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Weird But True

April 18, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Fun Facts for Kids!

Featuring a name you can trust, National Geographics' Weird But True app is full of fascinating facts about science and nature. Bright, crisp and colorful graphics on simple pages that feel more like a slide-show than a book are entertaining, but have little enhancement. There are brief sound effects, but no narration. The app also contains ads for Goldfish, the sponsor of this app. Although free, it is actually really more of a teaser or 'lite' app, containing only 24 of the over 600 possible fact cards, which can be purchased in-app for another $5 total (at time of this review). Educational, solidly built but sparse in features while heavy on advertising links.

Recommended with reservations note above.

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Weird But True

April 18, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 8 - 12

English • French • Spanish •German •Italian •Japanese •Dutch •

Length (pages):
24 Pages


Story Synopsis - Weird But True

Did you know a hippo's lips are about two feet wide? Or that didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school? Or that before toothpaste was invented some people cleaned their teeth with charcoal? Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each of the 625* facts in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained—and learning—for hours! And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids. [Source: iTunes]

* 24 fact cards in free app, additional fact paks available for in-app purchase


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Favorites, Top Facts, Index, Instructions, About, In-App Purchase Fact Packs, Home, Links to: AppStore, Email, Facebook, Twitter, Web (Note: Contains Ads)

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Size: 50.84 MB

Version: 2.0.2

Lite Version Available: No



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