One father started telling his daughter very random yet very interesting trivia before bedtime but her curiosity has outlasted his knowledge. So, desperate to keep his little one entertained, redditor u/ExpiringFrog asked people to share tidbits of information that could do the trick. His post quickly went viral, generating nearly 100k upvotes and over 20.5k comments, with interesting facts about pretty much everything you could think of. From guinea pig owning laws in Switzerland to the time it takes a snowflake to reach the ground, I think it's safe to say that the father is covered! The best part, however, is that you can enjoy these snippets even if you're not a little girl trying to fall asleep.

#1

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Some species of burrowing spiders keep teeny tiny frogs in their burrows to keep it free of bugs too small for the spider to get that might try to eat the spider's eggs. This means that tiny frogs are spider cats.

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Miss Cris 1 month ago

Win-win!

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You might say collecting random facts don't really translate into anything useful. However, experts believe that playing trivia games can provide a dopamine rush much like gambling, just without the negative effects. And scrolling through posts like this might just prepare you for these competitions.

#2

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Maybe not mind-blowing, but sometimes dogs/wolves in movies need CGI tails if they’re supposed to be acting mean bc they’re so excited to be doing a good job acting that their tails can’t stop wagging.

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Pamela24 1 month ago

I knew this but it's still one of my favourite facts ever and I'm so glad to read this here! :)

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"You get a rush or a neuroreward signal or a dopamine burst from winning," John Kounios, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the doctoral program in applied cognitive and brain sciences at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, told Healthline. "I think whenever you’re challenged with a trivia question and you happen to know it, you get a rush. It's sort of like gambling."

#3

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter In Switzerland, it's illegal to own just one guinea pig; if you have any, you have to have at least two. They get lonely!

Dickcheese_McDoogles , Terry Madeley Report

Luis Milian 1 month ago

Switzerland for the win

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Also, remembering these little pears of wisdom is easier if you're really passionate about the subject matter. "People really like to have some expertise on something and the brain is very good at focusing on things that you’re interested in," Deborah Stokes, Ph.D., L.P.C., B.C.N., a psychologist in Virginia, who focuses on neurotherapy, said.

#4

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Sea otters hold hands when they sleep and have a favorite rock to hold onto in a secret pouch.

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Silverfish_13 1 month ago

Yeah, it's so cute! they do this so they don't float away from eachother

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"In typical people, my observation, not backed up by any research, is that their interest in trivia is confined to topics that they are generally interested in," Kounios added. "So if a person is very interested in history, then they may either seek out history trivia, or they might just naturally pick it up in the course of learning about nontrivial aspects of history."

#5

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Oxford University in England is older than the Aztec empire.

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varwenea 1 month ago

Did NOT expect this one. 🤯

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But being a killer at trivia games doesn't necessarily mean you're more educated. "Some people soak up facts," the professor said. "Plenty of people with a lot more education may not remember what they had for breakfast yesterday morning."

#6

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.

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Foxxy 1 month ago

That makes sense, never thought about it before though.

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#7

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Dogs can tell when you're coming home by how much of your scent is left in the house if you have a daily routine

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Lenka Smetanová 1 month ago

cat can do it too... actually, when I still travel to schol by train,she Even start waking me up just a few minutes before my phone start to ring, also know, that on Tuesday I traveled the later rain because I start at schol by noon, and also know in which train that dayI would came back and waiting at the window to see me walking home.

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#8

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Cows have "best friends" and get stressed when separated.

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Lenka Smetanová 1 month ago

I have a mare. She never have 'best' friend, but in the last stable, there was another mare, Angelika. My Sarah and Anelika become really good friend, Angelika always waiting for Sarah at the ener to pasture when I took her away to work or for a walk etc. ... Unfortunately, Angelika died this Febuary, she propably fell and broke her neck... My Sarah was so sad for several days, she start weaving at the pasture and after that she dont found another horse friend like Angelika :'(

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#9

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Humans are bioluminescent and glow in the dark, but the light that we emit is 1,000 times weaker than our human eyes are able to pick up.

-eDgAR- , J E Theriot Report

varwenea 1 month ago

I feel very vulnerable to aliens now.

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#10

The Lichtenstein army went to battle in 1866, during the Austro-Prussian War with 80 soldiers and came back with 81. They befriended an Austria man along the way and he joined them.

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chi-wei shen 1 month ago

This was not World War 1 but the war between Austria , Prussia, and Italy in 1866.

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#11

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Most elephants weigh less than a blue whale’s tongue!

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AloofFox 1 month ago

*splutters*

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#12

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Tigers have striped skin

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Rissie 1 month ago

I thought at first glance this was some kind of grain field. But better, actual tiger stripes!

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#13

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

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Luis Milian 1 month ago

do they have extra muscles down there to help them achieve this?

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#14

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter The name for the Arctic comes from the ancient Greek word for bear - arktos. Named after one of the constellations Ursa Major (Big Bear) or Ursa Minor (Little Bear), but there are bears living there too. So basically, the Arctic is called 'Bear', and the Antarctic is called 'Not Bear'

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The Cute Cat 1 month ago

So, Arctic Bear equals Bear Bear?? Lol

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#15

Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn.

