Hello Old Friend

Today is Apple Dumpling Day! Peeled and cored apples filled with butter, cinnamon and sugar, are wrapped in dough. After they bake in the oven, they’re like balls of delicious apple pie! It’s also Locate An Old Friend Day. Ask your parents about your first playdate, then say hi to your oldest friend!

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Great Balls of Fire

The American Meteorological Society received reports from people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, who saw a big fireball light up the sky Thursday night. A daytime fireball was seen the same day from Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands! September 12th was a popular day for meteorites!

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Bat-Friendly Lighting

Worcestershire County in England is turning on the bat lights. Some types of bats won’t cross roads lit by white lights, which can affect their food supplies. A stretch of highway near the Warndon Wood Nature Preserve, will be lit by red LED lights, that don’t bother the bats. It’s a great compromise!

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Guaca-Doughly

Today is National Play-Doh Day! The squishy dough started out as a wallpaper cleaner, but Joe McVicker made a colorful version for kids in 1956. It’s Guacamole Day also. Smash up an avocado with some salt for the easiest guacamole ever! Then go outside and find some cool rocks. It’s Collect Rocks Day!

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Gardens are Looking Up

Terry Garrett knew how much his brother loved gardening, so it made him sad to see him lose the ability once he was confined to a wheelchair. Terry developed Elevated Gardens, that stand 30 inches tall! People in wheelchairs can easily work on the small gardens. Now even people in nursing homes can keep gardening!

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Wait for Free Museum Day

Are you thinking of going to a museum today? Maybe you should put it off until next Saturday, September 21st, when it might be free! More than 1500 museums across the United States will participate in Museum Day. You can print out tickets at smithsonianmag.org. Of course, Smithsonian museums in Washington DC are always free!

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