UberFacts says it shares "the most unimportant things you'll never need to know" and I have to admit, that's a pretty accurate description of its content. Launched in 2009, the Internet project provides people with random facts on all kinds of topics.

From the number of janitors in the US with PhDs to the genius way Swedes protested their government classifying homosexuality as an illness, these titbits of information will make you an expert on trivia in no time. So grab yourself some broccoli (random fact: the vegetable is rich in vitamin K, and a few studies in older adults have linked a higher vitamin K intake to better memory), continue scrolling, and upvote your favorite entries!

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bored hamster
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5 months ago

Beautiful girl. Hope she was given steak whenever she wanted one.

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As it turns out, there are some biological reasons behind people's desire to "store" trivia in their brain and the rush of excitement they feel when they get the chance to use it. According to psychologist John Kounios Ph.D., it's a lot like playing roulette, too.

"You get a rush or a neuroreward signal or a dopamine burst from winning," the professor of psychology and director of the doctoral program in applied cognitive and brain sciences at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, told Healthline. "I think whenever you're challenged with a trivia question and you happen to know it, you get a rush. It's sort of like gambling."

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Scagsy
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5 months ago

What a fantastic way to protest. Genius.

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He said the benefits can also be similar to those of playing video games. However, unlike gambling and video games, trivia is generally not a potentially dangerous habit, Kounios said.

"I don't think there are any pitfalls. Like anything else that's fun, it takes up time."

Moreover, retaining information about things we're interested in can be like an exercise for the frontal cortex as the brain ages.

"That's the first thing to go with injury or with age if we don't use it," Deborah Stokes, Ph.D., L.P.C., B.C.N., a psychologist in Virginia who focuses on neurotherapy, said.

So there you have it, folks. Browsing trivia isn't a waste of time. It's a mental workout!

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Mark Hamill is such a good guy. I appreciate him as a voice actor as well.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I love this idea.

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Adam C
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5 months ago

sounds more like they went out to a big party.

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Yeah, you heard
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5 months ago

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Being rich and being a real fan aren't mutually exclusive.

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Nevid
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5 months ago

That seems a better idea than clinging to a very old and ambiguous text that isn't adapted to modern society. 19 years might be a little too frequent, though.

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Dave In MD
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5 months ago

US companies need to follow suit.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago (edited)

Nevermind Trump making me miss Barack Obama, he even makes me pine for the days when GW Bush was in power. George and Michelle's easy-going friendship demonstrates that democrats and republicans are not mortal enemies, as Trump would have you believe. A good leader unites his countrymen, not divides them like der Drumpf.

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Purr·maid
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5 months ago

Youch!

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

A stellar representative of the US.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

This does not surprise me in the least.

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

A reverse compliment.

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BusLady
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5 months ago

Wait 9 years.

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Shelp
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5 months ago

We finally know why the "Twilight" movies were so boring

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JK Rowling
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5 months ago

Oof...

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

This is still in practice today. Der Drumpf calls it "fake news".

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chrissy
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5 months ago

wow...

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I don’t doubt it, it’s just the violent protests are the ones “worth” reporting on.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Wow, creepy but lucky.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I totally get that.

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

Than I must be one of the most honest people on Earth :-)

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chrissy
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5 months ago

ha! but still sad

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

QED

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

There are more terrorist attacks/threats on US home soil than terrorist threats/attacks from other countries. This is why their gun laws are pathetic, you are more likely to be accidentally shot by your own gun than by a terrorist from another country.

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Vincent Philippart
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5 months ago

Center lady with your nose out: we see you.

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BusLady
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5 months ago

And he never dreamed it would work into years.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

That’s coz bing sucks.

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Natasha Chick
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5 months ago

Dont take yourself too seriously is a good life lesson

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

Goes to show that just because someone is a janitor doesn’t mean they aren’t educated and also just because you have a PHD doesn’t mean you will get a job in that field. I am curious to know how many refugees also have PHD’s that aren’t recognised in their new home.

