When you look up at a midnight sky, what do you see - mottled stars and a full Moon trying hard to compete with the street lamps for your attention? You might be situated in a city, or its sprawling suburbs, where the ever-present urban glow tends to keep your gaze horizontal, missing out on the beckoning mysteries of the Universe.
This Skywriters anthology will change all that. Through the eyes and creativity of people who write about south-eastern inland Australia, we'll redirect your vision upwards to a brighter Moon, the subtle presence of nearby planets, the cosmic spectacular of our Milky Way galaxy and those celestial bodies even further away.
You'll find inspiring stories, poems and essays by a great diversity of Australians responding to what some have called the 'Inland Astro-Trail', which connects rural and remote communities with world-class astronomical observatories such as those at Parkes, Siding Springs and Narrabri. Some skystories are 'literally', others intensely personal, but all are guaranteed to widen your horizons-upwards!
$19.95Children can put their flying skills to the test with this chunky pad of brightly patterned spaceships. Each tear-out, patterned paper sheet can be folded, origami-style, into a flying spacecraft by following the step-by-step instructions included.
Everybody loves a good joke and now, with the help of the hilarious 1001 Cool Best Ever Jokes, you'll have all the material you need to become a guru of gags, a wisecracking whiz, a master of amusement, or even a connoisseur of crack-ups!
There's something inside to tickle every funny bone, from gross or ghoulish gags, to prehistoric puns or plain old ridiculous riddles.
Dive in and discover a whole world of rip-snorting, rib tickling wackiness that will entertain you, your friends and your family for hours on end!
The truth is often stranger than fiction. Need proof? In England, in the 1880's, 'pants; was considered a dirty word. Statistically, you are more likely to be attacked by a cow than a shark. The Sun loses close to a billion kilograms of weight every second. An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair. Phobophobia is the fear of fear. 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' was written by Mozart.
There are 1001 cool, freaky, funny, Fabulous, foul, frightening, far-out, full-on, fascinating, first class, phenomenal, fantastic facts here for your amusement and edification!