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
Community Member
4 months ago

That's a cute and fascinating fact

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kitty.boom
Community Member
4 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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4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 months ago

cool!

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#9

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Advil Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

Holy crap.

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#10

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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Not-so-MadMax
Community Member
4 months ago

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

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

Weren't we all? It didn't exactly help that old Looney Tunes shorts would usually feature turtles taking off their shells whenever they took a bath or were on the beach.

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Jennifer Plume
Community Member
4 months ago

Turtles are the only vertebrate that lives inside it's vertebrae. (Spine)

Jennifer Plume
Community Member
4 months ago

Correction, the only ones to live inside their bones. I just woke up and Obviously need coffee.

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TheHerplover
Community Member
4 months ago

THANK YOU!!! People have been calling me insane

Rj
Community Member
4 months ago

People always call me insane...

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Venic
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't mean to be mean, but... It's surprising to people that a turtle's shell is part of its body? Really? Where did they think they got them? The Shell station?

Quinn Sullivan
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe they think of it like other animals that can leave their shells. Hermit crabs find their shells, and crabs grow their own and can come out. Or they just never thought about it.

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Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
4 months ago

Turtles also make great pets. They are food motivated and can be taught. They also have individual personalities!

Mollie Burge
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Most pets have individual personalities tho. I want a turtle bad though. They're just so cuuuuute!

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Maiun
Community Member
4 months ago

Always wondered why Americans call tortoises turtles? In the U.K. we call the land bound ones with no flippers -tortoises and the sea based ones with flippers - turtles. Then there are terrapins which are based on land and in the water and don't have flippers......

ilikeplants
Community Member
4 months ago

It's not American in general. It's where you live and your level of exposure. I grew up in northern IL and never saw a turtle. So the difference btwn tortoises and turtles just wasn't really on the radar. Now I live on the coast where there are both - everywhere. And everyone here seems to know the difference, and they use the correct terms.

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Teresa Groth
Community Member
3 months ago

Never knew, but happy to know now!

Barry Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

I"m absolutely shocked and horrified by how many of you did not understand and know this about turtles from your childhood education or, you know, actually just looking at one.

Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm sorry for sounding dismissive, but did people assume turtles change shells as they grow, like people with shoes? I'm not really sure what the revelation is.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you mean relevance?

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sosunlight
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! I have a pet turtle. The amount of people who ask me if I can take Donatello out of his shell...

Tomek Sztuk
Community Member
4 months ago

For real? People are that stupid? O.o

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Andrew Ventura
Community Member
3 months ago

That is not a turtle it is a tortoise

Lynn Morello
Community Member
3 months ago

Tortoise, not Turtle.

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Which is why things shouldn’t be done to their shells.

JLaw
Community Member
4 months ago

This is just fascinating.

Jesus Flores-Marmolejo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

me wondering how hey got the turtle skeleton..............

Andrew Alexander
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Wow! People actually thought they were like Hermit Crabs or something?!

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

O.K.

Sam Leigh
Community Member
3 months ago

😕😟😦 WOT!

Isabella Sherman
Community Member
3 months ago

I learned that from Wild Kratts!

patricia matthews
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow! Interesting

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Blame Walt Disney!

Ally Kaye
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crap that is freaky!!!! All I can think about is sending this to my friend who just has a turtle shell purse chilling in her closet.

Jessica Barrett
Community Member
3 months ago

Where are it's organs?

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
3 months ago

Duh

Ivy Ruonakoski
Community Member
3 months ago

That's how my spine feels after slouching for ten minutes.

kennedy longworth
Community Member
3 months ago

Aren’t their spines attaches to their shells?

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
3 months ago

I really hated seeing cartoon tortoises leaving their shells

jovi
Community Member
3 months ago

😄

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jevais
Community Member
3 months ago

Such sweet reptiles who are on the danger list 📃

Bob Connely
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm This Moment in Time old and I had NO idea. This makes the scrolling worthwhile! Thank you!

Amy Pontious
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow

Burke Hammond
Community Member
4 months ago

weird

Trick Question
Community Member
4 months ago

How hard is Mario jumping on them? O_O

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

My stupid life is destroyed forever. 525E118F-B...e-jpeg.jpg 525E118F-B207-4F3D-921E-1FB231FF00FB-5ecc0a9c0da6e-jpeg.jpg

Sienna Somers
Community Member
3 months ago

Also, this is a tortoise, not a turtle...

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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RJ
Community Member
4 months ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
Community Member
4 months ago

*cries in Android*

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 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
4 months ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
Community Member
4 months ago

I knew James Earl Jones and that was it

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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OS
Community Member
4 months ago

Chupakabra

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DE Ray
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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David Jeu
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Flisey
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 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)
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Untitled_Goose_Man
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Here we go again...

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