Anne
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5 months ago

I wonder how many of these are former refugees with an unrecognized PhD because it was obtained in the old home country

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BusLady
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5 months ago

Goes to show you that janitors should not be disrespected, no matter what their education level. They work hard and do work that most people would not do.

Christopher Brenna
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5 months ago

I have a PhD in Religion from Marquette University and two master's degrees in Church History and New Testament. I left academia to be close to family and to start a nonprofit urban farm to feed food-insecure people in my community. I had to take an entry-level job to pay the bills and keep my family fed while I build our movement and run a nonprofit with no pay. There are many, many compelling reasons that highly-educated people choose to work at jobs that do not require their education.

mooo
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5 months ago

janitors are the under appreciated heroes of the covid-19 pandemic.

D. Pitbull
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5 months ago

Wonder where those PhDs were from? It's ridiculous to know that a PhD isn't a PhD... depending on the country... and that there doesn't appear to be a system in place to make a PhD or Master's transferrable. I knew at least 2 couriers who had PhDs... one was a honest-to-jeebus Rocket Scientist (yes. Fully qualified Engineer/Physics/Tech post-doc)... BUT... the qualifications were from another country. Another was/is a Fertility specialist, MD AND PhD with ... genetics focus? I asked about what happened... and apparently there is no equivalency test... or a 1 year "This is how we do things in this country"... They were told "You have to *re-do all of your education from the ground up* if they wanted to practice here. THAT... is a problem.

Bama Belle
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5 months ago

My kid sister is working as a janitor to the tune of $25.00 an hour. She gets significantly more when she fills in for coworkers.

shinshige
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5 months ago

This is an absolutely true story. I work for a nonprofit and business development. We have several associates who have talked about their refugee and immigrant folks who are janitors and cleaning ladies and construction workers, simply because their education doesn’t transfer to the United States.

Eagle Girl
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5 months ago

I worked for a Janitorial Franchise Company. 80% of Our franchisees fled to US for "A Better Life" before realizing the US systematically keeps people of color down. A Russian doctor can get certified easier than an Argentinian doctor. Oh & Btw, those "Janitors" made more than most doctors. Blew my 6 figure salary away.

Curry on...
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5 months ago

I teach English to a Brazilian who has a law degree and a PhD in chemistry. He believes he would have to 'go back to school' to be able to work in his professions in the US, but not in Europe or Canada.

GeoSushi
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5 months ago

NeVeR GiVe Up!

Shelp
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5 months ago

Assuming that there are far far more than only 10,000 or so janitors in the US, this is a really small number

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5 months ago

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Meyer Weinstock
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5 months ago (edited)

How about: hold a US-institution PhD...but cannot get hired for reasons that have nothing to do with the education, like the lack of jobs with that requirement, the lack of open pathways to higher paying jobs due to privatization, or sheer ire and nepotism that keeps the well-qualified at bay, and hires the close relationship.

Leodavinci
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5 months ago

I'd lay odds that most of them are degrees for things with little practical application.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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5 months ago

MAn, I read "There are estimated 5000 janitors in the US with PTSD" --- I was nodding my head saying "Totally believable" until I re-read it. Whoops

CatWoman312
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5 months ago

You can have a PhD in literature. Don’t assume phd = qualified doctor to treat illnesses

Idk Katniss Potter
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5 months ago

Wow 🤩

Larry kim
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5 months ago

good work

Ed
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3 months ago

That's Dr Janitor to you.

Marcia Cash
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3 months ago

ultimately, the guy who can fix the plumbing in the executive washroom is more valuable to society than anyone behind a desk.

Starlee87
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5 months ago

Why to pay their college 💰💲???

Jamie S. Martindale
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5 months ago

Sometimes this can be the result of a mental health problem of some sort. There is a well-documented thin line between genius and madness, and some brilliant folks who get well educated later run into trouble with anxiety, depression, voices, etc. Then they cannot sustain the mental effort involved in research or professor-type jobs, so they need something manual like janitorial work (I know a few who are in this situation).

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

How extremely sad!

