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The tales, stories and interesting stuff our parents would tell us before falling asleep when we were little still have a special place in our hearts. But fast forward to today, and the same duty applies to you; and coming up with the next big “Did you know that?” to put a smile on your kid’s face, bedtime after bedtime, hasn't been easy.

One dad has seriously run out of his “interesting fact” supplies to tell his 6 and 8-year-old. McKay Coppins, a writer and author with 157.9K followers on Twitter, has recently turned to strangers online for some help. “Having now exhausted my own supply of memorized trivia as well as several random lists on the internet, I’m taking suggestions below,” McKay tweeted in a viral thread below.

Let’s see some of the best suggestions and you may as well get your notebook ready!

Image credits: mckaycoppins

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And Betty White was four years old when they were born. Betty White is older than sliced bread.

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There’s nothing quite like bedtime, the time that bonds parents and their little children through small, beautiful rituals like telling stories. Scientists agree that bedtime routines are largely composed of relational work that helps children grow their ability to communicate with others.

Bedtime activities can vary from reflecting on the day and things your child has learned, discussing dreams and wishes, or simply sharing a couple of interesting facts about the world that will spark a kid's imagination. On the other hand, it’s better not to touch upon sensitive and hard subjects, like goals for the future and negative things that may be hard on thoughts and prevent them from falling asleep.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The problem with comments about the net worth of someone like Bezos is they imply he has that just sitting around in cash. He doesn't. He net worth include (mostly) all of the fixed assets of the company he owns. So, yeah, if he were to shut down Amazon, sell off all the property, inventory, aircraft, etc., then he'd have money to give away.

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When you think about it, the earlier bedtime rituals your family observes, the better your child’s ability to sleep will be. So what do you do when your child refuses to go to sleep? If your child is still awake past his bedtime, start by checking in with him. This will not only help you decide when it’s time to approach him about bedtime, it will give you a chance to practice the bedtime conversation.

Reflect on your child’s sleep issues to get to the root of the issue. Consider how his behavior might be related to his environment. Or maybe it’s just a phase. Then, brushing your teeth and putting on pajamas is another important step in getting ready for bedtime.

Giving your child a last drink of water and fixing their blankets is another step in establishing yourself as a caregiver. Most importantly, give them a good hug and never underestimate the power of telling them how much you love them. These are the things all of us would be happy to fall asleep with.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do the same thing when my wife makes me carry all the luggage to the truck and I think I can carry it in one shot.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Knights Who Say Ni would be very pleased with that shrubbery.

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Without googling, but I believe that crows have the mental capacity of a three-year old child. Okay, that doesn't sound complimentary, but it's the complete opposite; they have the capacity for problem solving, etc. I was fortunate once to witness a Crow's court.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh don't tell my mum please! It's like i can hear her: " i told you so"

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a brother sister pair just like that. No one believes they are brother sister either.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

During WWII the BBC would start broadcasts with Bethovens 5th, knowing it was moorse code for V. This was a great morale boost for the British and allied forces.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Technically true, but they do have a hard beak. As long as they can fit their beak through the tight space, they can squeeze the rest of their body through as well.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The holes for their ears are offset as well, this is so they can detect the tiny difference in time sound takes to strike each ear, allowing them to triangulate the source of the sound and capture prey even in pitch black conditions.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, recently i found this hilarious guy videos on YT on languages and he made one about "how fruits got their names". - "English, this is first one:" - "we re gonna call that a blackberry!" - "but this not a berry and not really black?" - "blackberry!". Second one, still not a berry "strawberry, because i like straws" - "English this is a berry OK, you want to call it a yellowberry?" "NOOO, blbbllbl BANANA, let's call this a banana". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoQx6px4nSg I'm french and he's really good at roasting french and spanish nonsense too, very funny.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are illegal in New Zealand too. I got to hold some kind of python/boa (strangly not bitey) when I visited Australia age 12, I can still remember how smooth and awesome it was, not what I expected. The sniffer dogs have to be trained to hunt for live snakes (cargo etc) by using blue tongued lizards as there are no live snakes to use for practice

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to meow to my cats and they’d meow back. Not sure what we were talking about but I’m guessing I got most of it right :)

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their blood is blue due to it having copper rather than iron. It is also collected for medical purposes and is very expensive. They take care not to harm them during collection, sort of like blood donations.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now estimate the timespan between the T-rex and Cleopatra. That'll cover your kids pandemic math gap ;)

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But the syntax usually has a similair structure, unlike spoken languages.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, that certainly is a great story to tell your kids before they go to sleep...

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I felt like yawning just after reading about yawn. I think I am crazy🤔😁

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

IIRC legend is that soap was discovered when people washed clothes down river from Mt Sapo near Rome. The animal fats and ashes from sacrifices formed soap.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Green, Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers all come from the same plant. They are just peppers in different stages of maturity. Tomatoes are actually to ovaries of the plant. And milk is just blood with the red blood cells filtered out.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And asked about it, he said: " I search for sounds who love each other!"

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well if they can hear so well why are they always asking "who?"

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While the last Star Wars movie was already old-fashioned when the last execution in the US occured.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Playing real solitaire has so many more losing hands because of this than computer solitaire with computer generated random order

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a tradition in every country and something you learn on your first working day. "Whatever you do, never walk around empty handed."

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, this is a fun idea but it is a myth. The way in which the English language was spoken in Shakespeare's time would not have yielded this phrase. The word most likely originated in the theatre in the 1800s, as described in this article - https://bit.ly/2Sv8swJ

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're lucky if you see a Giant peacock moth, for example. Not only they're very rare but as they don't feed at all, they only last one week, just the necessary time to mate.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The "I never said she stole my money" also works with the phrase "I didn't say we should kill him"

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like dandelions. They are among the first flowers up and the yard bees love them.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's a very ancient trait, from the time evolution hadn't determined yet that two eyes are enough. Only reptiles and amphibians can have this, there is no trace left of this third eyes in mammals and birds which are more "modern". IIRC that eye cannot really "see" but is still sensitive to light.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As we have just learnt from another post on this list, apparently it's because they have a very long tongue that wraps around it's brain.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm hoping that doesn't apply everywhere, I've only ever seen white ones

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*Most* people can't lick their elbows. As someone with weird connective tissue, I can tell you that some people with similarly weird connective tissue can lick their elbows. But that's the exception to the rule!

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cold carbonated water and lemon does the same. (Never use hot water - it only will make it worse)

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