Week of June 13, 2004

Ready, Set, Go!

Jump, run, fly or hop in record time to the Guinness World Records Kids’ Zone at www.guinnessworldrecords. com/kidszone. Meet record breakers such as Sergei Tur, who made the longest trapeze jump, and David Huxley, the man who pulled an airplane the length of a football field in one minute! Do you want to set a world record? Hints and Tips will help you prepare for the challenge. Be sure to get atypical Homework Help on topics such as freaky phobias and the International Code of Signals. (This site is no longer available.)

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

How long did it take Dustin Phillips to drink a 14-ounce bottle of ketchup?

33 seconds
49 seconds
63 seconds


Approximately how many kilograms of explosives were on the Mont-Blanc?

1,459,000 kg
2,653,000 kg
2,970,000 kg


What were Egyptian marbles
made of?



The Halifax Explosion

Follow the story of The Halifax Explosion at www. cbc.ca/halifaxexplosion/ he1_promise. In 1917, Halifax, Nova Scotia, was a busy military port city. One fateful day, the Imo and the explosives-filled ship Mont-Blanc collided, shooting shrapnel as far as three miles away. City of Ruins tells about the destruction the explosion caused. More than 10,000 people were wounded or killed. Recovery took many years, but the incident led to important changes in the international maritime standards and treaties we have today. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Takin’ It to the Streets

Some sports you play on a court, some you play in your backyard. Streetplay, at www.streetplay.com, is all about sports played in the street or on the sidewalk. From stickball to skully, this site will introduce you to a sport that’s new to you. Learn the rules for Ringoleavio, which takes a real hero to free the prisoners, or play Hit the Stick, where careful aim is the name of the game. The Gallery shows celebrities playing street sports, such as Willie Mays playing stickball, and it has a series of pictures devoted entirely to ice cream.

What do you plan to do with your free time this summer?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is the difference between shareware and freeware?
— Mickey, Boston

Dear Mickey: Shareware is software that a programmer makes available for a free trial period. When the trial period ends, you should register the product and pay the fee to use it. You can find more details about shareware at www.webnovice.com/ shareware.htm. Shareware is helpful because it lets you try a product before buying it. Programmers like it because they don’t have to pay for marketing and packaging their products. Freeware is like shareware without the trial period and fee. It is absolutely free for everyone.

Dear Amy: Who controls the Web?
— Kenny, Granada Hills, Calif.

Dear Kenny: No one controls the Web. When Tim Berners-Lee created the Web, he wanted it to be a universal space, free and open to everyone. Since the Web became a public resource in the early ‘90s, Berners-Lee has worked hard to make sure the Web remains that way. You can read about the Web’s creator and his vision for the Web at www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/lee.html.

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