I Want My Mummie From the Pyramids of Giza to the earliest tombs and cemeteries, the world of ancient Egypt is both fascinating and mystical. EgyptWorld, the ultimate online museum dedicated to this period in history, is an oasis of facts, fun and photos. Get mummy's permission and adventure out to http:// library.thinkquest.org/ 15924. The main museum will show you the best in Egyptian paintings and sculptures, the first burial grounds for pharaohs and the hieroglyphics found there. You'll go on excavations with archaeologists from around the world as they discover such treasures as the Rosetta Stone. You'll find a complete chronicling of pyramid history, plus the lowdown on the Sphinx, the Pyramid Mystery and the Last Pyramids. Stop by Pharaoh's Arcade, where you'll become a pharaoh, building cities and competing with your friends online. Tempted to spend more time learning about Egyptian history? The Tourist Center will direct you to ancient Egypt museums around the world. Found out why the spirit of ancient Egypt lives on! (This site is no longer available.)
Poetry in Motion Whether it comes from Shakespeare or the poet-next-door, it's difficult to find a better expression than that of the age-old sonnet. At Sonnet Central, www.sonnets.org you'll be able to lose yourself in the beauty of these songlike poems. The Time Line will take you from the early works of John Milton and Thomas Wyatt to the later glories of William Wordsworth and Robert Frost. While the emphasis here is on English works, you'll also find sonnets from places like Italy, Sweden and New Zealand. There's also a listing of all the famous sonnet authors, from William Alabaster to William Butler Yeats. This site is so complete you'll even find sonnets about sonnets. The Living Desert Fill up your water bottles and get out your binoculars because you're about to take a cool journey to North America's hottest spots. Hitch your way out west by jumping onboard www.desertusa.com/ animal.html and see the amazing critters hiding in the desert! There are hundreds of species of mammals, insects, birds and reptiles living in the deserts. And what makes them more fascinating is that they have learned to live in the extreme environments of the hottest, driest places on Earth. Find out how bats use echoes to fly across the night skies, and how desert mice find water. Quicktime videos let you crawl across the desert floor with a creepy tarantula or burrow down with the prairie dogs. And don't forget the whales . . . whales?! Yes, there's even some water in certain deserts, and you can cruise the Sonoran desert on a virtual boat voyage. Have a blast discovering the world of desert animals. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)
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Dear Amy: What's the point of Shockwave and other plug-ins? It always bugs me when I get asked to download them.--Oscar, Cupertino, Calif.Dear Oscar: Plug-ins like Shockwave are special software that let your browser do more interactive things. You can see animated graphics, movies and hear sounds without having to launch another program. It seems like a drag to stop and download them, but it's really worth it. Most Web sites make it easy for you to get the plug-ins, and you should only have to do it once. Choose "download" if you want to have fun!