When I was a kid, I was obsessed by ‘interesting facts’ that I used to ‘entertain’ people with. Even now I can reel off a string of amazing things you may not know, like the fact that your foot is the same length as the distance between your wrist and the inside of your elbow. Or did you know that the Colosseum in Rome had a retractable roof two thousand years ago? Or that the Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid?
I know! You’re welcome!
It was a habit I thought I had grown out of – until I had children. And then hurray hurrah hurroo, I grew a new batch of small people who had the same love of weird facts!
Any books crammed with totally-irrelevant-but-strangely-addictive information are always total winners for birthday and Christmas gifts (even now, when my weird-things-obsessed little cherubs are 6′ tall solo-travelling teenagers with scraggly beards. You’ve got to love a good Panda fact*, haven’t you?)
So when we saw the National Geographic Kids have released a shiny new ‘Weird but True!’ 2018 Annual we may have rubbed our hands in glee. And when they asked if we’d like to give a few copies away?
Well, SOLD, people!
Based on the popular National Geographic Weird but True! Series, this new annual pairs the planet’s quirkiest, wackiest facts with the coolest and strangest true stories. Ranging from geographical curiosity to animal wonders, gross inventions to weird food, the Weird but True! Annual 2018 sparks children’s natural curiosity about the world around them.
• Facts and stories about geography, biology, the animal kingdom, social sciences, human achievement and innovation
• Infographics and fact files
• Bright, bold photography and illustration
• A fact-finding index
And yes, we’ve got some to give away!
First prize is the Weird but True! Annual, alongside a brilliant set of NG Night Goggles (worth £25!). And five runners up all get a copy of the 2018 Weird but True! Annual too – each worth £20!
To enter, just use the magic widget below – closing date is the 12th of December, and the first six names out of the cyber hat wins. Good Luck!
*All pandas in the world are on loan from China! On top of that, if a cub is born whilst the panda’s are ‘on loan’ – the zoo is charged an extra one-time “baby tax”, and the baby also belongs to China.