Kids see their parents as their superheroes and think that they know everything there is to know about the world. But being a parent to an inquisitive child is like living with the constant possibility of a pop-quiz coming up—you never know when they’ll ask you why the sun shines, whether aliens exist, or when they’ll want to hear random facts about the universe.

That’s exactly the challenge that Reddit user MoonBaboon was faced with. The redditor asked the online community what mind-blowing but simple facts would satisfy their 3-year-old son’s daily request for one fact before bedtime. And people delivered!

From facts like pink dolphins actually being real to interesting trivia tidbits like somebody having had the hiccups for 68 years, these bits of knowledge are fun for everyone, not just parents. We’ve collected the best mind-blowing facts, so scroll down and remember to upvote your faves. When you’re done with this list, have a look at Bored Panda’s earlier post about a father who asked strangers for interesting facts to tell his daughter.

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#1

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Crows can see a color that we can't called ultraviolet. Their feathers have pretty patterns on them, like peacocks, but they're all colored ultraviolet, so even though they look black to us, they all look really fancy and colorful to each other.

surt2 , Govisity.com Report

Dynein
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1 month ago

All birds see ultraviolet as a unique color (Not just as a shade, but a whole different color, the way green and red are different to us). And I could nerd about animal color vision all day! Mammals actually have very poor color vision, and primates have just begun to appreciate a fuller palette. Some reptiles and fish have/had very advanced vision, and their ancestors (which includes birds) never went through a period of collective vision degeneration like mammals, and therefore are millions of years of vision evolution ahead of us. Four unique colors, all well spaced out on the spectrum (not squished together like our newly evolved green/red differentiation), sharpened vision....... *sigh*

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#2

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son There is a species of burrowing tarantula that lets tiny frogs live in their burrows. The frog eats pests that are too small for the spider to get, and in return, the frog is kept safe by the big ol' spider. This is pretty much how the domestication of cats went.

Tiny frogs are tarantula housecats.

The_First_Viking , David Boté Estrada Report

Chris
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1 month ago

People say get a cat if you have a mouse problem. I never had a mouse problem until I got a cat. Little bastards bring mice in, play with them, then get bored and leave the mouse running about.

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#3

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son sea otters hold hands while they are sleeping to not drift apart

gecko_007 , seabagsmaine Report

MsM
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1 month ago

Otterly adorable!

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MoonBabboon’s post got over 55.3k upvotes on r/AskReddit and the redditor received several awards for their wholesome question.

Sure, random facts are cool, but they’re more than just that—they actually help turn your child into a more capable person, preparing them for the future. UK researchers conducted a study about the link between how engaged parents were in their children’s learning and how well the kids did academically later on.

#4

Crows have the critical thinking skills of a 7 year old child… which is far superior to most animals

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
1 month ago

And they hold grudges. My cousin, as a child, p*ssed of a crow. The crow's mates joined in to throw nuts and small rocks at him. After a little while the cousin moved away internationally and only visited 10 years later. Guess who was welcomed by a delicate hazelnut to the head? yup ...

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#5

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Manatees fart to sink deeper in the water, it's like letting the air out of a balloon.

insertcaffeine , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region Report

A Lazy Spider
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't need to know that but I'm glad I do

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#6

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son The male emu goes around and collects the eggs that the female lays, painstakingly moves them all to a nest, then sits on them until they hatch. After they hatch he is their only caretaker. The mother isn't involved at all.

WifeofTech , Cathy Stanley-Erickson Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

You go single dads

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The researchers found that kids do well in school when their parents read to them, listen to them read aloud, help them learn their letters, numbers, songs, and nursery rhymes.

And when the kids got a bit older, they excelled in school when their parents remained active in their education.

So going with your kid on field trips, participating in the classroom, showing genuine interest in how they’re doing at school, and monitoring their progress with homework and tests all lead to better results in school. In other words, honest, dedicated care and attention pay off.

#7

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Most elephants weigh less than a blue whale’s tongue is my favorite

MoonBaboon , antoine Report

Shelp
Community Member
1 month ago

mine too, so far

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#8

The word "Arctic" doesn't mean "cold" but rather comes from the Greek word for "bear."

Therefore, Arctic means Bear-place and Antarctic means Not-bear-place

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

So when you're saying a place has arctic conditions, you just mean there's a lot of bears

Don Golosso
Community Member
1 month ago

No, you just mean you can't bear the low temperature...

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

A fun addition to this fact: The brown bear's scientific name is Ursus Arctos, which is made up of the Latin and Greek words for bear, so it is literally translated as "bear bear".

Trius Namowicz
Community Member
1 month ago

Soooo......Arctic Bear=Bear Bear

SJM
Community Member
1 month ago

Bear place bear ;)

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GirlFriday
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1 month ago

I had a friend that lived in Antarctica and he said that there was a huge running joke about seeing Polar Bears.

Woody
Community Member
1 month ago

Polar Bears!!!!!!! Yay

ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 month ago

So when the weather man says an arctic front is moving in... well shit.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 month ago

Good way to remember which Pole has bears

A Lazy Spider
Community Member
1 month ago

Ohhh. Makes sense

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
2 weeks ago

and that would make sense, as theres bears in the arctic but not the antarctic

Max L.
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Now, how the ancient greeks decided the word ? Walking up there amd down there ?

