Answers to Five Weird Questions Kids Ask

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Answers to Five Weird Kid Questions

Admit It. You Were Stumped.

Every parent has that moment when their child asks a question and their mind goes utterly blank. Parents want to have answers; it’s part of the job description, along with teaching their kids right from wrong and not to eat food off the floor. But every once in a while, those little rascals hit parents with a whopper. The adults can only admit they’re stumped, or evade like mad then find the answers to spring on their kids later. For those parents who want to gloat and prove they do in fact know everything, the following weird kid questions now have answers.

What Makes Freckles?

Calling a freckle a sun-kiss is sort of true. The pigment called melanin is responsible for the color of our skin, made by a cell in our bodies called melanocytes. Melanocytes react to sunlight by making more melanin to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Some people with lighter complexions have melanocytes which overproduce melanin in a concentrated area. This forms what’s known as a freckle, a darker spot on the skin.

Why Do Spiders Curl Up When They Die?

Spider anatomy is just as weird as this question. As it turns out, spiders only have muscles in their legs to pull the limbs in toward the body, but no muscles to extend them. Instead, they use blood pressure to extend their legs back out, like a paper party whistle unfurling when air is blown into it. When a spider’s heart stops, blood pressure ceases and the legs curl inward.


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If Plants Doesn’t Have Muscles, How Do They Lean Toward Light?

Though the correlation is weird, the point is valid. But plants leaning to light isn’t movement as we know it—it’s growth. Plants have a hormone that causes the cells on the side of the stem away from the light to elongate. One side grows while the other side doesn’t, bending the plant toward the light source. This way, the plant is exposed to as much light as possible for photosynthesis, the process of using light energy to make food for the plant.

What’s a Fish Scale Made Of?

It might be tempting, but don’t tell them fish scales are mini-plates of armor. Scales are part of the critter’s skin, protecting it from aquatic hazards. There are different kinds, just as there are different types of fish, but scales are usually made of a combination of bone, dentin, and enamel. Some even have cartilage. Most fish scales are also covered with a wonderful, gooey slime that helps protect the fish from harmful microbes in the water.

Why Doesn’t Arm Hair Grow Long Like Head Hair?

The human body is a miraculous, weirdly complicated machine, and solving this puzzle might generate more questions. But the simple answer is, head hair is made by different cells or follicles than arm hair. The follicles on our heads are affected by hormones called androgens. Androgens promote a longer growth phase in hair follicles, leading to longer hair. The growth phase of arm hair is much less, since these hair follicles aren’t affected by androgens, so arm hair is short.

That answers five weird questions, but kids are armed with endless curiosity, and it’s a sure bet they have more weird whoppers waiting. No matter what they ask, though, parents must remember that they know everything—or at least know where to find it.

About the author: Sonny Choun is part of our Marketing Team here at Pivot Insurance. He enjoys playing outdoor sports, bowling with friends, and spending time with family. His talent and expertise are a reflection of the Pivot culture. He believes life insurance is an essential part of a family's financial security. Sonny can be contacted at 1-800-651-1953 or schoun@sbsb.com.

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