Random Facts

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There are footprints on the moon

There is no wind on the moon - that means that every time an astronaut has stepped on the moon, their footprint stays there forever! 

A word that is the same backwards and forewards is called a 'palindrome'

Some examples of palindromes include Anna, radar, level and racecar!  Can you think of any more?

Your small intestines are about 20 feet long

That's about 5 of you lying end to end! How does it all fit in there?!

No one knows what Stonehenge is for

Stonehenge is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places in Britain-but no one's quite sure why it was built. Theories include a burial site, a site of worship and a sort of giant clock! Weirder theories include that Stonehenge was built by aliens or even giants! What's your theory?

Turtles can breathe through their bums

Yup, you read that right! When turtles hibernate, they do something called cloacal respiration. This means that oxygen and carbon dioxide is diffused in and out through their butts. It's the only way they can get oxygen when they're hibernating, so they probably don't complain about the smell! 

Leonardo Da Vinci could write and draw with both hands

Leonardo Da Vinci was both left and right-handed; a condition know as ambidextrous. He would write and draw with both hands equally well, and could even write backwards! What couldn't he do?!

The first woman in space was called Valentina Tereshkova

She went into space for the first time in 1963 and spent over 70 hours orbiting the Earth.  Since then, lots of women have been to space, including Sally Ride and Mae C. Jemison, who became the first black woman to travel into space in 1992. 

Norway has knighted a penguin

In 1972 the Norwegian Army officially knighted one of the king penguins in Edinburgh Zoo, Nils Olav. Since then, the title has passed down between three penguins,and the current colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian Kings Guard is Nils Olav III. Norway also presented Edinburgh with it's first King Penguin in 1913. Not bad for a penguin!

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