What I Learned From Watching Educational TV While Under Quarantine
May 15, 2020
Since Arizona’s stay at home order went into place on March 31, I stayed home, worked my day job, worked on my pile of sewing projects, and watched very boring TV. Even though I was bored, and scared if I watched the news, one of the highlights of watching TV was the educational programing the PBS stations in Arizona aired for students that can no longer go to school for the rest of the school year. After watching a month of this programing, I learned a few things. Actually, I learned nothing from the educational programing because I already saw the shows that aired, but I wanted to share some of the interesting things I heard while watching educational programing.
NASA Uses Hydrogen Powered Rockets
Hydrogen powered rockets provide more power than gasoline for the rocket to launch into space. Also, hydrogen does not leave a trail of fossil fuel exhaust as it goes through the atmosphere. Instead, hydrogen reacts with oxygen in the atmosphere and turns into water.
William Shakespeare’s Play Richard The Third is Not Historically Accurate
Although Shakespeare’s play Richard the Third is a historical play, it’s not historically accurate and is based off history books that is considered by modern day historians as providing an inaccurate interpretation of Richard the Third.
There Are Birds in the Andes Mountains That Build Their Nests in Glaciers
I didn’t know there are birds in the Andes Mountains that build their nests in glaciers. By the time their chicks are full grown, the glacier begins to melt, destroying their nest, and they must rebuild their nests in the glacier the next year.
Venus Does Not Have Oceans. Just Thick, Heavy Cloud Cover.
For a very long time, scientists believe the planet Venus has oceans. After multiple attempts to land a space craft, the country now known as Russia was successful in landing a space craft that took the first photographs of Venus’ surface, proving the planet has thick, heavy clouds and no oceans.
At One Time There Were Different Versions of The Star Spangled Banner
There wasn’t a standardized version of the United State’s national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, until the turn of the 20th century. A panel of men, including John Philip Souza, created a standardized version of The Star Spangled Banner. This standardized version is the version of the song we know today.