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.

#1

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

omynthe Report

pei meow
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a cute and fascinating fact

View more comments
#2

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

todayyearsoldig Report

kitty.boom
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View more comments
#3

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

Rachael_Conrad Report

Palestinian warrior
Community Member
1 month ago

How cute 😍

View more comments

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.

#4

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

_youhadonejob1 Report

Hans
Community Member
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!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

soapachu Report

glowworm2
Community Member
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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

SarahO_Connell Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Owl: "Let go, how inappropriate!"

View More Replies...
View more comments

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).

#7

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

sassycrass Report

Ani Archeron
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

SamSykesSwears Report

Nash Nopper
Community Member
1 month ago

cool!

View more comments
#9

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

Advil Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

Holy crap.

View more comments
#10

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

yourpappalardo Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

Shxperienced Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

bakbakbakkerr Report

Not-so-MadMax
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

Jordan_Coombe Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

ColleenB123 Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

upstephanie Report

RJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooooh never noticed

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

brokemycoccyx Report

Rj
Community Member
1 month ago

*cries in Android*

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#17

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

ThatEricAlper Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

MuellerSheWrote Report

Palestinian warrior
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahahaha

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

SheaCoulee Report

3ke
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew James Earl Jones and that was it

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

bryan_spoon Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

Kokomothegreat Report

OS
Community Member
1 month ago

Chupakabra

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

gracebeverley Report

DE Ray
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

JayyKess Report

Martti Laurson
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

TechConnectify Report

David Jeu
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View more comments
#25

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

sarahmcgphoto Report

Flisey
Community Member
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

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I'm in love with your grandmother.

Load More Replies...
Venic
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

To paraphrase Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, people will believe any "explanation" you pose for a nursery rhyme as long as it's sufficiently horrifying. Virtually all such accounts are 100% unsubstantiated by anything but guesses. (Also that falling asleep after sustaining a concussion is inherently dangerous is mostly an old wives' tale. The danger is that it prevents doctors from monitoring your condition as easily for complications. It doesn't CAUSE any harm.)

RitaGG
Community Member
1 month ago

Let's hear your version of "Ring around the Rosy".

Load More Replies...
Hannah Hartley
Community Member
1 month ago

I though it was "it's raining, Its pouring, the old man is snoring, he bumped his head then he went to bed and he couldn't get up till the morning.

Isla Goulding
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd always heard "he bumped his head at the end of the bed," I guess there are a lot of different versions

Load More Replies...
Arcticflower170
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh I always thought it was "he fell out of bed and bumped his head".

DramaDoc
Community Member
1 month ago

Nursery rhyme origins are fascinating, and several have really interesting historical backgrounds (that are generally pretty dark as they were mostly made up as political/social satire rather than as rhymes for children). This one can only be traced to the early 20th c. although that doesn't mean it didn't exist prior to that: http://nurseryrhymesforbabies.com/its-raining-its-pouring-history/

Carole Reid
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. And forms of satire and criticism of ancient ruling entities.

Load More Replies...
Mimi M
Community Member
1 month ago

Reverse the words: 'He bumped his head and he went to bed and he couldn't get up in the morning'. That's the correct order. And makes sense, given the explanation.

Red Mudcrab
Community Member
1 month ago

We sang, "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring, he bumped his head and now he's dead and that's the end of the story."

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Who else had a book of children's nursery rhymes where the hand-painted picture for this showed a man lying on his side in bed and a woman with a rolling pin raised over her head standing behind him, ready to bash his bean?

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

All because he was snoring ?!?

Load More Replies...
Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 month ago

which is now considered the wrong advice. sleeping when concussed is not a death sentence.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 month ago

But there is no actual medical basis for that idea.

A Lazy Spider
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

'He went to bed and bumped his head and in the morning he was dead' is basically what they're saying

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

But then again, you should sleep if you had a concussion, so the brain get a chance to heal.

Ani Archeron
Community Member
1 month ago

yet another darker-than-it-seems children's rhyme to add to the list ...

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 month ago

They’re all talking about death though. Ring around the rosey= Black Plague; Jack and Jill=Jack dying; of course this one; London Bridge falling down=crushing pedestrians to death, and there are several others I can’t remember right now. Look it up

Load More Replies...
Hobbes
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes. I just remembered how dark this rhymes can be...

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew that one!!!

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 month ago

The going to sleep after a concussion thing is not medically sound, but I kinda like the little English take on Haiku.

Katie Allen
Community Member
1 month ago

ring around the rosie is supposed to be about the plague so this doesn't surprise me

Charlotte A.
Community Member
1 month ago

Seems there are several theories on what exactly is meant by this rhyme. Maybe it's just a silly rhyme without reason? So to speak?

Lori Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

In my family, it was "didn't get up until the next morning" It was my parents hint that we had to stay in bed!

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
6 days ago

OH!

Turtleturleturtle
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Isn't that a myth? (Idk I'm probably wrong ._.)

Pam Davis
Community Member
1 month ago

Never knew this👍🏼

Isabelly Favacho Casseb
Community Member
1 month ago

só eu que achei precido a um dos passinhos do tik tok

Benny Best
Community Member
1 month ago

felt that

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

Stereotypes,but which is more than that

Ashley Conover
Community Member
1 month ago

Knew this one

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd always heard it as, "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring. He fell out of bed and bumped his head and couldn't get up the next morning."

Drive Bee
Community Member
1 month ago

How did he bump his head after he went to bed?

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting pose or topic for an Old Masters Painting

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

the song really goes, its raining its pouring. the old man is snoring. he bumped is head then went to bed, and didn't get up in the morning

Jane Chick
Community Member
1 month ago

Well there you go

Cathy Carey
Community Member
1 month ago

Then shouldn't he bump his head before getting into bed?

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Never figured that out

Leodavinci
Community Member
1 month ago

Dead people snore?

KT Trondsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually, this is a myth. You can and should sleep as that is how the body repairs itself

Nathan Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Going to sleep after a head injury will not cause coma or death, it's a myth.

Heather Keedy Bateman
Community Member
1 month ago

Please don't tell people that. A slow brain bleed from traumatic brain injury or subdural hematoma left untreated can cause coma and death. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

Load More Replies...
Felipe StillChill
Community Member
1 month ago

I already knew that when I was nine

Panda with Heart
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting ..never gave that much thought if any ..

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

I've realized this as an adult that the old man probably died afterwards.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't know that!

Animal lover❤
Community Member
1 month ago

😬

Allen Lavine
Community Member
1 month ago

But they say sleeping is best for a concussion if you don't have double vision

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

todayyearsoldig Report

Untitled_Goose_Man
Community Member
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

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#27

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

RavenElyseTV Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

BitchItsSpice Report

Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

SlTHBARNES Report

Untitled_Goose_Man
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Today-Years-Old-People-Share-Facts

kevinddaly Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Here we go again...

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 51 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.