Yesterday, actor Chris Hemsworth took a break from getting swole to shoot an Instagram video of one of his oddly powerful young twins effortlessly scaling the family fridge like it was a custom-made climbing toy to reach the snack cupboard above. The video is impressive to watch not just because the long-haired kid seems to have remarkable grip strength for a three year old, but because he seems to have very real determination.
According to the 34-year-old actor, one of his sons discovered his parents had been hiding the chocolate above the fridge and took it upon himself to make the daring ascent. Though the video never shows the boy actually retrieving the chocolate out of the cupboard, the effort is impressive enough. It’s also an unsurprising behavior. Climbing is a natural — if totally unnerving — instinct for young children. Climbing helps children understand their surroundings and, in this case, their appliances. This is a large reason why playgrounds are built to facilitate the behavior. It is also the reason that playgrounds are built to minimize the potentially damaging effects of falling (unfortunately, the same can’t be said of most kitchens).
For whatever it’s worth, eating chocolate is also a natural instinct. Many parents believe this is because kids crave sugar and enjoy the rush that follows eating the stuff. In actuality, there’s no such thing as a sugar rush. Hyperactive kids just do stuff — like climb fridges.