The Circus Time Machine
From the ancient Romans to today's kids, everybody loves the circus. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey's Circus, Cirque du Soleil and the Big Apple Circus are just a few of the big-top showcases that delight the crowds. CircusWeb takes you around the world and back in time at the Circus Past and Present Web site. You can journey back to the Dark Ages, the British Empire and early America to discover how the circus evolved into what it is today. Follow the daredevil on the flying trapeze to www.circusweb.com and take a front-row seat at the world's greatest show. You'll see animal duels from Rome, horse riding exhibitions in England and juggling and clowning around in the U.S. Get your cotton candy and head for the big top. (This site is no longer available.)

Blast from the Past!
Sixty-five million years ago, the Age of Dinosaurs came to an end when a violent change led to mass extinction of life. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History may have some answers to explain this mysterious event. The Blast from the Past! Web site explains how a recently discovered deep-sea core contains new evidence of a devastating asteroid impact. Was dinosaur extinction the result of a flying object from outer space? Find out for yourself at http://paleobiology.si.edu/blastPast. One of Earth's mysteries may soon be solved at Blast from the Past!

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Deep-sea core
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World War II
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Dear Amy: Are there any Web sites that have phrases in Swahili?-Dave, Landenberg, PA
Dear Dave: Ndiyo! That means "yes" in Swahili. I found the answer to your question at Travlang's Foreign Languages for Travelers Web site at www.travlang.com/ languages. You can find online dictionaries of more than 60 languages. Just select the language you want to read and then choose the flag of a country that speaks the language you are interested in. It's a great place to look up a few words if you have a keypal in a foreign country, or if you want some help on a few phrases while you are traveling. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Dear Amy: My mom says we might go hiking this summer in the mountains. Do you know anything about hiking?-Jim, Rapid City, SD
Dear Jim: I have never been hiking in the mountains myself, but I did find someone on the World Wide Web who knows all about it. Check out Escape into Nature at www.netxpress.com/ users/ jwmoore for some good information all about hiking. This site discusses what you need to take along, how to act when you are on the trail and has lots of great photographs of what you might see when you are out in the woods. There are even links to other hiking sites. Have fun on your trip. (This site is no longer available.)

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