Kent Fishburn
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5 months ago

So? A PhD does not entitle you to anything. Value to an employer does.

Meami
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5 months ago

Janitors are some of the most under-appreciated workers as well. Just think what your office would be like with no janitors...

Vicki Perizzolo
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5 months ago

and a goodly share of them are not American born - we waste the well educated in this country.

M Kate McCulloch
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5 months ago

I worked with two guy from Mexico at The Cheesecake Factory. One was an Attorney the other was a Physicist. So, two guys with advanced degrees bussing tables in America because they made more money doing that, here, than they could in their own country practicing their respective professions. Weird, huh?

Levi Baker
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5 months ago

That is so sad. I especially think of immigrants. They used to have a PhD but they don't now because they moved to the US

NWB
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5 months ago

Does not surprise me at all

Dori Krutsinger
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5 months ago

Goes to show that sometimes educated people are smart enough to get jobs that give satisfaction for a job well done and peace of mind because the job is fairly low stress.

Christopher Brenna
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5 months ago

I have a PhD and did not get the low-paying job I have because it gives me satisfaction and peace of mind. I have decided to feel those things despite the fact that I wish I was using my PhD.

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Smitten Kitten
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5 months ago

This reminds me that I must watch Good will Hunting again.

Patti Vance
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5 months ago

i ended up having a great professor & the relationship became a friendship. when i told him i was considering pursuing my doctorate he told me to always remember that would be great if it was what i really wanted to do but to always remember that Phd stood for 'piled high and deep'.

JustCallMeKat
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5 months ago

sad.

Lisa Seitz
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5 months ago

Wow

CharliAnn Olney
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5 months ago

So many Doctors both Medical and Academic driving taxis and cleaning floors. A lot of them are refugees from foreign nations and can't practice in the good ol' US of A because FDR (a Democrat) decided that Foreigners can't practice their craft in the USA unless their degree is in the US. However, US Citizens can get their degree in a foreign country, come back to the US and practice medicine. Make sense much?

tiffany cook
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5 months ago

This is not true. If a US citizen goes to a foreign country to get their degree they have to pass the same boards as those who went to school in America. That is why many Americans who can't get into school in the US and go to school in the Caribbean can't get licensed when they finish. Also, many foreign countries just don't have equivalent schooling requirements that must be met in order to practice. For example, I knew a woman who was a dentist in her country and she only had to go to school for 4 years after highschool. Where in America dentist go for their undergrad for 4 years and then dental school for 4 years and in some specialties additional years. Foreigners who have medical licenses in their home country are able to take the boards here and if they pass they can then complete only 2 years of clinical and then practice here. Personally I would want any doctor practicing on me to be guaranteed to meet the same minimum standard requirements

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sharron lynn parsons
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5 months ago

This does not surprise me, at all, how many also, in low paying positions !!!

Tarryn Louise
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5 months ago

MERICA!!

Joan Bohlmann
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5 months ago

just as there are nurses from other countries who were m.d.'s in their countries.

Gerry Higgins
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5 months ago

There are stupid PHDs out there. Michigan State University offers a PhD in "packaging"... yeah, making cardboard boxes.

M O'Connell
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5 months ago

I believe you are confusing "designing packaging materials and systems" with "putting things in boxes" Those are two different animals entirely. Go to MSU's Course Search and look at what is offered by the School of Packaging (PKG) https://reg.msu.edu/Courses/Search.aspx

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5 months ago

F*cking yes!

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

He seems to be an exceptionally good and grounded man.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Geez 20 boyfriends, It’s hard enough keeping up with one partner hahaha. Wonder how she juggles them all.

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

I'll have what they had!

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80 Van
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5 months ago

I can do about 20% of that.

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BusLady
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5 months ago

That's disturbing to think about.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Can you gaslight yourself, asking for a friend lol.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Rest in peace, brother.

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JK Rowling
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5 months ago (edited)

This gem needs to be higher up!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

That’s okay the US voting system is flawed anyway, some peoples votes don’t even count because of the state they live in.

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