Topic: history

Friday, September 7, 2012

There sure is a lot of stuff orbiting around Earth! We had to put in a call to clutter cleaner Matt Paxton of TV's "HOARDERS" to help talk the Earth into cleaning up her space! Well, maybe not, but check out this clip to learn about the oh so trashy truth about space junk!
From rear view mirrors to disc brakes, the safety and efficiency of race cars has lead the way to many important inventions that make our day to day driving a lot easier!

Friday, March 2, 2012

The word "nerd" is a fairly recent addition to the English language and is now quite common in everyday speech. When and where was the first recorded usage of the word? (Hint:  Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday...) Answer:  Dr. Seuss holds the honor of...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What is it?  The Great Backyard Bird Count engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds over a 4-day period.  This annual bird population survey creates a real-time snapshot of bird populations throughout the US and Canada and helps researchers better understand...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

From the collection of the Virginia Aviation Museum (a division of the Science Museum of Virginia) are two World War II era morale boosters for troops. These booklets provided entertainment for those serving overseas during the war. The “Army Song Book” was published in 1941 by the...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Meet Scheila and her friends: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/features/asteroid-collision.html An asteroid named Scheila lives in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter with millions of other asteroids.  Scheila is about 70 miles across and completes her orbit around the...

Monday, April 18, 2011

The above drawing is a futuristic view of the world as envisioned by Reynolds Metals Co. in the mid-1960s for what the future would hold for the Aluminaut (shown as the dark vessel at top left).   Here are some projects it was believed the Aluminaut would initiate:...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Congratulations VCU!!!  The VCU Rams are in the Final Four!!!  Virginians are cheering for the "Cinderella" #11 seed Rams whom many said did not belong in the tournament. Only two other teams with double-digit seeds have ever reached the Final Four.  Who were...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A recent acquisition into the collection of the Virginia Aviation Museum is this 1944 Eastern Airlines timetable which contains flight times and prices. At the time of this publication, one way travel from Richmond cost at most $85.25 for a trip to Brownsville, Texas and the cheapest flight was...

Monday, March 7, 2011

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone from the US Patent Office.  On March 10, three days after receiving the patent, he successfully transmitted the famous first words. What famous sentence was transmitted? Answer:  "Mr....

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