One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is Bet You Didn’t Know, an app that offers a collection of surprising and interesting facts that are inspired by the upcoming History Channel series ‘Mankind The Story of All of Us’. The App Store page for the app offers a couple of these facts as tasters:
Bet you didn’t know this:
In ancient Rome, gladiators were so popular that their sweat was collected, bottled and sold as an aphrodisiac, and some women even used it in their beauty products.
A U.S. nickel weighs approximately 5 grams. That’s the same weight as the average hummingbird.
The facts, which are curated by the History team, are genuinely interesting and presented as bite-sized chunks in a very simple and friendly ‘flip clock’ interface. You can just flip through them randomly or filter them by category so you focus in one or more categories that interest you most. Categories include: Ancient World, Arts, Food, Government, Money, Science, Technology, and War. All of those and others are packed with fun facts – from female gladiators …
To traffic in Rome …
To, ah, gin and tonic …
You can also just shake the iPad to bring up a new fact.
The Featured Content of the app offers an excellent sneak peek at the Mankind The Story of All of Us – with background on the series and its companion book and graphic novel, a cool infographic on pyramids around the world, and a good set of preview videos of the series.
The app lets you save facts as favorites and share them via Facebook, Twitter, and email. It does show a number of banner ads for the TV series and its sponsor, but I haven’t found these to be too intrusive.
Here’s an App Store link for Bet You Didn’t Know.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.