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Chuck Jones is a famous cartoonist, and you could be one, too. With the help of the Cartoon Mania drawing course at www.worldchat.com/ public/ jhish/ course.html you can learn to invent new characters like Bugs Bunny or Superman. The course starts you out with getting the right materials, then guides you through easy step-by-step instructions to drawing basic cartoon animals. After some practice, send your cartoons into the Internet art gallery, where your work will be seen by people all over the world. You can see what other aspiring cartoonists are up to by clicking on the gallery door. Move over, Chuck Jones; the new kids are on the drawing board! (This site is no longer available.)

Discover the many worlds of hidden microbes in an environment that's interesting and fun! Even if they're too small to see with the naked eye, microbes represent all of the great kingdoms of life. In fact, they're all around you right now. By zooming in to http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo the Microbe Zoo, you'll be able to meet microbes who dwell on the beach, in the jungle and even on your dinner plate! Could one of these tiny organisms become a space alien? You'll find out on the Space Adventure, which lets you meet microbes of the star-hopping sort. At Water World, you will dive into puddles, streams, lakes and oceans to meet these critters face to face. And at the Animal Pavilion, you'll find out why microbes have befriended termites, cows and even humans. So get ready to blast-off to that microscopic world around us.

The Boy Scouts of America have a trail anyone can hike. It leads to their Web site at www.scouting.org. Visit this site to find out how to become a scout or scout leader or to study the history of scouting. Click into the family fun pages to test your skills at identifying state flags, the right knot for the job, or the meaning of common weather signs. Also on this page, you can ask the translators to put your phrase into semaphores or Morse code. You can even pick up some camping tips and famous quotes. Blaze your trail and come camping on the Web with the Boy Scouts.

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Dear Amy: We have a counter on our school's Web site that says we've gotten more than 3,000 "hits" already. But my friend told me that "hits" don't tell you how many people have looked at our Web site. I say it does. What do you think? --Marianne, Lexington, KY

Dear Marianne: I'm afraid your friend is right. When you count hits you are counting the number of files downloaded from the server to the visitor's browser. If your page has five pictures on it, the counter would record five hits for the pictures it sent and one more for the page. But if you have other stuff on your Web site, then the more they click on things the more hits you get. So, it's not easy to figure out how many people have seen your WWW site; you just have to "guess-timate."

Dear Amy: Why can't I get on the WWW without something like Netscape or AOL? --Michael, Coatesville, PA

Dear Michael: You're going to need both of them. America Online is an Internet service provider (ISP). To get connected to the Internet, your computer must call an ISP. There may be other ISPs in your town if you look in the yellow pages. Netscape is the free browser software you use to surf the Web. If you have a friend who is connected, go to the WWW FAQ at www.boutell.com/faq to find out more or call your local ISP.

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