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Fun facts for kids

 

1. The festive tradition of the Christmas tree dates back thousands of years to the Romans and Ancient Egyptians.

2. It is illegal to stand within 90 metres of the Queen without socks on.

3. The Queen has two birthdays.

4. No word in the dictionary rhyme with the word orange.

5.. Apples float on water!

6.. Number four is the only one with the same amount of letters.

7. More than 480million people have played Monopoly.

8. Tomatoes and avocados are actually fruits, not vegetables.

9. The opposite sides of the dice always add up to seven.

10. A bolt of lightning is five times hotter than the sun.

11. A jar of Nutella sells every 2.5 seconds.

12. The world’s tallest man was Robert Wadlow from Michigan, America. He measured 8 feet and 2 inches (or 272cm).

13. ‘Arachibutyrophobia’ is the fear of getting peanut bar stuck to the roof of your mouth.

14. There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.

 

Animal facts for kids

 

15. Slugs have four noses.

16. Bees are found everywhere in the world apart from Antarctica.

17. Caterpillars have 12 eyes!

18. Horses and cows sleep standing up.

19. There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats in the world.

20. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.

21. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

22. Most insects hatch from eggs.

23. Pigs can’t look up into the sky – it’s physically impossible.

24. The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

25. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its whole brain.

26. Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

27. A dog’s nose is like a human finger print – unique to its owner.

28. Dogs’ hearing is 10 times better than a human’s.

29. Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans.

30. A group of frogs is called an army.

31. A pet hamster can run up to 8 miles a night on a wheel.

32. Monkeys can go bald in old age, just like humans.

33. Frogs drink water through their skin.

34. Only male toads croak.

35. Owls can’t move their eyeballs

36. Octopuses have blue blood and nine brains.

37. Emperor penguins can last 27 minutes underwater and can dive as deep as 500m.

38. A prawn or shrimp’s heart is in their heads.

39. Hummingbirds can fly backwards.

40. A Tiger’s skin is striped, like it’s fur.

41. Most fish don’t have eyelids.

42. Gorilla’s burp when they are happy.

43. Hippopotamus produces pink milk.

44. Slugs have four noses!

 

Human body facts for kids

 

45. As well as having unique finger prints, we all have unique tongue prints.

46. Fingernails grow four times faster than your toenails.

47. It is impossible to lick your own elbow.

48. About 70% of an adult’s body is water.

49. Your nose and ears continue growing for your entire life.

50. You can not talk and inhale or exhale at the same time… try it!

51. Your heart is about the same size as your fist.

52. All babies are born with blue eyes.

53. When you grow up you’ll have 32 teeth

54. Every step you take uses 200 different muscles in the body.

55. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

56. An average yawn lasts six seconds.

57. The human nose can detect and recognise three trillion different scents.

58. Australia has the most amount of reptiles in the world (over 750 different species!)

Space facts for kids

59. You might think that stars are all the same, but each star is a different colour depending on their temperature.

60. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on a beach.

61. It would take only one hour to drive to space.

62. Water covers 70% of Earth.

63. The sun looks super close but it would take 70,000 years in our fastest spaceship to reach it.

64. It won’t be possible to walk on planets like Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn or Uranus as they don’t have a solid surface and are made of gases mostly.

65. The sunset on Mars appears blue.

66. The average star is between 1 and 10 billion years old (although some are even older!)

 

Geography facts for kids

 

67. There may have been four different Ice Ages, where the world was completely covered in ice, not just one.

68. The world’s heaviest carrot grown by Christopher Qualley in the USA weighed 10.7kg (or 22.44 lb).

69. French fries originated in Belgium, not France.

70. Australia has the most amount of reptiles in the world (over 750 different species!)

71. There is a tree called the Idiot Fruit, it grows in Australia’s Daintree rainforest

72. The smallest country in the world is the Vatican City in Rome, Italy. It’s only about 109 acres.

73. It took nearly 1500 years to build Stonehenge.

74. The city of Bangkok in Thailand has the longest name in the world and is actually called Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

75. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 828 metres tall with 163 floors.

Facts about the Olympics…1. The first Olympic Games took place in 776BC

The original Olympics began as part of an Ancient Greek festival, which celebrated Zeus, the Greek God of sky and weather. The whole competition lasted for up to six months, and included games like wrestling, boxing, long jump, javelin, discus and chariot racing.

2. In 393 AD, the Olympic Games were cancelled and didn’t start up again for over 1,500 years!

Emperor Theodosius I, a Roman ruler, banned the Greek Olympics due to the religious element of the celebration. He considered the Olympics to be a pagan festival, which had no place in his Christian country.

So, that was the end of the Olympics until 1896, when a man named Baron Pierre de Coubertin started a revival of the Games. He called this new event the ‘modern Olympics’ – and it’s still going today!

