My child loves anecdotes. He can’t get enough of the fun science facts and interesting details about the things he loves. One morning he turned around, opened his eyes and said, “Mom, did you know that giant squid has eyeballs that can grow as big as a big pizza?” I’m not sure how exact this particular fact is, but I do know it’s one of the zillions he has in his sophomore brain. He loves learning things that make him say “Wow! “
To satisfy his insatiable thirst for knowledge, I began to research my own scientific facts. When I hear something interesting that he might like to know, I write it down on a note in my phone to tell him later. I’ve compiled a nice little list of anecdotes to hit back when he hits me with an awesome factoid.
If you have a kid who loves science like mine, here are some cool science facts to keep in your back pocket to amaze them with your science knowledge! Wait until you hear about squirrels and terminal speed!
- Male platypuses have a spur secreting venom on their hind legs. It is not fatal for people, but it can cause a lot of pain and swelling!
- According to National Geographic, hippos make their own sunscreen! “Hippos produce ‘sweat’ made up of a red pigment and an orange pigment … the red pigment contains an antibiotic, while the orange absorbs UV rays.”
- Unlike most animals, koalas have fingerprints that are almost indistinguishable humans.
- Nine Banded Armadillo almost always give birth to four babies at once – identical quadruplets!
- A squirrel can survive a fall from any height! You do not believe it ? It’s simple physics. Unlike most mammals, squirrels can withstand the impact of a fall at their body’s “terminal speed”, the fastest speed an object can achieve while falling.
If you love animal facts, you’ll love it The Wild Kratts!
Facts about the human body:
- Black is the most common natural hair color for humans. Red is the rarest!
- Big but true: On average you fart enough in a day to fill a party balloon!
- Have you ever touched your right elbow and felt a strange, uncomfortable sensation? Someone may have told you that you hit your funny bone! The truth is, your “funny bone” isn’t a bone at all! In fact, you hit your ulnar nerve against your humerus, a bone in your upper arm.
- The smallest bone in your body is in your ear! You got three little bones in there to help you hear. The caliper, also called the caliper, is the smallest!
- Every minute you lose over 30,000 dead skin cells. Uh!
If you like facts about the human body and medical procedures (and you’re not grossed out!) Discover Operation Ouch!
Facts about the Earth:
- The driest place in the world is the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. According to their website, “NASA astrobiologists travel to Atacama to research microorganisms that live in such an extreme environment, in hopes of learning how life might exist on other planets.” Wow!
- You probably know that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but did you know that the shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest land in the world? There is a all the dedicated museum to this fact in Jordan!
- Diamonds are not uncommon! According to gemsociety.org, “Our current knowledge of the formation of gemstones indicates that diamonds are probably the most common gemstone in nature.”
- According to Caltech geochemist Paul Asimow, the center of the Earth is roughly the same temperature as the sun: nearly 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit! Ouch!
- “The number of microbes in a teaspoon of soil is estimated to be roughly equivalent to the number of humans currently living in Africa (one billion),” Caltech biologist Dianne Newman told Popular Mechanics.
If you love earth science, you might like this geode kit!
- According to lesplanètes.org, “The footprints on the Moon will be there for 100 million years. The Moon has no atmosphere, which means there is no wind to erode the surface and no water to wash away footprints. This means that the footprints of the Apollo astronauts, along with the footprints of spaceships, rover footprints and discarded materials, will be there for millions of years. “
- Did you know that there is another planet in our solar system? “Pluto is [now] classified as a dwarf planet. In 2006, Pluto was classified along with three other solar system objects that are roughly the same small size as Pluto, ” says NASA.
- Less than 600 people have already been to space!
- Jupiter has 53 named moons and 26 more waiting to be named! That’s a total of 79 moons!
- There is a volcano on Mars that is more than twice the size of Mount Everest! Olympus Mons culminates at 72,000 feet!
If you love space, you won’t want to miss this episode of the Magic School Bus!
- Did you know that certain elements are safe in compounds and dangerous in themselves? For example, pure sodium will explode if you throw it in water, but sodium chloride is table salt. A little bit makes your food taste delicious, but don’t overdo it! Yuck!
- Helium is lighter than the air around us so it floats, which is why it’s perfect for the balloons you get at parties!
- Some substances are neither solid nor liquid! These are called non-Newtonian fluids, and you can make one called Oobleck at home with just two simple ingredients!
- Only one letter does not appear on the periodic table of the elements: the letter J.
- There are only two metals that do not have a silvery color: copper and gold!
If you love chemistry, you’ll love Emily’s Wonder Lab on Netflix! The first season was amazing! If you like it, write an email to Netflix to request Season 2!
Facts about the ocean:
- A 600 pound octopus can fit his whole body through a hole no larger than a quarter!
- There are approximately three million shipwrecks in the ocean! That’s a lot of lost treasures!
- According to NatGeoKids, human teeth are as strong as shark teeth! But I wouldn’t recommend challenging them to a competition! Food food!
- The deepest part of the ocean is called the Marianne Trench. It’s almost seven miles deep! In fact, it’s so deep and treacherous to explore that more people have been to the moon than to the depths of Mariana Trench!
- Scientists estimate that we have only explored 5% of the ocean. This means that if you want to be an ocean explorer, there is a good chance you can discover a new species of ocean animal!
Kids who love the ocean should check out the Octonauts!
Facts about dinosaurs:
- Dinosaur fossils have been found on all seven continents. Dinosaurs may have roamed your backyard!
- If you want to study dinosaurs, you will want to specialize in vertebrate paleontology. Vertebrate paleontologists are the scientists who study extinct ancient animals like dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
- Dinosaurs lived in a prehistoric era called the Mesozoic Era. Since they have roamed the earth for millions of years, it’s unlikely that many of your favorite species have met!
- Not all dinosaurs were giants! “The smallest dinosaurs were barely bigger than a chicken; Compsognathus (‘pretty jaw’) was 1 m (3 ft) long and probably weighed about 2.5 kg (about 6.5 lbs) ”, according to the S. Geological survey.
- New Zealand is home to the tuatara, an animal that was probably alive around the same time dinosaurs roamed the earth!
If you like dinosaurs and podcasts, check out the George Kids Dinosaur Podcast!
It is important for me to foster my child’s love of science, and taking the initiative to show that I am interested because they are interested is one way to do it. There are millions of other scientific facts where they came from, so good hunting! Science rocks!