YouTuber Maya Maxwell of Tic Tac Toy Turns 8 Today and She’s Already Got a Second Career

One of your favorite, child YouTubers is celebrating their birthday today, and continuing to grow their wild online presence at the same time. Maya Maxwell, one of the children from Tic Tac Toy, turns eight on December 2 and her YouTube success isn’t slowing down.

Though she’s only eight, Maxwell is one of the stars of Tic Tac Toy, a family-led YouTube channel designed for children and families. They specialize in toy reviews and silly videos that advertise trending kid’s items from the Mini Brand capsules you see all over TikTok to the classic American Girl Dolls.

Since the Maxwell family—parents Lucy and Jason and kids Maya, Addy and Colin—started their channel in 2015 they’ve gained 4.13 million subscribers and over 2.2 billion views. It’s a wild feat for any channel, especially one geared toward such wholesome content.

Addy and Maya
Addy Maxwell (L) and Maya Maxwell (R) appear in YouTube video “WOW!
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Researchers Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Maya Water Filtration System | Smart News

More than 2,000 years ago, the Maya built a complex water filtration system out of materials collected miles away. Now, reports Michelle Starr for Science Alert, researchers conducting excavations at the ancient city of Tikal in northern Guatemala have discovered traces of this millennia-old engineering marvel.

As detailed in the journal Scientific Reports, the study’s authors found that the Maya built the Corriental reservoir filtration system as early as 2,185 years ago, not long after settlement of Tikal began around 300 B.C.

The system—which relied on crystalline quartz and zeolite, a compound of silicon and aluminum, to create what the researchers call a “molecular sieve” capable of removing harmful microbes, heavy metals and other pollutants—remained in use until the city’s abandonment around 1100. Today, the same minerals are used in modern water filtration systems.

“What’s interesting is this system would still be effective today and the Maya discovered

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