Your teacher, mom, and virtually any adult with a thoughtful mind would never approve of Twitter as a learning tool. And how would they with this whole infinite source of the not-very-serious side of the internet where memes, jokes, and burns are roaming free?

But people are proving them wrong by sharing incredible facts brought to them by Twitter that should have been put in the textbooks. From realizing the symbol “&” is a ligature for the word "et" to finding out that an 18-inch pizza has more of a good thing than two 12-inch pizzas, these are some of the facts that could have been part of my wisdom bank this whole time.

So scroll down, upvote your faves, and after you’re done with this post, check out our previous list of 30 random facts that will make you feel "today years old."

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Truth Monster
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6 months ago

Fair enough

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hispanic! at the disco
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6 months ago

And still today, Natives are being harassed by police for protesting there peacefully. Nothing much has changed..

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Foxxy (The Original)
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6 months ago

I am just confuzzled.

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Look, I am not saying we should believe all that Twitter has to offer. But it turns out, the things we were taught at school are not so innocent either. Some facts we still believe to this day are complete myths, and they had better be laid out bare before you become "today years old" to realize they aren’t true.

You probably would place a pretty high bid on the fact that Columbus discovered America. You’re not the only one. A 2005 survey showed that 85% of Americans believed Columbus discovered the continents and only 2% correctly answered that he couldn’t have discovered America because it was already inhabited by Native Americans.

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Whitehart
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6 months ago

Caligula declared victory and his soldiers brought back chests full of seashells as proof.

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Gareth Graham
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6 months ago

The London Underground maintain several stations that trains never use. They are reserved for TV and movie locations so as not to close down functioning stations

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None
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6 months ago

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/of-drinks-and-clinks/

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
6 months ago

Nice catch! Many of these are bound to be fake, as people spread fake facts ALL THE TIME.

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Rebekah
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6 months ago

" I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.

Marcellus the Third
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6 months ago

What?! Inconceivable!!

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Frenchie
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6 months ago

It's the same concept of shaking hands my grabbing each others forearms instead of hands. This was to check each other for small knives.

Demongrrrrl
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6 months ago

Left-handed soldiers supposedly had their hands chopped off because they had an unfair advantage - they could grab their swords while shaking hands .

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El Dee
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6 months ago

In Scotland you would offer your visitor a drink from a drinking vessel called a quaich. You need two hands to hold it so when you give it to your guest you can't reach for your sword or knife. Likewise when you are both drinking together. It's a sign of trust and welcome that there is no need for weapons..

Kimberly Greenock
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6 months ago

My husband is scottish. He got several quaichs at our wedding. We also were given several for each of our boys when they were born. I love the history behind them.

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Lil Bare
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6 months ago

The more sophisticated version would be to use copper mugs - no?

Marek Yanchurak
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6 months ago

Wait, why?

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Hans Leenders
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6 months ago

Next to being incorrect (see the Snopes link of None), the guy who tweeted this is, looking at his name, not Native American. Thus very probably of European descent.

Dorothy Cloud
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6 months ago

What does native american have to do with anything?

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Bob Belcher
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6 months ago

Same reason why you shook forearms and not hands, to check for daggers. That's why women were assassins as well, no one shook a woman's forearm.

Ophir Gonen
Community Member
6 months ago

Dude, that's a myth. Google it.

Ripley
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah, this isn't a fact. We're not actually learning anything. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/of-drinks-and-clinks/

Jonathan Armstrong
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6 months ago

Bet Wesley never does that. (If you get the reference, respect)

Phunny Philosopher
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6 months ago

I want to marry Westly.

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Jo PP
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6 months ago (edited)

It started originally as a linking of arms while holding each others drink, then you would both sip from the others cup. I believe the Cheers and clinking of glasses was a way of saying "I trust you" because you didn't ask to do the whole sipping each others drinks debacle. Being British, I've always quite admired the Vikings and such, who rather than sneakily murdering someone and thus creating a whole polite social etiquette... They just marched into the other guys house and finished him

ruthenium the ruther
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6 months ago (edited)

I feel safer just READING this.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
6 months ago

Not sure about this one. Read some Plutarch and you will find that there was a tonne of poisoning going on.

Jace
Community Member
6 months ago

Myth.

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Simon Cataudo
Community Member
6 months ago

In the 21st century, a racist, misogynistic man with a proven record of failure in every previous business dealing and a trail of sexual assaults was elected to run a country of 340 million people. Americans man...

