In 1955 a six year old boy incredibly fought off a starving cougar while his friend ran for help taking 45 minutes before finally finding an adult who believed him.
In 1971, 80 percent of third-graders walked to school alone. By 1990, that measure had dropped to 9 percent, and now it’s even lower.
If a child wants something bad enough, they can momentarily forget how big their body is compared to other objects. It’s called “scale error” and it can cause them to think they can fit into toy cars, for example.
In 1910 two young boys (6 and 10) took a trip from Oklahoma to Manhattan on horseback completely alone.
1.7-3.3% of fathers are unknowingly raising children that aren’t their own.
Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides to bypass lines at Disney World.
Back in 1948, Norman Robert Kolreg of Lewiston, Maine, became famous when he was able to walk upright (with some help from his mother) at the tender age of 5 days. Soon Mrs. Kolreg began exhibiting him to any curiosity seeker who showed up at her door. She even took out an ad in the paper, listing his scheduled performances. She didn’t charge an admission fee, but she did accept donations. Which led to criminal charges being brought against her, alleging that being exhibited was injurious to the child’s “life, limb and health.” The charges were dropped, but only after she agreed to stop making him perform. Reportedly, little Norman kept on walking — soon without any help from Mom.
An educator installed a networked PC in a New Delhi slum, and left it there for children to freely explore. Kids from one of the most desperately poor areas of the world, without instruction, quickly learned how the PC operated, and taught each other, easily exploring via online connectivity.
A nine year-old boy robbed a New York bank in 1981 and got away with $118.