Our guilty pleasure is absorbing as much knowledge as we possibly can. We absolutely love learning new things about the world and tip-toeing closer and closer to the truth. Look, we’re true Ravenclaws at heart, and the only way to keep us happy is to keep feeding us interesting tidbits. A few facts a day help keep the blues away. And they help keep our dragon’s library fresh.

One of the best subreddits to keep all of you curious Pandas interested is the r/Damnthatsinteresting online group. A community of over 5.1 million members, ‘Damn, That’s Interesting’ is a celebration of cool facts that grab our attention.

We’ve collected some of their best featured interesting facts, and we hope they’ll spark your curiosity to delve deeper down the rabbit hole, Pandas. Not all facts are pleasant, but that's life for you. Don’t forget to upvote the facts that you enjoyed learning about the most, and be sure to share the best ones with your pals.

Bored Panda reached out to u/LydiaAgain, one of the moderators helping run the r/Damnthatsinteresting subreddit, to get a better understanding of the community. We also got in touch with Alan Castel, Ph.D., a UCLA psychology professor and the author of 'Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging,' to learn more about cognition, staying curious, and mental sharpness.

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This Man Spoke With Every Parent In Uvalde, Texas To Build Personalized Caskets For All 19 Children Who Were Killed. His Name Is Trey Ganem

This Man Spoke With Every Parent In Uvalde, Texas To Build Personalized Caskets For All 19 Children Who Were Killed. His Name Is Trey Ganem

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Redditor u/LydiaAgain, one of the mods managing things behind the scenes at the massively popular r/Damnthatsinteresting, stressed that the content posted by the members needs to make someone stop and go, "Well, damn!" It's supposed to leave a powerful impression. The impact really matters.

"Being merely cute, topical, unusual [isn't the same as] interesting. We look for new, original content if possible," she said.

Bored Panda was curious about the subreddit's rules, and whether the mod has some other guidelines that new members should know about that weren't written in the sidebar. She quipped that one of the main issues is that some members simply don't read what's already written there.

#3

This Legend Right Here

This Legend Right Here

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

Wrong. He is now worth more than money can ever value

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"Our rules are pretty straightforward, the main issue is people do not read the rules in the sidebar. My main advice is to actually read the rules and browse the subreddit before posting. Also, sending modmail about where your post has gone is not helpful as it gets buried in dozens of others, and will not result in approval," she explained.

Lydia revealed to Bored Panda that she personally spends around 2 to 3 hours each day helping moderate the subreddit. However, the time that other mods spend might be different. "Duties include checking modqueue, looking at modmail, browsing the subreddit to remove posts and comments, and trying to eliminate spam."

Meanwhile, UCLA professor Castel, the author of 'Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging,' was kind enough to answer our questions about sparking our curiosity if we think we already know everything, and what helps us stay mentally sharp as we age.

"Our awareness of our own cognitive ability and knowledge is called metacognition. Often as we get older, we are more aware of what we know, what we don’t know, and also what we are most interested in. I think being selective can be important so that we can focus on remembering and being curious about what interests us," he explained to Bored Panda.

#5

This Quote From Zelenskiy's Inaugural Address

This Quote From Zelenskiy's Inaugural Address

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1.21Gigawatts?!
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slava Ukraini! May Zelenskyy be president of the world!

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#6

When You Reach 100 Years Old In Barbados, You Get A Stamp In Your Honour

When You Reach 100 Years Old In Barbados, You Get A Stamp In Your Honour

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

I really like this, what a beautiful honour

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"Also, having some sense of awe is also associated with curiosity, happiness, and life satisfaction, while also making us care more about others and the world in general. I think metacognition and awe can make us more curious about the things that are important to us, especially as we get older," he shared some advice that might be useful for those people who feel like there's nothing new to learn about the world or that everything seems dull.

