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The students have blown up the school using stuff that looks like snow. How?

In Hungarian, there is a new-ish folk-song sung by school-children who dislike school whenever it snows to the tune of Twinkle, twinkle, little star: Hull a pelyhes dinamit, Robbantsuk fel a sulit! ...
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Why would boarding school be mandatory?

In a society where everyone receives equal education regardless of who they are, why would they all have to go to a boarding school, rather than a public school? This is at no extra cost to the ...
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How would a child with a thousand years of experience behave?

Here's one to ponder: what would an immortal eight-year-old be like after one thousand years? In most stories involving immortality, the immortals are fully formed adults. When those stories do ...
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What if parents didn't "own" their children?

Passage of the Childhood Ownership Act of 20X8 Bob has finally made it to a position of power as a rich white male in the First World after hundreds of lives as a powerless child. He has used his ...
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Is a society where children are entirely raised by boarding schools sustainable?

In my previous question, I brought up a hypothetical society where children aren't raised at all by their biological parents. Instead, the children are taken care of by hospital staff for the first ...
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Where are all the non-aquatic mouthbrooders?

Some fish mouthbrood. Some amphibians mouthbrood. Crocodilians carry their babies in their mouths to water. Is there a reason why there are no instances (that I know of) of terrestrial animals that ...
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Capacity of a children's playground

For the story I'm writing, I have a scene that takes place on a playground. Because I suffer from enjoy World Building Disease, I wound up making an exact plan for the playground. Specifically, it is ...
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What would a school that tried to minimize deaths at all costs look like?

In this society there is a regular apocalypse event that can cause 80% casualties among the human race. This happens once every 20 years. While this is survivable, it's not survivable if it happens ...
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Would larger humanoids be able to give birth to less "undercooked" babies?

I'm working on the biology of a fantasy race of very large human-like beings (think something like the Vrykul from WoW or the Norn from Guild Wars), and got stuck on one aspect of their development as ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable? [closed]

In Fallout 3, there is an infamous settlement the player has to go through called Little Lamplight. Little Lamplight is a cave town that exclusively consists of children and tweens under the age of 16....
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Why would a technologically advanced society recruit 14 year old children to train them to become the next political leaders and how could this begin?

I am planning to write a book where a near-future government on Earth begins recruiting talented children at the age of 14 to train them to become the next political leaders. They are going to study ...
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How to avoid children when they are magically attracted to you? [closed]

What steps could people take to avoid children who are attracted to them magically? The nature of the attraction is that it induces in the nearby (around a km^2) children an ability to sense the ...
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Would a feudal lord sabotage the education of a foreign noble child in their custody?

Count Bobbert of Frugundy has many children, and he has sent his third son, Preter, to be raised at the court of Duke Wudlig of Brutsels, both to honour his ally and to allow the child to benefit from ...
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Would humanity survive an empty Earth suddenly populated with young children?

Scenario: An Earth that is identical to our own (for the sake of being specific let's say the environment is the same as it was in 1 BCE) The planet is uninhabited by humans (and no there aren't ...
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Would a human culture that developed in a world where audio recording was straightforward also develop written language?

Possible situations where this might happen: Early human culture develops in a situation where audio recording and recall is straightforward - perhaps in a place where there is an abundance of tame ...
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What evolutionary traits would make human child-to-adultsize growth be extremely fast, and how fast can it get?

In my setting I have a species of anthropomorphs (basically humans) that grow from baby to full-size in the shortest time period possible. The babies are the size of human babies. How short can that ...
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How would childhood be affected by the fact that babies are born with the knowledge of an average adult?

My question is simple: In a world where babies are born with the knowledge of an average adult, what would happen to the childhood of the child? For example, how would this affect the learning of ...
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Creating a new society by children

I am trying to write a TV series based on the ""virus kill all adults" popular premise. The difference is that it should be very realistic and based on research in biology, sociology etc. The ...
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How long should an egg-laying species of human size and intelligence gestate and incubate its eggs?

In my fantasy world I have a species of reptilian humanoids. Their body mass, lifespan and overall intelligence is about the same as humans. This probably means similarly sized brains. They are NOT ...
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How advanced could a civilization controlled by small children become?

Suppose there was a disease which didn't destroy humanity, but which mentally crippled all humans over the age of 10, rendering them incapable of mental activity beyond the level achievable by rabbits....
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What's necessary for people in a besieged city to grow up emotionally healthy?

The underground city of Anwei is the last human refuge from the invasion of alien robot zombies. The enemies are very patient, and they are willing to besiege the city for decades if necessary. ...
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(TW: Strangling) Would this character actually have any difficulty breathing?

((Alright, so! I don't even know if this is the right place to ask, but I hope to hear your thoughts. Sorry for the morbid topic and thanks in advance!)) In a comic I'll eventually draw, there's this ...
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What would the psychological effects be on a child who grew up knowing they could never really get hurt?

(This question goes more in depth from a previous question.) Imagine This: The "Black Box" is a mind vault for a few humans who created it, the humans wanting to survive a nuclear war happening on ...
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how can maternity death rates be higher among witches with large Mana reserves?

Mana is the source of magic in the world, and is connected to a person's life force. A witch contains the mana within their soul, and determines the physical constitution of the individual. ...
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How many children could a human have in one pregnancy (with safety being no concern)?

There's a nation with extreme fertility and population problems. Someone suggested the government could induce certain candidates to have a great number of children in a single pregnancy... at the ...
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Could a species that practices maternal dermatophagy develop sapience?

