Let the Festivities Begin

The world’s largest living-cut Christmas tree, was lit in California this weekend. It took over 18,000 LED lights and 10,000 ornaments, to decorate the 115 foot-tall tree. The white fir is on display at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, where a nightly artificial snowfall will also take place every night for the rest of 2019.

Erasing Blind Spots

14-year-old Alaina Glasser’s invention could save lives. Cars have blind spots, which are areas around the vehicle, that the driver can’t see in their mirrors. Alaina developed a system that uses a webcam, to project the hidden areas onto the inside of the car. The Pennsylvania teen’s project, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize!

Fee-Free Libraries

Chicago Illinois is the first big American city, to do away with library late fees. As a result, more people have been visiting the library, and bringing their overdue books with them. Book returns have increased by an amazing 240%! It’s more fun to check out books, when you don’t have to worry about fines.

Great Balls of Fire

The Northern Taurid meteor showers are known for producing bright fireballs, and it delivered a spectacular one yesterday. In St Louis Missouri, residents saw the sky light up and heard a loud boom as a meteor blazed across the sky! It most likely burned up before reaching the Earth’s surface.

The Sun Has a Freckle

Amateur astronomers in North America, are excited about Monday’s special event. Mercury will become a black dot, silhouetted against the sun, and spend 6 hours moving across to the other side. People with a special sun filter can watch through a telescope. The rest of us can keep our eyes safe, and watch online!

Sundaes With a Japanese Twist

Give your taste buds a treat today. Top some ice cream with hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry, to celebrate Sundae Day! Add some Japanese biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate, known as Pocky, for Pocky Day. It’s also Origami Day, so try the Japanese art of paper folding. Don’t eat it by mistake!

Saying Thanks With More Than Words

8-year-old Tyler Stallings, has spent half his life helping homeless veterans! He’s been making Hero Bags, filled with clothes, toothbrushes, and other necessities, for veterans. Tyler has also raised over $40,000, to help thank them for their service. He’s even co-authored a book, called “Including Stories That Make A Difference By 75 Kids Who Changed Their Worlds.”

Floating Helps Relieve PTSD

Have you ever enjoyed a nice relaxing float on your back, in a pool or lake? Veterans in the US are finding relief from pain and post traumatic stress disorder, with flotation therapy. Warm salt water allows them to float easily, and lower blood pressure, pain, stress, and anxiety. It’s like deep, healing meditation.

Remembering Veterans

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 101 years ago, the armistice marking the end of World War One was signed.  November 11th is Armistice Day, although the United States celebrates all armed forces members with Veterans Day, and the Commonwealth of Nations, France, and Belgium celebrate Remembrance Day.

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