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Officer O’Smarty: He’s No Dummy

In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether police officer Robert J. (Bob) Geary was allowed to carry his dummy while on patrol.  How did this come to a citywide vote, you may ask? In 1991 Geary was assigned to a program which encouraged officers to be “highly visible” and use “creative and ingenious […]

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Ice Hotel—Brrrrrrrrrr!

How would you like to honeymoon on a bed of snow? While it sounds a bit chilly to me, people from around the world are signing up to enjoy the amenities of the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, where everything—the walls, the ceilings and even the furniture—is made from frozen water. This spectacular complex is built […]

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Hey, that’s my Swan!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II owns the mute swans (Cygnus olor) in England? The Crown claimed ownership of all the mute swans in England (and Wales) way back in the 12th century to stop commoners from depriving the royals of one of their favorite meals. (And you thought it was for altruistic reasons.) […]

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Fish Dance, too!

                                     Birds build amazing nests and engage in elaborate mating dances, but did you know, so do fish? Take the betta splendens. You’ve seen them in the pet store, spectacular colors, grandiose fins, displayed one to a jar, away from other fish. […]

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Have you heard that sea otters hold hands when asleep?  Well, it  is true. Often a mother and pup will hold on to each other to keep from drifting apart. But that isn’t the only thing they do—they often use kelp. Sea otters wrap themselves in strands of kelp which grow from the sea bottom all […]

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Measuring Ocean Tides

You may know that oceans are affected by tides. But HOW are tides measured? You would be tempted to just measure the tidal change within calm inlets and extrapolate the information to other areas. Unfortunately, the tide doesn’t affect beaches the same way at all.

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Banana Seeds

You’ve seen those little black specks in the typical grocery store banana. I was taught that those are the seeds. Actually those are the immature seeds. Most of the bananas that Americans can buy in the grocery never develop fully functional seeds. Which leads to a question.

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Longest Cyclone

Did you know that scientists have been keeping watch on a cyclone that has been continuously blowing since 1878? Recent data indicates wind speeds of 250 miles per hour. And the size of this storm is enormous! Can you imagine?!!!

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