Fact of the Week Archive
Week of July 3, 2017
(The last one of the 2016-2017 school year! See you in the fall!)
The first U.S. cross-country automobile trip, from San Francisco to New York City in 1903, took 63 days. If you drove it straight through today, accounting for traffic, stops for meals, bathroom breaks and gas, it would take about
Week of June 26, 2017
More people are attacked by moose every year than by bears. A threatened rhinoceros can charge at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. A scent released from glands in a squirrel's foot helps it mark its territory.
Week of June 19, 2017
Can you name the three falls at Niagara Falls? They are Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil.
Week of June 12, 2017
Our blood is red because it contains iron. Lobster blood is blue because it contains copper.
Week of June 5, 2017
Can you name Barbie's five sisters? Skipper, Tutti, Stacie, Kelly and Krissy.
Week of May 29, 2017
The first frankfurters in America were sold on Coney Island by Charles Feltman. A competitor spread rumors that the sausages contained dog meat, giving way to the name "hot dog."
Week of May 22, 2017
To answer the question that came up on this weekend's spring trip, we just completed our 65th Mohr's Explorers camping trip!
Week of May 15, 2017
Every year, New York City subway cars travel farther than the distance from Mars to the Sun and back.
Week of May 8, 2017
Do you know what Charlie Brown's dad does for a living? He's a barber.
Week of May 1, 2017
What is sclera? It is the white part of your eye.
Week of April 24, 2017
Buying Central Park's 843 acres in the 1850s cost the New York State legislature about 7.4 million dollars. By comparison, the United States bought Alaska -- nearly 400 million acres -- from Russia in 1867 for just $7.2 million.
Week of April 17, 2017
In the 3 weeks that baby sparrows are in the nest, their parents make 5,000 trips for food.
Week of April 10, 2017
Ketchup was once sold as medicine.
Week of April 3, 2017
Crayola is retiring its signature dark yellow Dandelion crayon from all of its crayon boxes to make way for a new color in the blue family, which will not be announced until May. It's only the third time in Crayola's long history that it has retired one or more colors and the first time it's removing one from the box of 24.
Week of March 27, 2017
When high speed trains past each other they must slow down or they will break their windows. The passing trains produce a low-pressure area between them that can actually pull the glass out of the frames.
Week of March 20, 2017
According to a new study, all the spiders in the world combined annually eat about 440 to 880 million tons of insects and other pests -- equal to the weight of more than 85 million elephants! By comparison, all humans combined consume an estimated 440 million tons of meat and fish annually, whales feed on 300-550 million tons of seafood and the world's total seabird population eats an estimated 77 million tons of fish and other seafood.
Week of March 13, 2017
The only straight line in Central Park? The Mall. When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the Park, they envisioned a formal promenade as one of the Park's most important features. The Mall is lined with rows of American elm trees, displaying one of the largest and last remaining stands of American elms in North America. The trees create a canopy above the pedestrian walkway and this design was intended to rival the famous gothic cathedrals of Europe and evoke feelings akin to a religious experience for those walking down the path.
Week of March 6, 2017
The word "huh" is understood in all known languages.
Week of February 27, 2017
The words "ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, jack, queen, king" contain 52 letters. Guess how many cards are in a deck of cards? Weird, huh?
Week of February 20, 2017
The most common sentence in the Harry Potter books is "Nothing happened."
Week of February 13, 2017
Baseball season is just around the corner! George Brett was the only Major League baseball player to win a batting title in three different decades.
Week of February 6, 2017
Freezing rain occurs thanks to a "warm air sandwich" in the atmosphere, in which a layer of warm air hovers between cold layers both above and below it. Precipitation that begins as snow at the highest level of cold air melts into rain in the warm air, then refreezes as it falls into the cold layer near the surface.
Week of January 30, 2017
Delaware is the only state that does not have a National Park.
Week of January 23, 2017
Fairbanks, Alaska dropped to 50 degrees below zero for the first time in five years last Wednesday. It was so cold that school kids in Fairbanks were forced indoors for recess. What's the threshold there? When the temperature is colder than 20 degrees below zero, outdoor recess is cancelled. That's right. 20 below!
Week of January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. started college when he was only 15-years-old. King skipped two grades and enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta without formally graduating from high school. He was also a legacy at Morehouse, meaning King's grandfather and father had gone to school there. Later, so did his brother as well as his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King.
Week of January 9, 2017
Do you know what musical theorist Guido d'Arezzo's claim to fame is? He created the musical scales that became familiar as "do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do."
Week of January 2, 2017
The technical name for an ice-cream headache is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
Week of December 12, 2016
For the Star Wars fans out there, the name Chewbacca is from saboka, which is Russian for "dog." Chewbacca's voice was created by combining the sounds of a bear, a walrus, a lion and a badger.
See you in 2017 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Week of December 5, 2016
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched" and "dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
Week of November 28, 2016
The second-ranked OHIO STATE BUCKEYES defeated the #3 michigan wolverines 30-27 in double overtime Saturday to win one of the greatest games in the history of college football's greatest rivalry. Ohio State trailed 17-7 in the fourth quarter, making it the Buckeyes' largest comeback win over michigan since 1987. Urban Meyer improved to 5-0 vs. that team up north, becoming the first OSU head coach to win his first 5 games vs. the wolverines. The largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history, 110,045, witnessed the 14th win in the last 16 years for the Buckeyes in the series.
Week of November 21, 2016
The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.
Week of November 14, 2016
The human nose can recognize over 1,000,000,000,000 different smells.
Week of November 7, 2016
Lions can get hairballs the size of soccer balls.
(Bonus fact!): A cheetah can go from 0 to 40 miles per hour in three strides.
Week of October 31, 2016
The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.
Week of October 24, 2016
About 10% of people are left-handed. About 20% are left-footed.
Week of October 17, 2016
Founded on August 25, 1916, the National Park Service has protected America's soaring mountain ranges, verdant forests and sprawling deserts for an entire century. In honor of 100 years of stewardship of America's most precious natural monuments, here is a fact about the National Parks: Spanning 27 states, America's 58 National Parks blanket an amazing 84.6 million acres of American soil. That's a full 3.4 percent of the United States!
Week of October 10, 2016
The collarbone is the last bone in the human body to stop growing.
Week of October 3, 2016
You speak about 4,800 words a day.
(Bonus fact!): Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
Week of September 26, 2016
There are more than 30,000 trees in Prospect Park; the oldest is 300 years old (Fallen Black Oak on Elephant Hill).
Week of September 19, 2016
An average American family of 4 uses two trees' worth of toilet paper per year.
Week of September 12, 2016
Slugs have 3,000 teeth and 4 noses!
Week of September 5, 2016
(Welcome back! We hope your summer was awesome and you are ready to get back into the park!!!)
Spending 15 to 20 minutes at a tanning salon is as dangerous as an entire day spent in the sun. So like we always say...get outside!