Top 5 Facts Every Kid Should Know

There’s no doubt about it: kids are sponges when it comes to learning (and typing bad words, it turns out). We’ve put together some cool facts for kids that will entertain and amaze them (and you). Use these facts for the kids at the dinner table, or turn them into fun facts for kids’ night. Either way, we think these amazing facts will surprise the family.

1- Incredible facts about the weather

  • Some tornadoes can be faster than Formula 1 racing cars!
  • There are 2000 thunderstorms on Earth every minute.
  • The wind is silent until it blows against something.
  • There are ice caves in Iceland that have hot springs.
  • The fastest raindrop on record was 18 mph!
  • The United States experiences more than 1,200 tornadoes per year.
  • In fact, lightning can strike twice.
  • Clouds appear white because they reflect sunlight from above.
  • Yuma, Arizona receives over 4,000 hours of sunshine per year, making it the sunniest place in the world. The least sunny place is the South Pole, where the sun shines only 182 days a year. (Which would you prefer to live in?)
  • Rain contains vitamin B12.
  • Lightning is five times hotter than the sun.
  • A hurricane releases enough energy in one second to equal that of 10 atomic bombs.
  • It can be too hot to snow, but never too cold.

2- Crazy Cool Facts about the Human Body

  • A trillion smells can be detected on the nose!
  • Your feet have a quarter of your bones.
  • People’s teeth are sharper than shark teeth!
  • Your blood is just as salty as the sea.
  • There are not just unique fingerprints for all, human beings even have unique language prints!
  • The midbrain weighs approximately 3 lbs. A newborn baby weighs 3/4 of a pound of brain weight.
  • Your nose and ears will never stop growing.
  • There are nearly 100 trillion cells in the human body.

3- Delicious food facts

  • The world’s longest potato chip is 34 inches long.
  • Garlic bulbs are packed with vitamin C, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and more. It also contains 17 amino acids.
  • On the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, potatoes were once used as a bargaining chip.
  • Strawberry is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside.
  • According to Tori Avey, coffee became a popular drink in America after the Boston Tea Party of 1773: switching from tea to coffee was seen as a patriotic duty.
  • The double coconut produced the largest seed in the world – 45 lbs.
  • Ice Cream has been named once “cream ice.”
  • Sponge cake is so named because recipes once called for a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs, and a pound of flour.
  • Peanuts are not nuts! (These are legumes).
  • Carrots weren’t always orange: they used to be exclusively purple.
  • Cherries are a member of the rose family (Rosaceae), such as quinces, pears, plums, apples, peaches, and raspberries.
  • Lima beans have an incredible ability to overpower wasps for defense. If the insects eat the lima bean leaves, the plant emits a substance that acts as a signal for the parasitic wasps to leap up and destroy their enemy (i.e. leaf-eating insects).
  • Apples float because they are a quarter of the air!
  • Ripe blueberries will bounce like a ball. (Go on, give it a try!). They also float.

4- interesting facts about history

  • The Wright Brothers flew together only once (although they both flew the planes individually): On May 25, 1910, they completed a six-minute flight piloted by Orville with Wilbur as a passenger.
  • Regardless of their size, naval tradition states that submarines are called “boats” rather than “ships”.
  • Hedy Lamar was a famous Hollywood film actress who also invented what has become modern Wi-Fi.
  • Walt Disney started drawing regularly when he was only four years old.
  • Abraham Lincoln lost five separate elections before becoming President of the United States (never, never, never give up!)
  • Pablo Picasso entered the art school at the age of 10. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain contains many “early works” from his childhood.
  • Frederick Douglass taught himself how to read and write.
  • Before European contact (which led to a rapid decline in populations), native California tribal groups spoke over 200 unique dialects.
  • Amelia Earhart first saw a plane when she was 10, but didn’t get on a plane until 1920, when she was 23.
  • Abe Lincoln was a seasoned warrior even before he became the 16th President of the United States.
  • After landing in Ireland after her first solo flight across the Atlantic, a farmer asked Amelia Earhart where she was from. When he said America, he hardly believed it!
  • Frederick Douglass’s birth name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. When he got married, he chose the surname Douglass in honor of the heroes’ clan from Sir Walter Scott’s famous poem The Lady of the Lake.
  • Frida Kahlo created 143 paintings. Of these, 55 were self-portraits.

5- Wild facts about animals:

  • Many people think that the first sightings of mermaids can be attributed to dehydration + manatees.
  • Sloths cannot shiver to stay warm, so they have a hard time maintaining their body temperature on rainy days.
  • In the wild, some reindeer travel over 3,000 miles in a single year.
  • Only half of the dolphin’s brain falls asleep when sleeping and the other half stays awake.
  • Besides humans, emperor penguins are the only warm-blooded animal that remains in Antarctica during the winter.
  • The largest spider fossil has been discovered in China. It is an inch long and 165 million years old.
  • The largest living animal is the blue whale, which can measure up to 100 feet.
  • Almost 10 percent of all a cat’s bones are in its tail.
  • In winter, reindeer facial hair grows long enough to cover their mouths, protecting their snouts when grazing in the snow. Beard-os!
  • Dolphins have been seen wrapping sea sponges around their long snouts to protect them from cuts when foraging.
  • The hearts of shrimp are on their heads.
  • Although pandas sometimes eat fish or small animals, 99% of their diet is bamboo.
  • The eye of the ostrich is bigger than its brain.
  • A fox uses its tail to communicate with other foxes.
  • Dogs have wet noses because they secrete a thin layer of mucus, which really helps dogs smell.
  • The female hummingbird builds the smallest bird’s nest in the world (about 1.5 inches in diameter – the size of a walnut!). It weaves it with cobwebs that allow it to develop as the chicks grow older.
  • The largest land animal in Antarctica is an insect: the columbola (which looks like an earwig). Penguins are considered marine animals.
  • There are 222 species of owls in the world. Most are nocturnal, but some are active during the day, such as the barred owl.
  • Sloths are good swimmers, particularly good on the back.