The French Scrabble Champion

The French Scrabble Champion

Transcript Nigel Richards is unquestionably the greatest Scrabble player in history. The 52-year-old Kiwi is a five-time world champion, and the only player ever to win more than once.  He is a five-time United States Champion and has won more major tournament titles than anyone else.  However, all these accolades are probably not his greatest …

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The Interstate Highway System

The Interstate Highway System

Transcript After the end of WWII in Europe, General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed the military governor of the American Zone in Germany. During his travels around Germany, he noticed that the German autobahn was really good. His respect for the German highways later became the impetus for passing legislation for the United States Interstate Highway …

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How Many Planets Are There?

How Many Planets Are There?

Transcript Poor Pluto. It was totally unknown, then it was a planet, and now it’s not a planet anymore.  This change in the status of planets isn’t the first time such a thing has happened. Since the dawn of history, the number of things we call a planet has gone up and down.  Find out …

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The Julian and Gregorian Calendars

The Julian and Gregorian Calendars

Transcript What is today’s date?  If you answer that question, most likely you are giving an answer based on a calendar that goes all the way back to one put in place by Julius Caesar.  Caesar’s calendar, aka the Julian Calendar, was pretty good, but it developed problems over time, so it was modified in …

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