Did you know that the Universe smells like raspberries? This fact and 1226 others are included in this new books that I just bought.
Now this in itself is an interesting bit of knowledge, but I am usually trying to figure out how to apply new ideas in my classroom. This one seems like a perfect way to practice Close Reading. Present a fact and have students discuss and write questions about the fact. Then look for answers and evidence to support the fact. This would be a great warm-up for start of class or a great sponge activity.