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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todayyearsoldig Report

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
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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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yourpappalardo Report

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?

Mark
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4 months ago

My first thought ;)

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Hans
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4 months ago

I do not know... I cannot laugh but pity them. If you need an x-ray at this age, it is not a good sign.

RitaGG
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4 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. :-(

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Tessa Bell
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4 months ago

My grandson saw his baby sister in one of these and said "Why did they put Makayla in a blender?"

Palestinian warrior
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4 months ago

They look squished!

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
4 months ago

Better than a mammogram, though

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A Bringhurst
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4 months ago

My bf works for Philips so he’s seen these up close. We call them shawarma babies, since they look like vertical rotisseries

Shannon Schlivert
Community Member
4 months ago

My son had to have this done as a baby and the poor thing screamed the whole time. It looks cute in these pictures, but it's torture to watch

abby smink
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4 months ago

It's completely fine, the babes just don't like being held still, but it's better than zapping them with x-rays 600 times because they can't hold still

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Jef Bateman
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4 months ago

Reminds me of Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka.

David Jeu
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4 months ago

Useful when doing grocery shopping too.

Daniel Mason
Community Member
4 months ago

They look like they're in Augustus Gloop fancy dress from when he went up the tube

Animal lover❤
Community Member
4 months ago

I saw a post somewhere once where a lady thought this was how abortion works, it was so dumb.

martin Phiri
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4 months ago

look like they were caught by cops 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Jordan Westall
Community Member
4 months ago

Dumb fuckin conservatives use these pics all the time saying its a post birth abortion lmao. How stupid can people be?

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
4 months ago

Why aren't we doing this with pets? o_O

Amanda Sherland
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah, the ol Pigg-o-stat! X ray tech here.... and yes a dork.

abby smink
Community Member
4 months ago

Personally, I don't like to use them, but also love to tell people that it's completely harmless and better than zapping the baby 600 times.

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TheHerplover
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4 months ago

"Pop this one in a tube"

Guild N. Stern
Community Member
4 months ago

My son had to do this, and he was terrified the whole time 😢😢

Luke Jerimiah Perez
Community Member
4 months ago

Will it blend?

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

That's a funny way to do the YMCA!

Lazy Susan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

It’s not that funny if it’s your kid in plastic cylinder X-ray thing, especially bc the only reason they would be in one is if they’re sick or injured. My child had to do that and she didn’t fuss or anything but it wasn’t funny to watch.

Ahmed Samer Khalil
Community Member
3 months ago

Dats one thicc boi

Angry Duck
Community Member
4 months ago

The one in the bottom right looks very offended XD

Rebekah Boka
Community Member
4 months ago

not fun

Kim Conroy
Community Member
4 months ago

I work in a radiology clinic. NO, we do not do this.

MacDudu
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks utterly traumatising

CincyReds
Community Member
4 months ago

My daughter had to get an ex-ray as a baby. I remember this, but I don't remember her being this calm

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
4 months ago

They remind me of Augustus Gloop from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Hannah Burbridge
Community Member
4 months ago

Will it blend?

Rebekah
Community Member
4 months ago

My youngest had this done twice, before he was one. It was seriously heartbreaking, and funny at the same time.

Vanta Black
Community Member
4 months ago

Augustus no!

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 months ago

I should not be laughing, but I am. Those confused looks! :-D

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor baffled babies.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

The look cabbage patch-like.

Leanna Shinkle
Community Member
1 month ago

No When I first looked at this I was thinking about Charlie and the chocolate factory

Bryn Tillberg
Community Member
3 months ago

that is cruel

block of ice on fire
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3 months ago

WILL IT BLEND

Racoons Rock
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor kids. Good that I'm an adult

Edward Moutoux
Community Member
3 months ago

This "unique" device allowed us to get Great images without having repeating the X-rays and saving the baby from unnecessary x-ray exposure, But we don't use these "barbaric" devices anymore. Rad - Tech's now hold the child even though we receive x-ray exposure. Babies are well worth the risk.

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

It's called a papoose! You're welcome. From an X-ray technologist. It's used to prevent unnecessary radiation to unwanted areas of the child and to prevent them from harming themselves further.

