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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pei meow
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3 months ago

That's a cute and fascinating fact

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kitty.boom
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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

cool!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crap.

Tovah Roche
Community Member
3 months ago

The interweb done break my brain today with all these factoids.

kurisutofu
Community Member
3 months ago

Is it true or just something that looks true after the fact?

Miriam Baartman
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahaha! I had no idea!

Rachel Hamrick
Community Member
3 months ago

Mindblown...

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoa.... mind blown

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Great factoid.

it's me again
Community Member
3 months ago

:O

Sandra Burnett
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow! I am a 5th-grade teacher and my kids always struggle with fractions. I will definitely be using this in my lessons next school year.

david kohn
Community Member
3 months ago

i noticed the first time i saw one

CincyReds
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't think I even remember what a fraction is, but his makes sense

Jace
Community Member
3 months ago

Seriously? ½ is a fraction. ½ of a pie is 50% of the pie. ⅓ is a smaller fraction. The bottom number is how many pieces into which you’re diving up a thing, and the top number is how many pieces you have. Ie: ⅓ of a pie is one of three equal pieces.

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Weishaar Jamie
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3 months ago

I'm so bad at math that I don't even understand your explanation and I'm "this" many years old

Honeybuzz
Community Member
3 months ago

As a kid i had this doubt that the symbol is a blank fraction and asked my teacher who just laughed in my face and said obviously not.

KimTx
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoa... 53.

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

I just found out this minute - are we any better off for knowing it? In what way; I don't want to miss anything - except trouble.

Racoons Rock
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy f***

Colleen Garland
Community Member
3 months ago

OK, if you say so?

Ahmed Samer Khalil
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3 months ago

Once you see it, you cant un-see it

Mikael Murstam
Community Member
3 months ago

haha who didn't know this

Diana Tulip
Community Member
3 months ago

Say WHAT?!?

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
3 months ago

My brain just broke...

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

Mind blown.

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG MIND BLOWN

Fatty Lumpkin
Community Member
3 months ago

you just found that out

jovi
Community Member
3 months ago

Major, major, wow. (math-kinda-liking-type)

John Young
Community Member
3 months ago

And when you see it in the cell of an Apple “Numbers” app, it confusingly looks like a plus sign!

Rebekah Boka
Community Member
3 months ago

*still do not under stand oh i understand

Jace
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah I learned this recently too. Forgot it again.

deewanipoetry
Community Member
3 months ago

Why is this so surprising to so many people I always thought fractioning and dividing were the same thing.

Jaelyn
Community Member
3 months ago

...dude... what?

Karen Lyon
Community Member
3 months ago

Makes sense!

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
3 months ago

wow. I was many years ago old when I found that one out. And then I suprised the **** out of the entire school. (i was a kid)

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoooaaa.

Heather Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

And the division sign is called an obelus. Which used to be a mark inserted in text to indicated questionable passages.

Rita Teo
Community Member
3 months ago

I read somewhere that the ampersand was part of the alphabet a long time ago.

katboxjanitor
Community Member
3 months ago

Math AGAIN????

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, I thought about that randomly in class and was like, "Oh my god... MS. LANDERS!" XD

Madie Tichnell
Community Member
3 months ago

Duh😂

Nayeli Ortiz
Community Member
3 months ago

THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

Wordfloe-Acid-Test
Community Member
3 months ago

... Mind... Blown...

Paul Jordan
Community Member
3 months ago

Far Canal

Jacqui Dunn
Community Member
3 months ago

Likewise, ditto.

Lindsey Judd-Bruder
Community Member
3 months ago

BRO...

Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

LMFAO

Paul Chang
Community Member
3 months ago

Good to know. Did not know for 70 yrs.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, me too!

Jael Grant
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait a damn minute

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
3 months ago

My education was lacking!!!!!

Tim Douglass
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm going to say "probably not" on this one. The symbol goes back to ancient Greece while the mathematical use of it dates only to 1659.

Tambot
Community Member
3 months ago

Mind blown

Devyn Nagy
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep. I just figured that out recently too!

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Now what else?

Fireflower
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought it was a barrier separating two dots

David Jeu
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3 months ago

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Seems quite obvious.

More Thanimages
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3 months ago

Not quite, not even at all for many. What is quite obvious is the insecurity shown by your type of comment.

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Martha Meyer
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3 months ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Hans
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3 months ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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Not-so-MadMax
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3 months 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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3 months ago

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

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Martha Meyer
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3 months ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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RJ
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3 months ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
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3 months ago

*cries in Android*

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chi-wei shen
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3 months 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
3 months ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
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3 months ago

I knew James Earl Jones and that was it

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

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

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OS
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3 months ago

Chupakabra

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DE Ray
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3 months ago

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

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Martti Laurson
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3 months ago

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

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David Jeu
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3 months ago

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

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Flisey
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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

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

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Hans
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3 months ago

Here we go again...

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