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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books, as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you.

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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books, as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you.

    Why do hamsters eat their own poo? With Kim Hillyard Why is my poo stinky? How do you make electricity out of poo?

    Why do hamsters eat their own poo? With Kim Hillyard Why is my poo stinky? How do you make electricity out of poo?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda & Tabitha, Cleo and Magnus with help from special guest expert the picture book writer and illustrator Kim Hillyard. 


    Kim has written two picture books, one about a brave and strong fly called Mabel who decides to climb a mountain and the other about a hamster called Ned, which is a story about kindness. 


    Kim tells us about hamsters and their different kinds of poo and why they eat one kind usually at night! 


    We have a competition to win a copy of Mabel and the Mountain and Ned: The Great Garden Race: a story about kindness. So listen to the podcast to find out how to enter! 


    Our next question is from Cleo in Australia, we find out why poo is stinky, as well as how to make it LESS stinky by eating healthy food and doing exercise. 


    Finally we find out how to turn poo into power! We talk about dairy farms that use manure to make biogas which is then turned into electricity to power local towns as well as how to use dehydrated poo to make power. Very useful! 


    Have a lovely week everyone and thank you for listening, sending in questions and sharing the podcast with all your friends! 


    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.


    More about Kim’s books: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/139794/kim-hillyard.html


    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


    With thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ladybird Books, Audio Networks. 
     
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    • 14 min
    Why do you get sleepy and hungry at night? Ft. Lizzie Loves Healthy. Do fish Sleep? Do spiders sleep at night or during the day?

    Why do you get sleepy and hungry at night? Ft. Lizzie Loves Healthy. Do fish Sleep? Do spiders sleep at night or during the day?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Goldie, Meg and Isla and Valentin with help from special guest expert Lizzie King of Lizzie Loves Healthy. 


    Lizzie is a family nutritionist and cook book writer who has a range of natural remedies to help children, one helps with Sleep! It’s called Be Sleepy. 


    Lizzie talks to us about how light affects our sleep, why we get sleepy and what to do to help us sleep well. 


    We also talk about fish and how and where they sleep as well as the sleep of spiders! We discover why you don’t need to be worried about a spider in your bedroom at night as the last place it will want to go is into your bed. 


    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
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    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


    More about Lizzie: https://lizzie-loves.com


    With thanks to Audio Networks, Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale. 
     
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    • 13 min
    S2 E11. Why are some flowers prickly? Ft. Willow Crossley Why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day? Why does chocolate melt?

    S2 E11. Why are some flowers prickly? Ft. Willow Crossley Why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day? Why does chocolate melt?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Faye and Maya, Ethan and Alex with help from special guest expert Willow Crossley.


    Willow Crossley is a florist and a writer who lives in Oxfordshire with her three boys, writing books and designing beautiful things with flowers.


    She tells us all about why flowers are prickly plus we find out why blackberry bushes are extra prickly because of a special job they used to do. 


    We also talk about Valentine’s Day and why people send flowers on that day as well as chocolates and cards. Who sent the first Valentine’s card? Well we find out how it all began with a prisoner in the Tower of London writing poems! 


    Last up we chat chocolate, not why it’s so delicious, but why it melts! Tune in to find out why and what part of the chocolate it is that melts. 


    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.


    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


    Have a look at what Willow is up to here: www.willowcrossley.com
     
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    • 14 min
    S2 Ep 10. Why do elephants have trunks? Why do snails come out with it rains? With the Natural History Museum What noise do spiders make?

    S2 Ep 10. Why do elephants have trunks? Why do snails come out with it rains? With the Natural History Museum What noise do spiders make?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Arlo, Beatrice and Henry and Isabelle with help from special guest experts Jon Ablett from the Natural History Museum in London. 


    Jon Ablett is a world expert on molluscs and looks after a huge collection of them at the Natural History Museum in London.  He gives us the low down on snails and why they come out in the rain. 


    Our first question is from Arlo and is about elephants, he would like to know why they have trunks? Discover lots of fun facts about elephant’s enormous noses and all the things they can do, from trumpeting to hugging! 


    Next up is Jon Ablett telling us all about snails based upon his career at the Natural History Museum learning about them and understanding them and their mollusc friends. We also find out about tiny snails with trunks like elephants.


    Thirdly, we have a question about spiders and the sounds they make, so tune in to discover the world of spider noises! We also found out how they hear, kind of through their knees!


    We also have a competition to win a Toucan box! A magical box full of fun. See www.toucanbox.com. You can buy a subscription with 50% off the first box using the code SUN or enter the competition in the episode.


    Plus we find out who won a copy of Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child.


    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.


    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


    Jon Ablett - @JonathanAblett


    Natural History Museum - https://www.nhm.ac.uk
     
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    • 15 min
    S2 E9. Why do we daydream? Ft special guest expert Lauren Child. Where does paper come from? Why do we shiver when we scrape our fingers down a blackboard?

    S2 E9. Why do we daydream? Ft special guest expert Lauren Child. Where does paper come from? Why do we shiver when we scrape our fingers down a blackboard?

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Bea, Beatrice and Wilf with help from special guest expert Lauren Child.


    Lauren Child is a much loved children’s author and illustrator who has written classic series such as Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redford. She has won many awards, her books are bestselling and she was Children’s Laureate! Very impressive indeed. 


    Lauren talks to us about daydreaming, why she thinks we do it, and how it can lead to great new ideas! 


    Next we discuss paper, where it comes from, how its made and how you can make it out of elephant poo!


    Our third question is about that awful sound you hear when someone scratches their nails down a blackboard, urgh! It makes me shiver thinking about it! We find out why that is, it has something to do with the sound of a baby crying. 


    We also find out who won a Toucan Box and we have a brilliant competition to win a copy of Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child! 


    Find out how to submit an answer or question on our website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @everythinguts and @mollyoldfield
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield


    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


    For more about Lauren Child go to www.milkmonitor.me


    With thanks to the children who asked questions this week, Lauren Child, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks and Tyler Simmons Dale. 
     
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    • 20 min
    S2 E8. Why do crabs walk sideways? How were skateboards invented? Why haven’t hover boards been invented? Ft special guest experts Professor Schmitt and Doug Millard (Science Museum)

    S2 E8. Why do crabs walk sideways? How were skateboards invented? Why haven’t hover boards been invented? Ft special guest experts Professor Schmitt and Doug Millard (Science Museum)

     
    In this week's show we answer three questions from Leo, Dragon and Cecily with help from special guest experts Professor Schmitt and Doug Millard from the Science Museum in London. 


    Professor Schmitt is a world expert on skateboards and has been making them for decades - he gives us the low down on how they were invented. Doug Millard looks after the airplane collection at the Science Museum in London and chats hoverboards. 


    We find out why crabs walk sideways, as well as what the biggest crabs on land and sea are – there’s one that is as wide as a giraffe is tall!


    We delve into the history of skateboards and talk about the man who crossed the Channel on a hoverboard. 


    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod
    Twitter: @everythinguts
    Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.


    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 
    This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


    Professor Schmitt – www.newdealskateboards.com


    Science Museum – www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
     
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    • 14 min

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