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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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!
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.
Sea otters hold hands when they sleep and have a favorite rock to hold onto in a secret pouch.
"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."
Oxford University in England is older than the Aztec empire.
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."
Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.
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
Cows have "best friends" and get stressed when separated.
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.
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.
Most elephants weigh less than a blue whale’s tongue!
Tigers have striped skin
Wombat poop is cube-shaped.
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'
Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn.
Cows get excited when they solve puzzles.
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.
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.
Adwaita, a giant tortoise who died in 2006, was born before the United States existed in 1750.
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.
When a cat walks towards you with its tail up that means it likes you and is excited to see you.
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.
There were wooly mammoths on the planet when the Pyramids were being built.
Bees tell their friends about good nearby flowers by dancing.
Before 1914 parents could mail their kids to Grandma’s – through the postal service.
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.
The frequency of a cat's purr has been shown to improve bone density and strength.
Pufferfish are full of water....not air.
Bananas are berries, but strawberries aren't
At birth, a baby panda is smaller than a mouse.
There's an island in Japan populated by fluffy bunnies!!
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.
There is a bank in Italy that trades entirely in parmesan cheese.
The pyramids were ancient when Cleopatra was around.
Cashews come from a fruit.
Sharks predate trees.
A blue whale's heart is as big as a Volkswagen beetle.
Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.
Otters have skin pockets for their favorite rocks.
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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