Boys' Life

Boys' Life April 2020

In Boys’ Life, all boys and girls can discover exciting new places, gain new skills and learn important tips to stay safe and have fun outdoors. Since 1911, Boys’ Life has been entertaining and educating America’s youth with a focus on the traditional values of fun, citizenship and service.

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hitchin’ rack

Pedro answers reader mail! Dear Awesome Alfalfa-Loving Mailburro, How regularly do you get paper cuts, and are you always as kind as you can be? Sometimes you say things about The Boss that aren’t very kind. Dallas K., Lytton, Iowa In my line of work, Dallas, paper cuts are par for the course … as is a little hand-crafted, oldworld humor. Thankfully, The Super-Talented, Ultra-Handsome, Finely Clothed, Clean-Smelling Best Boss in the World understands me like none other and knows I mean no disrespect. HEY, PEDRO, Tell The Boss to get his jacket cleaned — I can smell it halfway across the country. Mo H., Virginia Beach, Virginia Then again, Boss …. DEAR PEDRO, What is it like to work for Boys’ Life? How much work do you put toward your career? Colin O., Minneola,…

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CALENDAR April 1: Don’t get fooled on April Fool’s Day. April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Flip to page 10 for amazing facts about peanut butter. April 10: Hang out with your favorite people for National Siblings Day. April 28: Watch your favorite hero movies for National Superhero Day. On This Date April 2, 1792: The dollar is introduced as the standard unit of money in the United States. April 3, 2010: Apple releases the iPad. Happy 10th anniversary! April 7, 1969: The internet is born. April 30, 1789: George Washington is inaugurated as the first U.S. president. WATCH IT Check out the action of college basketball championship week and cheer on your favorite team as the season ends April 4-6. April 18: National Basketball Association playoffs begin. Peter Rabbit is taking on a new adventure with an old family friend.…

supermoon on the rise

A supermoon occurs when the center of the moon is fewer than 223,694 miles from the center of Earth. It looks bigger and brighter than a normal full moon. Supermoons happen at least once a year. This year’s remaining supermoons will be April 8 and May 7. Each supermoon has a nickname according to its month. These names were given in Native American folklore to track the seasons. The supermoon in April is known as the “super pink moon.” It notes the appearance of the moss pink flower, which is an early spring flower. The May “super flower moon” represents the flowers that will bloom that month. The Nov. 14, 2016, supermoon was 221,525 miles from Earth, the closest the moon has gotten since 1948. MICROMOON Oct. 13, 2019 249,170 miles from Earth SUPERMOON April 8 and May 7,…

planet earth

This year’s 50th anniversary theme for Earth Day is CLIMATE ACTION. Earth Day is always on APRIL 22. Earth Day originated April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans spoke out against oil spills, pollution and other hazards that aren’t good for our planet. As of December 2019, there were 7.75 billion people living on Earth. Earth is the only known planet with breathable oxygen, which makes up 21% of its atmosphere. EARTH IS THE ONLY PLANET with a name that doesn’t come from Greek mythology. Instead, it derives from Old English and German. Scientists say Earth was formed about 4.54 billion years ago. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY (4); NASA (2); GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO (3); THE NEW YORK TIMES…

stomper tells all

When Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics players take the field at home, they’re joined by a playful, popular pachyderm: longtime mascot Stomper. He’s there to fire up the crowd, connect with fans and sometimes steal peanuts from a vendor. (He is an elephant, after all!) On the field with an MLB mascot Bringing Stomper to life is the job of an Eagle Scout named … Well, in keeping with mascot tradition, his name is a secret, so let’s call him L.E. Phant. Boys’ Life caught up with L.E. to learn about life inside the costume. Q: What’s the best part of being a mascot? A: Being able to connect with any fan and make their day. Q: Do you interact much with the Oakland players? A: Mostly in costume at community appearances. I was riding the…

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Transported to a world of magic, Cal, Drew and Modesty must save a magical world, as well as the last living dragon and themselves. Just one hitch: The time for them to cast the saving spells is limited in What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon. By Henry Clark. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99. Ages 8-12. Finn’s lunchbox is more than extraordinary — it’s magical. From it jumps a device that belongs to a plague of gigantic bugs willing to do anything to get it back. It’s up to Finn, three classmates, his sister and a robot spy to fight off the plague in Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox. By Michael Buckley. Random House, $16.99. Ages 10-12. Getting ahead of an invasion of toxic plants…