#7. Three percent of the ice in Antarctica is made of penguin pee.
Really? How did they calculate that?
#8. Cats can’t taste anything sweet.
Really? They can’t taste the sweetness or the sweet thing itself?
#6. Snails have, like, thousands of teeth.
Really? And ee-yu. Can you feel them when you eat one?
#13. Humans don’t just have unique fingerprints;
we each have a unique tongue print, too.
Really? The top of the tongue or the bottom or both? Do they use the same ink to take the impression, or do you get to coat your tongue with melted chocolate? Asking for a friend.
These are some of the 25 offerings from Weird Science and Animal Facts Your Kid will Enjoy. Your inner kid, too, turns out.
In high school I studied lots of science – biology, chemistry, physics – but I could swear we had no weird facts. Even in the lower grades, memorability took a back seat to boredom. Weather. Optics (Why *is* the sky blue? [Or grey, for Ontario students.]). Parts of a flower. Cell division. And, oddly, carburetors. Not happy memories.
Whimsy was in short supply and yet there’s no actual shortage of whimsy: I think the problem was on the demand side. Our teachers and the curriculum designers feeding them apparently saw no need for it. Just learn it, dagnab it. It was a different time.
By contrast, the documentaries and weird-fact websites we have in *this* time are focused on engaging the audience, whether the subject at hand is science, history, engineering (Big Ships!), biography, geography, or even grammar. Or psychology.
#19. Anatidaephobia is the fear
that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.
Really? Not, “Really, as in Are some people really afraid that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching them?” But “Really, as in How is that a phobia? They *are* watching.”
So much to learn. So much fun to have.
Here are some links to weird science facts.