One father started telling his daughter very random yet very interesting facts 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 interesting things that could do the trick. His post quickly went viral, generating nearly 100k upvotes and over 20.5k comments, with cool 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 with fun facts for kids and adults alike! The best part, however, is that you can enjoy these snippets even if you're not a little girl trying to fall asleep.

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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
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1 year ago

Win-win!

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You might say collecting weird 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 filled with things to know 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
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1 year 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 the random fact, 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
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1 year 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.

DoctorWho426 , Wikipedia Report

Silverfish_13
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1 year 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.

DoctorWho426 , Wikipedia Report

varwenea
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1 year 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
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1 year 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

babiferari , Brian McGuirk Report

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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.

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varwenea
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

*splutters*

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#12

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

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Rissie
Community Member
1 year 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.

pumpkinadvocate , Chris Fithall Report

Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

Well then, good. End the stupidity.

Dippin Dot
Community Member
1 year ago

If you think that will END stupidity, watch the movie Idiocracy.

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Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! I've done something no one else in my direct line has ever done before. Sweet! Also, I will be the last person in my direct line to ever do this. Awesome! I win!

Olof T
Community Member
1 year ago

You are joking but actually you do win. If you reproduce you are forced to use your best years to nurture, raise, worry and pay for a helpless and senseless creature. That creature will then have to go through this cruel and corrupting world with all it's pains and sorrows, only to do the same mistake and reproduce and spend their life nurturing their offspring.

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Olof T
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1 year ago

I'm pretty sure a lot of my ancestors chose not to have children. But lacking contraceptives or understanding of consequences of sex they still reproduced.

Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

They didn’t choose *not* to either though. Children were seen as an inevitable result of sexual activity, not a choice.

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athornedrose
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1 year ago

YES! IT WILL END WITH ME

Chaz83
Community Member
1 year ago

Not necessarily - there were plenty of people who had children but it wasn't a choice. It was expected of them at the time period and contraception wasn't what it is now. So even if a couple didn't want children and tried to avoid it, they may still have had them - therefore, it was not their CHOICE to have children but that choice was taken away.

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

I get what you're saying, but it's kind of irrelevant. The point being: if you don't have kids, the direct line of your ancestry ends with you.

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Jonathon Smith
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1 year ago

My parents chose not to have children. I was a 'happy surprise'.....

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

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Gerry Higgins
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1 year ago

My dad choose not to have children. Accidents happen and here I am.

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

You weren't an accident. You were an unexpected addition. Tell them to kiss your butt.

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Adrian Brend
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1 year ago

This statement would assume that every child ever born was through choice.

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

A guy made a choice, whether the woman did or not.

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Hania Douglas
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1 year ago

Meh.. Quite sure my parents didn't decide to have us lol

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

Never thought of it that way...don't have and never wanted any two-legged kids. Too many humans on this planet!

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Amen to that, sister!

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Wordfloe-Acid-Test
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1 year ago

That makes my decision not to have children feel somehow even more Epic.

it's me again
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1 year ago

Well my sister is having kids all over the place so I'm thinking the family name will live on...

smash17
Community Member
1 year ago

I've decided that my ancestral line has reached perfection and need not be diluted! ROFL.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

More proof of how special I am.

Jonette Benavides
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn't true if you have an older sibling who also made this decision, and you have the same parents. Although, DNA characteristics are not consistent between 100% siblings...so I guess there's that.

Coleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Your older sibling is not in your direct line of ancestry.

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Parmeisan
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, that's not necessarily true. You're just the first person to successfully follow up on that decision. ;)

Ruth Mayfly
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1 year ago

That wasn't even a possible choice for nearly all of that time.

TheNerdyOne
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1 year ago

Buuuuuut what if we have siblings???

Karen Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

Technically, not everyone chooses to have children. You may very well not be the first in your line to choose not to have children, just the first to actually not have children.

Isolde Verspeeten
Community Member
1 year ago

what if you have brothers and sisters?

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

I think there were women who WANTED to make this choice, but if they were married, there was NO choice until the late 60s. Still a fascinating thought.

Krazy Kanuck
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1 year ago

I didn't choose to not have children.. I ruptured a testicle, before I could have children. I think I would have made a great father.. I could have taught my kid, all my greatest sarcasm Child-5d5f...c6ff9.jpeg Child-5d5f76d4c6ff9.jpeg

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

You should adopt. I, also, would love to pass on my awesomeness. I just have no desire to pop out a baby. I'm going to adopt as soon as I'm done goofing off and doing whatever I want with my time.

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Fred and George Weasley
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3 months ago

thats crazy to think about

Antonio Bertuccio
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11 months ago

My mom didn't choose to have me either...

Janette Smith
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11 months ago

You’re welcome

Coleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. And if your parents didn’t have children, odds are you won’t either. 😜

Keuthonymos
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1 year ago

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Keuthonymos
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1 year ago

I realised what I said was retarded.

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Maria Ines Molina
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, I hadn't thought about this like that

Kaori
Community Member
1 year ago

I ended my line.Glad for that.

Laci
Community Member
1 year ago

oooo I like that

Prashant Yata
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf

comboplush
Community Member
1 year ago

But no pressure.

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Well logically, If my grand/great/ parents had decided to not have children I would not be here to make any decision.

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
1 year ago

Yay for me!!!!! And my husband.

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! I am a real iconoclast!

Pug Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

Not neccscaly. You may choose to not have them, but acidents still happen. So its possable your parents choose not to have you, and you choose to not have kids but still do, and choose as well.

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm willing to bet there was a birth control failure somewhere along the way that resulted in parenthood not being a choice.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Birth control failure probably, but that just means that they didn’t want that child, not that they didn’t want children at all.

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Anita Trenner
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1 year ago

What? I have an older brother and numerous cousins, all older than I, who never had children.

Marius Jan
Community Member
1 year ago

But they're not the same line as you. They have a horizontal relationship to you while the direct line is a vertical relationship.

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Peter Kovak
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, I liked this one. So simple logic, and so amazingly true!

kathryn stretton
Community Member
1 year ago

Gonna use this next time someone asks me, when they really really shouldn't, why I never had children.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Logical. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here to make that decision.

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 year ago

You're welcome

Stephanie Jaden
Community Member
1 year ago

My siblings had plenty.

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Then their line continues. Not yours.

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Garrett Wilson
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1 year ago

Not true, your ancestors in the past could also choose not to have kids but their siblings did

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Then it wouldn't be YOUR direct line. It would be your ever-so-distant cousin's. But you wouldn't know it was your cousin's because you wouldn't exist.

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Tamsin Ashmore
Community Member
1 year ago

Mind blown 🤯

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, this blows my mind all the time but doesn't mean I change my decision.

Susan Kaspar
Community Member
1 year ago

...and the last.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Not sure this makes sense if you have siblings that have kids.

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

If they have kids, their line continues. If you have kids, your line continues. If you do not have kids, your line stops.

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Deena Salzman
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1 year ago

This fact is one of the few reasons I feel a little bad about not having kids.

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

Once you’re dead it won’t really matter...

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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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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.

SinusMonstrum , Wikipedia Report

Alex Bailey
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1 year 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
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1 year 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.

AmerisaurausRex , Wikipedia Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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.

Leifur311 , Wikipedia Report

Hans
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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!!

Dickcheese_McDoogles , Wikipedia Report

varwenea
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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.

Truffle__Fries , Andrew Wilkinson Report

Laugh Fan
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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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