Sam Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

That makes a lot of sense now. As soon as I saw this, I immediately thought of the brown bear (ursus arctos) and the largest bear that ever lived, Arctotherium.

Marilyn Clary
Community Member
1 month ago

The word Arctic comes from the Greek word for bear, arktos. It refers to two constellations in the northern night sky: Ursa Major (Great Bear) and Ursa Minor (Little Bear), which contains Polaris, the North Star. The North Pole aims at the stars called the Great Bear and the Little Bear. This is why it is called the Arctic.

togcrewsc
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait... so the Smokey Mountains are Arctic?

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not wrong.

Ksenia M
Community Member
1 month ago

That's what I'll be calling them from now on

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#9

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

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Ray Heap
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1 month ago

"....I´ve caught a hooman, GRRRR!"

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#10

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

nyrmac2152 , Lemon~art Report

GirlFriday
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1 month ago

This is completely appropriate. Go Scotland.

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#11

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son If you shave a tiger you’ll see striped skin.

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MJ
Community Member
1 month ago

House cats too, I noticed when ours was operated. The skin is patched like the hair color.

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#12

Blue whales have the loudest voices in the animal kingdom, up to 180 dB. (Jet engine is this loud). They have been known to modulate their calls so as to not hurt the ears of divers. Mothers and calves have also been discovered “whispering” to each other to avoid attracting predators.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

The blue whale has a predator?

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#13

Hummingbirds offer some cool facts:

They're the only bird that can fly backwards or hover and this is due to their wings flapping in a figure 8 pattern.

They eat by sticking out their tongues which is covered in barbs.

They often hitch rides on bigger birds for migration.

They build their nests using gossamer (spider webs) so that the nest will expand with the babies as they grow, they always lay 2 eggs at a time.

When they rest, they go into this catatonia called torpor which lowers their heart rate to less than a quarter of beats per minute as when they're active so that they don't starve to death while they sleep.

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Cathy Gaines
Community Member
1 month ago

I really like picturing hummingbirds on other bird's backs... Like a little baby Yoda in a backpack!

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#14

Elephants think humans are cute like humans think puppies are cute

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MsM
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1 month ago

I'm waiting for an elephant to adopt me

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#15

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Cats can be allergic to people

Break_Away_1776 , Lilithis Report

Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

Imagine being a cat allergic to humans. Sounds like a nightmare.

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#16

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son If you were 66 million light years away from Earth and had a telescope that could see Earth, you could still see the dinosaurs.

DaKittyWhisperer , Stock Catalog Report

Dianna Siever
Community Member
1 month ago

Because dinosaurs were first to develop space travel and a select squad of space traveling dinosaurs have been found to be 66 million light years away from Earth.

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#17

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Queen Elizabeth can’t sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. - the ruling monarch can’t sit on a foreign throne, even if it’s fictional.

xenobia92 , Joel Rouse Report

Matt Du
Community Member
1 month ago

How does she use the toilet ;)

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#18

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son It rains diamonds on Jupiter

retreatedkeys , tonynetone Report

Winston
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like a Prince song

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#19

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Both boys and girls used to wear dresses. It was only when boys got older they started wearing pants.

chcampb , Midnight Believer Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

One reason for this, at least on the countryside, was that both boys and girls could go to the bathroom whenever they wanted without necessarily needing aid from an adult

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#20

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.

xenobia92 , National Marine Sanctuaries Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

That's insane, really gives you a good idea of how massive these things actually are

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#21

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Wombats poop in cubes.

chcampb , Fifinator Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

WALL-E Wombat

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#22

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Squirrels forget where they hide about half of their nuts.

xenobia92 , Kathleen Christiansen Report

A Lazy Spider
Community Member
1 month ago

I forget where I put half of the things I own too.

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#23

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Crows and Ravens can learn to imitate human speech.

insertcaffeine , David Michalczuk Report

Aleksey Elfstrom
Community Member
1 month ago

"HI"

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#24

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Squids have doughnut shaped brains!

Juturna_ , Chris Frazee and Margaret McFall Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Hm...donuts.

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#25

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son There are pink dolphins in the amazon river

astroturtle1212 , NilbleysNihilism Report

Guinny
Community Member
1 month ago

I learnt this through Octonauts!

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#26

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son If you lift a kangaroos tail of the ground it can't hop (but he will not be happy).

xenobia92 , Tambako The Jaguar Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

And... then you'll get your ass kicked by a kangaroo.

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#27

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son You can hear a lion roar from up to 5 miles away.

xenobia92 , Tom Driggers Report

Roald Andresen
Community Member
1 month ago

A childhood friend of mine had a mom like that. When she wanted him to come home, she would just stand on the balcony and yell, and expect him to hear it no matter how far away he was.

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#28

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Nutella was invented during WWII, when hazelnuts were mixed into chocolate to extend chocolate rations.

xenobia92 , Willis Lam Report

MsM
Community Member
1 month ago

I think that I'm the only person who doesn't like Nutella... *cries alone*

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#29

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son There are more plastic flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

riano25 , Alan Levine Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

:(

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#30

People-Share-Mind-Blowing-Facts-Son Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln was a wrestler.

NakedOlsenTwins , Alexander Gardner Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

This is better than the history of nowaday's presidents.

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