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Amazing facts for kids about our planet and how we live our lives -- facts that are stranger than fiction! Prepare to be amazed, because truth can be stranger than fact, sometimes!

If all the enery from one hurricane in a…

If all the enery from one hurricane in a single day could be converted into electricity, it would be enough to supply the whole of the USA for three years. This is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 1,095 cars an...

The largest wheatfield, in Alberta, Canada…

The largest wheatfield, in Alberta, Canada, covered an area of 142 sq km (55 sq miles). That added up to nearly 20,000 soccer pitches.

One-tenth of the Earth’s surface is always…

One-tenth of the Earth's surface is always under the cover of ice. And almost 90 per cent of that ice is to be found in the continent of Antarctica. The remaining 10 per cent is found on the mountains in the form of glaciers....

Just one square centimetre of the Sun’s…

Just one square centimetre of the Sun's surface shines with the brightness of 232,500 candles.

The Portuguese man-of-war belongs to a group…

The Portuguese man-of-war belongs to a group of jelly-like animals called siphonophores. Its tentacles can trail for over 30 m (98ft). This gaint is made up of as many as 100,000 tiny individual animals stuck together. Each has its own special job. Some sting...

Guillemots live in huge, crowded colonies…

Guillemots live in huge, crowded colonies of over 140,000 birds. They do not build nests. They lay their eggs on narrow cliff ledges. The eggs are perfectly designed so they do not fall off. They are long and pearshaped with pointed ends. If the...

About 2,500 million people, half the world’s…

About 2,500 million people, half the world's population, use wood for cooking and heating.

Almost a million earthquakes occur in one…

Almost a million earthquakes occur in one year. Of these, a large earthquake occurs every two weeks under the sea.

Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic is the…

Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic is the world's most isolated island. It is 1,700 km (1,050 miles) away from the east coast of Antarctica. The most remote, inhabited island is Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. The islanders' closest neighbours live on...

About 75 per cent of all wild birds die before…

About 75 per cent of all wild birds die before they are six months old. Millions are killed by cats and a similar number by cars. Many more die from disease, starvation, bad weather and other predators such as rats, foxes and birds of...

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