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Posts tagged ‘history’

What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

While we were in Washington, DC last week, we visited the International Spy Museum on F Street. Since we’ve been back, The Nine-Year-Old has been consuming one spy related book after another. Her favorite from the week is Enigma Alberti’s Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring.

Caterpickles cleans house, Part 4

Taking the summer off from answering questions on the blog would have worked a lot better if I’d established a Caterpickles Agreement with my daughter that she would take a summer off from asking them. I did not, alas, so now it’s time to catch up by answering several short questions about the history of tape, whether fire truck sirens are taped, and the relative heights of David and Goliath.

“Why did California ban paper money in 1850?”

While researching the question of whether miners would have actually bought supplies with gold dust anywhere other than on a Hollywood movie set, I discovered a surprising fact. When California became a state in 1850, its first state constitution explicitly banned the use of paper money. Now, why would California do a thing like that?