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Way back in October 1828, The American Institute of the City of New York, held its first industrial fair. This time period is before the locomotive had been invented and travel outside New York was only possible by boat or stagecoach. One of the prime exhibits at this show was the iron plow. 

The industrial fair progressed to the Children's Fair in 1928, when it was organized as a yearly event by the American Institute. In 1942,  William Emerson Ritter and Edward W. Scripps created "The Science Talent Search" for high school students. The first American National Science Fair was won by Alan J. Fletcher when he was 18, who demonstrated the laws of motion. Eventually, the Science Fair has evolved into what we know of today.


Why are chemists perfect for solving problems? Because they have all the solutions.

Where do you put dirty dishes? In the zinc.

Why do chemists prefer nitrates? Because they're cheaper than day rates.

Atom: I’d like to report a missing electron.
Policeman: Are you sure?
Atom: Yes, I’m positive!

What's the first thing you should learn in chemistry? Never lick the spoon.

Why did hydrogen marry carbon? Because they bonded so well.

Why are frogs so happy? Because they can eat whatever bugs them!

How do you spot a bald eagle? Look for a bird with all its feathers combed over to one side.

Mushrooms look like umbrellas because they grow in damp places.

A sign hanging on a laboratory door: "Gone Nuclear Fission."

Where does bad light go? To a prism.

What’s a nuclear physicist’s favorite meal? Fission chips.

Who solves mysteries involving electricity? Sherlock Ohms

Why is electricity so dangerous? Because it doesn't know how to conduct itself properly.

How do astronauts serve dinner? On flying saucers.

When people run round in circles we say they’re crazy. When planets do it, we say they’re orbiting.

Why does NASA believe there might be life on Mars? The CD player was stolen from their Mars rover.

How many astronomers does it take to change a light bulb? None, astronomers aren't scared of the dark.

What do you think of that new restaurant on the moon? The food’s great but it has no atmosphere.

What’s the opposite of a cold front? A warm back.

What’s a tornado's favorite game? Twister!

How did the hurricane see? With its eye.

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