Be a 4Kids Detective

Just for kids

January 11, 2000

When you know the answers to these questions, go to

Which flag design had a rattlesnake on it?

Which states are at high risk for tornadoes? (Go to kids/index.htm to find out.)

What crucial species is food in the Antarctic ecology?


Take a virtual voyage to Washington, D.C., and feast your eyes on the flag that inspired the national anthem at The Star-Spangled Banner Web site. The original masterpiece, located at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, can now be enjoyed online at Once there, you'll enjoy the incredible story of the flag, from its place in military battles to Francis Scott Key's famous poem written in 1814. In addition to the rich history of the anthem, you'll find stories about the flag's design and its role as a patriotic symbol. Over time, the Star-Spangled Banner has enjoyed many cool looks, incorporating stars, stripes, a pine tree and even a rattlesnake. Be sure to try "You Solve The Mystery," and join historians in trying to determine the true creator of the flag as well as how the flag has been altered over time. You'll also meet the professionals who have worked hard to preserve and restore the flag's condition. Long may it wave!


Pull on a parka, a pair of rubber boots and a spirit of adventure. It's time for a cyber voyage to Antarctica. OK, it's not the kind of trip with sunny beaches and amusement parks, but it's an amazingly icy adventure you won't forget. You'll soon understand why people have been magnetically drawn to the South Pole. Haul your gear to index.html to board the ship in Argentina, and let the journey begin. Your shipmates are really friendly, and they'll help you make the daily voyages through the rough seas and into the eye of the storm. Try to spy some whales along the way, too. Learn about old-time explorers in the great race to find the South Pole, and discover why Antarctica is so important for keeping track of the Earth's environment today. (And find out why you must have rubber boots to go to Antarctica.) It's a harsh but wonderful journey, and you'll join in the celebration when you finally get to shore with hundreds of penguins to greet you.

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