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Fun Facts for Kids

Dr. Sumaiya Khan
Did you know that Hummingbirds are the only birds able to fly backwards? There are many such tidbits of information, that let alone youngsters, most adults too may not be aware of. Here is an interesting story on fun facts for kids.
The best way to increase your general knowledge is by reading up on facts. Random ones are not just a fun read, but are also a great way to know about various aspects of science. In fact, there are so many fun facts for kids that you'll be spoiled for choice. So, read on to know some random bits of information that are bound to leave your kids wanting for more.

Amazing Facts for Kids

  • If you threw a snowball fast enough, it would totally vaporize when it hits a brick wall.
  • Boron nitride is the second hardest substance known to man.
  • The seeds of an Indian Lotus tree remain viable for 300 to 400 years.
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube, and a chocolate bar that he was carrying in his pocket melted.
  • By raising your legs slowly, and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  • Ten minutes of a hurricane contain enough energy to match the nuclear stockpiles of the world.
  • Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • Hershey's Kisses are called so because the machine that makes them, looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
  • Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.
  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • There are 206 bones in the adult human body, and there are 300 in children (as they grow, some of the bones fuse together).
  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.
  • Vanilla is the world's most favorite ice cream flavor.
  • Antarctica contains about 90% of the world's ice, and 70% of it is freshwater.
  • Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • Shakespeare invented the words assassination and bump.
  • Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it.
  • The word pixel is a contraction of either picture cell or picture element.
  • The human brain is 80% water.
  • Everyone's tongue print is different.
  • The Titanic ship had its own newspaper The Atlantic Daily Bulletin, which was printed daily on board.

Fun Facts About Animals

  • The blue whale can produce the loudest sound to be produced by any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over a distance of 800 kilometers.
  • Cows and horses sleep while standing.
  • Giant Arctic jellyfish have tentacles that can reach over 36 meters in length.
  • A snake can see through its eyelids even with its eyes closed.
  • Despite the white, fluffy appearance of the fur of a polar bear, it actually has black skin.
  • It's only the female mosquito that bites humans, and not the male.
  • Cats use their whiskers to check whether a space that they are about to enter, is too small for them to get through or not.
  • The horn of a rhinoceros is made from compacted hair, rather than bone or any other substance.
  • The poison arrow frogs of South America and Central America are the most poisonous animals in the world.
  • Armadillos, sloths, and opossums spend about 80% of their lives sleeping.
  • The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.
  • Starfish don't have brains.
  • Shrimp's hearts are in their heads.
  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
  • Porcupines float in water.
  • The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.
  • A cockroach can live for several weeks without its head.

Fun Facts About Planets

  • The Earth is the only planet in the Solar System with atmospheres loaded with free oxygen.
  • The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. So, if placed in water it would float.
  • Mars has the highest mountain and the deepest, longest valley in the whole Solar System. The Olympus Mons is thrice as tall as the Mount Everest, standing around 17 miles high. The Valles Marineris runs for 2,500 miles and in some parts, goes as deep as 5 or 6 miles.
  • Temperature on the Venus reach up to 870°F, which is more than that needed to melt lead.
  • On Neptune, one can find jet stream winds that travel at 1,500 mph.
  • Mars experiences the largest dust storms in the Solar System, and they last for months.
  • The spectacular rings that Saturn is famous for, measure upto 200 times the diameter of the planet.
  • Pluto is smaller than the USA.
  • Uranus is the coldest planet in our Solar System.
  • Jupiter has the most mass, compared to other planets in our Solar System.
These bits and pieces of knowledge may have made you realize that there is so much to know about out there. So, keep searching, and surprise your teacher and other kids with your knowledge.