3. The Olympic torch is a reminder of the Games’ Greek origins

In ancient times, a flame burned throughout the Games as a tribute to the goddess, Hestia. Since 1928, this tradition has continued in the modern Games, but instead of an altar, the flame burns in a special torch.

The torch flame is always lit by the sun in Olympia, Greece, as this is where the first Greek Games was held. Then, it’s passed from torch to torch in a massive international relay that ends in the host city – wowNew torches are designed for each Olympics, and several thousand copies are made. It’s a great honour to become a torchbearer, and lots of inspiring people get a turn each time.

4. The first Summer Olympic Games had just 14 participating countries

Teams from 11 European countries originally joined those of Australia, Chile, and the USA at the first host city, Athens. Now, more than 200 countries compete in the Olympics each year!

5. The Olympic symbol was designed to include everyone!

The Olympic rings were first produced in 1913, from a design created by the Games’ modern founder – Baron Pierre de Coubertin! Their five colours (along with the white backdrop) reflect colours found on the flags of all participating nations, so everyone is represented. The overlaps also represent international cooperation, and the coming together of athletes from all over the world – cute!

6. Motor boat sailing, hot air ballooning, and tug of war all used to be Olympic sports!

Over time, different sports and events are voted into (or out of) the Olympic Games. Some disappear, then return (like golf, or rugby), while others (like running deer shooting, or duelling pistols) go out of fashion forever – thankfully!

7. The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924, in a different city to the Summer Olympics.

At first, the Winter Olympics took place in the same year as the Summer ones, but organisers soon realised that it made more sense to hold them in different years! As a result, the Winter Olympics now occur two years after the Summer Olympics. Nice!

8. From 1921-1948, artists participated in the Olympics too

In these games, painters, sculptors, architects, writers, and musicians all took part! They competed for medals by creating works of art, that often celebrated the sporting successes going on at the same time. While artists stopped officially competing in 1948, many still design posters and other merchandise for the Games today!

9. Until 1912, first-place Olympic medals were made of solid gold!

Possibly one of our favourite facts about the Olympics! Sadly though, it’s no longer the case. Recent Games have given out around 5,000 bronze, silver, and gold medals in total – that’s a lot of metal! So instead of being created from solid gold, the heavy first-place medals are now covered in 6 grams of it.

DID YOU KNOW?

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, medals will contain parts of old electronics, in an effort to make the Games more sustainable. Japanese citizens are donating these materials by recycling their old devices – cool!

10. The modern Olympic Games aren’t just about sporting glory – they’re about making friends, too!

While competitive spirit is important, the Games are also about international cooperation. They’re a great chance for people from countries around the world to meet up and get to know each other! For the 16 days of competition, athletes from all sports, religions, nationalities and cultures live and work together – and they often leave as good friends. Aww!

Facts about Galaxy

 

  • A galaxy is a system of millions, billions or even trillions of stars, gases, dust and dark matter held together by a gravitational attraction.
  • There are billions of galaxies in the universe.
  • Our solar system is located in the Milky Way.
  • The word galaxy comes from the Greek word galaxias meaning “milky.” This is where we get the name the Milky Way from.
  • There are different types of galaxies. The main three are Spiral, Elliptical and Irregular.
  • Spiral galaxies look like flat disks with spiraling arms. Spiral disks have a lot of gas and dust. Many new stars are created in Spiral galaxies.
  • Elliptical galaxies are usually older. Th         ey have less dust and gas. New start are not often created in Elliptical galaxies.
  • Stars in an Elliptical galaxy are usually close together and look like one big star.
  • Irregular galaxies are galaxies that don’t fit into the Elliptical or Spiral group.
  • Galaxies are separated large amount of empty space.
  • A local group of galaxies is made of about 30 galaxies.
  • The three largest galaxies in our local group is the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way and the Triangulum Galaxy.
  • It is believed that large black holes are in the center of each galaxy.
  • It takes the sun over 20o years to orbit the center of the galaxy. When the sun completes the orbit, it is called a galactic year.
  • 1. In 1889, the Queen of Italy, Margherita Savoy, ordered the first pizza delivery.Legend has it that she wanted to dine on something a commoner would eat.
  • 2. You can buy eel-flavored ice cream in Japan.

    The unusual ice cream flavor is a summer delicacy.

    3. It's considered rude to write in red ink in Portugal.

    The color red is said to be associated with negative actions.

    4. The elusive bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America.

    Bobcats thrive in regions that stretch from Canada to Mexico. Good luck finding one, though.

    5. A cat's tail contains nearly 10 percent of the bones in its body.
  • A cat's tail has anywhere from 19 to 23 vertebrae.

    6. Gecko feet have millions of tiny hairs.

    The hairs stick to surfaces with a special chemical bond. This lets the geckos climb walls and hang on by just one toe.

