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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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!

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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!

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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
Community Member
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
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.

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Nash Nopper
Community Member
1 month ago

cool!

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#9

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Advil Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

Holy crap.

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#10

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Shxperienced Report

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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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...

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#13

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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#14

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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#15

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RJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
Community Member
1 month ago

*cries in Android*

Rex the Rat
Community Member
1 month ago

cries in samsung

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kasa alex
Community Member
1 month ago

Just tried it. Can confirm: this is legit. And totally fricken awseome

First Last
Community Member
1 month ago

Just tried it too. The phone vibrates and lights up.

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JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

I just now learned that no matter what you type, if you hold down the send button, you can scroll through options like lasers, ballooons, shooting star etc. wow!

Annabeth Chase
Community Member
1 month ago

0.o

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Jovita A
Community Member
1 month ago

Yey let's spend $1200 so we can pew pew... Na....

Hong Wei Jian
Community Member
1 month ago

Yay let’s have this mindset that we have to pay a small price of $1200 just so we can pew pew.

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Joakim Utterhall
Community Member
1 month ago

Just hold the send button and you can send a lot of different stuff.

Mark
Community Member
1 month ago

You used to be able to type certain characters into Facebook messenger and it would make an icon based on them, something like <: would create a penguin, don't know if it still works now with emojis etc. There was a combination that would make an icon of Mark Zuckerberg.

TheHerplover
Community Member
1 month ago

Tap and hold on the send button. Lotsa different things

Vesna
Community Member
1 month ago

Can here to say that!:)

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Ginny Weasley
Community Member
1 month ago

If you type in "happy new year!" it well send fireworks.

Linda D
Community Member
1 month ago

It works. You have to send ONLY "pew pew" without quotes. Pretty cool.

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

*scrolling through my phone to find other iphone users, to test this theory*

Ahmed Samer Khalil
Community Member
1 month ago

Lemme try dat

Just Carmen
Community Member
1 month ago

COOL! Now I'm gonna have to try this with my hubby.

Robyn Denton
Community Member
1 month ago

It really does!

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW

Frank Perry
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow must try that....

Jessica Christensen
Community Member
1 month ago

Whaaaat?! My brother and I say, and send, 'pew pew pew!' To each other all the time because it cracks us up. You have changed our lives. Bless you.

Coral Rippin
Community Member
1 month ago

Just tried it....brill

Charlotte
Community Member
1 month ago

Well how fun!

Amy Pontious
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool

Jane
Community Member
1 month ago

You know I had to. Awesome!

Stan Chung
Community Member
1 month ago

It works!

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

I was a week ago old when I found this out and texted everyone randomly lol

Marie Bradley
Community Member
1 month ago

Well I'll be dipped. It works

JoodLikesTea
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg i just tried this - that is very cool

Kay Becker
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG I had to try it. It works!

Leon'
Community Member
1 month ago

That's awesome I just texted it to myself to see it. I wonder what other things there are like this.

Nolagrl
Community Member
1 month ago

So neat. I just had to try it too

Bazza bazaar
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing!!

Maria Ines Molina
Community Member
1 month ago

I have to try this

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL it really does!

Angela
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw that is totally brilliant!

Nash Nopper
Community Member
1 month ago

COOL!

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
1 week ago

WHAT!!!

Sam Leigh
Community Member
4 weeks ago

.. la la la eh .. WOT!!

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
1 month ago

If you text “Happy birthday” it makes balloons

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

Seriously 🤨😯

Ivy Ruonakoski
Community Member
1 month ago

What do you mean lasers? I don't get it.

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn’t work on my iPhone 6s with iOS 12.x.

deewanipoetry
Community Member
1 month ago

Everybody : Android users are crying. Windows OS users have left chat .

Ang.stl
Community Member
1 month ago

*cries that it’s 3:30am and no one I know with an iPhone is awakeNn

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

not on iphone 7 tho.... but in 2 weeks, I will post how to do it manually

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

it's definatly not my first time learning that. yeah. totaly not

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

like u didn't know dat

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Am about to test this one out.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't have one but will have to tell those who do!

Daniel Mason
Community Member
1 month ago

Pew pew pew, hold up, wait a minute, it's a chopper.

Burke Hammond
Community Member
1 month ago

wow

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine didn't work!!!!

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Ahhh did the hold thing and I got it!!!

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Maris
Community Member
1 month ago

Same with "happy birthday", "congratulations" and "happy new Year". All otter effects :)

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 month ago

Happy Chinese New Year also

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katboxjanitor
Community Member
1 month ago

So that makes the ross price difference from android phones "worth" while???

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 month ago

And android user couldn't give a flying rats bumhole.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

That is incredibly useful in business and especially dating. /s

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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.

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Palestinian warrior
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew James Earl Jones and that was it

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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TechConnectify Report

David Jeu
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Untitled_Goose_Man
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Here we go again...

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