Curiosity and learning never go out of style. No matter the year. No matter the season. In a world that’s full of half-baked conspiracy theories, disinformation, and over-exaggerated (or completely made-up) trivia, it’s nice to find a source that you can trust. It only helps when it’s entertaining as heck, too. Enter, stage left—the ‘WTF Facts’ Twitter account.

A project that has 182.7k fans on the social media site, ‘WTF Facts’ shares daily facts about the world that you might have never heard before. History, science, and more, the account covers pretty much everything and has something to interest everyone. And it’s a surefire way to get you to dig deeper and do more research on the bizarre topics.

We’ve compiled the most intriguing new facts shared by the account to make your week a tad more interesting, Pandas. Don’t forget to upvote your fave facts as you scroll on down, and be sure to tell us which ones really blew you away.

Meanwhile, if you’re hungry for more knowledge like the proud Ravenclaws we suspect you are, you’ll find Bored Panda’s articles about the wonderful and weird ‘WTF Facts’ project right here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Meanwhile, read on for Bored Panda's interview with Steven Wooding. A member of the Omni Calculator project and the Insitute of Physics in the United Kingdom, he shared some of his thoughts about why intelligence is valued so much, what to do as a scientist if you expect a theory might be wrong, and how he'd get someone interested in physics.

Steven, a member of the Omni Calculator team and the founder of the Weird Units Converter, told Bored Panda that, on the positive side, people like to help others by sharing their knowledge. That's why society values intelligence so much. Though that's just one side of the equation.

"However, it can be a negative behavior if someone uses their superior intelligence to belittle other people," he said that some people see their intelligence as an excuse for arrogance.

"As with most things, we need to find a happy balance. Looking at the big picture, humans have had extraordinary success in evolutionary terms by sharing knowledge," he said that there's a correlation between the two.

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And yet Putin has the audacity to call Zelsnsky a Nazi!

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My heart breaks that this brave boy was determined to protect his classmates & teacher when his country does nothing but bicker...

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We tend to believe the things that are repeated the most, whether they're true or false. Nobody's quite immune to this, no matter how smart they are. Bored Panda wanted to get Steven's opinion on what a scientist might do if they suspect that a certain theory might be incomplete or completely wrong, even though their colleagues believe it.

"The short answer is that you should repeat the truth more often than falsehoods," Steven, from the Omni Calculator team, told us.

"The longer answer is probably to convince people one by one and hope they can spread the truth for you. Scientists can get very frustrated that a large part of the population holds a particular unscientific view, but the truth will win in the end. One example is the increasing belief now in human-made climate change compared to a few decades ago," he pointed out that the truth ends up in the spotlight, sooner or later. However, it's still important that scientists fight for the public to accept the truth.

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why cats are so great, they're like the grumpy, sarcastic character in a book or movie that turns out to have a heart of gold....or be an evil psychopath.

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We were also curious as to how Steven would spark someone's curiosity about physics. Here's what he had to say: "I would tell them about exoplanets and that nearly every star you see in the sky has at least one orbiting planet."

He continued: "Just as in our solar system, there are many different types of alien worlds out there, so the subject is endlessly fascinating. I would encourage them to learn how we detect exoplanets and introduce them to a citizen science project where they can help discover new planets." Are we going to spend our lunch break googling exoplanets? Darn right we are!

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I totally heard his voice while reading this.

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Created in May 2020, ‘WTF Facts’ has carved out a great niche for itself over the past two+ years. It hooks people in with the strange facts it presents, as well as the cool visuals. The fact-checking they do also doesn’t hurt.

If you ever felt like you know pretty much everything there is to know about the world or that things seem really boring, hopefully, the Twitter account’s posts can help reignite your passion for learning. After all, it sometimes takes merely a single fresh idea that’s outside your box and/or comfort zone to get your noggin’ jogging. The next thing you know, it’s three hours later and you’ve read half of Wikipedia. One thing leads to another and… well, we all know how research can take us down a rabbit hole into Wonderland and beyond.

There’s a dilemma when we speak about bite-sized chunks of information. Especially on social media. On the one side, we like to stay up-to-date with all the news and scientific developments.

On the other hand, the info stream is so huge that it’s impossible to spend enough time double-checking each and every fact. So it all comes down to learning to verify information quickly and picking and choosing reliable sources over iffy ones.

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Goth Nurse
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Finnish mother, I can confirm this. And we have a long, paid maternity leave and can stay at home with the child until they're 3 years old - also paid. That's why I love paying taxes. And have free education and healthcare here while we're at it.

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad that it costs so much. I hope he can get it one day.

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Previously, Bored Panda spoke to entertainment and pop culture expert Mike Sington to hear his thoughts on checking the reliability of sources, media literacy, and our ever-shortening attention spans.

