Vernon Kruger is experiencing the ultimate in tiny-house living. He just spent his 60th day, living in a barrel on top of a pole in South Africa. He wants to beat the world record, which is 67 days, by at least a week. His biggest concern is getting hit by lightning!
A dog in Texas got so excited about pumpkin pie, that he ate the fork! Carli Ott was sharing a piece of pie with her pooch, Chemo. He swallowed the fork, right out of her hand. Chemo had to have surgery to remove the fork, but is making a full recovery.
Tardigrades are amazing microscopic creatures. Also called water bears or moss piglets, they can survive in the cold vacuum of space, in volcanoes and in deep underwater trenches. They can withstand radiation blasts or live for decades without food or water, by drying out while they hibernate. It’s helped them survive 5 mass extinctions.
Would you rather put your house in order, read a poem, or go fly a kite? Make time for all 3, because it’s Organize Your Home, Poetry At Work, and International Kite Day! Uttarayan is a huge kite festival in Ahmedabad India. They hold kite fights, where you try and cut the other person’s strings!
Look out animals, because it’s Dress Up Your Pet Day! Dress your dog in a new sweater, your cat in a bow tie, and your tarantula in a tiny top hat. Stick paper clothes on your aquarium and photograph your fish at just the right angle. Reward your pets with treats for tolerating you!
Pampers has a new way to tell, if a baby needs a new nappy. Lumi is a smart sensor that attaches to diapers. The system uses a night vision camera, temperature and humidity monitors, and sleep trackers. It sends notifications, so parents get a message every time the baby poops! That’s a high-tech baby!
Trees do an important job, cleaning the air. But how do you plant trees in the city? London is fighting pollution by placing towers of moss on sidewalks. The carbon-filtering structures are called City Trees, because each one can clean as much air as 275 trees! They even store moisture, helping to cool the air.
17-year-old Wolf Cukier spent the past summer, working as an intern at NASA. On his 3rd day, he discovered a planet orbiting 2 stars! He was working with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, also known as TESS. The Planet Hunters TESS Explore Project, on zooniverse.org, lets anyone search the data, to help identify new planets.
Brothers Mike and Nick Fiorito started an organization, called Blankets of Hope, which distributes blankets to homeless shelters. When Nick’s old 5th grade teacher learned what her former student was doing, she asked how students could help. Now, with help from schools across North America, 20,000 blankets have been delivered, with letters from students attached.
Rubber duckies love to float in your bathtub, keeping you company. Today is Rubber Duckie Day, so give your ducks some extra playtime! Let them stick around for Sticker Day. If you want to see unusual stickers, just go to an arts and crafts store and look in the scrapbooking section! Wowza!