Tag archives for Fun Fact Friday

  1. Fun Fact Friday: F-35B vertical take-off and landing

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    Did you know that the experimental F-35B fighter plane is capable of taking off and landing without a runway? It’s true! While typical planes need to get a “running start” to achieve enough speed in order to take off, the F-35B (created by Lockheed Martin) is different. It has a unique feature known as VTOL, […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Martin Luther King Jr. was a Trekkie!

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    Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a fan of Star Trek? It’s true! Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played the role of Lieutenant Uhura, has told the now-famous story of when she was considering quitting Star Trek, after the conclusion of the show’s first season. While she enjoyed being on the show, she […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Edison’s greatest invention is retiring this year!

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    Did you know that Thomas Edison’s greatest invention (phonograph aside), the incandescent light bulb, is being retired this year? It’s true! As of 2014, the standard light bulbs that we all grew up with are going away for good. This is due to the fact that they aren’t energy efficient. 75% of the energy a […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: DEN VirtCon

    Did you know that the DEN VirtCon is coming up soon? The Discovery Educator Network Fall VirtCon will be taking place on October 19th from 9am to 4pm ET. This is one of Discovery Education’s annual flagship community events, and typically has more than 2500 educators from all around the world attend! This is a […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Nikola Tesla

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    Did you know that Nikola Tesla, inventor of the Tesla Coil, also invented the AC (alternating current) system that is still used to power our homes even today? It’s true! Considered eccentric by many, Tesla was a brilliant inventor, and was briefly employed by Thomas Edison as an electrical engineer. Tesla and Edison went their […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: George Washington

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    George Washington is often called the father of our country, and is a figure of fascination for many people, but there are many facts about him that are not necessarily common knowledge. For example, one of his hobbies was breeding hound dogs. Here are some other interesting facts about the nation’s first president: While he […]

  7. Fun Fact Friday: The Oregon Trail

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    Chances are, just about anyone who went to elementary school during the 80’s and 90’s has seen or played the educational video game The Oregon Trail. You may even have been at the receiving end of the game’s iconic Game Over message, “You have died of dysentery”…but did you know that the game was originally […]

  8. Fun Fact Friday: Shel Silverstein

    Did you know that Shel Silverstein, the children’s book author, poet, and illustrator, also wrote Johnny Cash’s hit song, “A Boy Named Sue”? It’s true! Silverstein was, prior to writing his well-known children’s books (The most famous being Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree.) a Korean War veteran, and was first published in […]

  9. Fun Fact Friday: Nashville

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    Did you know that Nashville is home to our DE Assessment team? It’s true! Here are a few more fun facts about Nashville: Downtown Nashville (©Sami99tr/Wikimedia Commons) Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve 1779. The 7th and 11th presidents, Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk, lived in […]

  10. Fun Fact Friday: Star Trek inventions that became reality

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    Did you know that quite a few of the technological marvels from television’s Star Trek started out as science fiction, but are now reality, or even commonplace? It’s true! Cell Phones: It’s funny when you think about it. Remember flip phones? Captain Kirk had one before they were cool! While mobile phones are now a […]

  11. Fun Fact Friday: Earthquake Resistant Buildings

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    Did you know that Japan (and some other countries) build buildings that are nearly earthquake proof? It’s true! Japan is very prone to earthquakes, so their engineers spend a long time determining how to make structures more resiliant to the effects of plate tectonics. These buildings are designed to move with the force of an […]

  12. Fun Fact Friday: Building a PC is a bit like Legos

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    Did you know that building a computer really is like Legos? It’s true! Modern PCs are made of off-the-shelf parts that snap together effortlessly. It’s easy to upgrade your computer, buying only the parts you need, and save money. You can even build a computer for a friend or family member from parts you may […]