According to Dr. Castel, staying physically and mentally active helps keep our minds sharp. "Research shows that physical exercise such as walking can improve brain function and memory, and being socially connected has wide-spread benefits for the brain," he shared.

"Thus, it is likely a combination of things that keep us sharp, such as being physically active, talking to people, reading, being connected, and remaining curious about things that are important."

#7

He Went Naked To Prove A Point

He Went Naked To Prove A Point

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#8

A Father Designs A Headstone For His Wheelchair-Bound Son Depicting Him "Free Of His Earthly Burdens"

A Father Designs A Headstone For His Wheelchair-Bound Son Depicting Him "Free Of His Earthly Burdens"

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#9

In South Korea, The Solar Panels In The Middle Of The Highway Have A Bicycle Path Underneath..cyclists Are Protected From The Sun, Isolated From Traffic, And The Country Can Produce Clean Energy

In South Korea, The Solar Panels In The Middle Of The Highway Have A Bicycle Path Underneath..cyclists Are Protected From The Sun, Isolated From Traffic, And The Country Can Produce Clean Energy

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TonyTee
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hell of a great idea here, I'm not even a bicyclist and I think we need this in more Countries; including here in the USA. Bicyclists have rights too, and they should be able to ride safely. Just like motorcyclists. It don't look all that bad either

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The r/Damnthatsinteresting subreddit has been around for a while now. Founded back in late July of 2013, it’ll be celebrating its 9th birthday very soon.

In that time, the sub has amassed a multi-million-member community and carved out a pretty damn large niche for itself on Reddit and the internet at large. If you love their content, then you should definitely join the subreddit. However, before you share any interesting things of your own, there are a few rules to be aware of.

New members should definitely check out the sidebar before posting anything. It’s got all the guidelines they’ll need to make sure that the content they share is relevant and of the highest quality possible. The subreddit cares about keeping standards high, as it’s what’s helped it entrench its position as a popular community in the first place.

One of the main things you should be aware of is that your posts have to fit the r/Damnthatsinteresting theme. “This subreddit is for things that are interesting and cool. Content that is only cute, funny, a meme, or 'mildly interesting' will be removed. Posts should be able to elicit a reaction of ‘Damnthatsinteresting,’” the moderators explain that the pics and videos shared should elicit a powerful reaction from the audience. Anything less than stellar has its place elsewhere on Reddit.

#10

Father Knows The Best

Father Knows The Best

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

I salute you sir. Thank you for your service, rest easy.

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#11

This Homeless Man's Rabbit Was Thrown Over A Bridge By A Passerby And He Immediately Jumped Into The River To Save Her. He Won An Award, Was Given Animal Food And A Job, And The Passerby Was Charged With Animal Cruelty

This Homeless Man's Rabbit Was Thrown Over A Bridge By A Passerby And He Immediately Jumped Into The River To Save Her. He Won An Award, Was Given Animal Food And A Job, And The Passerby Was Charged With Animal Cruelty

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

what a jerk to throw a homeless man’s rabbit OVER A BRIDGE

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#12

Syrian Archaeologist Khaled Al Asaad Who Devoted His Life To The Excavation And Restoration Of Palmyra, A Unesco World Heritage Site. He Was Beheaded By Isis After Refusing To Disclose The Location Of Ancient Artifacts, Despite A Month Of Torture. He Died A Hero Of Heritage Protection

Syrian Archaeologist Khaled Al Asaad Who Devoted His Life To The Excavation And Restoration Of Palmyra, A Unesco World Heritage Site. He Was Beheaded By Isis After Refusing To Disclose The Location Of Ancient Artifacts, Despite A Month Of Torture. He Died A Hero Of Heritage Protection

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Meanwhile, you should avoid using clickbait in your titles. Sure, most people enjoy getting attention online. But it should be the content itself that shines, not a sneakily-crafted title that grabs people’s attention only to then disappoint them. The mods have a strict no-clickbait policy and will remove posts that violate this rule.

