Saturday, April 27, 2019

Taj Mahal

We just learned about the Jama Masjid.

Another famous Indian work of art is the Taj Mahal, built in 1632 AD in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The building is 240 feet tall, and the area where the building is covers 42 acres of land.
There is a mosque and a guest house, and fancy gardens.

It was made as a tomb for the wife of the emperor Shah Jahan.
He was so sad when his wife Mumtaz Mahal died that he wanted to make a very fancy place for her body to be put to rest.
The name Taj Mahal means "Crown of the Palaces".
It took about 20,000 people to make all the artwork, the buildings, gardens and towers to get it done.

(from: wikipedia - taj mahal)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Houmuwu Ding

Friday, April 26, 2019

Norwegian - His face is rough

We just learned in Greek her hands are soft is Hennes hender er myke.

To say his face is rough you would say Ansiktet hans er grovt.

The face - ansiktet - sounds like ah-n-sick-teh
his - hans - sounds like hah-n-z
is - er - sounds like eh-dr
rough - grovt - sounds like g-dro-v-t

So all together Ansiktet hans er grovt sounds like ah-n-sick-teh hah-n-z eh-dr g-dro-v-t.

norwegian language
(from: wikipedia - norwegian language)

Greek: Το πρόσωπό του είναι τραχύ (To prósopó tou eínai trachý)

ASL: His face is rough

Italian: il suo volto è ruvida

German: Sein Gesicht ist rau.

Spanish: Su cara es áspera

French: Son visage est rude

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Forensic Firearm Examination

We just learned about Ballistic Fingerprints.

Another type of science is Forensic Firearm Examination.

When guns are made, they are each given a special different code number called a "serial number".
No two guns have the same number, and when someone buys a gun they keep track of who owns which gun with which serial number.

This is done so that if a gun is used for a crime, the police can look at the serial number on the gun and figure out who owns the gun.

The serial number is printed right into the metal of the gun.
Sometimes people try to scrape off the metal where the serial number is, but police can use special electromagnets and chemicals to tell what the serial number was even if it has been scraped off.

Some guns these days are also being made to mark the serial number of the gun on the bullet when it is fired.
That way each bullet can be tracked down to who fired it if a crime is committed.

(from: wikipedia - forensic firearm examination)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Rocket Engine Nozzle

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Irukandji Jellyfish

We just learned about the Immortal Jellyfish.

Another type of jellyfish is the Irukandji Jellyfish.

This is the smallest type of jelly, and also one of the most venomous ones in the world!

They can be as small as 0.2 inches, and as big as a little less than 1 inch.
Their tentacles can be as short as less than one inch, or as long as 3 feet.

If this type of jelly stings a person, after about 30 minutes they can have headaches, muscle pains, throwing up, or even a heart attack.
It can take a few hours to get better, or sometimes a day or even a few weeks!

Such a small jelly that pack such a dangerous sting can be scary to watch out for in the water.
These jellies mostly only live around Australia on the north side.

(from: wikipedia - irukandji jellyfish)

Irukandji Jellyfish - World's deadliest fishing - The Nature of Science

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Argonaut Octopus

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hard Palate

We just learned about the Sublingual Caruncle.

Another part of the mouth is the Hard Palate.

This is the roof of your mouth, right over your tongue.
You can push up on it with your tongue, and it is hard because there is bone right there underneath the skin.

(from: wikipedia - hard palate)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Metatarsal Ligaments

Monday, April 22, 2019


We just learned about the Wall Walk.

Another part of a castle is the Parapet.

On the roof of the castle, or on the wall walk, the parapet is a short wall that is built so that people can see over it, but also hide behind it.

(from: wikipedia - parapet)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Alcázar of Segovia

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Edict of Milan

We just learned about the Edict of Serdica.

Another part of early Christian history is the Edict of Milan, written in 313 AD.

When the Emperor Galerius said that it was ok to be a Christian, there were still a lot of old churches and things that had been taken from Christians.

The Emperors Constantine and Licinius decided that everyone should be free to worship whoever they want, and they ordered that all of the things that were taken from the Christians had to be returned.

So this mean that churches or anything like crosses, sculptures or anything that was seen as Christian had to be given back to the Christians so they could have freedom to worship.

(from: wikipedia - edict of milan)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Timon