fun facts for kids

5 interesting facts and myths for kids

Check out these kids fun facts…or should I say fun myths?

 

Elephants are afraid of mice

This is a myth. Elephants, like many mammals, are afraid of what they don’t know. Circus elephants and zoo elephants often see mice in their bales of hay. They generally just ignore the mice and go about their business of eating. This myth is widely exaggerated in cartoon characters such as Dumbo.

Eating carrots can help with your vision

This is a fact, however, there are many other foods that can help improve your vision. It is vitamin A that helps with your sight and this can be found in foods like asparagus, apricots and even milk.

Cutting onions makes you cry

This is a fact and a myth in one. While cutting onions makes your eyes water, it’s not really crying. As you cut an onion you are breaking the cells and releasing the onion’s contents forming a gas that wafts up towards your eyes. This gas combined with the water in your eyes creates a sulfuric acid that burns. This causes your eyes to release tears to help wash away the acid. You can reduce this effect by refrigerating your onions first. This will allow the onion’s contents to be released more slowly, reducing the number of tears (or crying) while cutting an onion.

Lightning never strikes the same place twice

This myth is not only incorrect but It’s also harmful. Lightning often hits the same spot twice, at least within a short time. If you’re outside during a lightning storm, no outdoorsman or forecaster can tell you to go stand where lightning has already hit, as if you’ll be safe. Instead, seek cover, avoid touching something metal or electronic, and stay away from windows. It’s also a smart idea to put your golf game or kite-flying plans on hold before the storm passes.

Bulls become angry at the colour red

Bulls and other cattle are colourblind to a degree and cannot see red. They are, however, testy and aggressive creatures who will charge if they feel threatened, scared, upset, or simply irritated. Their instinct is simply biased toward “fight”. The matador wears a red cape (the muleta) during bullfights, but it is the matador’s taunting, intimidation, and overall actions that cause the bull to attack. Bulls aren’t bothered by the colour red, but they are annoyed by the sight of jerks. Who can blame them for that, though?

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