Electric Motor

We just learned about the Bearing.

One type of motor used for a lot of things is an Elecric Motor.

This motor usually has some electric coils wrapped around a metal pole, spinning around inside a tube.

Some electric motors use the tube to force the pole to spin, and others take the energy from the spinning pole and use it to charge up electricity from the tube around it.

(from: wikipedia - electric motor)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Reaction Control System