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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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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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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Hans
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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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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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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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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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Nash Nopper
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1 month ago

cool!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Holy crap.

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Hans
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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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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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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

I'm A Lazy Panda
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1 month ago

HOLY CRAP THEY DO

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Adur Bdur
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1 month ago

The fruit, I think it's called cachew apple, is supposed to be delicious.

Maiun
Community Member
1 month ago

Any idea why we don't have the fruit available in the shops too? I'm in the U.K. cashews are really popular but never knew they were only a small part of the fruit. Can anyone describe what the fruit tastes like?

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Fireflower
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1 month ago

I read somewhere that the cashew nut at this stage is actually toxic, and it needs to be processed in some way for it to be edible

Shadow
Community Member
1 month ago

You'd be surprised how many of the food we eat are potentially poisonous if not harvested or prepared properly. Tomatoes and potatoes both have the same toxin in them as belladonna (deadly nightshade) and most types of beans will kill an adult if you eat ~7 of them uncooked.

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Gabriela L.
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1 month ago

So funny that it's not common worldwide. I'm from Brazil and it's a ridiculously common/cheap fruit around here, the juice is delicious too. We call it "caju" (cashew) and what you guys call "cashew" it's the "castanha de caju" (cashew nut) to us. :)

mummy pig
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1 month ago

Im from india it's called kaju in Hindi and kashuandi in Malayalam my native language:)

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Life as I know it will never be the same.

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

And they are not nuts. :)

Jimmy Wright
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1 month ago

They will kill you if eaten raw.

Fulllength
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1 month ago

Fun fact this fruit is poisonous when not ripe

Denise Mclean
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1 month ago

I never gave it much thought. That is interesting !

Katie Allen
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1 month ago

Apparently drinks made out of cashew apple juice are really popular in Brazil.

Amanda Pucinelli
Community Member
1 month ago

The fruit is delicious, we eat it a lot in Brazil

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
1 month ago

What do cashew apples taste like?

NQ L
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to live next to a cashew farmer in Asia. He allowed people to eat all the fruits, just leave him the cashews. He had tin cans everywhere in his farm. It was fun to watch people discovering the cashew fruit.

Chris Bequette
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4 weeks ago

This is why you can’t buy cashews in the shell. They just don’t look very appetizing like this.

Racoons Rock
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda look like the infected mushroom

Hannah Behan
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1 month ago

ohhh i was waiting for this one

Hannah Behan
Community Member
1 month ago

ohhhh i was waiting for this one

Diane Powell
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes! Sorta Creepy!

Ahmed Samer Khalil
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like trolls

Raquel Navarro
Community Member
1 month ago

The fruit is amazing for juice! #CostaRicanHacks

Desiree Beck
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like old men with Jamaican hats on

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
1 month ago

I am never eating a cashew again.

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

Disturbing and inappropriate

Drawing Gamer
Community Member
1 month ago

wow didnt know they did that

Samantha-anne Surgenor
Community Member
1 month ago

Also very poisonious eaten in this state, they have to be cooked and cleaned a few times prior to them coming out as we know them, as they are related to the poison ivy family.

Jewels Vern
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, and all cashews are roasted because raw ones are poisonous.

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
1 month ago

We have that in our province. And I knew back then that what we eat is the colorful part not the seeds sprouting in their butt. I knew nothing.🤣🤣

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

I read all about cashews on Wikipedia years ago. Neat info. I wish I could find out what the fruit tastes like but it doesn’t ship well at all so it’s basically unavailable except where they’re grown.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

They're the face under pears?

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

i noticed that in ma childhood (not lying)

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

Never knew.

Only If Panda
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1 month ago

I love Colleen Ballinger she's also Miranda Sings

Debra Powers
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1 month ago

Fruit poop.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

How exotic is that?The colours too. Then the nut has a casing before we roast them?Nature never fails to amaze.

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

They sometimes use the fruity part to make wine.

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
1 month ago

thats not weird at all.. 0.0

Alexis Martinez
Community Member
1 month ago

I honestly thought everyone knew this

MacDudu
Community Member
1 month ago

If Toad from Mario Kart turned into a zombie

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 month ago

Now this makes me sure I have a world full of info I have too learn and they say your never too old too learn!

Wordfloe-Acid-Test
Community Member
1 month ago

Apparently in some countries (South America I think?) they eat the apples. I've wondered for years what the apple tastes like.

Lyra Sis
Community Member
1 month ago

I am proud to say I knew this one :)

William McCarthy
Community Member
1 month ago

what the hell is that fruit thing

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmm... the fact that someone knew this, is interesting.... I THINK.....

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Why don’t we eat the apple things?

Lynn Greyling
Community Member
1 month ago

Angry and nuts!

Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

That looks gross! How can they be so delicious?

Steve Cruz
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1 month ago

Cashew apples taste horrible. Fresh cashews easily cook down into a creamy sauce.

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow ! Look at Mr. Grumpy in the middle - he is fed up hanging around.

Hugh Crawford
Community Member
1 month ago

How hungry was the first person to try eating that?

Ann O'Riley
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like mountain apples! (Syzygium malaccense)

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooo -- taste better than they look!

Anna Bender
Community Member
1 month ago

They are related to poison ivy. Most of the irritant is in the fruit which is why you never see it in the store like this. Mangoes are related to poison ivy too. My daughter is extremely sensitive to poison ivy ( emergency room and steroid shots sensitive) and mangoes affect her the same way.

Sam Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

That's nuts.

Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahaha, I live in Brazil, so I grew up knowing that. But I must tell you that I thought marshmallows grew on trees ... Because I ALWAYS saw them in American movies at the end of sticks when people put them over a fire... :E This American friend of mine had the laugh of a lifetime when I asked her that.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm always amazed at the things that humans decided to try as food, such as this and the artichoke

Adeniji Wasilah
Community Member
1 month ago

Cashews are sold like this in Nigeria

Achilles Kormentzas
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s one ferocious looking cashew

martin Phiri
Community Member
1 month ago

we had these on our farm

Prairiebee
Community Member
1 month ago

They burn picks hands too.

Katinka Min
Community Member
1 month ago

I only recently learned what an insane amount of work goes into turning cashews into the 'nuts' we eat. And that that work is done in Asia, so those damn things travel the world two or three times before they end on our plates. I do like them, but their carbon footprint is ridicolous.

Geoffrey Holland
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1 month ago

Your spelling of ridiculous is ridiculous.

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Rebecca Larson
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1 month ago

Angrily? These nuts have a 'tude.

M Adams
Community Member
1 month ago

And the shells are poisonous

Sasy
Community Member
1 month ago

I saw a doco on this a few years ago, and sat there the whole time going ' no wonder they cost so much' all that effort for one little delicious nut at the bottom of that fruit, I also wonder why the fruit is not sold everywhere.

Dolevaal
Community Member
1 month ago

This is inappropriate pretty!

Boop
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1 month ago

Nobody: Me: FrUiT pOoPs

Mary Haynes
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1 month ago

me too

Animal lover❤
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1 month ago

Weird

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RJ
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1 month ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
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1 month ago

*cries in Android*

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chi-wei shen
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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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Palestinian warrior
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1 month ago

Hahahahaha

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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
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1 month ago

Chupakabra

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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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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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David Jeu
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1 month ago

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

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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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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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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
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1 month ago

Here we go again...

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