Kids Ask the Hardest Questions

Where do butterflies go in the winter?

Some live for only a few weeks in the summer. Some hibernate, waiting for spring. And some, like the Monarch, migrate southward over thousands of miles.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

Most experts believe an old dog is easier to teach than a puppy because an old dog has a longer attention span.

Do fish drink water?

Yes, although the primary method of obtaining fresh water is by osmosis, through the skin.

How much gold does the U.S. store in Fort Knox?

Approximately 315 million troy ounces. At a market price of $900 an ounce, it would be worth 283.5 billion dollars.

How many colors of M&Ms are there?

A regular bag includes six colors: red, orange, yellow, green blue and brown. However, 21 different colors are available: black, blue, light blue, dark blue, brown, cream, gold grey, green , aqua green, teal green, dark green, maroon, orange, pink, dark pink, purple, light purple, red, white and yellow. You can order different colors from a candy store, but you have to buy a ten pound bag of each color, then mix them yourself. The minimum order is forty pounds.

What is the lowest point on earth?

The shoreline of the Dead Sea in Israel. It is 1,310 below sea level.

Why do paratroopers yell “Geronimo!” when they jump from airplanes?

For good luck. When Apache chief Geronimo was pursued by the U.S. Calvary at Medicine Bluffs, Oklahoma, his only chance for escape was to jump off a cliff into the river below. As he made his daring leap, he cried out his name in defiance. He survived and escaped.

Is the lion really the “King of the Jungle?”

No. A lion may weigh 400 to 500 pounds and grow to eight feet long, but a Siberian tiger can weigh up to 800 pounds and be a foot longer. An elephant or rhinoceros can stomp a lion to death. Contrary to movies, lions do not live in the jungle but are only found in the savanna, areas of grassy plains that cover much of Africa.

Do ostriches really hide their heads in the sand?

If an ostrich did this, it would suffocate. Sometimes the ostrich listens intently for sound with its head on the ground, and sometimes it lowers its head to rest its muscles. Instead of sticking it head in the sand, the ostrich either runs away at speeds up to 40 miles an hour or fights with powerful kicks of its legs.

Do half of all marriages end in divorce?

It’s true that the ratio of marriages to divorce each year is 2 to 1. But this doesn’t mean half of all people who get married will get divorced. Some people marry and divorce several times which skews this statistic. Out of new marriages, only about one in four will end in divorce.


“I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.”

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

“The average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but who gets very little done.”

“Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us: concentrate our energy.”

“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.”