Fostering curiosity in kids (and their parents) since 2011

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Vintage candy label shows santa clause in a green sled being pulled by one reindeer.

“What’s a sugar plum, and why does it get its own fairy?”

The holidays have finally struck here at Caterpickles Central. I wasn’t entirely sure it was going to happen this year, seeing as how there are still flowers blooming outside our front door, but I chaperoned The Ten-Year-Old’s field trip to see The Nutcracker last week, and now I’ve got questions about sugar plums dancing in my head. What is a sugar plum, and why does it get its own fairy?

“Has anyone ever committed a robbery while armed with a cow?”

When she was ten, my daughter founded a detective agency with a crimson dragon named Cherry Lane. Their first client was another dragon who was accused of committing armed robbery using a cow. The Ten-Year-Old has been tasked with researching the various precedents associated with the case. “Mommyo, has anyone ever committed a robbery while armed with a cow?” Turns out, cows make surprisingly good weapons.

“Did Isaac Newton invent the cat door?”

During a recent bout of Family Togetherness While Reading Different Books Time, my ten-year-old daughter had her mind blown by a passage in Amazing Cat Facts. “Whoa, guys, it says here that Isaac Newton invented the cat door.” For once, I was dubious. So I set aside my book and surreptitiously double-checked the story on my iPhone. Did Isaac Newton really invent the cat door?

“Did a cow invent the doughnut?”

One afternoon, while we were watching old episodes of┬áMurdoch Mysteries, The Ten-Year-Old had her mind blown by a stray comment from Constable George Crabtree. “Did you know that a cow invented the doughnut?” Crabtree asks Detective Murdoch at one point in the investigation. Curiosity trumps TV, even in the summer, so The Ten-Year-Old immediately stopped the action. “Mommyo, is that true? Did a cow really invent the doughnut?”

“Why did FDR use a wheelchair?”

Franklin D. Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down from the time he was 39, so used a wheelchair in private settings. He felt his disability was a disadvantage for his political career, however, so trained himself to walk using a cane and iron braces. Only 3 pictures of him in a wheelchair exist.