Weird But True Contest

Check out the top 10 entries in the Weird But True! USA contest.


  • The mess hall staff at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has to serve 4,000 cadets every meal in six minutes.—Daniel W., age 12, West Point, NY
  • The hottest ghost pepper in the world is grown in Fort Mill, South Carolina.—Harper A., age 8, Fort Mill, SC
  • Albert Einstein’s eyes were stolen by the coroner. They are now hidden in a safe deposit box someplace in New York City.—Violette W., age 9, Hillsdale, NY
  • There is a light bulb in the Livermore, California that hasn’t burned out for more than 100 years.—Anmol B., age 9, Dublin, CA
  • All of the known rose onyx ever found is part of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver.—Joe D., age 10, Louisville, CO
  • California is the only state that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.—Sreekar M., age 10, Santa Clara, CA
  • Salt Lake City is home to the nation’s leading manufacturer of rubber chickens.—Gunner J., age 11, Highland, UT
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.—Lily M., age 9, East Patchague, NY
  • Austin, Texas is home to the largest bat colony.—Emma S., age 10, Houston, TX
  • California is the only state to have a chemical element named after it: Californium.—Ella K., age 11, Tustin, CA

Thanks to the hundreds of kids who participated! There were so many fascinating Weird But True! facts, it was hard to choose the winners. Stay curious!

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  • Michigan has a floating post office.
  • Montana has more cows than people.
  • The city of Los Angeles was founded in 1781, nine years before Washington, D.C.
  • There is a UFO watchtower in San Luis Valley, Colorado.
  • If Alaska were cut in half, each half would still be bigger than Texas.
  • Alligators sometimes eat sharks in Florida.



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