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This mailbox isn’t near the front of a house. Instead, it’s by a lake. How could you deliver mail to this lake house?
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It’s delivered by boat! Mail carriers jump off, run to the mailbox, then jump on! This lake town has done this for over 100 years!
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This girl sent a message in a bottle by dropping it into the ocean. It started in the ocean near Britain. Where do you think it ended up?
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It went across the world, from Britain to Australia! Scientists use bottles to find out how the ocean moves things around the world...
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Scientists use other tools to find out how the ocean moves. They’ve even used rubber ducks! Here’s where the ducks traveled!
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How could a vacuum be used to send messages? Think like an inventor! What could you do with the vacuum’s tube?
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Check out this vacuum tube! You put a message in a container at one end. Then a vacuum sucks it up, and brings it across the room!
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New York City used to use vacuum tubes to deliver mail! Mail traveled for miles! This animation is similar to how it worked.
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Some hospitals still use vacuum tubes to deliver medicine quickly! Even this restaurant uses them--to deliver food to tables!
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This sailor has lots of different colored flags. He’ll use them to send messages. How could you use flags to send messages?
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Boats and towns used flags in different positions to “talk” to each other, like this. You can learn this flag language too (semaphore)!
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This language is still being used by railroads! Next time you pass by train tracks, look for two colorful signs like this!
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Listen… Have you heard this kind of singing before? It’s called yodeling. What does this have to do with sending messages?
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Yodeling used to be like a code; different sounds meant different words! You could yodel on a hill to “talk” to people far away!
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