100 Interesting Facts about Kids

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1Chuck Feeney

Chuck Feeney

Former billionaire Chuck Feeney has given away over 99% of his 6.3 Billion dollars to help under privileged kids go to college. He is now worth $2 million dollars.

2. When 50 deaf Nicaraguan children, who didn't know sign language, were put in a school together they developed their own sign language. Scientists are still studying the unique spontaneous appearance of language and its ongoing development and introduction of grammar.

3. The longest study of humans ever conducted, the 75 years long Harvard grant study found that professional success in life comes from having done chores as a kid.

4. When parents Dan and Caren Mahar found their child Katie Mahar Chambers was diagnosed with xeroderma pigmentosa, a condition in which exposure to sunlight causes third-degree burns and cancer, a New York couple founded Camp Sundown, a summer camp for kids with xeroderma pigmentosa where all normal camp activities are held after sundown.

5. U.K. kids spend less time outside than prison inmates.

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6Polio vaccination

Polio vaccination

Seattle kids have a lower polio vaccination rate than the African country of Rwanda.

7. Indiana construction worker Jason Haney hid a giant ‘Where’s Waldo?’ cut out all over his work site for the children in a nearby hospital to find. Once he received word that they’d found him, he moved Waldo to another location so they could start looking for him again.

8. Life in Puritan New England was so hard that children who were abducted by Native Americans often refused to come back.

9. In Germany, when a kid becomes an adult at age 18, he can get rid of all its debt by offering its debtors everything its owns at that point. The young adult is relieved from all other debts they can't pay back so that no young adult has to face a life in debt for things they did as a teenager.

10. Jay Leno once drove a kid to school in his Lamborghini Countach because the kid lied and told all his friends Jay was his uncle and they started to give the kid a hard time about it.

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11Social media

Social media

Rich kids bragging on social media, such as Instagram, are unwittingly providing incriminating evidence for prosecutors about their parents' fraud schemes. Cyber security firms say they have been using social media evidence to nail fraud and assets in up to 75 percent of their cases.

12. Bilingual children appear to get a head start on empathy-related skills such as learning to take someone else's perspective. This is because they have to follow social cues to figure out which language to use with which person and in what setting.

13. Miniature Australian Shepherds have such a strong herding tendency that they'll try to herd little children.

14. Joseph Jackson tried to teach his kids a lesson about leaving their bedroom windows open, so one night while his son Michael was asleep, Joseph wore a mask, climbed through the window, and shouted at him. Michael Jackson would later have recurring nightmares of being kidnapped from his bedroom.

15. Rap artist Nelly has sent two kids to college every year for the past 10 years.

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16Television advertisements

Television advertisements

In the US, the "we'll be back after these messages" often seen during kid shows of the '70s, '80s, and '90s were mandated by the FCC to help children differentiate between the TV show and commercials.

17. Goosebumps author RL Stine never included things like divorce, drug use, abuse in his books because he didn't want to terrify kids. He wanted kids to be sure that his stories were fantasies that could never actually happen.

18. Eventhough calculus is often taught starting only at the college level, mathematicians have shown that it can be taught to kids as young as 5, suggesting that it should be taught not just to those who pursue higher education, but rather to literally everyone in society.

19. Kids in cars are 12 times more distracting for drivers than talking on cell phones.

20. By 1932, Mickey Mouse had lost his edge since becoming a role model for children. Disney wanted to create a character to portray more negative character traits, which could no longer be bestowed on Mickey. That’s when Disney started working on a short-tempered character named Donald Duck.

21Siberian Kindergartners

Siberian Kindergartners

Kindergartners in Siberia run outside in their underwears and dump freezing water over themselves to strengthen their immune systems.

22. A children's entertainer named Soupy Sales once asked on-air that children send him "those funny little pieces of paper with pictures of presidents on them" from their parents' purses and wallets and was thus suspended from his show for 2 weeks

23. Kenny from South Park was actually based on a real child Trey Parker went to school. Kenny wore an orange parka that made his voice difficult to understand. Trey and the other kids also joked about Kenny "dying", as Kenny skipped school often.

24. In 2013, Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn had to be shut down after some 6th graders sprayed too much Axe deodorant which led to several kids being hospitalized for it.

25. Studies show that teens overestimate how much the cooler kids and jocks are drinking and having sex, and also how much the nerds are studying.

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  1. “From 1956 to 1996 the Mormon Church operated a program called Indian Placement Program where Native American kids would be baptized and placed in Mormon foster homes, thinking it would “lighten” their skin. It was based on the Mormon belief that Native Americans were originally white until God punished them by making them darker.” This ‘fact’ is false. The Placement Program was intended to assist children on poverty stricken reservations receive quality healthcare and education. Please remove this.

  2. It is a fact from a different section of the church. They also believed, in that sect, to have multiple wives and even take children as their brides. Ugly truth but fact. I am a mormon and would never have joined if this was still the case. Don’t hide the facts just learn from them.

  3. It looks as if the blurb used in the fact republic entry just highlighted a more “eye catching” outmoded, uninformed detail. Low hanging fruit used for the Effect. (C’mon Factrepublic…you are better than this.)
    I’m not up on Church of Ladder Day Saints facts. So I clicked on the source link. (I love factrepublic, and optio, just for this reason) Yeah, yeah one leader of one sect said these cockamamie things. (Sadly, there’s always one to get press.) Here The Source is a decent article! Goes on to discuss many interesting educated issues and outcomes of program.
    My concern…Wikipedia used as THE source. Wikipedia gives info and a fun place to begin answering anything. Even Wikipedia does not consider itself a first source! It has decent citation, source listing procedures with its crowd editing platform. I’ve explained this to kids doing their first bits of research. Along with idea “one must read past the headline… a blurb does not give all of the facts.”



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