#13

This Is Jean-Baptiste Kempf, The Creator Of Vlc Media Player. He Refused Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Order To Keep Vlc Ads-Free. Thanks, Jean!

This Is Jean-Baptiste Kempf, The Creator Of Vlc Media Player. He Refused Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Order To Keep Vlc Ads-Free. Thanks, Jean!

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

Not all heroes wear capes. Some apparently wear traffic cones.

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#14

A Statue In Istanbul To Honor Tombili, A Famous Stray Cat. He Used To Sit In This Position And Watch Passers-By

A Statue In Istanbul To Honor Tombili, A Famous Stray Cat. He Used To Sit In This Position And Watch Passers-By

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#15

That Sounds Very Cool

That Sounds Very Cool

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MacKenzie Moore
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

imagine being talented? like really really talented... seems like a far truth for me, congrats to this guy though.

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Even though curiosity isn’t a sin, there should be some limits on what information is available to everyone. At least that’s what scientist Steven Wooding, a member of the Institute of Physics in the UK, thinks. In an earlier interview with Bored Panda, he stressed that there’s a need to protect the wider public in some cases.

#16

Good Guy Einstein

Good Guy Einstein

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Phil T
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's largely a superficial construct, race.

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#17

Ravens Are Also Called "Wolf Birds"

Ravens Are Also Called "Wolf Birds"

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#18

Vitaly Skakun Is A Hero After Sacrificing His Life To Blow Up The Henichesky Bridge. The Bridge Was Mined But A Russian Column Was Advancing And There Was No Time To Detonate It Remotely. Skakun Radioed His Unit And Told Them He Would Do It Manually, Saying Goodbye

Vitaly Skakun Is A Hero After Sacrificing His Life To Blow Up The Henichesky Bridge. The Bridge Was Mined But A Russian Column Was Advancing And There Was No Time To Detonate It Remotely. Skakun Radioed His Unit And Told Them He Would Do It Manually, Saying Goodbye

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lefty libra
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

RIP Vitaly Skakun. you were an excellent hero, and all of us shall remember what you did to protect your country. only a selfless person would sacrifice their life, and you were clearly one, and the world shall not forget what you did. KNOW HIS NAME, VITALY SKAKUN!

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"There have to be some limits to information, for the protection of the general public and those trying to use such information. One area where this is common is in the field of computer security. The fine details of how to do an exploit are withheld to stop low-level hackers from simply following a recipe to cause havoc on the internet. We mustn't make it too easy for bad people to do bad things,” Steven shared with Bored Panda.

#19

The Kindness Of Strangers

The Kindness Of Strangers

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

That same town in Ireland sent money to that tribe when it was devastated by the pandemic.

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#20

The Bee Lives Less Than 40 Days, Visits At Least 1000 Flowers & Produces Less Than A Teaspoon Of Honey. For Us, It Is Only A Teaspoon Of Honey, But For The Bee, It Is A Life. Thankyou, Bees!

The Bee Lives Less Than 40 Days, Visits At Least 1000 Flowers & Produces Less Than A Teaspoon Of Honey. For Us, It Is Only A Teaspoon Of Honey, But For The Bee, It Is A Life. Thankyou, Bees!

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Jo Davies
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The sole reason I have flowering plants in my garden is for these guys. I have put bee watering stations all over so that they don't drown when drinking and in winter, I put watered down syrup out for them.

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#21

Hatuey A Legendary Warrior Of Hispaniola , Who Preferred To Go To Hell Rather Going To Heaven

Hatuey A Legendary Warrior Of Hispaniola , Who Preferred To Go To Hell Rather Going To Heaven

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"You probably can't stop things from being discovered. If you ban it in one country, another will pursue it to gain a competitive advantage. And if all countries agree on a ban, some curious people will probably continue to work on it," he said that it is very difficult to control the spread of information.

