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What are you curious about?

We answer a few questions and invite you to ask some of your own

At Curiosity Fair, we want our guests to be curious about the world around them, ask questions, and find answers! In the weeks leading up to the festival on June 10 and 11, we’ll have members of our staff answer some questions guests have asked in previous years, covering everything from physics to ice cream.

What are you curious about? Let us know in the box below – and we just might help you learn something new!


 

Check out these Q&A videos!

Question: Can 1,000-year-old seeds still grow?

Answer: It’s possible, but it’s not very likely. Although it’s been known to happen on several occasions, seeds have to be preserved in very special ways in order to grow 1,000 years later. However, in the gardens at Conner Prairie, we still use species of plants that date back that far – even if the seeds don’t! It’s important for us to preserve the genetic heritage of these plants just like we do our livestock.


Question: What’s in a star?

Answer: A star is made of several different elements, but it’s primarily made of hydrogen. The second most common element is helium – the same substance that causes our 1859 Balloon Voyage to lift off! Helium forms when hydrogen fuses inside of stars like our sun.


Question: What is gravity?

Answer: Gravity is a force that holds planets in their orbits, keeps moons orbiting around their planets, and holds objects and people like us on our planet as well. It’s the reason why when you drop something, it falls to the ground.


Question: What’s in ice cream?

Answer: Ice cream is made of cream, sugar and sometimes egg yolks, plus flavoring! While today we have flavors like mint chocolate chip or cookie dough, in the 19th century vanilla wasn’t often used because the spice was so expensive, and instead they had some familiar flavors like lemon or chocolate, but also flavors like parmesan or oyster. You can learn more about how ice cream is made in this video from Jas. Townsend and Son.


Question: How do bumblebees fly?

Answer: All of their flight muscles are located in their thorax, the middle body section. Instead of flapping their arms up and down, they move them in a way that creates a low-pressure vortex over their wing, keeping them aloft in the air!