Most of us have a small Ravenclaw inside of us and we adore learning new things about the world, especially if they’re random facts that completely blow our minds. A lot of us are still spending loads of time working and studying from home which leaves plenty of time for random browsing—so we’re picking up semi-useless but fun new facts about the world every day.

Like the fact that the American Gothic painting shows a farmer and his daughter, not his wife. Or how Gandalf carries his pipe in his staff.

You’re probably aware of the ‘I was today years old’ jokes that people post online when they want to share something weird that they just learned with everyone. Well, these jokes have made a resurgence during the coronavirus lockdown and there are plenty of new ones to make our jaws drop. Bored Panda has collected some of the best ‘I was today years old’ for you to enjoy (and to have cool random facts to drop during your next Zoom cocktail party), so scroll down and don’t forget to upvote your faves.

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omynthe Report

pei meow
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1 month ago

That's a cute and fascinating fact

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kitty.boom
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1 month ago

I read about it years ago, but didn't know they sent him a painting. That's cool and sweet too!

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Palestinian warrior
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1 month ago

How cute 😍

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So, since we’re talking about random facts today, let’s share some other cool ones, shall we? For instance, did you know that one study found that dogs prefer to align themselves “along the North-South axis under calm magnetic field conditions” when they have to go number two? Researchers studied 70 dogs over two years and this was the first time that magnetic sensitivity was proven in dogs. Science is weird and wonderful.

Another brain-melting fact is that for significant periods of time during the Stone Age, there were fewer than 1.5k people living in Central Europe. Yeah, that sounds unbelievable. IFL Science made a great analogy about how you could fit all of those people on a modern mid-sized cruise ship.

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Hans
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1 month ago

This typically is not the best idea, though. Rather use a socket wrench with bits and operate it really carefully. Using special oils to loosen a screw firstbor to de-rust it can also help. Merr mere force likely destroy the screw!

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

I didn't know that because I'm more familiar with the purple kind in the stores. I didn't know that that's how they grow. BTW, this is the white version. The purple version starts out purple from the beginning.

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Hans
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1 month ago

Owl: "Let go, how inappropriate!"

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Speaking of modern times, if you’ve ever complained about TV ads being too long, just wait until you realize that Old Spice made a 14-hour promo. Their ad ran on December 18, 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil, and won the Guinness World Record for the longest TV ad ever. You can find the abridged version right here (don’t worry, it’s just over 3 minutes, not 3 hours, long).

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Ani Archeron
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1 month ago

Measles targets memory cells?? Thanks to every scientist who ever put an ounce of thought into creating that life-saving vaccine.

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Nash Nopper
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1 month ago

cool!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Holy crap.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

Palestinian warrior
Community Member
1 month ago

And French

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Thenatural
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1 month ago

I was today years old when I found out it was called an "ampersand" .....life has not improved

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
1 month ago

And?

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 month ago

I was 47 years old when I discovered that. "Today years old" makes no sense.

Charlotte
Community Member
1 month ago

It is supposed to demonstrate that you have only just learned the information today. If I said I was 25 years old when I learned a thing, it doesn't tell you how recently I discovered it unless you already know how old I am.

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Rick
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1 month ago (edited)

W, X, Y, Z, And, per se, & = Ampersand

Ahmed Samer Khalil
Community Member
1 month ago

It is also French for and

LoL.alpaca
Community Member
1 month ago

E.T PHONE HOME

Zoe Murphy
Community Member
1 month ago

&&&&

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
1 month ago

I learned this a while ago, and found out that in some fancier fonts, it's easier to see the "et." While in common ones like Times New Roman, it's really obscured, though.

Catherine Todd
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Ampersand is for "and." As Martha Meyer points out, it is "Latin for “and“. Ampersand was originally considered the 27th letter in the alphabet. One of my favorite letters of all time.

Steve Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Which is why old books use &c instead of etc

L Duncan
Community Member
1 month ago

@ originated in the Latin word "ad" meaning "at" & % is 100 rearranged, per cent meaning by hundred.

Tiina Lehtineva
Community Member
1 month ago

Anyone else now having trouble drawing an et? I just have no idea... I tried like 10 times and it's nothing like an et. I had to look it up. Omg, this is priceless!

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

Like an 8, beggining by the bottom right side and beggining going diagonal, straight,to the top left side.

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

Never thought about it before, but with my penmanship it's much less noticeable.

Shän Di
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew this one! :)

Alex
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you Martha

Alex
Community Member
1 month ago

Et meaning?

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a kid, since I don't know how to draw ampersand, I just draw a letter S and put a vertical line. Kinda like a dollar sign. But my teacher gets it.

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool! Didn’t know. Thanks!

Ray Troughton
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! Ampersands rule &&&&&&

deewanipoetry
Community Member
1 month ago

Programmers shooketh .All this time we were treating it like address.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

et al...

JOHANNA MUELLER
Community Member
1 month ago

J

लक्ष्मी अधिकारी
Community Member
1 month ago

&

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 month ago

I never knew.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 month ago

Again this is so interesting 🧐

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
1 month ago

cool didnt know that

Ginny Weasley
Community Member
1 month ago

Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Etc

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 month ago

Sarah, you're waaay over my head, but if the above symbols are all ampersands, it's time to look up "ligature" fast.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

Used in legal pleadings all the time!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

OMFG. I always wondered why it was shaped like that. Brilliant information.

Burke Hammond
Community Member
1 month ago

OH!

Janet Elliott
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn’t know that.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
1 month ago

Makes sense

Amanda Sherland
Community Member
1 month ago

Ligature? Just learned.

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

Mind blown

Hugh Crawford
Community Member
1 month ago

also french...

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Hans
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1 month ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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Not-so-MadMax
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1 month ago

Oh god, they really should talk to the people making cartoons. I have been gravely misinformed in my youth...

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 month ago

Is it just me or do they all look like cabbage patch kids?

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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RJ
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1 month ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
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1 month ago

*cries in Android*

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

The painter's sister Nan who modelled as the woman in the paintintg, perhaps embarrassed about being depicted as the wife of a man twice her age (modelled by a dentist), started telling people that Wood had envisioned the couple as father and daughter, not husband and wife. The painter Grant Wood himself remained vague on this point.

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Palestinian warrior
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1 month ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
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1 month ago

I knew James Earl Jones and that was it

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

Not parking in front of a fire hydrant should be common sense.

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OS
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1 month ago

Chupakabra

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DE Ray
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1 month ago

And if you pick them young enough, they're edible.

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Martti Laurson
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1 month ago

It is funny. I was just eating M&M's when reading this

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David Jeu
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1 month ago

This all make sense now. Btw love technology connections channel.:)

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Flisey
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1 month ago

I was told "bumped his head in the middle of the bed" was really "his wife killed him'. My grandmother was one dark woman

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Untitled_Goose_Man
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1 month ago

How old were you when you realized Bikini Bottom is under Bikini Atoll, where the US tested hundreds of nuclear weapons? Spongebob is a nuclear mutation

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I have known this for ages but forget to do it and always ended up cooking more pasta than needed.

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Troux
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1 month ago

They taste identical, so don't bother going out of your way for it.

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Untitled_Goose_Man
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1 month ago

Jesus Luke, aren't you supposed to be able to sense these things??

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Hans
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1 month ago

Here we go again...

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