When I first heard that there are more stars than there are grains of sand on all beaches in the world, I went on a mission to count all the grains out there to see if it’s true. Needless to say, "the world" was the size of my yard and I was five or so. You see where I’m going.
The truth is, kids are naturally curious and always ready to soak up the info they cannot entirely grasp. Tell ‘em about the Bermuda Triangle, and I guarantee they will be pulling all-nighters to solve the biggest puzzle on the planet.
So when one Redditor posted the question “What are some cool facts to tell a 5-year-old?" on r/AskReddit, people rolled up their sleeves. 1,400 comments later, the replies are in, and honestly, some of these may work on adults too.
When they die, ants release pheromones attracting other ants to come and carry their dead bodies away to their graveyards.
A group of zebras is called a dazzle and a group of giraffes is called a journey
Otters sometimes hold hands to sleep when in the water, so that they don't drift apart when floating in the sea
Kids are naturally curious as they have that thirst for exploring how things work in life. No wonder some of these hard-to-believe facts can seriously blow their minds.
It turns out that not only is being curious a valuable trait on its own, it also contributes to academic achievement. This research has shown that cultivation of curiosity in children is linked to later aptitude in science.
And this 2018 study has shown that the more curious the child, the more likely they may be to perform better in school—regardless of economic background.
Dogs can tell when your coming home by how much of your scent is left in the house if you have a daily routine
You're more likely to be bitten by a shark AND struck by lightning than win the lottery.
A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour.
Bored Panda reached out to Kathy Kinsner, the Senior Manager of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE, which brings leaders in the fields of medicine, mental health, and social science to work on a wide range of issues impacting young children and their families.
She has shared some of her insights about the curious minds of children and what parents can do to nurture the hunger for the world around. “The more curious children are, the better they do academically in reading and math once they’re in school,” Kathy explained. Moreover, two traits, initiative and curiosity, are actually goals of early childhood education. Kathy said that these two are the essential qualities of life-long learners.
Astronomer here! Clap your hands once, and then clap them again a second later. The two claps were actually done about 30,000 miles apart thanks to the Earth's motion in space!
The smell of rain is caused by gases released by bacteria in the earth in reaction to rainwater. It's called petrichor, petri meaning stone.
Sharks don't actually like eating people (we apparently taste bad to them), that's why most shark bites stop there. Most sharks bite people out of curiosity or because the person unwittingly provoked the shark
And as all young children are driven to learn more about the world as they “examine every bug and blade of grass when they’re out for a walk, turn a light switch on and off to see what happens,” parents should do what they can to encourage the natural sense of wonder.
Kathy adds that setting “some limits to make sure kids are safe (and that our living space isn’t complete chaos)” is fine, but other than that, just go for it.
If you make an animal sound at the animal, chances are it will answer you back.
Turkeys are a good example, they answer almost every time. Sheep are quite regular as well.
When it comes to the endless streams of “Why?” that can sometimes be quite exhausting, Kathy suggests that parents be glad they’re asking and “know that this stage won’t last forever.”
It’s great if you can slow down and give an answer, but sometimes, when you don’t have the luxury, you might say: “Hold that thought. Let me pay the parking attendant and I’ll answer you when we’re on the highway.” Another way is to reply to “Why?” with an answer like: “What do you think?” or “How can we find out?”
Octopuses have 3 hearts Plus they have 8 arms, not tentacles And they have blue blood
Pluto hasn't completed a lap around the sun since it was discovered
Elephants have special graveyards and mourn their fellow elephants when they die.
Birds like chickens descended from dinosaurs. Watch them look at their chicken nuggets in absolute awe
The fear of long words is known as hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
When you look up at the night sky and see a star, it's because a little particle of light called a photon shot out of the star and traveled across the vast distance of space and time to land safely in your eye. You're catching a little bit of ancient star whenever you see one
There are butterflies that mimic the pattern of Monarch butterflies to avoid being eaten by predators because Monarch butterflies are poisonous and predators avoid eating them. In nature, this is called mimicry.
The oxygen that we breathe is the same oxygen that has been around since ancient times. In other words, the air you breathe may very well be the same air breathed by a dinosaur
Brocolli is man-made. It was bred out of wild cabbage by human beings. It didn't appear naturally until human beings created it
There are species of jellyfish that are thought by scientists to be immortal. The only way they can die is by disease or injury.
Some ants can learn to farm aphids for their honey as humans farm cows for milk
A person gives off more heat than a person-sized piece of the sun.
We will never experience tomorrow as by the time it's "tomorrow", it will be today
By the standards of the universe,you are both stronger and weaker than millions of things