From the icky bugs who make you wonder to the secrets of your body's grossest functions - check out whyzz.com's amazing facts for young kids about everything grossly cool! (And don't forget to click each fact for more info all about it!)
Gross Crawling Critters
· Certain dung beetles roll the wastes of other animals into balls before using them as anything from food, to home, to a place to lay their eggs!
· Lice have special spit that they use to stick their tiny eggs to people's hair.
· Some cultures are known to eat termites! In certain places, a Queen termite is even considered to be a delicacy.
· One of a roach's favorite foods is glue.
· Because they can't chew, houseflies only eat liquids. That's why they "spit" on anything they want to eat: the spit-like substance turns the solid into a liquid so they can drink it up!
· Adult penguins feed their babies by coughing up food from their own stomachs!
· Frogs and toads might look like they have warts, but their bumpy skin is actually meant to help with camouflage and self-defense.
· Pew! Skunks can spray a target with their stinky musk from a distance of ten feet.
· Baboons use their big pink butts as cushions!
· Some rhinos mark their territory with urine and mounds of dung as big as three feet high!
· The food you eat goes on a journey as you digest. By the time you go to the bathroom, it's traveled about 30 feet!
· Your intestines help break down foods on their way out of your body. The small intestine alone can be about half the length of a school bus!
· Poop gets its brown color from what's in it - a mixture of wastes, bacteria, and water plus green-yellow bile and brownish bilirubin, special helpers your body uses to assist with digestion.
· Most people pass gas about 10-20 times in a single day. - That's as much as 7,300 times a year!
· The stomach plays an important part in digestion: It grinds and mashes up your food into a mushy goop called "chime."
Burps, Boogers, and Beyond
· According to Guinness World Records, the longest known ear hair belongs to a man whose amazingly long ear hairs are over 7 inches long!
· Our brains are a big bundle of nerve cells, which are gray, white, and a little pink in color and have a texture like tofu!
· The sound of your "growling stomach" has its own special (and funny-sounding) name: Borborygmi.
· The loudest known burp was 107.1 decibels, according to Guinness World Records. That means the burp was louder than most chainsaws and motorcycles!
· Your nose naturally produces about a quart of mucus every day!
The above content from whyzz.com appears in articles written by Mya Kagan, Brian Griffin, Kate Simmons, and Alli Rodenhauser. whyzz helps parents answer their curious kids' "why" questions whenever and wherever they are! For more facts and kid-ready Q&As, visit www.whyzz.com!