Nothanks L. Walk
Community Member
6 months ago

Sorry but that it horseshit. Toasting is a facet of etiquette meant to signify the unification in ritual. Just as every wafer is part of the body of christ (if you subscribe to such bronze age mysticism) every raised glass assents to the toast of the moment. If someone toasts something you do not agree with, you have the option to deliberately not raise your glass to it, in protest. Whether you raise your glass or not however, you do not start drinking until the hostess does so.

Alyssa Fry
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my god

Rae Black
Community Member
6 months ago

love is a shared beverage

Berlinda Dunbar-Nye
Community Member
6 months ago

It's allways fun to chug wine or beer in a container full of glass?? Maybe that's just me.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
6 months ago

"Europeans man ..." well it beats cutting the hearts out of sacrificed children. Aztecs man ...

Darth Vader
Community Member
6 months ago

Someone poison me!

Iapetos
Community Member
6 months ago

Our assassins were masochists.

James C.
Community Member
6 months ago

This is similar to why people (mainly men) may approach each by handshaking, then putting the other arm over one's shoulder. This was a sign of trust between Kings & Soldiers, alike, as you were trusting they wouldn't stab you in the back, literally.

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
6 months ago

All these old customs come from everyone having been a murderer apparently.. :/

Jace
Community Member
6 months ago

Nope, because this one is a myth.

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Shelli Aderman
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6 months ago

I knew that one!

L Jennings
Community Member
6 months ago

It's false.

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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
6 months ago

I read enough of chinese historic manhuas to know, they should do the same with their tea 😂😂😂

EA
Community Member
6 months ago

I heard it was to scare off evil spirits, and by clinking the glasses the noise would scare them off or cast them out of someone’s body 🤔

Jace
Community Member
6 months ago

Also not a fact. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/of-drinks-and-clinks/

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Another fact which turns out to be a myth is the tongue map idea, which suggests that different parts of our tongues identify different kinds of tastes. However, the University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste stated that “the locations of those taste buds aren't in accordance with the 'tongue map.'” And even if taste buds are indeed receptive to certain types of tastes, the difference in reality is tiny.

You've probably heard how Einstein failed math in school and was not an A student in general. It turns out, the only exam he failed was an entrance test to the Zurich Polytechnic he had to take in French, which he didn’t speak well at the time.

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hispanic! at the disco
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6 months ago

I wish people could do that

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WilvanderHeijden
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6 months ago

Printer ink can cost up to $5000 per 1 liter. (0.26 US Gallon)

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స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
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6 months ago (edited)

Let's just ignore the human rights abuses suffered by the Nepali minority group...

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hispanic! at the disco
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6 months ago

Well aren't we all special.

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Indra Servo
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6 months ago

Well...there is no internet in 1600s, guys must be bored

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Shelp
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6 months ago

One more reason not to display babyb skulls in your house

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

A small group of wooly mammoth existed on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until about 2000 B.C.

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Martti Laurson
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6 months ago

I'm in Estonia, so I'm good

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Tom Hardeveld
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6 months ago

I used to know this...

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Lil Bare
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6 months ago

The earth is secretly ruled by mushrooms and cats

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Mishte Tine
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6 months ago

She’s also small and behind a ton of protection. She’s beyond amazing.

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Shelp
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6 months ago

...which is perfectly logical if you have French or Latin as your first language

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ADHORTATOR
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6 months ago

It is hard to imagine millions of years----

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Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
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6 months ago

Read a funny story about him. He used to pay meals with checks. People didn't cash them cause Dali's signature was more worthy than the pay, so he got many free meals doing so. Not sure if its true, but like this story.

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Tiny Dynamine
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6 months ago

Did you know you can get free extra pizza slices if you cut your pizza into 8 pieces instead of 6? ;)

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Aisha Boudy
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6 months ago

Googol Plex (it's a number) is so large that if u wrote each of its zeros on separate atoms in the universe, there won't be enough space to finish writing all the zeros.

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Saurin Apriliawan
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6 months ago

My identical twin cousin just told me that, although wearing exactly the same clothes and has quite similar voice, their toddlers can still tell them apart.

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Daniel Lewis
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6 months ago

How many indistinct human faces can they recognize?

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giovanna
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6 months ago

Well I guess it would be useless to know anyway 😬

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Gareth Graham
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6 months ago

Amy Schumer time travelling again?

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Clare Bond
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6 months ago

And some people never develop beyond that point !!!

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Daniel Lewis
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6 months ago

Because humans polluted the water.

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WilvanderHeijden
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6 months ago

Eat your heart out Jeff Bezos with your meager $178.1Billion...

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Martti Laurson
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6 months ago

Just wondering where would a flamingo get boiling water?

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