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It's a Secret!
Whether you want to write secret notes to friends or sign your name in mysterious code, you can code with the best of them at www.thunk.com. Here you can create secret codes by typing in your text and clicking the scramble button. Soon, you'll be dazzling your pals with your strange, sometimes funny, codes. You'll also go back in time and learn how the ancient Spartans were the first to use secret messages more than 2,000 years ago. Who's using secret messaging today? Spies, the military and even credit card companies use encoded messages every day. For kids who love goodies, Thunk also has downloadable sounds and graphics. At the site you'll find scrambled punch lines to the corniest of jokes, including the one about the flying skunk. Don't forget to check out links to James Bond, the FBI and more. Thunk.com is no longer a secret to kids.

Girl Power If you fancy yourself a future inventor, then you need to visit this site for a lightning bolt of inspiration. Here's the formula that will get you to the Women Inventors lab: www.inventorsmuseum.com/ women.htm Meet some amazing people you've probably never heard of, such as Sybilla Masters and Gertrude Elion. Chances are you have heard of their inventions, things such as cures for diseases, new kinds of food and bullet-proof vests! Learn all about the first American woman inventor and the latest '90s lab whiz on the scene. There are lots of recommendations for books to check out and links so you can surf to the inventors' Web sites. Get inspired and get inventing! (This site is no longer available.)

Time for Your World
At Time for Kids, you'll find yourself up-to-date on all the latest topics. The news you can use is at www.timeforkids.com/TFK and is written just for kids. The site has top stories from around the globe, listings on favorite kids' books, and hilarious cartoons. You'll read about everything from celebrities and current events to fun activities and travel. At Kids Talk Back, you'll hear from kids like yourself all across the country, and find out what they have to say on everything from politics to video games. Best of all are the games, including the Mars Challenge and RobotLab, where you'll actually get to build your own robot! With timely news and games on science, sports and more, Time for Kids brings kids up to speed on the world around them!

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Be a 4Kids Detective

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. What is the oldest rescue group in the world?

Greenpeace
Sierra Club
Red Cross
2. What is the science of scrambling messages?
biology
cryptology
codology
3. What invention is Gertrude Elion famous for?
tires
cures to some diseases
bloomers





Ask Amy
Dear Amy: We have two computers in my house. Can we connect them so we can share files and programs?--Michelle, Salt Lake City
Dear Michelle: What you want is a home network. Lots of companies are making kits to allow people to network the computers in their home or small business together. You can share everything, even hardware that is attached to one computer, like a printer or CD-ROM. Simple kits for two computers can be purchased for between $100 and $200, or you can buy the parts to build the network yourself. Learn more about home networks at www.cnet.com/ Content/ Features/ Howto/ HomeLAN. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Where can I find good movie reviews?--Tamara, Queens, N.Y.
Dear Tamara: There are lots of movie review sites on the Web, but most of them are created by movie critics in order to post their own reviews. One place that you can read reviews written by kids is KidNews at www.kidnews.com. Kids have posted reviews of movies as well as books, music, games and toys. You could also send reviews to one of the many different newsgroups and chatrooms about movies, but ask your parents before you visit these places.(This site is no longer available.)

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