In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a “disaster area.”
Indiana construction worker Jason Haney hid a giant ‘Where’s Waldo?’ cutout all over his work site for the children in a nearby hospital to find. Once he received word that they’d found him, he moved Waldo to another location so they could start looking for him again.
A “sugar high,” or hyperactivity in children as a result of sugar consumption, is a myth.
In 2012 an 11 year old boy ran away from his mother while shopping close to Manchester Airport. He then boarded a flight to Rome, bypassing security without a passport or boarding card and then into a seat by tagging behind another family. He was on his way to Italy before the crew realized.
In some cultures children were intentionally given names with unfavorable meanings like ‘ugly’ and ‘crippled’, as it was thought that this would make them less desirable to child-stealing demons.
There’s a resort near Disney World that is just for kids with terminal illness and their families. There is no waiting list and they won’t turn away any child. It was started by a Holocaust survivor.
In 1911, eleven and seven year old brothers rode on horseback from NYC to San Francisco in 62 days.
A lot of old movie theaters had “cry rooms” you could take your children to if they were becoming disruptive. This way you could still enjoy the movie while not disturbing other movie goers.
The U.S. has 3.1% of the world’s children, but consumes 40% of the world’s toys.
Jacob Barnett is a child prodigy from Indiana who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. At only the age of 3, he explained why the moons around Mars are not round. Jacob Barnett is good at physics and has been able to do so since a young age, having completed all high school math by the age of 10, working on his Master’s in quantum physics by the age of 13, and being accepted into Canada’s Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics by the age of 15. Here he is giving a TED Talk at the age of 14, telling the audience they should “stop learning and start thinking.”