When it comes to trivia, you most likely won't benefit from knowing why James Michael Tyler got to play Gunther the barista in Friends or why a super-rich Swedish man bought a chunk of the Amazon rainforest. But on the off-chance that your local pub quiz master decides to ask about these things, better come prepared!

And an excellent place to do so is at "Mind Blowing Facts." This internet project shares tidbits of information about the world we live in and also includes complimentary photos to help these tiny lessons stick in our memory for a little longer. Continue scrolling and check out some of its most popular posts!

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Don Golosso
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4 months ago

Not all heroes wear capes.

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This should be higher! 😢

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Surprisingly, going through (and applying) random facts can also be good for your mental health. Experts say that playing trivia games can provide a dopamine rush much like gambling, but without the negative effects. 

Even if the actual games differ, the benefits are there nonetheless. Whether we're playing Trivial Pursuit at home or attending a pub trivia night, the basic premise remains the same: we experience the thrill of providing correct answers to questions about lesser-known facts.

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Mistralok
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4 months ago

That young man is absolutely in Jannah now.

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Mistralok
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4 months ago

Two different definitions of the word "honey" come to mind. :)

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Mad Dragon
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4 months ago

We have a similar gang here. They also accompany bullied kids to school to let their bullies know that a biker gang has their back.

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"You get a rush or a neuroreward signal or a dopamine burst from winning,” John Kounios, Ph.D., 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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urszulat
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4 months ago

'Great person. Great soul.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

What is wrong with people that they would do that to the poor bunny?

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Perry Sologia
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4 months ago

Actually, I think that cub is eating his leg while mama bear distracts him......

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Kounios said the benefits can also be similar to those of playing a video game.

However, unlike gambling and even video games, Kounios said trivia is generally not a problematic habit.

“I don’t think there are any pitfalls,” he said. “Like anything else that’s fun, it takes up time.”

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Mistralok
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4 months ago

I would far rather be adored by kitties than most people

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Mark Fuller
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4 months ago

Imagine if other countries did that! It would revolutionise the world!!

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Aran Lindvail
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4 months ago

Would be even better if they had a social and healthcare system that allowed them a few days off to take care of a sick spouse. After 30(!!) years of hard work that needs to be possible without having to worry about daily income. You shouldn't have to rely on stranger's charity for that.

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Sometimes we think of the brain as an endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime's knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches maximum capacity? In other words, can the brain get full?

The short answer is no. Brains are more sophisticated than that: a study published in Nature Neuroscience revealed that instead of just crowding in, old information is sometimes pushed out of the brain for new memories to form.

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Henrik Schmidt
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4 months ago

Badass!

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Katy McMouse
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4 months ago

I know a few billionaires in this country who could take a page from this guy.

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Katy McMouse
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4 months ago

This kills me. It just kills me. Gratitude, it seems, is forever for some.

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Scientists wanted to investigate what happens in the brain when we try to remember information that’s very similar to what we already know. (This is important because similar information is more likely to interfere with existing knowledge, and it’s the stuff that crowds without being useful.)

So they examined how brain activity changes when we try to remember a target memory, that is, when we try to recall something very specific, at the same time as trying to remember something similar (a competing memory).

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

We truly do not deserve animals at all.

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Widdershins66
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4 months ago

Excellent! 🤓

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Researchers taught participants to associate a single word (for example, the word sand) with two different images – such as one of Marilyn Monroe and the other of a hat.

They discovered that as the target memory was recalled more often, brain activity for it increased. At the same time, brain activity for the competing memory simultaneously weakened. This change was most prominent in regions near the front of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, rather than key memory structures in the middle of the brain, such as the hippocampus, which is traditionally associated with memory loss.

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Ria De Gooijer
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4 months ago

That's very sweet

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Tanya Venter
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4 months ago

I wish I can do the same.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

How horrible that everyone in that kid's life failed to provide basic information or support

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The prefrontal cortex is involved in a range of complex cognitive processes, such as planning, decision making, and selective retrieval of memory. Existing research shows this part of the brain works in combination with the hippocampus to retrieve specific memories.

If the hippocampus is the search engine, the prefrontal cortex is the filter that determines which memory is the most relevant — this suggests that storing information alone is not enough for a good memory. The brain also has to be able to access the relevant information without being distracted by competing pieces of data.

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julie son
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4 months ago

That rules!

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Widdershins66
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4 months ago

Wouldn't it be lovely if this was more common place?

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

"Just because I am alone, does not mean I am lonely." One of my favourite quotes but I cannot remember who said it.

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However, don't be scared. In daily life, forgetting actually is actually beneficial.

Imagine that you lost your bank card. The new card you receive will come with a new PIN. Research in this field suggests that each time you remember the new code, you gradually forget the old one. This process improves access to relevant information, without old memories interfering.

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Crissy Brandt
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4 months ago

Oh, my heart! 🥰

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Auntriarch
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4 months ago

Are you bloody listening UK?

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Auntriarch
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4 months ago

So, next time you think that you can't do anything big because you are too small....

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

Very few people would have the guts to do this. I hope he was not harmed in any way.

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4 months ago

Betty White, you will be missed

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SoozeeQ
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4 months ago

Texas: are you listening?

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

Wow

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Call Me Mars
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4 months ago

I was fortunate to see Notre Dame before it burned. I am glad its beauty has been restored.

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

That is amazing

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Mad Dragon
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4 months ago (edited)

The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, so the doc threw on a gown and shoes and ran to her room to help.

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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4 months ago

Go sister André!

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Hayhaypaula
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4 months ago

Wow! That's amazing!

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julie son
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And I just discovered that one of my friends who barely finished high school is an antivaxxer who "refuses to put poisons in his children's' bodies" because clearly barely graduating high school gives you a superior understanding of science than that of the people who dedicated their lives understanding how organic chemistry works!

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

There is a movie about this.

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SoozeeQ
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4 months ago

Wow! That's inspiring.

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Chich
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4 months ago

This is just so great :)

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Hans
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4 months ago

"shot at in 1904" documents that in all times some humans were around who lack the very definition of being humane.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

Its so sad the US refuses to implement social programs like free child care and free higher education because it fears "socialism" when it's clear these programs make huge impacts. But there is always money to bomb some poor brown people

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

I love that there are people like this out in the world.

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

Everyone should learn martial arts for this reason.

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4 months ago

Genderist pricks

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daking
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4 months ago

absolute badass

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

I would be this person.

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Don Golosso
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4 months ago

R.I.P. Everyone who died in 9/11 and in the years after as victims of the US retaliation of 9/11.

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

https://worldoftanks.eu/en/news/history/Mariya-Oktyabrskaya-story/ For more info.

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Mia Jensen
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4 months ago

I love this.

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