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Week of June 10, 2024
It would take a snail about 220 hours to crawl one mile nonstop.

Week of June 3, 2024
A cat's brain can store 1,000 times more data than an iPad.

Week of May 27, 2024
A sea turtle can weigh as much as a water buffalo.

Week of May 20, 2024
Falcons are more closely related to parrots than other birds of prey.

Week of May 13, 2024
The largest number whose name has only one syllable? Twelve.

Week of May 6, 2024
More people live in New York City than in 38 of the 50 states.

Week of April 29, 2024
A great white shark can weigh as much as 15 gorillas.

Week of April 22, 2024
Happy Earth Day! NYC has celebrated Earth Day for more than half a century. The Big Apple first observed it in April of 1970, when almost 1 million New Yorkers marched on Fifth Avenue to raise awareness about pollution and the importance of preserving nature. New Yorkers also spent the day cleaning up parks and beaches. In the intervening decades, Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22. It is now observed throughout the world in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is
"Invest in Our Planet."

Week of April 15, 2024
Let's hear it for women's college basketball! South Carolina's win over Iowa and Caitlin Clark in the national championship game on April 7 was seen by an astonishing 18.9 million viewers. To put that in perspective, more people watched that than every World Series game since 2019's Game 7, every NBA Finals game since 2017's Game 5, every Daytona 500 since 2006, every Masters final round since 2001 AND all but four college football games in 2023.

Week of April 8, 2024
(1) Animals and insects will start to react and may have noticeable changes in behavior. Once the sky goes dark, birds may stop singing, crickets and cicadas may start chirping, fireflies may start flashing and bees may abruptly stop flying. (2) The temperature drops, maybe as much as 10 degrees. (3) While partial solar eclipses occur at least twice annually, the chance to see a total solar eclipse like the one on April 8 is rare. The last one viewed from the contiguous U.S. was in 2017 and the one before that was in 1979. The next total solar eclipse -- again, able to be seen from the contiguous U.S. -- will not happen until...2044! (4) The moon's shadow will move along the path of totality at about 1,600 miles per hour!

Week of April 1, 2024
It's not a joke and this is a real, honest, true fact...April Fools' Day falls on 1st April every year.

Week of March 25, 2024
The state with the largest portion of its area that is water? michigan (41.5%).

Week of March 18, 2024
The world's smallest frog is the size of a Cheerio.

Week of March 11, 2024
Now that it has passed, did you know that without Leap Day, our calendar would be off by about 24 days every century, or every 100 years? There are 525,600 minutes in a typical calendar year. On leap years, there are 527,040 minutes. Hopefully you used your extra 1,440 minutes wisely!

Week of March 4, 2024
New York City's largest public library building contains
125 miles of bookshelves.

Week of February 26, 2024
Flaco (March 15, 2010 - February 23, 2024)

We are taking a little break from our usual weekly fact to mourn the passing of everyone's favorite Eurasian eagle-owl, who spent a lot of his time in Central Park over the last year, after leaving the Central Park Zoo when some unknown vandal cut open the mesh on his enclosure. Flaco would have turned 14 in a few weeks.

Week of February 19, 2024
Don't litter! A mask takes 450 years to decompose. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, but if it is thrown out as litter, it takes 80-100 years to decompose. A glass bottle? 1,000,000 years!

Week of February 12, 2024
Giraffes sleep no more than half an hour per day, mostly through tiny naps.

Week of February 5, 2024
The cost of a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl I, in 1967, was $37,500. The cost of a 30-second commercial during next weekend's big game, Super Bowl LVIII?

Week of January 29, 2024
The world's first escalator was created as an amusement park ride at Coney Island, in 1895.

Week of January 22, 2024
Do you know the little paper flag that sticks out from the top of the Hershey's Kisses foil wrapper? That parchment paper strip is called a "plume," according to Hershey's, despite rumors of other names out there. By the way, Hershey's makes 70 million Kisses...every single day. That is not a misprint!

Week of January 15, 2024
The least common birthday? May 22.

Week of January 8, 2024
Mohr's Explorers turned 20 on January 7!

Week of December 18, 2023
As of 12/18, Central Park has gone 673 days without an inch of snow (the park's last major snowfall was February 13, 2022). The previous record of no snow lasted 383 days and ended in March 1998. Last winter, there was only .23 inches of snow, the lowest amount since record-keeping 1869! Normally, Central Park gets about TWO FEET throughout the season, so we are keeping our fingers crossed for some snow fun this winter!

See you in 2024 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Week of December 11, 2023
Lizards cannot breathe and walk at the same time.
(Bonus Fact!): Salamanders can hear with their lungs.

Week of December 4, 2023
In the United States, it is believed that coyotes have learned how traffic lights work so they can safely cross the road.

Week of November 27, 2023
The scientific name for the striped skunk is mephitis mephitis, which is Latin for "stinky stinky."

Week of November 20, 2023
If the Earth wasn't curved, the human eye would be able to see for 30 miles.

Week of November 13, 2023
The energy expended during a professional tennis match could power a smartphone for a year.

Week of November 6, 2023
The original prototype for the television set was called a "shadowgraph."

Week of October 30, 2023
How much is a billion dollars? If a billionaire spent $100,000 a day for 15 years straight, they'd still have close to $500 million dollars left. If they gave away $1 every second, their billion would last more than 30 years.

Week of October 23, 2023
All 50 states of the United States have an official state soil. New York's is honeoye soil and New Jersey's is downer soil.

Week of October 16, 2023
25% of the entire world's hazelnut crop is used to make Nutella.

Week of October 9, 2023
The statue of Balto the sled dog has an unusually polished look about it compared to many other statues in the park. This is because so many visitors over the years have pet it as if it was a living canine.

Week of October 2, 2023
Designed by Jacob Wrey Mould and built in 1871, the Central Park Police Precinct is the oldest police station in city. It was originally created as horse stables, which once accommodated up to thirty horses, vital for park-related work.

Week of September 25, 2023
On a research trip in 2017, scientists in Australia discovered 50 new spider species in just 10 days.

Week of September 18, 2023
In a 2021 study, 40% of American kids said they thought hot dogs were vegetables. Nice try, kids. Nice try.

Week of September 11, 2023
(Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic and outdoorsy summer!!!)
Kea parrots have been known to high-five each other in midair. These mountain parrots of New Zealand are thought to be the smartest birds in the world, with intelligence and problem-solving skills comparable to that of a monkey or a four-year-old child.

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