Week of November 30, 2003

People and Their Pets

Walk your dog to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s page at www.avma.org/ careforanimals to learn about proper Care for Animals. Animated Journeys will teach you about selecting a pet, preparing to live with it and keeping it healthy. In Petpourri, you’ll find animal-related activities and games to play. Animals feel the effects of changes in the weather just as people do, so find out how to keep your animal friends comfy throughout the year.

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What toy should you not give to your pet?

plastic ball
stuffed animal


Which peninsula did the Maya inhabit?

Baja California


Where was Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated?
Austria- Hungary



Mi-O, My-O, Maya

Forget about walking like an Egyptian! Learn to walk like a Maya at www.mayankids.com. Mayan Kids tells about this ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Crawl into a cenote, an underground cavern where Mayas made offerings of jade and gold. Did you know that Mayas probably chewed gum called chicle to clean their teeth? Learn how they harvested chicle in People. Beliefs tells the Mayan story of man’s origin, which made monkeys sacred to the Maya.

The Great War

It was dubbed “The War to End All Wars.” Unfortunately, that name did not ring true. FirstWorldWar.com, at www.firstworldwar.com, tells about the horrific events that ravaged early-20th-century Europe. How It All Began is an overview of the causes of the war, such as the assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. In Weapons of War, learn about the awful effects of poison gas, a weapon previously considered uncivilized. Prose and poetry written during the war convey human responses to the events of the time. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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if the person likes you?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What’s the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle?
— Bilal, Hyderabad, India

Dear Bilal: Years of shipwrecks, plane crashes and people lost at sea have led to myths about the Caribbean region known as the Bermuda Triangle. People have proposed all sorts of supernatural explanations, but few of them carry a lick of evidence. At
www.pbs.org/wnet/savageseas/captain-side-bermuda.html, you can read about some of the myths surrounding this tropical region, and you’ll find one of the most believable explanations for the high occurance of shipwrecks and missing people.

Dear Amy: Why do people put turbochargers on their cars?
— Jake, Austin, Texas

Dear Jake: A turbocharger gives a car additional power. It allows more air to enter the cylinder, which is where fuel mixes with air and explodes. With more air in the cylinder, the explosion is bigger than in a car without a turbocharger, so the car has more power. The pistons, which move within the cylindars, and the connecting rods and crankshaft, which are connected to the pistons, must be strengthened in order to take the extra force of the explosion. Check out www.innerauto.com for more about how cars work.

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