Weird But True is the latest new iPad / iOS app from National Geographic Kids. It’s based on a popular section in National Geographic Kids magazine and books.
The premise of the app is a simple one, and the interface is basic and easy for all ages to use. It presents over 300 weird but true, and kid friendly, facts. You just swipe or shake the iPad to see a new weird but true page.
The selection of weird but true facts shown in the app is a very good one. They’re interesting for kids and adults alike.
On each page there’s the weird but true fact plus a fun image to go along with it – some are cool photos, some are cartoons and similar. Also on each page are five big buttons along the right hand side. The first of these, the speech bubble button, brings up a different animal each time it’s tapped – and each of them says ‘That’s Weird!’ in a different voice. This makes my daughter laugh a lot.
The second button moving down the column of them, the heart, is for adding a weird fact to your favorites.
The third button takes you to the Weird-o-Meter, where you can rate how weird you think the current item is.
The fourth, as the icon indicates, is to email the current weird fact to yourself or a friend.
Finally, the bottom + button takes you to a page where you can tap to view the items you’ve marked as favorites, use the Fact Finder to go through an alphabetical listing of weird but true facts, or check out the Top Weird-o-Meter facts.
This is quite a nice little app – especially if you have kids at the right sort of ages to enjoy it with of course. It’s not one that you want to spend hours at a time with, but more of a fun one to keep around for shorter but frequent repeat visits if you have younger kids in your household.
Here’s an App Store link for Weird But True; it’s priced at $1.99 and is a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
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