Does today feel a little longer? That’s because it is!

Source: Discovery News

Lunar Lag: Why Today Will be One Second Longer

By: Joe Rao June 30th, 2015

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Every day of school feels like it drags on and on and on and…. but really, it’s only 24 hours long. Same as any other day. Except today. Every 4 years, we have a “leap year” where there is an extra day in February, making the usual 28-day month turn into 29 days long (Question: Why do we even need a leap year?). Today, June 30th, an extra second is added onto the clock Why is this? Well, the Earth is starting to slow down. Our world is constantly spinning which is why we have day and night. However, the moon’s pull on our Earth is causing a very very veeeeeery slowdown of that spinning. So an extra second is added onto the end of June 30th of this year in order to make up for that slowing.

This isn’t the first time we’ve added a second or two onto the clock either. It has happened 25 previous times as well since 1972… wait, the number of years and the number of seconds added don’t add up! Why are there fewer additions to the clock than there are years? Because the Earth is slowing down at such a minuscule rate, only a tiny fraction of a second is being created every year which means there isn’t a need to add the full time to the clock when a year comes to an end and a new one begins.

QUESTION: Why do we have a leap year?

Answer: It takes the Earth 365 and 1/4 days to rotate around the sun once. So every four years, we have an entire day to make up for!

Marriage Equality.. now known simply as marriage!

Source: Yahoo! News

White House lit in rainbow colors after Supreme Court ruling

By: Glynn A. Hill

The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

History was made yesterday in our country. Marriage equality was passed on a nationwide level! Same-sex marriage was made legal in all 50 states and in honor of that decision, the White House was lit in rainbow colors last night. Our President, Barack Obama, said that this decision has “made our union a little more perfect.” Before this ruling was made, 14 states still had a ban on same-sex marriage which made it impossible for people wishing to get married to partners of the same gender. But love wins and all consenting adults can get married!

Why are there girl toys and boy toys? They’re just toys!

Source: Hitfix.com – ‘Jurassic World’ dinosaur toys genderswapped to male because of COURSE they were
By: Donna Dickens

 

What is one of the very first things we learned in the first “Jurassic Park” film? All of the dinosaurs were female (except for a select few who made themselves male in order to reproduce… but that was later on). In “Jurassic World” the dinosaurs are repeatedly referred to with female pronouns (Question: What are some female pronouns?) but somehow the toy company, Hasbro, didn’t get that memo and has turned all of their dinosaur toys into males! They are all referred to as he/he’s/him/etc. and completely ignore the fact that they are actually lady dinos. Why would a company do such a thing? Are dinosaur toys only for boys? Will boys not play with girl dinosaur toys?

What do you think, girls and boys? Have your parent leave a comment on whether you’d play with a lady dinosaur just because it’s dinosaur!

 

QUESTION: What are some female pronouns?

Female pronouns are she/her/herself/hers.

A new face will soon be appearing… on your $10 bill!

Source: History.com – History in the Headlines

Woman To Be Featured on Newly Redesigned $10 Bill, Treasury Announces

By: Brynn Holland June 22, 2015

 

For the first time in over a century, a woman will be on a U.S. dollar bill. While most people are aware of the Susan B. Anthony silver dollar coin, we usually only get to see a female on currency when looking outside our own borders (Question: Can you name one country with a woman on it’s currency? 13 are listed at the end of this post.. find out if you guessed one of them!). While there has not been a decision made yet on who will appear on the $10 bill, a vote was held asking who the public would like to see featured. Out of the finalists, Harriet Tubman was the victor!

While this is a great victory for women and girls alike (who doesn’t like seeing someone they can relate to? I’d love to see a woman being recognized for her great work to better our country!), many who initiated the call for a change are disappointed. The organization, Women on 20s, was originally pushing to replace Andrew Jackson on the… you guessed it, $20 bill. Why the $20 bill? Andrew Jackson has many faults that make him an odd choice for being represented on a U.S. bill, including pushing for silver and gold coins over paper money back in his day as well as being the driving force behind the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which will forever stain our country’s past.

Do you know any other women who have graced U.S. paper currency? This article states that Martha Washington was on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and that Pocahontas was on the $20 note from 1865-1869! The Treasury is taking ideas from the public on who should be on the new $10 bill so visit https://thenew10.treasury.gov to share your opinion!

QUESTION ANSWER:

What countries feature a woman on their currency?

  1. Britain
  2. Israel
  3. Denmark
  4. Sweden
  5. Argentina
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. Cameroon
  9. Syria
  10. Turkey
  11. New Zealand
  12. Philippines
  13. Mexico

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