"Red flags to watch out for that a claim may be fake: it's outlandish, it's too good to be true, you haven't seen the claim anywhere else, you've never heard the source, the source isn't reputable, you can't find two other sources making the same claim, your gut tells you, 'this can't be true,'" he said how we ought to approach any fact or piece of news.

"The rise of social media has decreased the reliability of information because misinformation can spread so quickly before it can be corrected," he explained that even though the internet has given us a lot of wonderful things, at the same time, there are certain downsides to using it.

According to media expert Mike, a great way to double-check the reliability of something is to start off with a simple Google search. If something sounds really outlandish, try to remain skeptical until you can cross-check the reliability of the fact or source.

"Do this and think before reposting or you may be contributing to the problem. Amplification doesn’t make a claim true or accurate," the expert stressed to Bored Panda that people should try to be more aware of what they repost online.

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This isn’t just amongst Howler Monkeys…..just sayin….

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In his opinion, the sources that are the most trustworthy are the Associated Press, Reuters, and The New York Times.

"They employ fact-checkers and editors that ensure the information they post is correct. They’re basically doing the research and homework for you," he said. "There are literally too many online sources to list that can’t be trusted and should be avoided. Anyone can basically post anything they want… proceed with caution," he said.

"Our attention spans have been reduced to mere seconds at a time because that’s the way information and entertainment is fed to us now. People get tiny bite-sized bits of news by scrolling a Twitter feed, they entertain themselves by scrolling quickly through Instagram and TikTok. It’s creating a habit that doesn’t have to be.”

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Ember
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bless her heart….we simply don’t deserve dogs

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Ember
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ha ha ha….clever doggo 🐶

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or they have been on a hell of a heavy session.

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However, our shortening attention spans aren’t something unchangeable or a sentence for life. We can reverse them with a bit of effort.

"The good news is there’s plenty of long-form entertainment and news available, you just have to seek it out. I believe the benefit is worth it. I’ve discovered it improves your ability to focus, it’s more calming, you retain more information, and it gives you a more balanced and nuanced view of the world."

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Szirra
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She started her life with a whole other set of people.

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Ember
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’d have to walk everywhere 😨

Libstak
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In which case you would then quickly build the stamina to do the squats.

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Alexia
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Romania and visited Cluj several times recently, so I can confirm this. It's actually fun, people tend to compete on "who can do 20 squats better" :)))

TheEndIsNigh
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is very clever! I'm competitive, so I would definitely have fun with this! Well done Romania!

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Elizabeth Elliot
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What happens if you do five squats then collapse with a fit of the giggles?

Kaj Boelsen
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You pay and have had your daily giggle.

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Captain Awesome
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There would have to be a camera or something similar to count the squats. This means it's being recorded. This means some weirdo is watching u squat in public.

Micah
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, the same could be said about public gyms.

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Katy McMouse
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope they have stretcher service for those of us who have no business trying to score a free bus ride.

Zack Podany
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey US Department of Health. Yeah, do this.

Tim
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People in Cluj are thiccccc.

Deux
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Almarako94- don't be nasty. There are many reasons people cannot do 20 squats. I for one have health issues that prevent me from being able to do them. It's not my fault!

Melissa Smejkal
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3 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They must all have buns of steel in Romania

O.M.Miki
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that! No more excuses for people overweight - I LOVE THIS SO MUCH !

Jane W.
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that the ONLY way you can pay?

MikeMaxis
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People can take pics like this more often.

Baali Venomax
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd rather pay normally. My knees would never allow that

Janet Graham
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cool! My idea of the day... Having handles hooked to gears hooked to friction creators hooked to the grid. Instead of paying to go to the gym, pump the handles or pedal with your legs or use the treadmill, all to generate electricity.

Carmen Flores
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would be disabled at the first squat!

dev mehta
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll forward this post to my local transit service.

Tyler Rivera Stein Film Composer
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should have you generate electricity by riding a bike or something to provide electricity for the community.

Adam Eve
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a non judgement non suggestive comment :that's genuinely a great technique she's demonstrated, really good squat

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Blue
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it looks so surreal 🤩 And now I want to go there who's coming with me?

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Ember
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awwww…..they look so happy too 🐷

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Libstak
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We studied them in High School, many, many years ago. Fascinating. No one in the town blinks an eye when it happens and the subject just carry on as boys into adulthood, marry and have children. It was deemed one female ancestor great, great, great grandmother passed the faulty gene on.

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Bernd Herbert
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good one Bill! One can only admire the Gates Foundation for tackling Malaria, a disease which kills millions each year. And of course it's not a priority, like Covid, as it ravages only the poorer countries. Maybe Climate Change ist going to change that

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Ember
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is actually a really good idea and would be useful in plenty of other countries

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Szirra
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017