Calling All Super Sleuths:
Some of the hottest days of summer occur between early July and middle August. During these weeks of intense heat, an extremely bright star called Sirius rises in conjunction with the sun. When the ancient Greeks and Romans first observed this, they wrongly believed that the dazzling star gave off heat that combined with the sun’s warmth and caused the stuffy weather.
This stunning star is found in a constellation that inspired the naming of this oppressive period of summer.
Using these clues, do some research and then follow the directives below for a chance to win $25.
1. Name this period of sweltering weather (hint, it refers to a family pet).
2. In this magazine find a drawing of the constellation with the special star, Sirius. Give the constellation’s name and the page number where found.
3. Tell of a superstition associated with these days of extreme summer heat. (Ask your grandparents to help.)
The deadline for this month’s entries is June 20, 2019.
March-April Issue Super Sleuth
The March-April 2019 KIDS’ KORNER Super Sleuth shared the history of umbrellas. For a chance to win $25, young readers were challenged to find the hidden umbrella in the magazine, explain the origin of this superstition, name another superstition about an umbrella, and tell us how many people in their family won’t open an umbrella indoors. The correct answers are:
• Page 12.
• Most historians think the superstition started in Victorian England during the 18th century. The umbrellas of this period were not all that safe. They were built with hard metal spokes and spring triggers that were stiff and clumsy. If opened suddenly in a small room, the large, rigidly spoked umbrella became a hazardous device. Not only could it harm a child or adult, it could also shatter fragile objects. Umbrella accidents brought on unpleasant words or quarrels that led to bad feelings in families or among friends. The “bad luck” of injuries, broken objects and dissension coincided with opening the umbrella, so most likely the superstition arose as a common-sense deterrent … Just don’t open an umbrella indoors!
• More “bad luck” umbrella superstitions: Don’t give an umbrella as a gift; Don’t put umbrellas on beds or tables; If you drop an umbrella, never pick it up. Ask someone to do it for you; and if a single woman drops an umbrella, she will never marry.
Our winner is Logan Krieg of Lignum.