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tuzdayschild 1 month ago

Unicorns, kilts, bagpipes, Nessie...Scotland does not do boring.

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#16

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Cows get excited when they solve puzzles.

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Neon Petra 1 month ago (edited)

Awww. That makes me so happy for some reason!

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#17

If you choose to not have children, you’re the first person in your direct line of ancestry to make this choice since the first organism to exist on Earth, about 4 billion years ago.

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furrybumkins 1 month ago

Well then, good. End the stupidity.

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#18

From the time Pluto was discovered until the time it was demoted from planethood, it still hadn't made one complete revolution around the sun.

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Miss Cris 1 month ago

Poor Pluto :,(

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#19

Adwaita, a giant tortoise who died in 2006, was born before the United States existed in 1750.

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Katrė 1 month ago

And he still died because of a wound (thanks, Wikipedia). Who knows how much longer he would have lived.

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#20

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter When a bee is chosen to be the new queen, they are given a special type of honey that completely changes their bodies. Kind of like how a Pokémon evolves.

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Alex Bailey 1 month ago

I have no idea how pokemon works.

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#21

When a cat walks towards you with its tail up that means it likes you and is excited to see you.

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kasa alex 1 month ago

Yes! My old cranky cat from childhood did like me! I have vivid memories of him running across the yard, his big belly swaying, tail in the air, ready to headbutt me

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#22

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter A day on Venus takes longer to complete Than a year on Venus.. how? It simply takes longer for Venus to do one complete rotation around its own axis, than it does for the planet to rotate around the sun.

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

Gives a new meaning to 'it's been a very long day'.

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#23

There were wooly mammoths on the planet when the Pyramids were being built.

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Neon Petra 1 month ago

If only they made a pyramid especially for a mammoth...

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#24

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Bees tell their friends about good nearby flowers by dancing.

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

They also raise one leg to warn you off if you get too close. I read about it and then checked it out with a few bees in my garden and they really do. It's cute.

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#25

Before 1914 parents could mail their kids to Grandma’s – through the postal service.

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IzzieM 1 month ago

Would they be boxed up? Or could you put the stamp on their forehead? I have so many questions.

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#26

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Lobsters were considered disgusting and low-class food, to the point that feeding them to prisoners too often was considered cruel and unusual punishment. Also, they're basically just big sea roaches.

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Hans 1 month ago

Food taboos are an odd thing. In Western countries, most people are disgusted by the thought of eating insects yet devour prawn. Rather odd...

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#27

The frequency of a cat's purr has been shown to improve bone density and strength.

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Pamela24 1 month ago

Cat's purr heals everything around it. It's one of my favourite sounds in the world, especially if you put your ear right on the cat's head. (Even worth the scratch that sometimes follows.) I know that sick/injured cats purr to heal themselves so it definitely must be true.

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#28

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Pufferfish are full of water....not air.

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A B C 1 month ago

That's the fanciest watering can you'll ever see! ;)

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#29

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Bananas are berries, but strawberries aren't

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Neon Petra 1 month ago

So... strawfruit and bananaberry?

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#30

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter At birth, a baby panda is smaller than a mouse.

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Neon Petra 1 month ago

Must be pretty bored.

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#31

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter There's an island in Japan populated by fluffy bunnies!!

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varwenea 1 month ago

There's one with feral cats too.

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#32

The Moon’s diameter is 400 times smaller than the Sun’s. However, the Sun is 400 times further away. This is why we can have both solar and lunar total eclipses.

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Pamela24 1 month ago

Wow! Makes complete sense but for some reason, I never realized this.

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#33

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter There is a bank in Italy that trades entirely in parmesan cheese.

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Giorgio Filardi 1 month ago

Not true, IT only accepts parmesan as garantee

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#34

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter The pyramids were ancient when Cleopatra was around.

DoctorWho426 , Wikipedia Report

chi-wei shen 1 month ago

There is actually a bigger time gap between the first pyramids and Cleopatra than between Cleopatra and today.

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#35

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Cashews come from a fruit.

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Kristy P 1 month ago

You cannot buy cashews with their shells because the outer parts can cause a rash like poison ivy. To protect consumers, they take them out of the shell before sale.

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#36

Sharks predate trees.

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Pamela24 1 month ago

Sharks are awesome! My favourite animal when I was little. I still use this fact whenever there's the "say two truths and a lie about yourself" game.

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#37

A blue whale's heart is as big as a Volkswagen beetle.

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tuzdayschild 1 month ago

But does it have a slot for a flower vase?

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#38

Father-Asks-Internet-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Daughter Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

I'm not very good at it either.

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#39

Otters have skin pockets for their favorite rocks.

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Becky Samuel 1 month ago

Sea otters, not river otters.

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#40

There is the term „rubberducking“ which is used by programmers to help them find mistakes. They explain their problem to a rubber duck and by doing so often find a solution.

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Hans 1 month ago

In fact, code reviews, i.e. manually checkling code (line by line) in a small group of people is oftentimes more effective than sophisticated testing techniques.

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