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- This Video Proves All Pixar Movies Are ConnectedPixar started its incredible run of magical moviemaking in 1995, with the release of Toy Story. Since then, Pixar has made 16 more animated films, including classics like Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., WALL-E, Up, Inside Out and more. You’ve probably know all about the iconic Pixar characters and settings, but what you probably didn’t know is that they’re all connected. That’s right, Pixar recently released a video that confirms dozens of fun connections between each of the movies. For example, did you know that Riley from Inside Out makes a cameo in Finding Dory? Or that Sully from Monsters, Inc. is carved into a piece of wood owned by Merida from Brave? Check out all the cool connections in the video below:
- 12 Eye-Popping Facts About PopcornJan. 19 is National Popcorn Day. Celebrate with these interesting facts about the delicious snack. ___________________________________________________________________ Americans eat 1 billion pounds of popcorn a year. That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building 18 times. The United States is the world’s largest producer of popcorn, producing about 300 million tons a year. Most American popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri. Early American colonists enjoyed eating popcorn with milk, creating a unique type of breakfast cereal. Popcorn became a popular movie theater treat in the 1930s. Kernels of popcorn can pop up to 3 feet into the air. Popcorn poppers that date back to the year 300, have been found in Peru. Air-popped popcorn has only 30 calories per cup. There are two types of popcorn: Mushroom and Snowflake. Mushroom is often used in candied popcorn. Snowflake is used in traditional concession snacks. The world’s largest popcorn ball was made in Sac City, Iowa, in 2016. It weighed 10,000 pounds. Christopher Columbus was the first to bring popcorn to Europe in 1493. He learned about it from Native Americans who had been eating it for hundreds of years. Popcorn is a whole [...]
- Monopoly Wants Your Help To Choose the Next Game TokenAnyone who’s played monopoly has a favorite token. Mine’s the shoe. Between the battleship, car, cat, Scottie dog, shoe, thimble, top hat and wheelbarrow, there are plenty of choices. But some players want an update. That’s why Monopoly is asking its fans what kind of playing pieces they’d like to see. In a new event called Monopoly Token Madness, taking place until Jan. 31, fans can head to VoteMonopoly.com and pick their favorite tokens out of a list of 64 options. Options include a hashtag, cell phone, emoji, motorcycle, penguin and even a T.rex. You can click here to vote.
- The 13 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017This is shaping up to be one epic year for movies. We will have new installments from Disney, Marvel, DC, Stars Wars and many more. Here are a few of the movies we're most excited about.
- Celebrate MLK’s Birthday With These Fun FactsDid you know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Boy Scout?
Love books? This is the right place. Get chances to win free books, the latest info on cool new books and pretty much anything else related to – wait for it … BOOKS! The Book Zone is ruled by Boys’ Life Senior Editor Paula Murphey.
- Read This Excerpt of ‘Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas’Looking for an exciting, adventurous new read?
- 100 Books Every Boy Should ReadBoys' Life has provided 100 years of great reading. Here are 100 books that every guy should read.
- BL’s Exclusive Reveal of Lego Ninjago: Dark Island TrilogySee our exclusive cover reveal. Plus, check out an excerpt from Book One of the new trilogy.
- BL Fiction: ‘Home of the Brave’ by Eric A. KimmelRockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air ... Young Adam is witness to one of the most important moments in our country's history.
- Participate In This Cool Summer Reading ChallengeOne of the best things about summer is that there’s more time for reading cool books. Without the stress of school and homework, you can finally focus on catching up on some of those books you’ve been meaning to get to all year. Now, summertime reading is even more fun. Scholastic has recently launched a cool summer reading contest that challenges you to log as many minutes of reading you possibly can. You can pick any book you want. If you need help, Scholastic has created an age appropriate reading list that will help you choose the perfect book. Scroll down to look through the list for yourself Download (PDF, 1.5MB)
The Scouting Around blog is your source for Scouting news. Get ideas for your troop by reading about Scouting activities across the country. Biking in Buffalo? Caving in California? Fishing in Florida? Mountain climbing in Montana? Shooting in South Carolina? It’s all in Scouting Around.
Love fishing? Want to learn how to catch more fish? Check out Boys’ Life‘s ultimate fishing blog for tips, tricks and expert advice.
- Trick casting with Tom RedingtonAfter making millions of casts in a lifetime, fishing pros like Tom Redington can get pretty precise with their casts.
- 25 funny fish jokesWhat do you get when you cross a fishing lure with a gym sock? Find out in our collection of hilarious fishing jokes.
- Fishing the SummitWhether you’re headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that’s not just a load of hype.
- Where to find fish in a river or streamFishing pro Tom Redington reveals the best places to catch fish in a river.
- Build a fishing rod rackOrganize your fishing rods by building this simple wooden rack.
Stuck in a tough spot? Can’t figure out how to get past a monster? Just looking for an easier way? The Games Guru has the answers you need to succeed in your favorite video games.
Not sure which gear to buy? Need tips for maintaining your equipment? Just send in your questions for the Gear Guy to answer.
Wilderness first aid expert “Dr. K” explains how to be prepared for medical emergencies that can occur in the outdoors where resources run thin and accidents are sure to happen.