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!

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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.

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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."

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

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Did NOT expect this one. 🤯

Alex Bailey
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1 year ago

So are some of the attitudes there!!!

Selty
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1 year ago

...and here apparently

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María Hermida
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1 year ago

I love this kind of comparison because they help to put things in pespective. At school, sometimes we learn isolated facts and it's really amazing when you just put them together, like small pieces of a much bigger jigsaw puzzle. I have another one I read somewhere, correct me if I'm wrong: there were still mamoths roaming in Northern Europe when the Egyptians were building the Pyramids.

KCN
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1 year ago

I like these too, history needs to be taught intertwined, not just country by country. It would be much more interesting too.

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E A M
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1 year ago

I actually had to look this up... The Aztecs always seems B.C. to me!

Adam T S
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1 year ago

I'm not sure a four-year-old will fully appreciate this one.

Bobert Robertson
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1 year ago

Came to say the same thing

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wandile dludlu
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1 year ago

The British will be here when everyone is gone

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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1 year ago

As a brit, I cam confirm

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Liesa Yopp
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1 year ago

Mind blown.

Silverfish_13
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1 year ago

Ok, this one is incredible!

Ray Carrillo
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1 year ago

Sean's Bar in Ireland is older than Oxford University

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

Dublin?

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Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

Harvard University, in America, is older than America.

Kimberley Stone
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1 year ago

Australian Aboriginal culture is older than both

F. H.
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1 year ago

And this is amazing because? South and Central America had many empires before the Aztecs, they were just kind of the last in a long line. You could also say: The Maya culture is older than Oxford University.

David Martin
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1 year ago

This came up at a trivia night I went to just three days ago, and I got it wrong; Where were you when I needed you the most, Bored Panda? 😢 (but now I know!)

mntryjoseph
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1 year ago

Heard this one before, but it still is hard to grasp it.

Ui Neil Mah El Sandage
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1 year ago

You know that one is not true. ~ I am fighting oxford english dictionary to keep words pre 1700s. AD

Natasha Forchione
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1 year ago

WHAAAAAAAAAAA

Michele Valeriani
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1 year ago

The University of Bologna in Italy is older than the one in Oxford. It was founded in 1088. The world’s oldest university was founded about 200 years before that, in Fez, Morocco. It’s unclear when Oxford University was founded, but history shows that it was becoming popular in 1167. There are traces suggesting that teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096.

Michele Valeriani
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1 year ago

The university of Bologna in Italy is older than Oxford. It was founded in 1088. The worlds oldest university was founded 200 years before in Fez, Marocco. It is unclear when Oxford University was founded, but there is evidence that it was becoming popular in 1167.

Anji B
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1 year ago

WHAT?? Wow. Cool.

Mike Harrop
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1 year ago

My father went to Oxford and at 4 years old I knew he was pre-Aztec. Later he became pre-Inca too.

Arindam Bhattacharjee
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1 year ago

BTW ,University of Bologna is older than Oxford University.

Ruth King
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1 year ago

Husband says bullshit. He don't believe it.

D.L. Stevenson-Wallace
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1 year ago

wow

Louise Stange-Wahl
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1 year ago

REALLY? WOW!

Susan L. Miller
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1 year ago

Just....WOW!

Edna Salaguban
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1 year ago

Wow!

Julieta S.
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1 year ago

I had to look it up to believe it...

Donna Baker
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1 year ago

WOW. Was not aware.

Sandy Kavanaugh
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1 year ago

Did not know that!

Ana M
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1 year ago

Yes, amazing!

kathryn stretton
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1 year ago

Now that really amazed me !!

Rachele Botticelli
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1 year ago

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Robert Robi Z
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1 year ago

And yet not a single wrinkle...

Saulo Frota
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1 year ago

I had to check this fact and it's true . Oxford University is from around the year 1096 and the Aztec Empire is from around 1428.

Id row
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1 year ago

I had to go confirm this one, I just couldn't believe it. But it's right, and this is blowing my mind.

Kenny Kulbiski
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1 year ago

I knew the approximate dates but didn't put it together until now. Duh!

A E
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1 year ago

how?????

F. H.
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1 year ago

The Aztecs lived in the late medieval and early modern times, if you use European terms.

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Nia Loves Art
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1 year ago

A four year old will have no concept of what either of those things are.

Terd Fergison
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1 year ago

Then explain it to them. You seem very intellectually lazy.

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Galadriel Wood
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1 year ago

There is evidence of teaching at Oxford as early as 1096 however the present Oxford building was erected in 1830.

Karin Love
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1 year ago

Which Oxford building are you talking about? There are at least three colleges that are part of Oxford University that were built in the 11 and 12 hundreds and are still standing and active today. University College, Merton College and Balliol College.

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Brittany Washington
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1 year ago

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I call BS

Karin Love
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1 year ago

How do you call BS on an actual fact?

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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

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Lenka Smetanová
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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
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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
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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.

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Luis Milian
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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
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1 year 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
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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.

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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.

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Laugh Fan
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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
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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.

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Hans
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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
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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
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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!!

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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
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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
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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.

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chi-wei shen
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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
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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.

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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
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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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