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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KitKat
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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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KitKat
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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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Eastendbird
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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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Szirra
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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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Wonderful
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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.

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

Its actually not much at all, what sucks is that he has to pay it from his pocket. Thats is beyond sad, since I am sure that he would return the 20k to society through his labor in no time.

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

Meanwhile Billionaires have W***y waving competitions in space!

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

That was a selfless act. Awesome and humbling!

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

This is what a real man looks like. Hero.

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

This was 9 years ago... I wonder how Dan Black is doing now? Any Panda here know? Did he ever get his treatment?

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

Yes he did, and it was a success. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/two-years-after-wheelchair-bound-9785085.amp

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

I thought medical was free in the UK

Anyone-for-tea?
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It mostly is. But there are strict funding guidelines for all treatments. If you have a rare case, or fall slightly outside their criteria, you have to look for other means of funding. Eg. My medication was on a funding hiatus (I think because it is £800 a month) so I had to spend 2yrs on steroids while I got funding via my job, then the NHS reviewed their policy in the meantime and now I don’t pay anything towards it. Or if you need hearing aids, you’d get the bog-standard ones, but if you want anything fancy, you’d have to pay.

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

Never know when you meet an angel. What a wonderful man!

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

I was under the distinct impression, from years of Bored Panda posts, that these sort of altruistic sacrifices were 1) tragic because the government should have paid for the treatment, and 2) no one in countries with socialized medicine would ever need to sacrifice their own health or finances for another person's health, and 3) if this happened in the US see 1&2.

Tunk Moot Lopper Reebit
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep. You said it. This idea that other governments have this utopian wonderland where people get sick and pay nothing and are fixed up immediately is pure fallacy. It is just Americas health system is so ridiculous to the rest of the world that it is incomparable in its lunacy.. In Australia it once was the way in the same way university used to be free but that was a long long time ago.

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

This is heartbreaking. They both should have gotten help!

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

This is heartbreaking. But also, WTF?! I'm 100% certain that it would actually save the government money to fund this if it means he gets to walk again.

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

If only there existed another 20k, they both could have had their lives improved through medicine.

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

No one should have to make this choice. Medical care, all of it, should be free!

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

What a horrible world we live in when medical care discriminates based on income.

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

If I were his Doctor I would do it for him free of charge

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

He needs a go fund me, this man deserves a chance to walk again.

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

Imagine if society removed all barriers to making wheeling as convenient as walking

Hades (but good)
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is the world we live in where we have to make sacrifices for others' happiness. he did a great thing but I wish there were another way for them both to be happy

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

This is what a hero looks like

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

People don't suck after all. Seriously - what an amazing person to help this boy

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

I thought medical care was free in the UK

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

See the response to previous question

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

Could we get a F in the chat for this legend?

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

Noone did a Gofundme for him?

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

He'll walk with God anyhow ~ xoxo ;)

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

Stem cell treatment not covered by NHI? Or your national health program?

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

Why should he have to pay a dime when the NHS is supposed to do everything for free?

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

In a decent world, NEITHER would have had to pay.

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

Talk about an angel on earth.

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

Sad we have the technology to accomplish miracles, yet as a society, we are so greedy that only those with money benefit. This man saved up for himself but chose someone else to benefit. Our leaders could learn something from this.

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

What an amazing thing to do... <3

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

Someone needs to pay it forward and pay for his surgery! What an amazing man!

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

It’d would be great if it was affordable for both to be treated & not like this…. Ever.

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

A totally Humane and generous Man!!

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

I thought only America you had to pay for medical

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

In the US they'd consider that $20,000 income and tax him on it.

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

This is so pure. What a wonderful human being.

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

surely someone has started a go fund me for him?

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

The UK doesn't pay 20.000 fpr stem cell treatment for a child??? Disabilty alone would be many times more over that boy's life. What a depressing story.

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

true hero's don't ware capes

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

Nice man. My sisters stem cell treatment was free when she fought her 2nd type of cancer. But we live in Scotland. Even then the NHS had to delay and decide whether or not it was worth ir.

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

That's so sad. They both deserve to be healthy. It shouldn't come down to him or them

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

Why has no one set up a GoFundMe for this amazing man???!!!!!! SERIOUSLY???? I need to win the lottery....I would LOVE to help ppl like this🥺🥺

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

This ISN'T a feel good story. Any hospital, especially one operating under the NHS could, and should have waived the fee. $20,000 is a drop in the bucket for the operating expenses of a hospital.

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

What a kind and generous man

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

I thought healthcare was free in the UK. Does NIH consider a stem cell treatment elective or experimental and therefore not fund it?

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

The NHS doesn't cover everything, people with rare to extremely medical issues (myself included) struggle to access new treatments and meds because the price is ramped up by the pharmaceutical companies (often for years) until the NHS can negotiate a reasonable price to obtain it. A drug for my own rare condition has literally just been obtained by the NHS this year, 17 years after it was initially available! There was a similar case with a cystic fibrosis drug a couple of years ago called "Kaftrio" IIRC. However there is a lot more funding for common conditions such as diabetes and asthma, so patients normally don't have to wait too long to access new treatments/meds for these kind of conditions.

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

Does this guy have a crowdfund, because I would donate, and someone that generous deserves to walk again.

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

Somewhere is a company counting that 20 grand, thinking "Sucks for him."

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

Just think what a drop in the bucket this is to the elitists' sad

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

Not sure about this, the NHS would have paid for it unless there were exceptional circumstances.

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

The NHS doesn't cover everything, people with rare to extremely medical issues (myself included) struggle to access new treatments and meds because the price is ramped up by the pharmaceutical companies (often for years) until the NHS can negotiate a reasonable price to obtain it. A drug for my own rare condition has literally just been obtained by the NHS this year, 17 years after it was initially available! There was a similar case with a cystic fibrosis drug a couple of years ago called "Kaftrio" IIRC. However there is a lot more funding for common conditions such as diabetes and asthma, so patients normally don't have to wait too long to access new treatments/meds for these kind of conditions.

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

So, who jumped in to help him? @RichardBranson?

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

If this story was in the US it would be about how the guy had to sell a kid to get the 2 million for the treatment

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have absolutely no idea why you are getting downvoted. What you say has a lot of truth behind it. The healthcare system in the United States is absolutely cruel and so outrageously expensive- so many people cannot pay for treatment. Sadly, people in the United States often have to open Go Fund Me accounts just to pay for medications and surgeries.

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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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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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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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