Isabelly Favacho Casseb
Community Member
3 months ago

só eu que quero rir mais tenho pena, kkkk

Jazz Akins
Community Member
3 months ago

Next thing you know the Oompa Loompas are singing in the doctors office 😆

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
3 months ago

Hah yeah they do look like cabbage 🥬 patch kids

Mary Norwood DuBose
Community Member
4 months ago

Good ole pig-o-stat...

Mary Norwood DuBose
Community Member
4 months ago

Good ole pig-o-stat~

Lars
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, Jordan...it's really hysterical when babies need x-rays. Pos

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
4 months ago

mostly worried

Robyn Denton
Community Member
4 months ago

2 are in shock, but the one in yellow is seriosly unimpressed!

Jae
Community Member
4 months ago

Our toddler had to get an x-ray like this. I had to stay behind the lead glass; he was crying loudly in the machine, and my wife was sobbing in the hallway. I will never forget the look in his eyes, not understanding why *I* was doing that to him.

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

How claustrophobia starts.

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
4 months ago

So that's why they wouldn't let me in with my son when he was x-rayed. And, of course, he was too young to say anything!

Adrienne Kushner
Community Member
4 months ago

It is called a Pig-o-stat.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

Promotes future claustrophobia But works! The babies all look submissive and not scared.

Gloria Polis
Community Member
4 months ago

This must have been invented in the last decade or two. When my two girls had to be x-rayed, the technician pinched them to make them cry. When they stopped momentarily to take a big breath, she snapped the x-ray. They tell adults to take a big breath and hold it. Wonder how they get these kids to take a big breath?

Debra Pritchett
Community Member
4 months ago

Even funnier - this device is called a Pigg-O-Stat!

sjoliverson
Community Member
4 months ago

Not funny when your 9 month old baby is in one because he has RSV and will be spending 2 weeks in the hospital. Not funny at all. It was terrifying listening to him scream knowing I couldn't be in the room during the chest x-ray.

Jessica Maggio
Community Member
4 months ago

lol yep funny thing, it's called a Pigg-o-stat. No lie!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

When I am in pain It kills me to do the adult form of that!

Faith Nicole
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg 😂 that baby on the top right with all the little fat rolls 😍 so freaking adorable

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
4 months ago

Those faces, how lovely.

J. M. Montes
Community Member
4 months ago

the poor kids

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s a trauma that will come out in therapy later!

Lynn Greyling
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, wearing straight jackets...er...tubes.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 months ago

I imagine that this is what the cat press at the vet's looks like, for vicious cats

Jane Chick
Community Member
4 months ago

Here one for the mums

Kikka io
Community Member
4 months ago

where are you with bottling children this year?

Sandy Shackelford
Community Member
4 months ago

Not so funny when it's your crying baby in there. Been there.

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a good way to induce claustrophobia to me...

Tobias the Tiger
Community Member
4 months ago

The one in the last picture seems to be thinking "When I get out of here, I'm gonna shit on everything you love!"

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

I suspect these could be sold in the home market now that parents are in isolation with their kids. But they need to come in larger sizes.

Steve Barker
Community Member
4 months ago

We used to call it "tadpole in a tube". I hated those things and even though they were there, NEVER once used them. Here's another device in case you were up for a little rotisserie. octostop-5...4daf91.jpg octostop-5ecdb294daf91.jpg

Hugh Crawford
Community Member
4 months ago

Also how Amazon ships them.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

LMAO

Marie Bradley
Community Member
4 months ago

These pictures make me gasp for breath; having a panic attack just looking at them.

Harry Potter nerd
Community Member
4 months ago

What if they get stuck?!?!

Bob Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

Will it blend?

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
4 months ago

The day when the kid decided to start behaving :D

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG lol so adorable

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
4 months ago

The kids don't look amused.

M R
Community Member
4 months ago

“Will it blend?”

N S
Community Member
4 months ago

lol, never seen that before. sure that is not how they used to do it back in the 80s :D

AndersM
Community Member
4 months ago

Get me 3 of those pipes!

Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
4 months ago

Dear Lord!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

That's interesting! Little kids are trussed in the same position when they are roasted on a spit.

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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
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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
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4 months ago

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

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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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