Vegetable Friends
Do you say "Yeech!" to vegetables? You know they are full of vitamins and fiber to help you to grow strong. You know they are good for you. But there's one thing about vegetables I bet you didn't know: They are full of fun facts! Hoe a row to Vegetable Friends at www.toyboxc.com/ index.html. There isn't a vegetable here you won't like. Click on Ollie the onion, and you discover that people have been cooking with onions since prehistoric times. In fact, lots of the fruits and vegetables we see on our plates originated in distant lands or have a fascinating history. That orange you ate at lunch might be from Florida but centuries ago it grew only in China and Indonesia. Click on your favorite vegetable and dig up the dirt on what makes it good for you to eat. After you have weeded out the facts, it's time for you to check out the coloring page or play the Hide-and-Seek game. This Web site makes vegetables lots easier to swallow. (This site is no longer available.)

A Scientific Masterpiece You've probably heard that Leonardo da Vinci wasn't just a painter, right? Sure, Mona Lisa's face is on everything from spaghetti sauce to beach towels, but Leonardo was a serious thinker and a real renaissance man! You should learn more about him. To get a look into the mind of a genius, focus on www.amnh.org/exhibitions/codex/intro.html. You're in for a rare treat, because this site is your ticket to an exhibit of the only Leonardo manuscript in the United States. Hundreds of years ago, Leonardo explored the mysteries of nature in his notebook. It's written in his own secret-code mirror writing, and it's full of his theories, drawings and ideas for scientific experiments. Just observing the details of the world made him one of the most famous men in history. Who knows? Maybe a little genius will rub off on you.

Go on an African Safari
Gas up the Jeep and put some film in your camera - it's safari time! Run like a cheetah to The Living Africa site at http://library.thinkquest.org/16645. This huge continent is home to a variety of cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Wander around from Morocco to Mount Kilimanjaro, and you'll constantly discover something new. Meet the many ethnic groups who inhabit Africa, such as the Bantu and the Manding. This continent has dozens of countries, hundreds of languages and tons of different customs to learn about. See the longest river and the largest desert in the world, and study up on all your favorite animals in the wildlife section. Now that you're feeling ready, play the wildlife conservation game. Here you will fly all over the continent, document all the wildlife you see, and do your part to help preserve the living Africa.

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Dear Amy: Is there any way to get a real autograph of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and George Bush?--Justin, Moultrie, Ga.
Dear Justin: Presidents don't seem to sign anything without giving it a lot of thought. Maybe if you visit their presidential libraries you can network with someone who can help you. Anyone interested in recent past presidents-Reagan, Johnson, Nixon, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt and Hoover-can link to their librariesšs Web sites from this page at www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/visit. These libraries contain hundreds of resources about each president.

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Dear Nancy: One of the awesome things about the Web is that you can get direct access to people. There are a lot of sponsored chat sites that connect you with famous authors, sports stars, musicians and actors. The trouble is that you are competing with other fans when you try to get on. Not all the chat lines are for the rich and famous. Some of them have experts in finance, politics and science. Check out the Yahoo Chat center at http:// chat.yahoo.com or Webcrawler's chat at http:// webcrawler.com/ Chat. (The second site is no longer available.)

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