100 Interesting Facts about Kids

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26Toddler fight club

In 2015, two day care employees named Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, in New Jersey were imprisoned for running a toddler fight club among a dozen boys and girls aged 4-6.


27. The actor who played Uncle Fester, Jackie Coogan, also starred as the kid with Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid". After his parents spent almost all of his $3-$4 million earnings, the "Coogan Bill" was passed to protect child actors. He was also a World War 2 pilot and married to Betty Grable.


28. A study surveyed on 5000 children on the video game and social habits, came to a conclusion that those playing video games on a regular basis are more satisfied with their lives, are less prone to being hyperactive, have less emotional issues than those who don’t play video games at all.


29. An FDA official named Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey saved the US from a generation of children with birth defects such as flipper-like arms and feet by repeatedly blocking the authorization of a drug, already approved in Europe, known as Thalidomide.


30. Mars, Inc. thought E.T. to be so ugly they feared the character would frighten children and refused to allow M&Ms to be used in the movie. This opened the door to Hershey's, who took the opportunity to market Reese's Pieces.


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31To train up a child

The book "To train up a child" by Michael Pearl advocates the use of severe corporal punishment and even starvation to control children. It has been linked to multiple child deaths.


32. The cousin of the "Internet Bully Hero" named Casey Heynes, that slams a kid on the floor at school for bullying him, committed suicide because of bullying.


33. In 1937, a gas leak in the basement of a local school in New London, Texas caused a massive explosion which killed almost 300 children and teachers, the deadliest school disaster in US history. Adolf Hitler even sent his condolences by telegram.


34. Johnny Depp's daughter named Lily-Rose Depp nearly died from an E.Coli infection and had an extended hospital stay. In order to thank the hospital for taking care of her, Depp dressed up as Jack Sparrow and read stories to kids for four hours.


35. In Billy Madison, Adam Sandler got special permission from the actors and their parents to actually hit the kids with dodgeballs.


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36Kids Pick the President

With the exception of 2004, the Nickelodeon specials "Kids Pick the President" have correctly predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election since 1988.


37. In the 1913 Tour de France, Eugène Christophe's front fork on his bike broke. He carried it 10 km to the nearest blacksmith, where he used the forge to weld it back together. He was penalized 3 minutes because he had a local kid pump the bellows for him.


38. Psychologist David T. Lykken proposed that having kids should be licensed, and that being unmarried, financially unstable, and having poor health were factors against being given permission to breed.


39. In the Japanese localization of "Inside Out," Pixar replaced the scenes involving broccoli with bell peppers because Japanese kids don't think broccoli is gross.


40. In the Broken Toy Experiment, 2-year-old kids were given toys that were rigged to break spectacularly. Those who showed the most guilt went on to have fewer behavioral problems later on.


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41Law

In 2008, Nebraska implemented a law to allow parents to drop off unwanted newborns at safe havens. The law didn't state an age limit, and nearly all the children abandoned were over 10 years old, some were even 17.


42. There is a dinosaur heavy metal band named Hevisaurus in Finland that is incredibly popular with children.


43. Babies learn a language by hearing it, but they must hear it spoken directly to them in person by another human being. As little as 12 hours with a human tutor produces dramatic results in babies, compared with no results even after many more hours of exposure to foreign language TV shows.


44. General Electric in Schenectady, New York has the zip code 12345 and receives thousands of letters to Santa yearly from kids who guess Santa's address. Employees there often use their breaks to write response letters.


45. A former bonded child laborer named Iqbal Masih from Pakistan escaped the carpet factory at the age of 10, helped free over 3000 kids from slavery, helped bring down Pakistani carpet exports by $34 million, before being murdered at the age of 13.


46Dave Thomas

Wendy's founder Dave Thomas worried kids may see his success as a high school dropout an excuse to do the same, so he went back to high school to earn his GED decades later.


47. The term "Stranger Danger" may leave children more susceptible to abuse because it puts focus on strangers when in reality 93% of children know their abuser.


48. Children born blind still smile, meaning smiling is not a learned response. It is something humans do innately.


49. South Korea bans children aged under 16 from playing online games between midnight and 6 am under a so-called "Cinderella Law".


50. An Oregon couple, with 2 disabled children of their own, launched a non-profit called "Magic Wheelchair" that develops and hand-crafts Halloween costume options for wheelchair-bound children.

5 COMMENTS

  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.

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