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The real zoo behind the movie "We Bought a Zoo"
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a zoo? Well, if you have seen the movie "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon then that gives you an idea of what it would be like. It's a wonderful movie and the best part is that it is based on a true story! It is the story of how the Mee family in England bought a zoo, renovated it, and still runs it. The name of the zoo is the Dartmoor Zoo.

How many types of bikes can you name?
Have you ever heard of "the walking machine"? The Bicycle Museum has posted a timeline with a quick history of bicycles. They also provide a page full of links to interesting bike-related sites. many different types of bikes can you name? Before you watch the video, that is. :-)

More planets than stars found in the Milky Way
Have you ever tried counting the stars in the sky?A while back we posted an article about the number of stars in the universe. More stars than grains of sand in the world mentioned the studies of Dr. Simon Driver, who has guessed at the number of stars we can see...and can only guess at the ones we're not seeing. On January 11th, three studies were published telling us that we actually could have more planets than stars in the Milky Way!

Criminal Penguins - Frozen Planet - BBC One
Watch how Adelie penguins build their nests in Antarctica. This BBC video shows us how some of "the most conniving little creatures on the planet" do it. The video clip is from the BBC's series Frozen Planet, and it's also available from at Frozen Planet.

Inside the White House
Have you ever visited the White House? It's the place where the President of the United States and his family lives. It's also recognized as the symbol of the President, the President's Administration, and the United States. Thousands of visitors come to the White House on a daily basis. Now you can tour the White House on the internet.

Save the Tiger Month
September is Save the Tiger month. The Save the Tiger Fund organization is a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and on their website they have a wonderful article that tells us how children in Russia celebrated Tiger Day in 2000 and how many conservation organizations around the world now hold the last Sunday in September as Tiger Day.

What's the Worst Thing About Being an Astronaut?
"A new report has detailed a scary new thing that happen to earthlings when they venture into the cold nothingness of the great beyond...their fingernails fall off!" [TIME NewsFeed]. Check out some of the worst things about being an astronaut on this  TIME NewsFeed article. Then  read the full list of space-dangers over at Thinkquest.  Visit Website ]  Message board ] 

Answering 64 Job Interview Questions: General Guidelines
Our website is visited by children of all ages, and by educators and parents alike. We found the 64 Job Interview Questions to be so helpful that we have designed an entire section off of the CCF website just for them. Whether you're a high school or college graduate, or an already employed person interviewing for another job, Ian Kennedy has put together for us a great tool that will help you ace your job interview. Browse through the 64 questions and their suggested answers and, if you find them helpful, we would love to hear back from you via our feedback page.

Can you get published if you're under 18?
This article is part of our expanded F.A.Q. section
For the past year I've kept a profile page on myspace and have joined and participate in various groups. In one of them, Jessica M., a 14-year old yet-to-be-published writer from Lafayette, Louisiana had good questions on how do teens go about getting published. With her permission, we've posted the transcript of our conversation.

It was a dark and stormy night
October writing contest theme information
The first line for October's writing contest was, "It was a dark and stormy night..." The contest is ongoing, with a different first line chosen each month, and is open to kids of all ages The rules are simple: Write a short story using the first line we give you and submit it to CCF.

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