Week of February 4, 2001

The Kodak Girl Comes To Life

When George Eastman invented the simple-to-use Kodak camera, he used images of women to advertise his product. Thus was born the Kodak Girl. Zoom in and focus on the Kodak Girl Collection at www.kodakgirl.com. You 'll find many images of the Kodak Girl from magazine ads, catalog covers, posters and more. In addition, the site features rare photos of women with cameras in postcards, snapshots and other media. Finally, the Toys and Figurines sections have photographs of camera-related toys, dolls and beautiful miniature figurines. Enjoy this delightful and unique collection of photographs of women with cameras. Remember the Kodak Girl the next time you take a picture.

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Where can you find the link to the NASA Web site?

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Social Sciences/Geography


According to Max Morath, how many people had cars in 1900?
about 100,000
about 100
probably none




Digital Library

Put on your thinking cap and head to Kids Web at www.kidsvista.com. This digital library has collected Web resources in three major areas: Arts, Sciences and Social Studies. Each area is categorized to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Also, take time out from studying at the Miscellaneous section where you'll find fun and games, sports and reference materials. Whatever you're looking for, find it fast at Kids Web. (This site is no longer available.)

Techno Flashback

Find out what last century's technology was like at the Technology in 1900 Web site. Dial http://pbskids.org/ wayback/tech1900. Read about the first telephone operators, early race cars and music videos. Then check out the wild predictions made in 1900 about what technology would be like in the year 2000. They weren't far from the truth. From dial phones to cell phones, we've come a long way.

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The Shortest Month of All

Why is February so short? The Calendar Through the Ages Web site at http://webexhibits.org/calendars/year-history.html claims that February was at the end of the Romans' original 10-month calendar with only 23 days. Not long after Rome was founded, its leaders decided to start their calendar on a new moon. They used this opportunity to shift the months around. February became the second month and received five more days, giving it a grand total of 28 days.

There is speculation that Julius Caesar manipulated the calendar to his liking, giving February 29 days in regular years and 30 during leap years. Thirty-six years later when Augustus Caesar ruled, he took one day from February and added it to August, the month named after himself, increasing it to 31 days long. He didn't like July, named after Julius Caesar, having more days than his own month. Disagreements among scholars make it hard to be sure about the cause of February's shortness, but one thing is for sure: It brings us that much closer to spring.

-- Amy

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