95 Fantastic Facts about Kids

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51Walter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler

The Chrysler Corporation didn't pay for the construction of the Chrysler Building. Walter Chrysler paid for it himself because he wanted his kids to inherit it.

52. Harriet Tubman never lost a slave in 19 trips on the Underground Railroad. One of her secrets for not getting caught was drugging kids with opium to keep them from crying.

53. In early 1900s, German kids used to die from diarrhea until a doctor named Ernst Moro invented carrot stew which saved thousands of lives.

54. A kid named Sawyer Rosenstein who was paralyzed by a bully's punch has been awarded a settlement of $4.2 million after proving the school knew about the bully's tendencies and did nothing to prevent his attack.

55. Doctor Who was originally an educational show, with episodes set in the future to teach kids about science, and episodes set in the past to teach them history.

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We typically do not start to think of foods as "too sweet" until our bone growth stops. Younger children have virtually no limit to the amount of sugar they find palatable.

57. In the 1790s, the Guillotine was so popular, they made child sized one for kids to behead their dolls and rodents, and the wealthy had tiny ones on their dining table, for slicing bread.

58. A boy named David Vetter got his own NASA space suit. He lived in a bubble for all his life since he had a disease that left him defenseless against germs. The suit allowed him to go outside and play. Although the procedure to put it on was complicated, he could finally go and learn with kids his age.

59. When researchers offered kids broccoli or a chocolate bar, four out of five picked the chocolate but when an Elmo sticker was placed on the broccoli, 50 % chose the broccoli.

60. The Koosh Ball, the non-bouncing rubber ball once described as a "cross between a porcupine and a bowl of Jell-O", was invented because some kids were not good at playing catch. Its invention is chronicled in the book, The Secret History of Balls.

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When the University of Sheffield polled 250 children, all 250 reported that they disliked clowns as hospital decor.

62. Stephen Colbert didn't let his kids watch his show because "I just say things I don't mean and a child just won't know that that's a character and when I tuck them into bed one night and say I love you, they'll say: ‘that’s good Dad, that’s dry’.”

63. The time machine in 'Back to the Future' was originally a refrigerator, but was changed since they were concerned kids would lock themselves inside.

64. A 19-year-old blind kid named Matthew Weigman was able to use his enhanced hearing to hack telephone systems by perfectly reproducing dial tones. He even went as far as faking calls to the SWAT team in order to have them surround the houses of his enemies.

65. If parents cleaned a dropped pacifier by sucking on it themselves before giving it back to their baby, the child will have "nearly 60% less chance of eczema and 90% less chance of asthma by 18 months compared to parents who used tap or boiling water."

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66Indian Placement Program

Indian Placement Program

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.

67. In 2015, a family organized a fake kidnap of their 6- year-old kid to scare him, because they thought he was ''too nice''

68. A man named Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 kids during World War 2 and lived almost all his life without letting people know.

69. The kid who plays Luke (Nolan Gould) on Modern Family graduated high school at 13 and is a member of Mensa.

70. On Halloween in 1919, kids broke windows, overturned garbage cans, rushed street cars and burnt down a barn. The police responded by negotiating with teenagers, re-righting garbage cans and making sure all kids went home to bed. No arrests were made.

71Scale error

Scale error

If a child wants something bad enough, they can momentarily forget how big their body is compared to other objects. It’s called “scale error” and it can cause them to think they can fit into toy cars, for example.

72. Michael Jackson would request his wine served in diet coke cans during flights, due to being a 'private drinker' and not wanting his kids to see him drinking alcohol.

73. The "Tinker" supreme court case: In 1965, to protest Vietnam War 3 kids wore black armbands to school. The school banned the armbands. They wore them again and were suspended. The "Tinker test" is used to see if a school's disciplinary actions violate students' 1st Amendment rights.

74. In 1994, a Russian pilot named Yaroslav Kudrinsky let his 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter try to fly an aircraft. The kids unknowingly disabled the autopilot. The plane crashed into a hillside in Siberia killing all 63 passengers and 12 crew members.

75. Pixy Stix was originally a drink mix, but the company owner discovered kids were just eating the sugar powder straight from the package. It was then rebranded as Pixy Stix.

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