101 Fun Facts For Kids That Will Blow Their Minds
It’s a (fun) fact: kids’ brains are like tiny sponges. They love to soak up all the knowledge and fun facts that they can—the sillier and more random fun facts get, the more kids love them. These 101 entertaining fun facts for kids will inspire your budding brainiac to dive deeper into science, history, geography, and more. Whether you use this list to impress your kiddos with your own knowledge of weird fun facts or to keep the whole family entertained on a long car ride, these fun facts are sure to impress (and entertain) the whole family.
Cats only meow to talk to humans.
Fun Facts About Animals
1. There are about 100,000 muscles in an elephant’s trunk, but not a single bone.
2. You can hear a lion’s roar from a distance of 3 miles.
3. Prairie dogs “kiss” each other as a way to identify each other.
4. Female lions do about 90% of the hunting.
5. Cows get stressed when they are separated from their best friends. (Cows—they're just like us.)
6. There are over 400 million dogs in the entire world. (That's about 1 dog for every 20 people!)
7. Orcas are not whales at all, they are actually a type of dolphin.
8. Cats only meow to talk to humans. They do not meow to communicate with other cats.
9. Baby elephants use their trunks the same way that baby humans use a pacifier. Baby elephants find sucking on their trunks very calming.
10. Octopuses have nine brains. (And cows have 4 stomachs. Would you rather have multiple brains or stomachs?)
Random fun fact: rats are ticklish!
11. Rats are ticklish! And they laugh when they are tickled.
12. Male seahorses are the ones who give birth.
13. Snails can sleep for three years at a time.
14. Bats can eat up to 1,000 insects in an hour.
15. Polar bears are not white—their fur is actually transparent.
16. Flamingos eat with their head upside down. (Sounds simple? Try it!)
17. Bats are the only mammals that can fly, but their leg bones are so thin that it is almost impossible for them to walk.
18. A group of owls is called a parliament. (And a group of crows is called a murder.)
19. Ants don’t have lungs.
20. Grizzly bears can run up to 30 miles per hour.
Sea otters really don't want to get lost! Photo courtesy Joe Robertson/CC BY 2.0
21. Sea otters hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift apart.
22. Next to humans, mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on Earth.
23. Ostrich’s eyes are bigger than its brain.
24. A group of frogs is called an army.
25. Hummingbirds can fly backward.
26. Kangaroos cannot walk backward.
27. Horses and cows can sleep standing up.
28. Cats cannot taste anything that is sweet.
29. Hippopotamus milk is pink.
30. Starfish have no brains.
Attention, class! Now for some truly funny fun facts...
Random Fun Facts About Geography
31. Alaska is both the most western and most eastern state in the United States. (We'll wait while you go get that globe.)
32. Greenland is the world’s largest island.
33. The English language is spoken in more than 100 countries around the world.
34. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.
35. Antarctica is the only continent with no permanent human residents.
36. Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa can travel great distances—even as far as Texas.
37. Maine is the closest state to Africa. (Time to look at the globe again.)
38. The state of California has more people than the entire country of Canada.
39. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on the planet.
40. Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents—Europe and Asia.
41. Water covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface.
42. Russia is just two miles from Alaska.
43. The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
Strawberries have their seeds on the outside.
Fun Facts For Kids About Science
44. People can fart after they die.
45. Clouds aren’t weightless—they can actually be way over a million pounds.
46. Because bananas contain potassium, they are radioactive.
47. Human babies have more bones than adults.
48. Chalk is made up of fossils.
49. The acid in your stomach can dissolve steel.
50. All planets spin counterclockwise except for Venus.
51. Because of gravity, you would weigh less on the moon than on Earth.
52. The human brain cannot feel pain.
53. On average, the human body is made up of 60% water.
54. Plankton, seaweed, and other ocean organisms create over half the world’s oxygen.
55. White is not actually a color, but the absence of all colors.
56. Strawberries are the only fruits with their seeds on the outside.
57. When cranberries are ripe, they can bounce like a ball.
58. Wind is actually silent. What we hear is the wind blowing against an object.
59. Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike twice.
60. The human nose can detect a trillion different scents.
61. Human noses and ears never stop growing.
62. The human heart beats 115,000 times a day.
63. Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s.
64. Apples are actually a part of the rose family.
65. The planet Neptune’s days are 16 hours long.
66. Humans lose about 50-100 hairs a day.
67. Boys have fewer taste buds than girls.
68. You can still see traces of Neil Armstrong’s footprints on the moon.
69. It takes your body about 12 hours to fully digest food.
70. About half of the bones in your body are in your hands and feet.
You won't believe what the Romans used as mouthwash. Photo courtesy wuestenigel/CC BY 2.0
Weird Fun Facts About History
71. Alexander the Great was buried alive.
72. Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian—she was Greek.
73. The Statue of Liberty was originally supposed to be located in the Suez Canal.
74. Tug of war used to be an Olympic sport.
75. Abraham Lincoln was a champion wrestler.
76. During the Victorian era it was popular for people to take photographs of their loved ones after they had died.
77. Thomas Edison and John Adams died hours apart on July 4, 1826.
78. The war between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly lasted 335 years, and not a single person was killed.
79. Romans used urine as mouthwash.
80. Before becoming president, Lincoln lost 5 different elections.
81. Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb.
You can buy a square watermelon in Japan. Photo courtesy CC BY 2.0
Random Fun Facts for Kids
82. Most people cannot lick their elbows. (Try it!)
83. You cannot sneeze with your eyes open. (Try this, too!)
84. The Olympics used to give medals for art, not just sports.
85. A jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds.
86. French fries are Belgian, not French.
87. Before alarm clocks, people would pay someone to knock on their window and wake them up. They were called knocker-uppers.
88. Make tea not war! All British armored vehicles have the equipment needed to make tea.
89. There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.
90. Arithmophobia is the fear of numbers.
91. Your nose may not grow like Pinocchio’s, but it does get warmer when you tell a lie.
92. Tomatoes and avocados are actually fruits, not vegetables
93. The Queen of England has two birthdays.
94. The number four is the only number to have the same amount of letters as its value.
95. Every human has a unique tongue print. (Like snowflakes, no two are alike!)
96. In your lifetime, you will spend 25 years sleeping. (Unless you have a lot of children...)
97. You cannot smell while you sleep.
98. Brown is the most common eye color.
99. You will get cell phone service on the top of Mount Everest.
100. You can buy a square watermelon in Japan.
101. Newborn babies are colorblind.