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Fun Fact Friday: Flying Saucers

Fun Fact Friday: Flying Saucers

Did you know that the FBI recently published a 1950 memo in which an Air Force investigator claimed to have seen flying saucers and alien bodies recovered in New Mexico? According to the memo, the craft were “circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies

Fun Fact Friday: Jethro Tull

Did you know that farming was revolutionized in the 1700’s by an agriculturist named Jethro Tull? Much like George Washington Carver, Tull believed that there were better and more efficient ways of farming possible, and set about trying to discover them. Tull’s influence is still seen in agricultural practices and equipment to this day. Jethro

Fun Fact Friday: One-Room School

Did you know that in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, most small towns and rural areas had a one-room school? If you’ve never read or watched Little House on the Prairie, you may not be familiar with the term, but a one room school is exactly what it sounds like…a single free standing building

Fun Fact Friday: The Statue of Liberty

As you probably know, Lady Liberty was a gift from France to the US…but did you know that she has a 35 foot waistline? The Statue of Liberty’s dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, October 28, 1886. She’s over 111 feet tall (not counting the pedestal), she is made of copper (the green is due to weathering),

Fun Fact Friday: Grumpy Cat

You may have seen the internet’s ubiquitous frowning cat on Facebook, or on Reddit, or maybe even at South by Southwest (aka SXSW, the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin) where Grumpy Cat recently made a special appearance, but did you know that Grumpy Cat isn’t actually grumpy? Grumpy Cat, 

Fun Fact Friday: George Washington Carver

Did you know that George Washington Carver invented over 100 uses for the peanut? He is also known for pioneering crop rotation in the United States. Besides being a scientist, botanist, and inventor, Carver was also a teacher. George Washington Carver was believed to be born in 1864, but his exact birth date is unknown.

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