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Kids Fun Facts

  1. Cats use their whiskers to decide if they can fit through small spaces.
  2. The largest man made structure in the world is the Great Wall of China - it is 5,500 miles long. However, it cannot be seen from space!
  3. In Italian, the name 'pinocchio' means 'pine head'.
  4. Ecuador is the only country in the world named after a geographical feature. Its official name is Republica del Ecuador which literally means The Republic of the Equator.

  5. Although a giraffe’s neck is upto 1.8 metres long it contains just seven vertebrae, the same number as a human.
  6. The name of the patient in the battery-operated game Operation is Cavity Sam.
  7. It's impossible to lick your own elbow. Well, at least we thought it was - unbelievably, Katie Dean, aged 8, can lick her elbow! And we had a photo sent to us by her grandparents to prove it. We'll just have to say instead that it's impossible for most of us to lick our elbow.
  8. Otters sleep holding hands not to float away from each other whilst sleeping.
  9. kids facts - otters hold hands when sleeping
    Kids facts - otters holding hands

  10. Domestic pigs have little hair and roll about in mud to prevent sunburn. Some farmers have to use suncream to protect their animals.
  11. American researchers have dubbed that 'Pad kid poured curd pulled cod' is the world's most difficult tongue twister. The Book of Guinness World Records thinks it's 'Sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep sick'.
  12. Elephants and horses sleep standing up. Cows can too, but mostly choose to sleep lying down.
  13. It is impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open at the same time.
  14. In Canada, Father Christmas has been given the post code H0H 0H0 to deal with the mass of letters sent to him at Christmas.
  15. Sharks do not have a single bone. Instead, they have a skeleton made up of cartilage, which is the same flexible tissue in your ears or the tip of your nose.
  16. A panda only eats bamboo. Bamboo contains very little nutrients so pandas must eat nearly 40kg of bamboo every day to supply their energy needs.
  17. Octopuses have blue blood and three hearts.
  18. It is impossible to fold a 'normal sized' piece of paper more than 7 times. And we don't consider a peice of paper the size of a football pitch as normal (smile)!

  19. Earth is the only planet in the solar system that is not named after a god.
  20. Popeye has nephews called Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye and Poopeye.
  21. Although Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system because of its thick carbon dioxide atmosphere which prevents heat from the sun escaping.
  22. A Sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first to fly in a hot-air balloon (in a 1783 demonstration in the courtyard of the royal palace Versailles, France).
  23. At Vostok Station, Antarctica on July 21, 1983 the temperature reached −89.2 degrees Celsius - it was the coldest ever recorded.
  24. The ostrich has the largest laid egg but the whale shark produces the largest egg of any animal (but doesn't lay it).
  25. Your heart beats around one hundred thousand times a day, thats over 36 millions times in a single year.
  26. Elephants can actually recognize themselves in mirrors.
  27. The word Aborigines comes from the Latin Ab origine, which means 'from the start' (Aborigines make up 1.8% of Australia's population).
  28. Britain's longest place name is in Anglesey, Wales and is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch.
  29. The first electronic computers (developed in the 1940s) were the size of a large room.
  30. It has been discovered that gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans all laugh when they are tickled.
  31. Over 400 billion Lego bricks have been made, that's about 62 Lego bricks for every person on the planet.
  32. The word astronaut comes form the Greek words for 'star' and 'sailor'.
  33. The Moon has has less gravity than Earth so that a man weighing 12 stone on Earth would weigh just 2 stone on the Moon.
  34. A leap day happens every 4 years since the Earth completes one revolution around the sun every 365 days 6 hours. This extra 6 hours has to be added up every year to become an additional day every 4 years.
  35. The planet Jupiter is so big (the largest in our Solar system) that more than 1300 Earths could fit inside it.
  36. Babies have more bones than adults (more thanaround 300 bones, whereas a grown adult has 206 bones). Many bones will eventually fuse together and also the babies extra cartilage which joins these bones will gradually turn into bone in a process called ossification.
  37. Olympic gold medals are actually made mostly of silver.
  38. Approximately, 15 percentage of the world's population are left handed.
  39. Miss Piggy's full name is Miss Pigathius Lee.
  40. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin's mother's name before she got married was Marion Moon. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon after Neil Armstrong.)
  41. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. The White House has 132 rooms.
  42. The oldest tree in the world is called Methuselah. It's a nearly 5000 years old Great Basin bristlecone pine in the White Mountains, California.
  43. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair. (Learn more about animals in our animal quiz!)
  44. London's Big Ben is not a clock, it's actually the name of the bell inside the clock tower. And the actual clock tower is called The Elizabeth Tower.
  45. In the 1666 Great Fire of London half the city was burnt down but nobody died and only 6 people were injured.
  46. The Incas thought that when Spaniards got off their horses, they were beasts splitting in two.
  47. Tyrannosaurus stood taller than a double-decker bus and weighed 7 tonnes.
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    Kids facts - The Tyrannosaurus

  49. The sunlight we can see has taken about 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach us from the sun.
  50. The Cheetah can reach speeds up to 70 mph and is the world's fastest land animal.
  51. The last private resident of Number 10 Downing Street was called Mr Chicken.
  52. The word laser comes from the first letters of 'Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation'.
  53. Sheep outnumber people in Wales by more than four to one.
  54. Did you know that honey has been called the only food that truly lasts forever?
  55. Your body's smallest muscle is the stapedius, inside the ear.
  56. The Basilisk lizard is also known as the Jesus Christ lizard. Why? Because it can walk on water.
  57. The teddy bear soft toy is named after American President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt.
  58. Where London is today the ice was a mile thick just 18,000 years ago.
  59. Elephants, hippos and rhinos can't jump. Although, hippos and rhinos can have all four feet off the ground at the same time when they run, Elephants can't!
  60. Tigers have striped skin underneath their striped fur.
  61. Barbie has had more than 50 pets, including 21 dogs, 6 cats, a chimpanzee, a panda, a parrot, a lion cub, a giraffe, and a zebra. Her first pet was a horse named Dancer.
  62. There more fun stuff to learn on our kids' quiz pages!!

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