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
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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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Rachael_Conrad Report

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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_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!

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#5

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soapachu Report

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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SarahO_Connell Report

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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sassycrass Report

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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SamSykesSwears Report

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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yourpappalardo Report

Martha Meyer
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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
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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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#13

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Jordan_Coombe Report

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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#14

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ColleenB123 Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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#15

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upstephanie Report

RJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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#16

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brokemycoccyx Report

Rj
Community Member
1 month ago

*cries in Android*

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#17

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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.

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MuellerSheWrote Report

Palestinian warrior
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahahaha

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#19

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SheaCoulee Report

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
Community Member
1 month ago

Chupakabra

M Adams
Community Member
1 month ago

Worse, FLYING chupacabra

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Tardis42
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope. Nope. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it is cute.

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It is!!!

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Mumof1
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a really misleading photo as it makes the bat look HUGE. It isn't. An adult is about 22 - 23 cms long. Totally harmless it lives on fruit.

d bradley
Community Member
1 month ago

clearly stolen from Star Wars movie set

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda looks like a kangaroo face ❤

LivLlama
Community Member
1 month ago

Let it go (gently) and run

Missy Wise
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that Popeye holding it up????

Nitro
Community Member
1 month ago

Nah, bro that's just Sebulba from Tatooine.

Nathan Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

That name doesn't work. It's clearly a donkey bat.

PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

Horsehead bat is a better name!

Pam
Community Member
1 month ago

Hide ya' babies

ProductofNZ
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine that getting a hold of ya during a night time run.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Would not win any beauty contests!

Elizabeth Lopez
Community Member
1 month ago

"the viral image may have given some viewers a false impression of the animal’s true size." https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hammerhead-bat/

Ahmed Samer Khalil
Community Member
1 month ago

oml that looks scary af

Bita
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor thing, being displayed like that!

Rebekah Boka
Community Member
1 month ago

ew

OhForSmegSake
Community Member
1 month ago

If a camel and a bat had a baby

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool creature.

Shelley Russell
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually like bats, but this is frigthening!

athornedrose
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is no one this kind of bat for Halloween?!?

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

That is disturbing

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
1 month ago

omg its a flying monkey

Animal lover❤
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh god no! That's kinda creepy

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What a weird arse face.

JLaw
Community Member
1 month ago

Never mind the face...it's f***ing massive!

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Mildred Thompson
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5 days ago

Me TOO!

Colleen Garland
Community Member
4 weeks ago

AAAAhhhhh

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Wow, he's big! I didn't know bats came in that size!

patricia matthews
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting

Diana Tulip
Community Member
1 month ago

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT???? Frankenbat?

Desiree Beck
Community Member
1 month ago

Ew that’s a big bat

Mollie Burge
Community Member
1 month ago

oh no no no no no

Pamula Furness
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw! Cute!

chachkimooch
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I was today years old too! It looks like a camel/horse bat!

Claudia I.
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a gargoyle, how cute!

Christopher Guerrero
Community Member
1 month ago

(LOUD, BLOODCURDLING SCREAM)!!!!!!!!!

Sophie Babbitt
Community Member
1 month ago

IT LOOKS LIKE A TINY WINGED MOOSE OMG ITS SO CUTE

Lyndie Knockleby
Community Member
1 month ago

DON"T F***ING EAT IT!!

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't even dare to eat it or do anything with it. Let it go, man. Let it go.

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor homely, GIANT creature.

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

The Jersey Devil is said to fly, and have the face of a horse ...

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, looks like a horse head.....That thing is BIG!

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It's a type of Flying Fox. They are friendly animals that eat fruit.

Marika Aeon
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor bat...hope he was released

Geoff Morton
Community Member
1 month ago

Oooh, that's a nope from me...

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh super cool!!!

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

"Phluggrg"

Gabriela Retana
Community Member
1 month ago

Leroy from The Red Pyramid

3ke
Community Member
1 month ago

That picture is unflattering for that poor bat.

Lucia ZG
Community Member
1 month ago

😰😰😰😰

Lucia ZG
Community Member
1 month ago

Scary

Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
1 month ago

Woah, how big is this bat???

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 month ago

I freaked out because we had his cousins in our house, so I am now living miles away from that home!

Dave van Es
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't that the dude from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace? You know, the one racing Anakin

Cindy Iversen
Community Member
1 month ago

Camera perspective is everything. While large, these bats are between 7 - 12 inches long and under 1 pound.

Annemarie Mattheyse
Community Member
1 month ago

The stuff of nightmares. o_O

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dam !

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

im hiding under my bed now terrified

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

what the hell

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

She's a big bat, I love them, like they have leather coats on.

ACE
Community Member
1 month ago

Holy shit!

ACE
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a cross between a dog and boar wearing a cape. That thing could carry a small child away.

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Susanna Scott
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1 month ago

In general, I love bats. I think they're adorable, but this is the stuff my nightmares are made of...

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW!!!

Irene Walton
Community Member
1 month ago

holy crap!!

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor baby.

Bob Connely
Community Member
1 month ago

I believe this is incorrect, inasmuch as that creature pictured is my ex-wife's Divorce Attorney...

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 month ago

Moose-bat!

Amy Pontious
Community Member
1 month ago

Scary!

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like it could harm u

OTTER
Community Member
1 month ago

Damn, he’s ugly!!!

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, HECK no!

Gabby M
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my gosh that poor thing....a face only a mother could love.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 month ago

So nice and cuddly! Nightmares? No way! lol

Cathy Carey
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor bat, looks like he's in a bad way - poor thing.

Debbie Archimedes
Community Member
1 month ago

Just one more reason to never visit Australia😳

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

He is HUGH. I always think of them much smaller.

Katie Allen
Community Member
1 month ago

Hugh? Hugh Laurie? Hugh Jackman? Hugh Grant?

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Lorraine Mason
Community Member
1 month ago

do they come from india by any chance?

Marcus Sampson
Community Member
1 month ago

They are odd looking, but they usually look cuter when they aren't woken up and man-handled by the scruff of the neck.

Brendy Forest
Community Member
1 month ago

My chinese friends, please don't eat that!!!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

one ugly critter!

Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Man-Bat.

Rachel Borowyckyj
Community Member
1 month ago

We have whats called a flying fox over here in Australia. They are sometimes called a mega bat, they are amount some of the largest. Wingspan of 1.5 metres (5 feet), with a head and body length of about 40 cm (16 inches), but, they are really cute.

Glenn Komus
Community Member
1 month ago

thanks for making sure i won't sleep tonight!... lol

Amber Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

That just freaks me the hell out! My brother got big by a small black rabid bat when he was a baby. I watched it happen ( I was 4) and I've had the worst aversion to them since!

Makayla Rhodes
Community Member
1 month ago

That thing is huge

StinkyMonkey
Community Member
1 month ago

This picture is really misleading, they're not nearly as big as the forced perspective makes this one look. They don't usually grow taller than 23 cm.

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
1 month ago

Fabulous

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing

Ice cube
Community Member
1 month ago

Real-life sebulba...

Max L.
Community Member
1 month ago

This dude looks a mangalorian from the fifth element

Allen Lavine
Community Member
1 month ago

That's from jeepers creepers

Panda with Heart
Community Member
1 month ago

That is massive

Talia
Community Member
1 month ago

Straight out of Bloodborne

MsLou
Community Member
1 month ago

Its face reminds me of a camel

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of Coraline

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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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JayyKess Report

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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TechConnectify Report

David Jeu
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1 month ago

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

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sarahmcgphoto Report

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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todayyearsoldig Report

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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SlTHBARNES Report

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
Community Member
1 month ago

Here we go again...

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