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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4 months ago

That's a cute and fascinating fact

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kitty.boom
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4 months ago

cool!

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Advil Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

Holy crap.

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Hans
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4 months ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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Not-so-MadMax
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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RJ
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4 months ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
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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
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4 months ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
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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.

Sweetie Dahling
Community Member
4 months ago

...I grew up without these and had to learn to be mindful of them when I moved to another country. Not to say that this person wasn't just being an asshole....but sometimes outwardly asshole-y behaviour is just the result of obliviousness

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Shart
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4 months ago

And its totally legal for the fire dept to do this

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Absolutely! I told my children this long before they were learning to drive... I wanted them to remember

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varwenea
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4 months ago

I'm sorry to be rude, but it's just dumb that anyone did not already understand this.

Craig Lee
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4 months ago

It's not rude to state that. It should be basic knowledge.

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Cal Capone
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4 months ago

I've seen someone come back to their car and try to cut the hose off in a fit of rage. she tried to stab a fireman too

Leo Petipas
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4 months ago

Whoa Nelly!!

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Rissie
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4 months ago

This is not why you don't park in front of a fire hydrant. You don't park in front of a fire hydrant to prevent firemen have to perform an extra task by having to do this and to give them ample access to one... Now you might have finally realized fire hoses are not garden hoses. Sure.

Catlady6000
Community Member
4 months ago

We figured it out in the '90s, watching the movie "Backdraft"

Royakuss
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4 months ago

Great scene.

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Tambot
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4 months ago

It's gotta feel good smashing through that window

NMN
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder what was the reason the person thought it was before seeing that. Like, seriously, access to the hydrant, what other reason s/he might have thought?

Denise Mclean
Community Member
4 months ago

They had none. The man grew up without them. I think the problem is that people scan read too much and then believe what they want to have heard.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

You shouldn't do it because it impedes access and wastes time. They punch it through your window because they are making a point.. and because they can.

Tim Douglass
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually they punch through your window because that large supply line doesn't bend much. The intent of having the large outlet on the street side (there are smaller ones on the other sides) is so the FD can use a short, straight line right to the pumper parked in front of the hydrant.

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Pam
Community Member
4 months ago

Serves you right

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 months ago

I know that and I'm British; we don't even *have* fire hydrants!

Jace
Community Member
3 months ago

What do you have?

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

How dumb are you? What do you think happened? The fire department just shrugs and says, “oh well, I guess we let it burn.”

abby smink
Community Member
4 months ago

How do people not already know this?

Denise Mclean
Community Member
4 months ago

Again, trace back to the original comment and see that the poor man was from another country.

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Yeah, you heard
Community Member
4 months ago

Not everyone would know not to park there; not every country has fire hydrants. Or peiple may think a hose can go over their car in an emergency.

Johnny
Community Member
4 months ago

That's also the reason firetrucks have that nice big bumper on the front -- if they can't get the hose through your car, they'll just push it away. Don't worry about damage to the truck bumper since you (or your insurance) will be paying for that too.

.gas.
Community Member
4 months ago

Really? 'Cause my five-year-old knows this. Mostly 'cause there's a huge SIGN that says don't do it. wtf is wrong with people?!

María Hermida
Community Member
4 months ago

How much time do you have?

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Rebekah Boka
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3 months ago

dun dun dun is that my car

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 months ago

This isn't the reason why you don't park in front of a hydrant, this is the consequence.

Jace
Community Member
3 months ago

I just posted the same comment, ha ha

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MacDudu
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4 months ago

Why couldn't they have gone over or under the car with the hose? Just mindless.

CincyReds
Community Member
4 months ago

Dumbass

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Most of the laws regarding vehicles are pretty common sense.

Granny
Community Member
4 months ago

They coul not go over the car??

Sue Laughman
Community Member
4 months ago

Dumb

Animal lover❤
Community Member
4 months ago

Understood, I will not do that

Kim
Community Member
1 week ago

The hose could've easily gone over the car. It's not a huge vehicle exactly...

Sam Leigh
Community Member
3 months ago

😏

ISABEL HICKS
Community Member
3 months ago

Oof.

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

And the city or county is not responsible for repair costs either by law. And you will be ticketed by the cops afterwards for illegal parking. A fine that can run upwards of $150 dollars in the US.

Benny Best
Community Member
3 months ago

i wonder how old they will be when they realise not to park on a red curb?

Silke
Community Member
3 months ago

And before today you thought what?

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
3 months ago

Who park beside a fire hydrant? I never knew one.

Jace
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s not the reason. That the consequence for doing it.

Jaelyn
Community Member
3 months ago

the nicer the car the more pleasure they'll get bustin your windows.