#22

This Amazing Photo Was From A 16 Y/O Girl Who Snuck Her Camera Into A Queen Concert In 1978

This Amazing Photo Was From A 16 Y/O Girl Who Snuck Her Camera Into A Queen Concert In 1978

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#23

Case Closed

Case Closed

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"In general, I think we should learn about everything about how the world and universe work. It's how that knowledge is applied later on that is debatable," the scientist pointed out that it’s not the information itself, but rather its application, that raises questions about how accessible knowledge should be.

#25

A Strike, But Continues To Do Their Jobs

A Strike, But Continues To Do Their Jobs

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

And THAT, my friends, is how you properly rage against the machine

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#26

Thomas Jefferson’s Sixth Great Grandson Recreates His Photo

Thomas Jefferson’s Sixth Great Grandson Recreates His Photo

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#27

Person Explains Why Astronauts Don't Use Pencils In Space

Person Explains Why Astronauts Don't Use Pencils In Space

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Random Panda
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

seriously guys? sniggering about it? yeah they really deserve the title snide morons

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According to Steven, humility helps when trying to get closer to the truth. It’s inevitable that we’ll all make some factual mistakes. It’s important to embrace that and move past it.

"Nobody likes to learn they were giving out incorrect information in the past. It hurts, but we have to push through it, accept new facts and work with them. After all, they could lead to the next big breakthrough," he said.

#28

Douglas Bent Hegdahl

Douglas Bent Hegdahl

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WildHoneyPie
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just amazing. - I just googled him. HE is amazing! A true hero.

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#29

Parents In Poland Left Their Baby Strollers In Rail Road Stations For The Ukrainian Moms That Fled Carrying Their Children

Parents In Poland Left Their Baby Strollers In Rail Road Stations For The Ukrainian Moms That Fled Carrying Their Children

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#30

Daniel Kordan Accidentally Photographed A Meteor While Capturing An Erupting Volcano

Daniel Kordan Accidentally Photographed A Meteor While Capturing An Erupting Volcano

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"This is constantly happening in science; as new discoveries are made, old discoveries have to be reevaluated," physicist Steven told Bored Panda.

"Try to view the world as a child does. Basically, keep asking 'why?' questions. As you learn the answer to one question, another will arise, and so on. It is a common situation in science that the more we know, the more questions there are. Keep questioning the world around you," he shared how we can keep our curiosity alive.

#31

Astronaut Mark Kelly Once Smuggled A Full Gorilla Suit On Board The International Space Station. He Didn't Tell Anyone About It. One Day, Without Anyone Knowing, He Put It On

Astronaut Mark Kelly Once Smuggled A Full Gorilla Suit On Board The International Space Station. He Didn't Tell Anyone About It. One Day, Without Anyone Knowing, He Put It On

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Random Panda
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine his friend's screams when seeing him. "THERES A GORILLA IN HERE WTF, HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM HELP-"

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#32

"The Uncensored Library" Is A Huge Minecraft Map Where Anyone Can Read Censored Journalism From Countries Without Freedom Of Press

"The Uncensored Library" Is A Huge Minecraft Map Where Anyone Can Read Censored Journalism From Countries Without Freedom Of Press

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K- THULU
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't this what the internet was meant to be for ?

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#33

This Man Took Over 1,000 Children Of Fallen Soldiers To Disneyland Free Of Charge

This Man Took Over 1,000 Children Of Fallen Soldiers To Disneyland Free Of Charge

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#34

Woman Can Smell Parkinson’s Disease

Woman Can Smell Parkinson’s Disease

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Random Panda
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WOW! This woman is super amazing! If we had that kind of technology we could help people.

