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MONTHLY BEHIND THE SCENES UPDATE #5 - APRIL 2017

Fun fact: April 2nd is not the beginning of April. Months start on the first so technically the beginning of the month would have been April 1st. Also if you've listened to Part 2 of episode 8 and you're really interested in what the Hawaiian star compass looks like you can look it up online OR even simpler you can fly to Oahu international airport and there's one embedded in the floor between the domestic and international terminals. Aloha!

 

MONTHLY BEHIND THE SCENES UPDATE #4 -MARCH 2017

Fun Fact: The Vikings used to use a piece of calcite crystal to navigate when the sky was all cloudy. What? You say. Well this little stone called a sunstone would tell you within a degree of accuracy the position of the sun, even if the sun was obscured by clouds. How does it do this? By splitting polarized light. Explain, you say. No…THAT is for an upcoming segment.


MONTHLY BEHIND THE SCENES UPDATE #3 -FEBRUARY 2017

 

February’s fun fact is this: we all need to go to the Vasa ship museum in Stockholm Sweden. Why? Because it’s an entire museum built around a 17th century ship that capsized less than a mile from shore on it’s maiden voyage because of bad design. It was salvaged in the 1956 (the same time when the US interstate highway system was getting built) and now you can walk around it! www.vasamuseet.se


MONTHLY BEHIND THE SCENES UPDATE #2 - JANUARY 2017

 

January's fun fact is this: the us highway system and the interstate highway system are numbered so that even numbers generally run east west and odd numbers generally run north south. For example I5 and US87 run north south and I10 and US80 run east west. The best way to remember that is that Even has Es in it like East wEst and Odd has an O in it like nOrth sOuth. Another fun fact is that there are a whole bunch of exceptions to this rule like the 101 in California which has section that run east west as well as north South.  Happy New Year and happy travels!


MONTHLY BEHIND THE SCENES UPDATE #1 - DECEMBER 2016

 

Since it’s the first month we’re doing this, this month’s fun fact is an inaugural fun fact:

Did you know...

That SHABAM! is actually an acronym? Yes! It was originally written S.H.A.B.A.M. but that looked too covert-ops-y so we did away with the dots and added an exclamation point which is way more friendly. What does it stand for?

 

S - Science

H - History

A - Architecture

B - Brains/Balloons (this is the wild card letter which can stand for any number of topics starting with the letter “B” (e.g. Bacteria, Botulsm, Binary, Battery, Bottle, Butter...).

A - Art

M - Maths