Plant the Seeds of Adventure
Join Detective LePlant and his cohorts Bud and Sprout as they look to unlock green life's greatest mysteries at The Great Plant Escape. Carefully tip-toe through the flowerbed to www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/gpe.html to find out what parts of the plant are edible for humans, the life cycle of the plant, and how to grow lettuce indoors. Detective LePlant needs you to find clues, do experiments and solve problems. You'll learn the basics of composting, germination, seeds and soils. And once you figure out the basics, it'll be time to hunt down the "bulb imposter." Solve these cases and you'll be rewarded with Green Links and a Tossed Salad Crossword Puzzle. It's time to get plant-crazy!

Eye Candy Seeing is believing at Illusion Works, an interactive Web site dedicated to optical trickery, mirage and fun. Bring your glasses to www.illusionworks.com and enjoy everything from camouflage and distortion to 3-D and illusion puzzles. Browse through the largest gallery of original paintings and sculptures by the world's best illusion artists or check out the new interactive exhibit on perception and brain science. Don't miss the Anti-Gravity Houses, the Twisted Cord, and the amazing Cast Shadow and Ball. At Illusion Works, the impossible becomes real! (This site is no longer available.)

Where Every Girl is Cool
Here's a site just for you girls-but this isn't frilly stuff. Hop over to the Girl Zone at www.girlzone.com to meet with smart, thinking, active girls who are interested in the really important stuff in life. First, go "aroundtown" to meet girls who have been everywhere and done everything. Explore volunteer work, ideas for your future and world travels. Then be sure to check out "Seen It Heard It" for great music, book and movie reviews from people your own age. And there's more! "Bodyopolis" is the place to stop for the latest scoop on body issues: exercise, nutritious recipes for the lazy, and how to deal with your body's changes. Don't end your voyage without stopping by "innercity" to express yourself. This is a cybertrip you'll want to make again and again. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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When you know the answers to the questionsbelow, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4KidsDetective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong.Good luck.

1. From Case#1, Mystery #2: When is a plant an Annual?

A plant that grows, makes flowers, fruit and seed and then dies all in one growing season.
A plant that comes back year after year without replanting, usually from underground parts.
A plant that produces green leaves in one year, flowers the next year, and dies.
2. How many girls hit the soccer fields last year?
7.24 million
27.6 million
1.9 million
3. Which artist creates sculptures that form illusions?
Scott Kim
Shigeo Fukuda
Karen Combs
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Dear Amy: How do you download stuff to your computer? Will I get a virus?-Jerrica, Las Vegas

Dear Jerrica: The people who design Web sites make it easy for you to download stuff. Mostly, they have a separate page where you just click on a link and a copy of a game, plug-in or file will be sent to your computer. If it's a game or a plug-in that has to be compatible with your computer, look for the proper link and take the time to read how to install it before you click. Most download sites are safe from viruses, but you have to be the judge. It's smart to run a virus-scanning software application every once in a while, and to back up the data on your hard drive often.

Dear Amy: I am making my own homepage. Are there any sites on the World Wide Web that help you design your own Web page?-Kitty, Mount Sterling, KY

Dear Kitty: I found a Web site at www.geocities.com/ SiliconValley/ Heights/ 1288/ index2.html with lots of ideas and help. If you're just starting, you can learn basic HTML, but you can also get some opinions on how to design your homepage. Like, do you REALLY want the type to blink on and off? :-( Yuck! You may want some sounds or use some Java. Send me your URL when it's running; I would love to see it. (This site is no longer available.)

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