Question Your World

Thursday, December 2, 2010

In sixth grade my teacher gave us a scenario. We were stuck in the desert and could only have one item for rescue- what would we use? He gave us a list, from which I believe I picked a broken radio (I was optimistic-maybe I could fix it?). But the right answer was a mirror. A mirror could be used...

Monday, November 29, 2010

In the film, The Polar Express, what restored steam locomotive was used as the model for the film's locomotive?  Where is it located? See The Polar Express on the IMAX®DOME - the largest screen in Virginia .  This holiday classic is now showing daily at the Science...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey meat:  white vs. dark - What causes the color difference between white and dark turkey meat? The type of muscle fiber determines the color of the meat. Dark turkey meat has slow contraction muscle fibers. Slow contraction muscle fibers, sometimes called slow twitch muscle fibers, are...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Check out these cool & colorful World War II era postcards that are in the collection of the Virginia Aviation Museum. Postcards such as these were often sold at the various camps around the world to servicemen to send back to their loved one and friends. Some cards (like the last...
Want to wow your guests at the Thanksgiving dinner table with your incredible knowledge of turkey trivia?  Check out these "Turkey Day" facts! Most farm raised turkeys are White Hollands. They cannot fly. An adult turkey has about 3500 feathers. Big Bird’s...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Model railroading has been around for over 100 years.  Can you answer these questions about model trains? What is the difference between the scale and the gauge? Which scales are the most popular? See model trains in action this weekend, November 26-28, at the...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today artifacts from Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s ship, The City of New York, go on auction in Dallas, Texas. A native Virginian, Admiral Byrd used the ship in his expedition to the Antarctic in 1928. The purpose of this trip was to make the first flight across the South Pole, which he did,...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Want to wish upon a falling star? This is the week - the Leonid Meteor Shower peaks tomorrow. Earth is currently passing through the “tail” of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Often called a “dirty snowball,” a comet usually orbits the sun in an elliptical orbit. The comet’s...

Monday, November 15, 2010

On this day in 1975, the last passenger train departed Richmond’s Broad Street Station, now home to the Science Museum of Virginia. On what date did the first passenger train depart? Extra credit: How many passengers passed through the station on its busiest day? What was the date?...
Plastic shopping bags: do ya’ love ‘em or hate ‘em? They are a mixed bag in my book - I love the convenience but hate the trash they create. Today is America Recycles Day. To commemorate the day, Virginia is launching the “A Bag’s Life” campaign at the State...

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