Posts By Bill Smallwood

  1. Fun Fact Friday: Nat King Cole

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    Everybody knows Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” (aka Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and some folks may know that he released three albums in Spanish, but did you know that he recorded one song sung entirely in Japanese? It’s true! Cole’s “Kareha” (commonly known in English as “Autumn Leaves”) was recorded, but never released, […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: the Inverted Jenny Postage Stamp

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    Did you know that one of the most notable and sought after postage stamps  is actually a misprint, featuring an upside down plane? It’s true! An “Inverted Jenny”, as it’s known (because it features a Curtiss JN-4 aircraft) sold for nearly a million dollars in 2007. Its unintentionally humorous upside down biplane image is known […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Northern Leopard Frog

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    Did you know that the northern leopard frog uses its eyes to help with swallowing food? It’s true! The frog, also known as Rana pipiens, retracts its eyes and uses them to help push food down its throat. According to The Journal of Experimental Biology: “Eye retraction can occur bilaterally or unilaterally, and both swallowing […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

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    Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days […]

  5. DE Summer School: Tips and Tricks-Viewing Discovery Education videos on iPad

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    If you’re using an iPad to access Discovery Education Streaming, you may find that your current video format preference (or the default setting, if you’ve never changed it on your Discovery Education account) isn’t compatible with iPad. If you’re having difficulties viewing videos from your mobile device, this is the likely cause. This is a […]

  6. DE Summer School: Tips and Tricks-Streamline your search with “Narrow My Results”!

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    Looking for a way to make your search results more specific? Here’s one way you can do it! When you do a search on Discovery Education Streaming, you can easily filter your search results to find what you’re looking for. On the left-hand side of the search page, you will see “Narrow My Results”. From […]

  7. Fun Fact Friday: SEGA

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    Most folks know of “SEGA”, the Japanese gaming titan that brought us classic video game titles like  Sonic the Hedgehog, Outrun, and Shenmue….but did you know that didn’t Sega start out as a Japanese company? It’s true! It’s a common misconception that Sega is a Japanese word. In fact, it actually stands for “Service Games”. […]

  8. Fun Fact Friday: Lincoln and Booth

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    Did you know that Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved President Lincoln’s son’s life, prior to Lincoln’s assassination? It’s true! Edwin Booth was actually a nationally known Shakespearean actor, and happened to be in New Jersey at the time, coincidentally sharing a train platform with Robert Lincoln. Interestingly, Robert Lincoln knew exactly who […]

  9. Fun Fact Friday: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

    Did you know that Levar Burton recently started a Kickstarter (a crowd funding service) to re-launch an all new Reading Rainbow site, and that it raised 1 million dollars in 24 hours? It’s true! Burton, and Reading Rainbow have been covered by Fun Fact Friday before. His tireless efforts to promote reading and literacy have […]