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Week of March 26, 2001

Quote of the Week

"Cogito Ergo Sum" (Translation: I think, therefore, I am.) René Descartes from Discourse on Method, 1637.

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Picture of the Week

Ben Franklin, the prize of the Ben Franklin Election Day Contest in October 2000, poses for a quick photo before being sent to the winner, Ruth from Biddeford, Maine.

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: True or False.
Nicolaus Copernicus always believed the earth was the center of the universe.

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: How many voyages did Christopher Columbus make to the New World?
Christopher Columbus made four voyages to the New World between 1492 and 1504. On the First Voyage, he took 3 ships and "discovered" the Americas. On the Second Voyage he sailed with 17 ships and established a colony on Hispaniola (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic). On his Third Voyage, he sailed with 6 ships and discovered Trinidad and South America. On his Fourth Voyaged or "High Voyage" he sailed with 4 ships and crossed the Atlantic in 21 days. Read More …

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Did You Know…

Did you know Florence Nightingale
met Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in the United States?

Yes, Florence Nightingale met Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, and Florence learned a lot from Dr. Blackwell about women achieving great things. Elizabeth was born in England and grew up in the United States. When Elizabeth was 24 years old, she decided to become a doctor. Elizabeth graduated at the top of her class from Geneva Medical College in New York, and she opened a hospital staffed by women doctors and started a medical school for women. Read More…

Photos: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (left) and Florence Nightingale (right)

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Who's Your Hero?

Florence Nightingale is my hero. I bought the Florence bear because my mom is a nurse. And then I read a biography about Florence Nightingale. The more I read about her life, the more amazed I became. She was absolutely an extraordinary, incredible, helpful, caring, and beautiful person. I wish I had known her in person, and I am very appreciative that I now know about her."

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Your Question

Q: Why is there a "c." before the year Sacagawea was born? (Pat from Wyoming)

A: The exact year in which Sacagawea was born is unknown. It is believed she was born around 1788. "Circa" is another word for around, therefore, it is said Sacagawea was born circa 1788. Circa is abbreviated as the letter "c," and we write Sacagawea was born c. 1788. The year in which Sacagawea died is also unknown. She either died in 1812 or 1884. Although the exact year of her death is not certain, we do not place a "c." before the year because we do know she died in either 1812 or 1884, not around these years. Read More…

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