of June 18, 2001
begins on June 21!
Jump into the first day of summer with this fun-filled summer trivia.
afternoon--summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the
English language." -- Henry James (1843-1916). James was a U.S.
novelist, short-story writer, and critic.
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This Week's Trivia Question:
The line, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" comes from which
plays? (Hint: this week's topic is Summer)
was the name of Robert E. Lee's favorite
first saw Traveller in 1861, and bought him in 1862, for $200. Robert
rode Traveller for the remainder of the Civil War and throughout
his Presidency at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Robert
is buried in Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University,
and Traveller is buried outside Lee Chapel. Did
you know Traveller was previously called Jeff Davis (named
after the President of the Confederate States of America)? Read
a book about Robert E. Lee
E. Lee and Traveller (left) and Traveller's
- Trivia Questions
you know Stonehenge is the largest constructed megalith in Europe?
Yes. First of all, let
us define a megalith. Megalith literally means huge stone. It is
a term applied to prehistoric stone monuments forming circles, half
circles, or rows in Northern Europe. Stonehenge, meaning "something
hanging," is a circular group of large standing stones located on
Salisbury Plain in southern England. The outer circle of stones
are almost 14 feet high. Stonehenge was built c. 2200-1500 BC. Wow,
that's old! The remaining structure is a small part of the original
structure. The significance of Stonehenge is unknown, and the positioning
of the stones suggests it could have been an observatory, a calendar
of the seasons, a place for ceremonial gatherings, or even a palace.
Did you know some of the stones
came from distances up to 150 miles away? Read
a book about Stonehenge.
- Did You Know
"My hero is my grandmother. She is a kind, sweet, and gentle
woman, and I love her very much. My favorite memory of growing up
is spending the summers with my grandmother. We would go for walks
in the woods, pick flowers in the meadows, and fish in the lake."
-- Beth S. from Wisconsin
Tell Us Who's
- Who's Your Hero?
Q: What is so important about the summer
solstice? (Valerie from Chicago)
The summer solstice is on June 21. It is the first day of summer
in the Northern Hemisphere and is the longest day of the year. This
occurs because of the tilt of the earth in relation to the sun.
In the summer, the North Pole is tilted toward the sun which means
the sun is higher in the sky, the weather is warmer, and the days
are longer. Did you know the
seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere? If the North Pole
is titled toward the sun, then the South Pole is titled away from
the sun. This means it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere which
brings colder weather and shorter days. In the Northern Hemisphere,
the winter solstice is December 21. It is the first day of winter
and is the shortest day of the year. Did
you know there is little temperature changes between
seasons for areas near the equator? Read
a book about the sun.
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