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#35

When A 6.8 Earthquake Hit Olympia, Washington In 2001, A Shop Owner Found That A Sand-Tracing Pendulum Recorded The Vibrations

When A 6.8 Earthquake Hit Olympia, Washington In 2001, A Shop Owner Found That A Sand-Tracing Pendulum Recorded The Vibrations

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#36

Joseph Ducreux And His Self Potraits (1700s)

Joseph Ducreux And His Self Potraits (1700s)

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#37

Nan Britton

Nan Britton

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#38

Nutmeg, The World's Oldest Cat, Celebrating His 31st Birthday (141 In Human Years)

Nutmeg, The World's Oldest Cat, Celebrating His 31st Birthday (141 In Human Years)

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#39

Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Before And After Facial Reconstruction Surgery

Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Before And After Facial Reconstruction Surgery

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#40

A Local Fisherman In Costa Rica Nursed A Crocodile Back To Health After It Had Been Shot In The Head, And Released The Reptile Back To Its Home. The Next Day, The Man Discovered “Pocho” Had Followed Him Home And Was Sleeping On The Man’s Porch. For 20 Years Pocho Became Part Of The Man’s Family

A Local Fisherman In Costa Rica Nursed A Crocodile Back To Health After It Had Been Shot In The Head, And Released The Reptile Back To Its Home. The Next Day, The Man Discovered “Pocho” Had Followed Him Home And Was Sleeping On The Man’s Porch. For 20 Years Pocho Became Part Of The Man’s Family

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#41

Lawrence Brooks, America's Oldest Living WWII Vet, 110yo

Lawrence Brooks, America's Oldest Living WWII Vet, 110yo

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TonyTee
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What I'd give to meet this man and shake his hand. Not trying to take away from the importantance of this photo, or his history in the service, but I have to say he looks damn good at 110! There's folks 50 years younger than him who already look his age

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#42

This Is Why Your Wear A Helmet

This Is Why Your Wear A Helmet

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#43

After A Local School District Closed, They Parked Their WiFi Equipped School Buses In Areas Where Students Lack Internet, Acting As Free Hotspots

After A Local School District Closed, They Parked Their WiFi Equipped School Buses In Areas Where Students Lack Internet, Acting As Free Hotspots

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Nimues Child
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant. Kudos for finding creative ways to help underserved students.

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#44

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy After Kyiv Survived A Full On Assault By Russian Forces Tonight, Announces He Is Right Here In The City And Is Not Going Anywhere

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy After Kyiv Survived A Full On Assault By Russian Forces Tonight, Announces He Is Right Here In The City And Is Not Going Anywhere

Translation: “Good morning to everybody. Ukrainians, there is a lot of fake information online regarding myself calling our troops and volunteers to lay down arms and that our army is currently evacuating. I'm here. We won't lay down our arms. We will be defending our country because our weapons are our truth. Our truth is that it is our land, our country, our children and all this will be protected. That is all. This is what I wanted to say. Glory to Ukraine”

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Jo Davies
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it was amusing that a comedian was elected. Then Putin got stupid all over Ukraine and I realised the Zelensky is the only politian that I have real respect for.

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#45

What A Great Idea

What A Great Idea

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

The UK needs this. Most of the castles are just ruins.

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#46

A Gallery Owner Was Arrested After Leaving A 10-Foot Heroin Spoon Sculpture Outside Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma

A Gallery Owner Was Arrested After Leaving A 10-Foot Heroin Spoon Sculpture Outside Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma

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#47

This Guy Sounds Dope

This Guy Sounds Dope

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

They originally were not going to let him run without shoes as the had a rule that acceptable footwear must be worn as they couldn’t guarantee a runners safety without shoes. A lot of people thought it was because he was semi naked!

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#49

Pirate Bay Response To Legal Threats From Dreamworks

Pirate Bay Response To Legal Threats From Dreamworks

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#50

Mcdonalds Is Permanently Closing In Russia Here Is My Friend's Stash

Mcdonalds Is Permanently Closing In Russia Here Is My Friend's Stash

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Jennik
Community Member
5 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard that people in Ukraine have to go without their favourite treats as well ukraine-62...2c2d4c.jpg ukraine-62a42992c2d4c.jpg

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