Wonderopolis Gets Smartphone Apps

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Last year, we named a site called Wonderopolis to our list of the year’s fifty best sites. Created by the National Center for Family Literacy, it publishes a wonder each day for parents and kids to share — answers to burning questions such as “What Makes Blue Cheese Blue?” and “What Happens if You Swallow Gum?” and “Why Do Bridges Freeze Before Roads?” and “Do Dogs Really Eat Homework?”

Even if you don’t have kids, you might get a kick out of these lively nuggets of pain-free education — I sure did.¬†And now Wonderopolis is landing on smartphones, courtesy of new apps in Apple’s iPhone App Store and Google’s Play Store.

The mobilized Wonderopolis is a straightforward, shrunken-down adaptation of the full-blown web version. You can read new and archived wonders, watch associated videos, visit related links, and share items on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s addictive good fun in any of its variants, and I always come away from visits feeling a little smarter. (Say, did you know that Henry Ford helped invent the concept of two-day weekends?)