Monday, December 17, 2018

Mysore Palace

We just learned about the Pena Palace.

Another famous castle is Mysore Palace, in Karnataka India in 1912 AD.

There are actually seven palaces in Mysore, but the biggest one is called Mysore Palace.

The special way the building looks is called Indo-Saracenic, which means it mixes together different construction styles, like Hindu, Mughal, Rajput and Gothic.
It is three stories high and has a 145 foot high tower.

There are three main entrances to the palace, and also many secret tunnels going between the palaces.
On top of one of the buildings is a statue of the Hindu Goddess Gajalakshmi that stands for wealth and fortune.

(from: wikipedia - mysore palace)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Coahuila

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Great Fire of Rome

We just learned about the Ante Nicene Period.

Another part of early Christianity is the Great Fire of Rome.

In 62 AD there was a big fire that burned for 6 days, and burned down many parts of the city of Rome.
No one is sure how the fire started, but after it was done the Roman Emperor Nemo blamed the fire on the Christian people living in Rome.

After that a lot of Christians were treated very badly, and sometimes even killed.

(from: wikipedia - category:great fire of rome)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Desert Mothers

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

We just learned about the sculpture Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokiteśvara by Tankei.

Another Japanese sculpture is The Great Buddha of Kamakura, made some time around 1252 AD.

No one is really sure who made the statue, but they think it might have been either Ōno Gorōemon or Tanji Hisatomo who were both famous artists at the time.

The statue is made out of bronze, and was made as a replacement for a wooden statue just like it.
It is over 40 feet tall, and weighs over 100 tons.
It's hollow, and people can actually go inside and look around.

(from: wikipedia - kōtoku-in)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: George Washington - Canova

Friday, December 14, 2018

Norwegian - Six, seven, eight, nine, ten

We learned in Norwegian that 1-5 is en, to, tre, fire, fem.
Now let's count up to ten!

6 seks - sounds like seh-ks
7 syv - sounds see-v
8 åtte - sounds like oh-tay
9 ni - sounds like NEE
10 ti - sounds like tee

norwegian language
(from: wikipedia - norwegian language)

Do you remember how to say it in other languages?

Greek: έξι, εφτά, οχτώ, εννέα, δέκα

ASL: Six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Italian: sei, setto, otto, nove, dieci

German: seis, sieben, acht, neun, zehn

Spanish: seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez

French: six, sept, huit, neuf, dix

Thursday, December 13, 2018

L'Astronautique - Robert Esnault-Pelterie

We just learned about the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation.

Another part of rocket history is the book L'Astronautique by Robert Esnault-Pelterie.

Robert was a French scientist who was studying airplanes.
He made his own "REP" airplanes not long after the Wright Brothers in America made their first flight.

A while later he got very interested in space travel using rockets, and wrote some books and papers about using atomic power for jets.

He later worked with other scientists in France to try and make rockets using liquid rocket fuel, and worked so hard that one time after an explosion he lost three fingers from his right hand!

The vectored thrust that we learned about, where the nozzle is moved to steer a rocket was first invented by him.

(from: wikipedia - robert esnault-pelterie)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Slow Earthquake

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Cephalopod - Cirrus

We just learned about the Cephalopod Eyes.

Another part of the Cephalopod is the Cirrus.

A cirrus is a type of harder tentacle that doesn't bend as well, and doesn't have any suckers or hooks.
More than one cirrus is called cirri.

The nautilus has cirri that it uses to grab it's prey.
Each cirrus has ridges on it, so they use that to try and hold on really strong.
They hold on so strong with their cirri, that if the prey does get away they have probably ripped the cirri right off!

(from: wikipedia - nautilus)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Masked Tree Frog

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Alveolar Process

We just learned about the Dental Alveoli.

Another part of the mouth is the Alveolar Process.

This is the jaw bone that holds on to the tooth sockets, or dental alveoli we just learned about.

(from: wikipedia - alveolar process)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Scapula & Clavicle Ligaments