A Doll Comes To Visit

You are a fifth-grade girl who comes home from school to find a doll on your front porch. The doll looks like you, is dressed like you, and there is something about the eyes. Who left it? Why is it here? And what makes this doll so special?

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Stories Short and Strange

19 short stories for general audiences ranging from the unusual to the unbelievable to the just plain strange.

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The Boy Who Could Wiggle His Ears

Learning how to wiggle your ears is really hard. But you can do it if you keep trying. And if you learn to keep trying, no problem is too big. So if you can wiggle your ears, you can do anything!

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Who’s Afraid of Tomatoes?

Tomatoes are an important part of our modern diet. From catsup to soup to sauce to salsa, they pop up in many places. A New World discovery, tomatoes originally grew as wild plants in the Andes Mountains. They were eaten by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD. Today they are grown in thousands of

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Happy Birthday: Wilhelm Grimm

Wilhelm Grimm, a writer and story collector who, along with his brother Jacob, were known as the “Brothers Grimm” was born in Hanau, Germany on February 25, 1786. According to The Writer’s Almanac: “…The brothers complemented each other: Jacob was quiet, a better scholar than his brother, and preferred to be alone; Wilhelm was an

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Why We Kiss

This is a bit late for Valentine’s Day, sorry, but it’s still news worth sharing. Have you ever wondered why we kiss? Logically, it doesn’t make sense; mouth-to-mouth contact is a great way to spread germs, which would seem more of a danger to the species than the pleasure of the contact. So there must

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How Far Away Is Farfarout?

What object in our solar system is farthest away from the sun? At one time, this honor went to a trans-Neptunian object officially designated 2018 VG18 (but nicknamed Farout) that was estimated to be 124 AU from the sun. To explain, a trans-Neptunian object is any minor or dwarf planet that orbits the sun at a greater average distance than the planet Neptune. And AU stands for astronomical unit,

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Happy Chinese New Year!

For about 1.5 billion people, the Chinese New Year came on February 12, 2021. Also known as the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival, this holiday really is a festival that celebrates the beginning of another year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. This celebration has a special significance for me because our family has a

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What is a “Shultz Hour”?

George Pratt Shultz was a dedicated public servant. Trained as an economist, he was a Marine artillery officer in World War II and a businessman. But he is best known for serving three Republican presidents and is one of only two people in history to have held four cabinet positions. He was Secretary of Labor,

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