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Lava Lounge
Join a tour of some of the most powerful volcanoes in the world. At Volcanoes Online, you'll get a close-up look at these amazing, unpredictable and dangerous natural forces. Pack some cool clothing and trek to http://library.thinkquest.org/17457. Your guide Galvin will show you the ropes, from understanding plate tectonics and continental drift, to discovering different types of volcanoes and their eruptions. The site has information on how to predict their behavior, from seismographics to tiltmeters to satellite surveillance. Check out the way-cool comic adventures of Galvin, or the strange Gnome Family of Volcano Village. And be sure to try the games and crosswords, where you'll get the chance to test your volcanic knowledge. Just remember: If the volcano starts to spew, run for the hills!



Toys For All Time OK, so you have the latest Pokemon doodad, but to stand the test of time, Pokemon's going to have to go up against some heavy hitters. The worldıs full of fun toys. Most come and go, but some of the greatest toys never go out of style. Toys Were Us is a site that both kids and parents will love because it's got the classics of both generations. Wind it up and watch it go at www.discovery.com/stories/ history/toys/toys.html Slinky, Barbie, Hula Hoops, skateboards, Frisbees--they're all here. Find out how your favorite playthings came to be, how Barbie got her name, who invented video games, and who taught Slinky to walk down the stairs. Genius inventors? You be the judge. Don't forget to vote for the all-time best toy in your life. Enjoy this site that makes fun of toy history and gets you feeling pretty playful. You'll feel like a kid again--or still. (This site is no longer available.)





Say Cheese!
Whether it's Swiss, Brie or cheddar, people worldwide can't get enough of cheese. At I Love Cheese, you'll learn all about this fun and fancy food product. Say cheese at www.ilovecheese.com and prepare yourself for an eating experience like no other. You'll read profiles about such cheeses as havarti, colby, blue and brick. The FAQ will give you the facts on fitting cheese into a healthy diet and how to buy cheese online. It even explains why Swiss cheese has holes. You'll also find a history of cheese that dates back to its accidental discovery in an Arabian desert 4,000 years ago. And there's an amazing recipes section, featuring everything from spicy cheese pie to pizza fondue.

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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 Roman god are volcanoes named after?

Mars
Hephaestus
Zeus
2. In what year did Slinky hit the American Toy Fair?
1946
1945
1947
3. The biggest cheese wheel in history weighed how much?
1,765 pounds
1,375 pounds
1,235 pounds





Ask Amy
Dear Amy: My big brother says that Santa Claus is just a myth. Is that true? --Nikki, Fargo, N.D.
Dear Nikki: According to my sources, Santa Claus is alive and well, especially on the Internet. To check out what old Saint Nick is up to as the holiday season approaches, take a sleigh ride to www.claus.com. There you can find out what's happening in Mrs. Claus' kitchen, weigh in with Santa's Naughty or Nice Rating, and find out the score at Santa's Toy Shop. And if you get your parent's permission, you can even leave e-mail for Santa himself. Happy winter holidays!

Dear Amy: Can I find out about scary movies on the Internet? --James, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Dear James: My first stop on the Web for any information about movies is The Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com. There, you can search for movie info to your heart's content. It has a large database you can search by title, favorite actor or actress, kind of movie and more. It offers Movie of the Day trivia, and even has a daily birthday section. So grab a bag of popcorn and log onto The Internet Movie Database for all your movie info. And remember to vote for your all-time favorite movie.

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