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The Wacky Inventions of Rube Goldberg

C. B. Gavant

Have you ever heard of a Rube Goldberg machine? A cartoonist, sculptor, and author, Rube Goldberg was famous for a comic strip that featured all kinds of hilarious inventions, all based on various chain reactions. His silly inventions were so popular that his name now means a “complicated task that does a simple thing.” Does that sound a little backwards? Perhaps it is. Here’s more about the man behind the now-famous Rube Goldberg machine.

 

Jolly Solly: The Sounds of Summer

R. Atkins

It was a glorious day. The sun shone brightly from a cloudless blue sky. In Mr. Faigelbaum’s garden, which was a haven for birds, a merry little robin was hopping about tweeting cheerfully to his friend, who tweeted right back. On the other side of the fence, though, Mr. Krankowitz was feeling extremely grumpy. What a dreadfully hot day!

 

Power Trips

C.B. Gavant

You flick the switch, and presto, the lights go on, right? The CD player plays, the fan whirs, the fridge hums. But then when the power goes out in a storm, we’re in the dark! What’s going on? Here’s the story of how electricity gets to your house.

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