A Portrait of History
If a picture says a thousand words, then the American Museum of Photography is the ultimate storybook. This Web site features the who's who of famous shutterbugs. Focus in on www.photographymuseum.com to enjoy all of the features and exhibitions. You'll meet Matthew Brady, the legendary Civil War photographer who captured Abe Lincoln's weathered face for a nation. The museum also has tours of architecture and natural photography, as well as favorite portraits. With its endless personalities and art, this museum has some serious depth of field. Say cheese! (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Songs and Rhymes of All NationsLearn the tunes and poems that kids grow up with all over the planet by paying a visit to Mama Lisa. Give her a buzz at www.mamalisa.com and you'll be "Yankee Doodling" and "Frere Jacque"-ing around the clock. Just click on a continent or a country name, and explore. With music samples and lyrics right there, why not have a sing-along? From Apache chants to Portuguese dances, you'll find a window to the world through rhymes. Find out what Italian kids call out while they're catching fireflies and what Japanese kids sing instead of "Rain, Rain, Go Away!" when they're stomping through puddles. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Your computer's the source for many a rhyme.

Our Water World
Whether you're swimming, fishing or watering your plants, one thing is certain: Clean, safe water is crucial to your health and survival. At Fun Factory, you'll get the lowdown on everything from water safety to conservation. Join your guide Waterman at www.esw.co.uk and get your feet wet on water issues. Do you know the processes of treating water? What goes on in a water treatment plant? You'll find great games, a water quiz, and a tour of different water forms such as ice, snow and clouds. At Splish Splash, you'll discover a world of amazing sea animals. And if the great outdoors is your thing, Waterman will even be happy to take you fishing and swimming in the lakes of Scotland. If you're tuned into the environment, you'll want to get water wise today. (This site is no longer available.)

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Dear Amy: How come Netscape is worth lots of money in stock?--Alan, Richmond, Va.
Dear Alan: When World Wide Web companies come out with fresh ideas, they can grow really fast. Companies like Netscape, Yahoo! and Amazon.com have grown super fast because they have helped change the way we do business and how we communicate with each other. When you buy stock, you buy part of a company. If your company grows like Netscape, your stock is worth more money. But watch out. If the company fails, you can lose your money. To learn more about the stock market, check out EduStock at http://library.thinkquest.org/3088.

Dear Amy: When the year 2000 comes, what will happen to our home computer?--Amy, Vacaville, Calif.
Dear Amy: In the past, some programmers wrote software that used only the last two digits of the year. So when the date changes from 99 to 00 some computers might think the year is 1900 and not 2000 and give out incorrect information or not work at all. Most home computers should work just fine. Some older models might be fixed by upgrading hardware or adding a patch to the system's autoexec.bat file. For more information, check out "8 Myths About the Millennium Bug" at www.cnet.com/ Content/ Features/ Dlife/ Millbug. (This site is no longer available.)

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