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Day 15 -  Movies Through the Ages

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Lights, camera, action! Welcome to day 16 of Bust the Boredom! Today’s newsletter is filled with action-packed movie content. Learn more about films in our feature article, become an action hero by busting through sugar glass in our tutorial and find all the hidden objects in today’s Hidden Pictures!

Article: Movies Through the Ages

And the Oscar goes to...
Can you think of anything better than having an ice-cold Slush Puppy in your one hand, a box of generously spiced popcorn in the other, and watching the latest movie with your best friends?

There’s something magical about films. They offer an escape from reality, transport us to unimaginable places, and liberate our minds. They make us laugh, they make us cry, they inspire us and they enlighten us. Movies mesmerise. And movies hypnotise.
Whatever your reasons for watching them, it’s undeniable that we all love films. To celebrate our love for them, let’s go on a marvellous journey through the history of movies. Are you ready for the lights, camera, and action? You’d better be, ’cause it’s show time! Download the full article for more.

This Article first appeared in Supernova Volume 3.1
Words by Albrecht Geyer - Illustrations by Waldo Swart
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Activity: Make Your Own Sugar Glass

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Have you ever wondered how the people in movies crash into glass, or have bottles and vases broken over their heads without getting hurt? The secret lies in the actual glass. It is what is called 'sugar glass', and it is used in movies and plays to simulate real glass. It might look like genuine glass, but sugar glass is a lot less dangerous because the edges aren’t as sharp as real glass.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup liquid glucose
  • 3½ cups white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Cooking spray or tin foil
  • Pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Baking tray
  • Thick gloves
  • Knife
You need to have an adult to help you. Molten sugar is extremely hot.
Don't leave the sugar glass in a moist area or direct sun. It will start to melt or get sticky.


Mix water, liquid glucose, sugar, and cream of tartar in the pot. Stir often and slowly bring it to a boil. If you boil it too quickly, it'll caramelise. As it heats up, it'll go from a cloudy colour to clear.
Heat the mixture to 150°C, then remove from heat. This should take at least an hour. Use a candy thermometer, but be careful not to let it fall in the mixture. You’ll know it’s ready when half of the mixture has boiled away and the molten sugar forms strings when it drips off the spoon.
Spray the baking tray generously with cooking spray or line it with tin foil.
Put on the thick gloves and pour the hot mixture very carefully onto the backing tray. Pour slowly to minimise bubbles.
Place the baking tray on an even surface. This will help the mixture spread out evenly so that the finished glass isn't thicker in some areas and thinner in others. Leave the mixture to dry for about an hour. After 45 minutes it should be cool enough to touch, but it isn't hardened, so don't take it out until the full hour has passed.
To remove the dry glass from the baking tray, take a knife and heat it up under hot water, then carefully cut along the edge where the glass meets the edge of the pan. Carefully pry it up, flip it over and slowly lift the pan away from the sugar glass that is resting on your hand.

Good idea
Make coloured 'glass' by adding food colouring.

Puzzles: Hidden Pictures

Can you find all the hidden pictures?
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Yesterday's Riddle

Did you guess correctly?

What starts with a P, ends with an E and has thousands of letters?

The answer is... Post office.

Today's Riddle

What could it be?


Today’s riddle comes from Batman Forever (1995)

Tear one off and scratch my head.
What once was red is black instead.

Answer in tomorrow's newsletter!

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