Lisa Pownall
Community Member
3 months ago

Common sense is a misnomer, it doesn't exist in enough people to be common. The lack of sense, in this case, is undeniable, regardless of where you come from. I'm from the other side of the world and we have the same law and the same consequence for disregarding that law in an emergency. Two things should have made them wary of parking there. The large yellow metal object (the fire hydrant) and the red-painted gutter. They look different here, but I'd still know not to park there.

Moose Finley
Community Member
4 months ago

I’ve seen this done a few times one time they flooded a Jaguar

Yunus SJ
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope it's understood that the car window breaking is not the reason why; rather the firefighters delaying their tasks in order to put the hose through the car first, is the reason why

Laura Averill
Community Member
4 months ago

Apparently he never saw the movie Backdraft

Henk Jan Bakker
Community Member
4 months ago

If you consider this the reason... You probably also never murdered someone because there is a life sentence going with it. THINK!!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
4 months ago

And how many people think that Fire hydrants NEVER get used. As in this picture.

Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
4 months ago

Okeeeeyyy .... 😁

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

That is the only thing you didn’t lear, not really you didn’t learn it’s against the law TOO!

Marnie
Community Member
4 months ago

Here's on old Bored Panda post with similar pics. Enjoy! https://www.boredpanda.com/firefighters-break-windows-car-parking-fire-hydrants/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

William McCarthy
Community Member
4 months ago

hahahahahahaha

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
4 months ago

I've seen that happen. Stupid should hurt.

Shellia Ventura
Community Member
4 months ago

It's common sense! That driver got what he deserved!

Mark Serbian
Community Member
4 months ago

AND - There's a HUGE fine that goes with this! It's almost easier to throw away the car - especially if the owner of the property where the fire they're trying to put out decides to sue you. Massively ugly!

Lynn Greyling
Community Member
4 months ago

Big oops...

Bob Connely
Community Member
4 months ago

And if you googlie the topic, there are pics out there of high-end luxury sedans suffering this same fate...

Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I'm guessing that's what the red line is for? 'Oh look, I've found a parking space' Dumbass

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

Saw a fire truck pull behind a passenger vehicle in the fire lane in front of a grocery store. They honked, then honked again, then rammed the idiot out of the way.

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
4 months ago

You're kidding me.

Paul Chang
Community Member
4 months ago

Serves you right

Liesa Yopp
Community Member
4 months ago

I've seen this before, they do NOT F around with fires. If you're in the way they'll wreck you fast.

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

I believe that red curb is supposed to provide a clue.

Steve Barker
Community Member
4 months ago

You are just dumb.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
4 months ago

Play stupid games win stupid prizes...

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
4 months ago

Not to notice but there is a RED curb in front of the fire hydrant. Both come with DO NOT park here.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

Really bad idea! Glad I've avoided that one.

Leo Petipas
Community Member
4 months ago

Don't need common sense when it's in the Driver Examination Manual.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
4 months ago

Um, isn't it part of the rules of the road test? You shouldn't have to be reminded.

Jim Price
Community Member
4 months ago

Fires are savage, fire fighters even more so.

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
4 months ago

Serves them right.

Kay Becker
Community Member
4 months ago

Common sense isn’t so common. Also a traffic violation

Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
4 months ago

You have got to be fucking kidding me how can someone be that sheltered?

Matthew Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

That's his insurance fucked.

desert29rat
Community Member
4 months ago

I love that fire departments have a way to "work through" this stupidity.

Chanelle Knapp
Community Member
4 months ago

The other option is to use their truck to push your car out of the way. And then they send you a bill for the damage your car did to their truck. This is the less destructive option.

Craig Lee
Community Member
4 months ago

This is exactly what they would do if it were a van or a vehicle without a window close to the opening of the hydrant.

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d bradley
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4 months ago

nice

CR Harvey
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4 months ago

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Hope the hose sprung a leak.

Susan Mercurio
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4 months ago

Hope they got a ticket

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Jeremy
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4 months ago

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The hose could have easily gone over

overcat
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4 months ago

the driver could have easily parked elsewhere

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4 months ago

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Maybe they should think about putting the inlet on top of the fire hydrant. Will make life easier for everyone. I dont own a car so i dont really care but still :)

Charlotte
Community Member
4 months ago

You don't own a car, so you don't care if someone else's idiocy and selfishness causes someone to lose their property, home or life to a fire? I assume your smug apathy also comes from your own imperviousness to fire? Or are you just really fucking stupid, as well as lacking in empathy?

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OS
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4 months ago

Chupakabra

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DE Ray
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4 months ago

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

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Martti Laurson
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4 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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4 months ago

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

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Flisey
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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
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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)
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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
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4 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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4 months ago

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

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Hans
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4 months ago

Here we go again...

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