Fact of the Week Archive
Week of June 21, 2021
(The last one of the 2020-2021 school year! See you in the fall!)
"Misspell" is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.
Week of June 14, 2021
A wheeple is an ineffectual attempt to whistle loudly.
Week of June 7, 2021
Think too much screen time is a problem? In 1859, a moral panic swept across America over young people playing too much chess.
Week of May 31, 2021
Percival Lugue of the Philippines has been awarded a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of fast-food restaurant toys. He has been collecting toys from restaurants such as McDonald's since he was 5 and now has more than 20,000 in his collection.
Week of May 24, 2021
Greece is the only country in the world whose name contains none of the letters in the word "Olympiads."
Week of May 17, 2021
Two-thirds of parents who sing their children to sleep prefer pop music to lullabies.
Week of May 10, 2021
An acersecomic is a person who has never had a haircut.
Week of May 3, 2021
In 1976, Ron Wayne, co-founder of Apple, sold his shares for $800. Had he not done that, he would be one of the richest men in the world today, worth over $100 billion.
Week of April 26, 2021
The first remote intended to control a television was called "Lazy Bones." It was developed by the Zenith Radio Corporation in 1950 and connected to the TV by a wire.
Week of April 19, 2021
The human brain has enough memory to hold three million hours of television.
Week of April 12, 2021
The last name of Woody from Toy Story is Pride.
Week of April 5, 2021
Every day, the human body makes 300 billion new cells, three times as many as there are galaxies in the universe.
Week of March 29, 2021
It takes a million cloud droplets to make one raindrop.
Week of March 22, 2021
Edgar Allan Poe received only $9 for the publication of "The Raven."
Week of March 15, 2021
Grapes are poisonous to dogs and avocados are toxic to horses.
Week of March 8, 2021
There are 177,147 ways to tie a tie.
Week of March 1, 2021
A baby porcupine is called a "porcupette."
Week of February 22, 2021
Yoda's first name is Minch.
Week of February 15, 2021
In order to equip yourself as a real-life Batman, it would cost about $300 million.
Week of February 8, 2021
What do woodpeckers and toucans have in common? They're from the same family, piciformes! Both have zygodactyl toes, which means 2 forward-facing toes and 1-2 toes facing backwards (varies by species). This foot anatomy helps birds vertically climb and grip onto tree bark.
Week of February 1, 2021
Until the 1940s, fake snow in the movies was made by painting cornflakes white.
Week of January 25, 2021
Hummingbirds lay eggs the size of peas.
Week of January 18, 2021
Using a gasoline-driven lawnmower for one hour produces as much air pollution as a 100-mile car trip.
Week of January 11, 2021
The giant palm salamander can stick its tongue out 50 times faster than you can blink.
Week of January 4, 2021
The Milky Way gives birth to a new star every 50 days.
Week of December 14, 2020
Black holes are not black. Robins' "red" breasts are orange. Ripe limes are yellow.
See you in 2021 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Week of December 7, 2020
The first McDonald's only served hot dogs.
(Bonus fact!): Because of its Happy Meals, McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys.
Week of November 30, 2020
Shoes with five eyelets on each side can be laced up 51,840 different ways.
Week of November 23, 2020
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally called the "Macy's Christmas Parade" to kick off the holiday shopping season. Held in 1924, the first parade included monkeys, bears, camels and elephants borrowed from the Central Park Zoo, instead of the traditional character balloons we know today.
Week of November 16, 2020
How strong are ants? Superhuman strong! Ants are capable of supporting 5,000 times their body weight. That would be like you bench-pressing 150 minivans. An ant's power is attributed to its strong neck and lightweight body, which requires little energy to carry around, leaving its muscles free to do the heavy lifting.
Week of November 9, 2020
Cows can drink a bathtub full of water in a day.
Week of November 2, 2020
More than a million square feet of forest are used every year to make chopsticks.
Week of October 26, 2020
This year will be the first Halloween in 19 years to have a full moon, which is a pretty rare occurrence. The last time was 2001 and before that, it was way back in 1955. Overall, the 21st century will only see six full moons on October 31: 2001, 2020, 2039, 2058, 2077 and 2096.
Week of October 19, 2020
The dot over the letter i is called a tittle. Tittle also means "iota" or "little bit," as in, "I don't care one tittle."
Week of October 12, 2020
The first microwave oven was almost 750 pounds.
Week of October 5, 2020
The United States Postal Service figured out a way to shave 28.5 million miles off delivery routes. How? By minimizing left-hand turns.
Week of September 28, 2020
Hamsters and stray dogs are crepuscular -- primarily active in the twilight hours of dawn and dusk.
Week of September 21, 2020
Greenland's only national park is more than twice the size of California. Nobody lives there.
Week of September 14, 2020
(Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic summer!!!)
The moment you were born, you were the youngest person in the world, however briefly. Pretty cool, right? Also, you had more bones than your parents, about 300 compared to 206 for adults. The reason is that some of a baby's separate bones fuse together into single bones as they ossify in the months and years after birth.