    7. The word Astronaut is rooted in the Greek language.

    It comes from words that mean "star" and "sailor."

    8. We really are made of stardust.

    The calcium in our bones and the iron in our blood come from the ancient explosions of giant stars.

    9. The Nile crocodile can hold its breath underwater for up to two hours.

    It does this while waiting for prey.

    10. Jellyfish are not fish.
  • Jellyfish, or jellies as scientists call them, have no brain, heart, or bones.

    11. The Chinese Giant Salamander can grow up to 6 feet long.

    It's the largest salamander in the world.

    12. People reportedly prefer blue toothbrushes over red ones.

    The color really doesn't make a difference. Just keep an eye out for any gross things that could be on your toothbrush.

    13. Some people used to believe that kissing a donkey could relieve a toothache.

    This is just one strange old-timey medical treatment.

    14. Scientists say the best time to take a nap is between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    This is because a dip in body temperature occurs and makes people sleepy.

    15. A day in the age of dinosaurs was just 23 hours long.
  • This is because the speed of Earth's rotation changes over time.

    16. A hummingbird's wings can beat up to more than 200 times per second.

    Hummingbirds are built for performance.

    17. There are more than 1200 water parks in North America.

    Some of them, like Action Park, were downright dangerous.

    18. A seahorse can move its eyes in opposite directions.

    This makes it easier for seahorses to scan the water for food and predators.

    19. It would take 100 Earths, lined up end-to-end, to stretch across the face of the sun.

    The sun is massive—it's 99.8 percent of all the mass in our solar system.

    20. To cook an egg, a sidewalk needs to be 158°F.
  • Anything colder will just make a mess.

    21. A group of jellyfish is called a smack.

    Just make sure you don't get smacked by their venomous tentacles.

    22. Less than 1 percent of Antarctica is ice-free.

    A whopping 90 percent of the world's total ice is in the Antarctica ice sheet.

    23. The highest wave ever surfed was as tall as a 10-story building.

    The terrifying achievement was recognized by Guiness World Records.

    24. The beagle brigade is used in more than 20 international airports in the U.S.

    The dogs keep a yearly average of 75,000 illegal items out of the country.

    25. Some apples can weigh about as much as half a gallon of milk.
  • More apple means more apple pie.

    26. Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

    For obvious reasons.

    27. Unlike most fish, seahorses are covered in bony plates.

    Most other fish are covered in scales.

    28. You lose a lot of hair each day.

    The average person sheds about 50 to 100 strands of each day.

    29. The utricle is the world's smallest fruit.

    The tiny fruit is the size of a small ant.

    30. Armadillo is a Spanish word.
  • It means "little armored one."

    31. New Jersey has the highest concentration of shopping malls.

    The state has 66 malls and shopping centers.

    32. Komodo dragons can devour 5 pounds of meat in less than a minute.

    They store any extra fat in their tails.

    33. Not all moons are dry and dusty like ours.

    Our solar system has some magnificent moons. Jupiter's Europa has a liquid ocean under an icy crust.

    34. Some viking chiefs were buried inside their ships.

    Others were merely buried in mounds that looked like ships.

    35. Clouds cover about 60 percent of Earth at any moment.
  • Here are some strange cloud types and what they mean.

    36. apes make laugh-like vocalizations when they are tickled.

    It's similar to human laughter.

    37. Spotted hyenas can digest skin and bones.

    Spotted hyenas are also cunning killers.

    38. The quills on Africa's crested porcupines are as long as three pencils.

    It's best not to write with one, though.

    39. Scientists believe people who dream about an activity will actually get better at it in real life.

    Surprisingly, this is not a misconception about dreams. Practice really does make perfect—even if you're not awake.

    40. Your hair contains traces of gold.
  • Human hair also contains traces of other minerals.

    41. In Japan, people don't see a "man in the moon."

    Instead, they see a rabbit.

    42. Some clouds travel up to 100 miles per hour across the sky.

    It all depends on the speed of the wind.

    43. Naked mole rats are sometimes called "sand puppies."

    Not to be confused with actual puppies, of course.

    44. Opal has been discovered on Mars.

    The Martian opal could potentially provide information about ancient life.

    45. George Washington loved exploring caves.

    George Washington's name was found on a cave wall.

    46. It takes a gallon and a half of milk to make a gallon of ice cream.

    That's almost 13 pounds of milk.

    47. Your TV remote is filthy.

    A TV remote is the dirtiest item in a typical household, hospital, or hotel room.

    48. The Hercules beetle can grow big enough to cover an adult human hand.

    The massive beetle is still tiny compared to the world's biggest spider.

    49. The finest quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds.

    Emeralds are rarer than diamonds.

    50. Hearing is the fastest human sense.

    A person can recognize a sound in as little as 0.05 seconds.

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