1. Mousey Monday – Autism Awareness Month

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    Last week, we mentioned about April being the National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. This Mousey Monday, we wanted to acknowledge another April celebration, Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. – […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

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    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  3. On this day… Alaska Purchase!

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    On this date in 1867, the United States ratified a treaty with Russia, which led to the acquisition of Alaska! Also referred to as “The Alaska Purchase,” the treaty sent $7.2 million dollars to Russia in exchange for the land of Alaska. Geographically, the state of Alaska is twice the size of Texas, which meant […]

  4. Mousey Monday – National Poetry Month

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    Welcome to the first Mousey Monday of April! April is National Poetry Month in the United States. It is a month meant to appreciate poetry. National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 1999 in the United States and Canada as well. In Great Britain, National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 2000 in October. The […]

  5. On this day… First Full-time Movie Theater Opened!

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    On this day in 1902, the first full-time movie theater opened! Thomas Lincoln Talley opened The Electric Theater in Los Angeles, California 112 years ago as part of a carnival. Before full-time movie theaters, people watched films in “kinetoscopes,” which only allowed for one viewer at a time, and were often considered lower-class. After opening […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Did you know that Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water prior to composing? It’s true! Here are some other fun facts about Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven’s first symphony was so bizarre sounding, it was initially believed to be intended as a musical joke. His Symphony No. 9 was the first known symphony to […]

  7. On this day… Robert Frost was born!

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    On this day in 1874, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost was born. For the first eleven years of his life, his family lived in San Francisco. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Massachusetts, where Frost developed an interest in reading and poetry. After high school, Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College […]

  8. Mousey Monday – Spring

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    Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey to our Cache and Cookies readers! Last week Thursday, March 20, was a change in season and officially the first day of Spring! A season involves new weather, ecology and hours of daylight. As the Earth rotates around the sun, depending on the Earth’s position, this dictates the seasons. Discovery […]

  9. On this day… Time Zones!

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    On this day in 1918, standard time zones and daylight savings were established and signed into law. Prior to this legislation, time zones in the United States were dictated by American railroad companies. This would cause confusion when two different railroad companies shared a common station and reported different times. Many railroad companies determined their […]

  10. Mousey Monday – Saint Patrick’s Day

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    Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey to our Cache and Cookies readers! Aside from being Mousey Monday today, it is also Saint Patrick’s Day! Saint Patrick’s Day began in the seventeenth century as an observance by the Catholic Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. As time has […]

  11. On this day… Gandhi’s Salt March began!

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    On this day in 1930, Mohandas Gandhi’s Salt March began. Indians participated in the Salt March to challenge the British taxation and monopoly on salt. A critical part of the Indian independence movement, Gandhi rallied thousands of his peers to walk 240 miles to the coastal village of Dandi. The demonstrators collected salt from the beach’s shores while refusing to pay the British Salt Act’s steep taxes. This […]

  12. On this day… Boston Massacre

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    On this day in 1770, British soldiers fired into a group of colonial patriots in what is known as the “Boston Massacre.” Five civilians lost their lives in what is considered to be a critical incident leading up to the Revolutionary War. The colonials had grown tired of the British occupation and taxation in the American […]

  13. Mousey Monday – American Red Cross

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    Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey to our Cache and Cookies readers! March is American Red Cross Month and Discovery Education has various resources on the American Red Cross and its role throughout the world’s history. The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross is a foundation that provides humanitarian aid, emergency […]

  14. On this day… birth of Levi Strauss!

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    On this day in 1829, Levi Strauss was born in Buttenheim, Bavaria (now Germany). Strauss moved to New York in 1846, where his brothers owned a dry goods business. In 1853, Strauss moved again—this time to San Francisco, California. Strauss opened his own dry goods business on the West Coast, and called it “Levi Strauss […]

  15. Mousey Monday – Black History Month

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    Happy Mousey Monday to our Cache and Cookies readers!  It is the last week in February, the Black History month. The annual observance of this month is also known as African-American History Month. This month long observance is for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African community. The first […]

  16. On this day… Thomas Edison patents the Phonograph!

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    On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. Phonographs were among the first devices to both record and play audio recordings. Phonographs record audio using needles, which use sound waves to create etches into a foil-covered cylinder. As the cylinder rotates, a second needle runs along these etches and plays the recorded audio. […]