Invention Dimension
Have you ever walked through a store and wondered how a toy like the Etch-a-Sketch came to be made? How about something more important, like the television set? Brought to you by the grown-up whiz kids at MIT, this valuable site salutes the inventors and innovators who shape the world around us. Just head over to http://web.mit.edu/invent and you'll get the goods on every invention from Alexander Graham Bell's telephone to Thomas Edison's phonograph. And if you think you may be the next Ben Franklin or have a pet project up your sleeve, you'll find plenty of resources and Web links to help you further your cause, including the Handbook for Inventors. It's time to unveil your ideas to the world!

Strange Foods
When we think of American food, we think of hamburgers and fried chicken, right? Well, back in the 1940s and 50s, people were doing a lot of experimenting to create innovative American cuisine find the results were sometimes frightening! Check out the Gallery of Regrettable Foods at http:// members.aol.com/ lileks4/ food/ food.html and get a good laugh at what used to be "good" food. This site is full of REAL food advertisements and recipes of the past that will either make your stomach turn or make you laugh out loud. You probably won't want to copy down the recipes for cooked squirrel or creamy prune pie, and you'll be glad your parents don't cook like that either. One look at these culinary frights and you'll be asking yourself: What were they thinking? (This site is no longer available.)

Yak's Corner
There's a hoedown on the Internet, and you're invited! By turning the page to www.nieonline.com/detroit you'll be thrust into a world of puzzles, games, cartoon trivia and way-cool art. For the contest-loving crowd, there's no shortage of "yaktivities," while a special animal section introduces kids to creatures from all over the world, even the yak himself. And for children who like to keep on top of current events, Yak's Corner covers everything from the Tamagotchi to "George of the Jungle." Are you ready to yak with the yak?

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1. How many eggs are in a batch of peanut butter cookies?

2 Eggs
20 Eggs
200 Eggs
2. What did Percy Spencer invent?
Microwave Oven
3. How much can a tame, male yak weigh?
10-20 pounds
770-1280 pounds
50,000-100,000 pounds

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Dear Amy: Why does the Internet take so long when you try to go somewhere?-Allison, Merrimack, NH

Dear Allison: There are lots of "on ramps" to the Information Superhighway (a.k.a. the World Wide Web). From home, most people connect over their telephone line by using a modem. Lots of things, like the speed of your modem, noise on the phone line, and a busy Web site can make downloading take longer. To speed things up, you can buy a faster 33.6K or 56K modem. Read more about it on Web Novice at www.webnovice.com/ 56k.htm or call your Internet Service Provider and ask which is the fastest modem you can use when you connect to the Internet through them. (This ite is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I keep hearing about cookies on the Internet. Where can I get one?-Paul, Eau Claire, WI

Dear Paul: Cookies are programming code used by some Webmasters to make their Web sites more interactive with the people who come to visit. During their visit, information is gathered and saved on a file by their browser. It's not dangerous to your computer. Get the whole picture on Cookie Central at www.cookiecentral.com. If you'd rather learn more about hot, fresh-baked cookies, then go to cookie recipes online at www.CookieRecipe.com. Ymmm. :-)(These sites are no longer available.)

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