Fact of the Week Archive
Week of July 11, 2022
(The last one of the 2021-2022 school year! See you in the fall!)
Another reason to love birds? They help new trees pop up! When they forage for food, they often drop fruit seeds mid-flight, which eventually grow into trees.
Week of July 4, 2022
One year after declaring independence -- on July 4, 1777 -- the United States started using fireworks to celebrate the historic event.
Week of June 27, 2022
Walking uses 200 muscles!
Week of June 20, 2022
Our 14th Summer EDventure Camp kicks off this week for the first time in 3 long years. Here is a fact -- we're excited!
Week of June 13, 2022
Humans spend 13% of their lives not focusing on anything in particular.
Week of June 6, 2022
385 million years ago, fish had fingers.
Week of May 31, 2022
Crabs are distant relatives of spiders.
Week of May 23, 2022
Laid end-to-end, the iPhones and iPads sold in a year would stretch halfway around the Earth.
Week of May 16, 2022
There is a type of fruit that is actually named "stinking toe."
Week of May 9, 2022
Squirrels sweat through their feet.
Week of May 2, 2022
The strawberry is the only fruit with seeds on the outside of its skin.
Week of April 25, 2022
The oldest National Park is Yellowstone, which is mostly in Wyoming, but also creeps into Montana and Idaho. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant designated Yellowstone as the first National Park in the United States and the world. Today, the park is home to the world's largest collection of geysers, including the iconic Old Faithful. At 3,472 square miles -- over 2.2 million acres -- Yellowstone is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.
Week of April 18, 2022
Sunday marked the first time in more than 60 years that Easter was held on April 17. The last time it happened came in 1960 and before that, the only other time Easter took place on April 17 at any point over the past 80 years came in 1949.
Week of April 11, 2022
Quick! What's the only letter in the alphabet with more than one syllable?
Week of April 4, 2022
In a random group of 23 people, odds are that two will share the same birthday.
Week of March 28, 2022
Frogs find their way back to their breeding grounds by following the smell of the pond's algae.
Week of March 21, 2022
It would take 225 million years to walk a light year.
Week of March 14, 2022
Snakes don't have eyelids, whales get tan lines and ants don't have ears.
Week of March 7, 2022
The smell in the air after it rains has a name: petrichor.
Week of February 28, 2022
Ruth Wakefield, the inventor of chocolate-chip cookies, sold her idea to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Week of February 21, 2022
You can try it with any other number, but Forty is the only number (in English) whose letters are in alphabetical order.
Week of February 14, 2022
There are more stars in the universe than words have been spoken by all of the humans who have ever lived.
Week of February 7, 2022
Many ancient physicians used spiderwebs as bandages.
Week of January 31, 2022
The 4th-seeded Cincinnati Bengals will play the 4th-seeded Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI, marking the first time that two #4 seeds have made it to the Super Bowl. The game will be played on the Rams' home turf, in SoFi Stadium. This is the second consecutive year that one of the Super Bowl teams will be playing at home, something that never happened in the first 54 Super Bowls.
Week of January 24, 2022
There are six pounds of pennies in the average American home.
Week of January 17, 2022
Over your life, you take 850 million breaths.
Week of January 10, 2022
The universe is expanding at 230 miles a second.
Week of January 3, 2022
Seahorses beat their fins almost as fast as hummingbirds beat their wings.
Week of December 13, 2021
There are more Lego figures on earth than people.
See you in 2022 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Week of December 6, 2021
Canada's postal code for the North Pole is HOH OHO.
Week of November 29, 2021
Pencils aren't hexagonal because it makes them easier to grip. They were originally cut that shape to keep them from rolling off desks and tables.
Week of November 22, 2021
Before the invention of electricity, human beings slept 90 minutes longer than they do now.
Week of November 15, 2021
Thanks to Explorer Timothy for this one!
If you start with a penny and double it every day for 30 days, you will have $5,368,709.12.
Week of November 8, 2021
Yet another reason to put your devices down...taking a photo of something reduces your ability to remember it.
Week of November 1, 2021
The world's largest container ships can carry 746 million bananas.
Week of October 25, 2021
If all of the salt in the oceans were spread evenly over all of the land on earth, it would be 500 feet deep.
Week of October 18, 2021
There are more than 915,000,000 ways to combine six standard lego bricks.
Week of October 11, 2021
The world's largest milkshake was 6,000 gallons -- enough to fill more than 100 bathtubs.
Week of October 4, 2021
The 22 smallest U.S. states could all fit inside Alaska.
Week of September 27, 2021
There are about 294,000,000,000,000 leaves in the world; for every leaf, there are 340 ants.
Week of September 20, 2021
How did Yahtzee get its name? A Canadian couple invented the game on their yacht.
Week of September 13, 2021
(Welcome back! We hope your summer was splendid!!!)
Palm trees are a type of grass. And by the way...you are more likely to believe a statement that is printed in bold.