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
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!

jamie1707
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1 month ago

Excellent information. Why would anyone down vote this? I'm up voting .

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Janet Elliott
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1 month ago

I didn’t know this.

d bradley
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1 month ago

i thought they just did that to punish your hands when you really had to twist hard

Ahmed Samer Khalil
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1 month ago

Why do the companies never say so its like ''lets wait until these idiots figure out whats up''

Rebekah Boka
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1 month ago

what all that time

Mumof1
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1 month ago

Not all screwdriver handles - only those with multi-facets.

Andy Pants
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1 month ago

If only I had a set of wrenches

Daniel Lewis
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1 month ago

Some screwdrivers have a place to put the wrench on the shaft because the metal shaft is stronger than the plastic handle. Screw-5ecc...06a54e.jpg Screw-5ecc36806a54e.jpg

BL BOmar
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1 month ago

Hmmm.. Nice to know when you're 64.

Sam Leigh
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1 month ago

😳 Wot!

Donald Holder
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1 month ago

Yeah, I was 12 years old when I found out that this shatters the handle of the screwdriver.

Diana Tulip
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1 month ago

And so was/am I :D

Alan Saunders
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1 month ago

I am right now years old ...!

Desiree Beck
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1 month ago

Learn something new everyday

Jewels Vern
Community Member
1 month ago

I checked a few. Two had 4 sided handles, one had five sides, two had six sides, and one had a hole that I never noticed before where I could put another screwdriver in to use as a lever. But since all screwdrivers have a poor connection to the shaft, you really should use a steel bit and a socket wrench if you need more torque.

Erik Kowal
Community Member
1 month ago

The main reason is to make it less likely that the screwdriver will roll down an inclined surface.

Daric Apai (Darquestar1)
Community Member
1 month ago

Except when its not 100% true and can crack your lucite handle easily

Nicola Roberts
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1 month ago

No way! this is a game changer!

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn’t know.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

First I knew of this........today at 77 yrs old!

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 month ago

Well shot! Who knew.... other than you and now me!

Rita Teo
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you! I am today years old too.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I recall finding that out, then forgot to use it when needed to..sigh!

Trish Greene
Community Member
1 month ago

WHAT??????

Karen Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

Learned this just now!

katboxjanitor
Community Member
1 month ago

Well dang! Me too!

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, I just learned something!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 month ago

So that’s a keeper of ideas!

Jeff Diamond
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1 month ago

WHAT!?

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

what

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Want die completely stupid today. Thank for the information.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

I had no idea about this either! What a cool thing!

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
1 month ago

I never knew that!

Brenda Savage
Community Member
1 month ago

What???!!!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

I've never owned a wrench like that, so I just learned this "today."

K. Kerry Kozak
Community Member
1 month ago

Thanks, I needed to know this when trying to undo my kitchen faucet!

Jane
Community Member
1 month ago

What?

Aileen Cann
Community Member
1 month ago

You definately learn something new every day.

Rachel Hamrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Whaaaat?

Billy Haake
Community Member
1 month ago

HAH! 75 years old and just now finding this out!!

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL not they aren't. It's for grip.

elfin
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too, apparently. That is going to be useful.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't help but wonder if I'm the only person on earth who didn't know that. Good news is I learned great news you shared so I could learn. Now I'll share it with others. Not all teachers are in school many are in everyday life.

ChickyChicky
Community Member
1 month ago

WELP. I am also today years old when I learned that.

Michael Godfrey
Community Member
1 month ago

I am today ++ years old and never realized this!I', so embarassed.

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

Learned something useful. thanks

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too!

Donald Schofield
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm 72 and did not know this.....

MajikDraygon
Community Member
1 month ago

my dad said "nope". f**ks up the handle on expensive tools.

Shelley Russell
Community Member
1 month ago

I did not know this!

Brendy Forest
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG! Where were your earlier?

Mariah Horner
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, love this one!

weatherwitch
Community Member
1 month ago

As someone with arthritis, this will be of phenomenal help!!

Orionpax75
Community Member
1 month ago

Mind blown lol

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

whaaaaat.....? :o

AndersM
Community Member
1 month ago

Why haven't anyone told me that. I'm 44 and should have known since I was 6 and hot my first bike!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

How cool is that!

Nicole nutt
Community Member
1 month ago

My husband is 42 and never knew this lol he said he always used vice grips

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wow! I knew this! How did THAT come about?

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
1 month ago

... say what now O_O

Sue Laughman
Community Member
1 month ago

Like that

kurisutofu
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to do that but I always thought I found a hack, not that it was on purpose!

Cee Mor
Community Member
1 month ago

I was also today years old and I'm 58!!!

Devyn Nagy
Community Member
1 month ago

:O

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 month ago

Trouble is it never works. All you do is strip out the screw head.

Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

Except the directions and warnings say different

Leodavinci
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep. Sheer coincidence. Absolutely not true. You'll damage a screwdriver if you do this.

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1 month ago

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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
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1 month ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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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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