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David Rees helps harvest lake ice.

Fun Facts About Ice

The National Ice Core Laboratory has approximately 77,000 ice samples that, if stacked end on end, would stretch for distance of about 12 miles. Climatologists can use ice cores to look back hundreds of thousands of years into the past and infer what weather events occurred, including temperature changes ...

David Rees and Dr. Shoelace lace up their shoes to participate in both of their favorite activites swinging.

Fun Facts About Shoelaces

Rope predates shoelaces as a knot tying material by a wide margin. Evidence of string and rope making in Europe goes back 28,000 years. The oldest leather shoe known to history is a lace-up moccasin-style design that dates back 5,550 years and was discovered inside an Armenian cave ...

How to Dig a Hole

Fun Facts About Holes

Bottoming out at 2.5 miles below the earth’s surface, the Mponeng gold mine in South Africa is home to the deepest man-made hole in the world. Since the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in Colorado happened a decade after the one in California, prospectors lured to the Rocky ...

How to Flip a Coin

Fun Facts About Coin Flipping

The Commission on Presidential Debates relies on coin flips to determine whether the Republican or Democratic candidate gets to answer first. The one-cent piece flipped by Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove to determine what the city of Portland would be named is on permanent display at the Oregon Historical Society ...

How to Swat a Fly

Fun Facts About Fly-Swatting

Flies belong to the order Diptera, which means “two wings” in Latin. That means insects like butterflies and dragonflies are not true flies since they have four wings. North American and European deer nose bot flies are some of the fastest flying inspects, reaching speeds of up to 50 miles ...

How to Open a Door

Fun Facts About Doors

Archeologists discovered what may be Europe’s oldest door while excavating a site in Zurich, Switzerland. Tree ring dating of the wood used to make the door puts its age at roughly 5,100 years old. No English monarch has passed through the doors of the House of Commons since ...

With the help of Al Bowers and Red Jensen, David Rees throws the giant paper airplane as hard as he can.  Red is a NASA engineer, and one of the few people who actually interrupts David and lives to tell the tale.

Fun Facts About Paper Airplanes

Sometimes called “the father of aviation,” Sir George Cayley designed the first successful glider to carry a human. Paper was invented in China around 105 AD. By the fourteenth century, there were paper mills in Europe. The word “origami” comes from the Japanese words “oru” meaning fold, and kami, meaning ...