To preface, this is a hypothetical alien creature unrelated to Earth life. I want my aliens to have a mechanism similar to some caecilians, where upon giving birth, the mother grows a layer of ...
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Could a Civilization be made With Children as the Leaders? [duplicate]

This question keeps coming to me from my son. He wonders if a civilization could be built around young leaders, with the primary citizens being youth as well. The idea that he has excludes grownups ...
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Children are abandoned on a planet, but why? [closed]

My story is set in the relatively far future of 3812 AD. Humanity has united under one country and spread out across the stars. While there are protests of government corruption and separatists ...
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Military Training from Toddler Age

I saw this question, but mine is slightly different. Could a hyper militaristic society get better soldiers by training all children from when they are toddlers? They would be put in state-run ...
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What are the Legal Responsibilities of a Police Officer with this Runaway Child?

So per this question- a month before the Police Officer meets the Runaway Child 'magic' suddenly appears in a 90s era Earth. Roughly 1 in 10,000 people start demonstrably using 'magic' and they can be ...
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What is the best age to start training young children for warfare by an elite military?

Note: this is NOT a duplicate of this question as that question asks whether the process will create better soldiers or not, while in my setting it is already accepted by the empire that it WILL ...
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How can I oversee the logistics of a sinister operation that operate under one umbrella organization?

800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S., roughly 2,000 a day. The majority of these kids are abducted by a species known as the Lamia, creatures masquerading as humans who kidnap ...
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How should a deity protect children in a world of magic and war and death? [closed]

A god is building a world where war, sieges, violence, destruction and such are routine. However, they also don't want children (everyone aged 0-14, they are fine with a gradual drop off near the end) ...
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Could a group of nobles in a tolkienesque society repress knowledge belonging to their children?

With reference to how society works in a classical idea of tolkienesque worlds, could a group of nobles stop a warning reaching the king, from the peasant children? Assume that the nobles don't want ...
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What kind of toys would semi aquatic children use?

I am currently making a species that inhabits mountain rivers, deep lakes (up to 2 miles deep), and wetlands. They can breathe air along with water (as long as it isn't salty). So far, i've been ...
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Chores and tasks suitable to younger children [closed]

This is a follow up to an earlier question about a post apocalyptic ‘civilization’ created only from those under sixteen, and not many of them. Thus, anyone who can work is needed. What tasks might be ...
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Enhanced Brain Function Due In Utero Drug/Steroid Exposure

Would it be possible to enhance brain function by exposing a person in utero to a given set of drugs? Assumptions: Enhanced brain function: Increased intelligence, Increased memory, etc. At a minimum ...
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Teenage Revolution: How to overthrow parental dictatorship worldwide? [closed]

Setting: Earth 2020. Young people are sick of parental suppression, worldwide. They develop a vastly different understanding of social principles, compared to their parental generation. They can´t ...
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If a boy was tattooed on his back, would the tattoo more-or-less sruvive into adulthood intact? [closed]

If a child, say, a white, ten year old boy, got a big tattoo on his upper back (read: shoulder to shoulder), would it change a lot as the child grew into adulthood? Since the early-ish industrial ...
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Chest sling in cradle hold? [closed]

I have seen lots of different baby carrying methods including: Arms alone Chest carrier in upright position Back carrier in upright position Carrying a car seat and rarely: Chest sling in cradle ...
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What can a bunch of American kids teach ancient Egyptians? [closed]

18 children (ages 2-14) travel from a small American town in 1995 to the year 1312 BCE in ancient Egypt. They stay with Jewish slaves in their village (the structure is more serfs than slaves) for 9 ...
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How would a girl that has never encountered the concept of pregnancy react to giving birth?

The title pretty much explains it all. Theoretical background: There is a psychologic concept called automatic thinking. Those thoughts can be either functional or not. We assume here just that this ...
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How would adults refer to a giant monster to children if they are trying to hide its existence

In my fantasy world, a massive kaiju-like creature awakens wreaking havoc about the empire. So, in a desperate attempt to preserve life, the royals and a few lucky bunch take refuge in a massive ...
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How to raise children in space? [closed]

How can we raise babies and have them survive/thrive, assuming: They are conceived/gestated/and raised completely by bio/mechanical means in a spaceship/submarine (no contact with the outside world) ...
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Realistic behaviour for Children in traumatic situations [closed]

Startup The premise is the following. A group of children is abducted from a country, officially in order to train them to become commandos later on. The officials knows such things are inefficient, ...
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What would be the effects of raising all children with step-parents? [closed]

In a fantasy society with a caste system, children are brought to a temple on a specific date in the year. This happens at the earliest when the child is weaned, but for parents in remote locations ...
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How much ionizing radiation would a baby need to absorb to develop acute myeloid leukaemia by the time they were 8?

My story concerns an inter-dimensional consciousness that lures children into itself by manifesting as magical wonderlands with wacky characters (think a creepy Sesame Street or Lazy Town). The real ...
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Child custody in world where 3 partners required for reproduction [closed]

Imagine a world with intelligent beings [intelligence equal to human beings]. In general things are like here on Earth, except there are 3 partners required for reproduction [e.g. one sex with the ...
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How can I write a society that has traditionally weak but functional family values? [closed]

The title is a bit wonky because I don't know how to properly describe the societal features I am aiming for since there doesn't appear to be a real-world equivalent for this specific concept. ...
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Age ratio of kids to start a new civilisation

My question is this. With basic supplies and relatively little technology, what ages should I include in my post-apocalyptic situation of creating a new sort of country? And, how many of each age ...
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