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
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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.

elfin
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4 months ago

It doesn't target brain memory cells, but it erases the immune system's memory.

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Hans
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4 months ago

And compares to the measles, most other contagious diseases (including corona) have ridiculously low spreading rates. Meales will rip through unvaccinated populations like an explosion. This is why the vaccine against it is such a success story.

cassiushumanmother
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4 months ago

the measles vaccine is mandatory in France just since 2018 for kids. 17000 cases between 2008 and 2011. Among the french population only 55% of the 24-34 years old are effectively vaccinated and 60% of the over 50yrs old have no vaccination record at all.

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Stille20
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4 months ago

This is inaccurate. There was a study in 2019 and it says 20% to 50% of antibodies. A little hypercritical to point at anit vaxxers when you bring inaccurate facts to the argument. Let's fight ignorance with facts.

Hallak65
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4 months ago

So the fact is, after survive the measles, an anti-vaxx child has 20% to 50% chance to get disease that he/she already survived and got antibodies against it. You are right, it is so much better....

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chi-wei shen
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4 months ago

I don't know much about measles, but I do know how dangerous anti-vaxx is.

Valentina Lattante
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4 months ago

"A new study shows that measles wipes out 20 to 50 percent of antibodies against an array of viruses and bacteria, depleting a child's previous immunity." Still: vaccines rock!!!!

Lilfish_74
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4 months ago

Tbh, I didn't read the whole article. That being said it states that measles do cause some immunosuppression in addition to it being a nasty disease all by itself and is totally preventable means the moral of this story is: vaccinate yourself and your kids.

Janet Elliott
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4 months ago

Selfish of those who do not vaccinate. I have lost my immune system and cannot have measles vaccine. I am at risk of measles from those who do not vaccinate.

El Dee
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4 months ago

This is 'kinda' true. The disease works through immunosuppression but once you've had it you are, for example, immune from getting it again. So it's not a permanent case of immunosuppression. If this were the case everyone who had measles would die from it. Spoiler, I've had measles, didn't die. Before we had a vaccine it was considered a normal childhood disease and deaths among the otherwise healthy were fairly rare..

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

its fully true because no one said you couldnt rebuild immunity to stuff, but I had german measles back in my 20s and then proceeded to have a cold or flu twice a month for years.. so.. that sucked

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John Braines
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4 months ago

This is not true. The paper says that in a few cases where the person suffers a severe illness from measles it may reduce levels of some antibodies by up to 70%. There is no indication that they would not be replaced if the person caught that infection. There is also an indication that patients who have had severe measles have an increased morbidly rate. However it does not say they two are directly linked there may be other causes like poor living condition, lack of general vaccination etc., they have not said that measles is an underlying cause. Having said that I know from my own experience of having measles when young ( before the vaccination was available), it is a nasty disease and can have life changing impacts. In my case it affected my vision meaning I was unable to follow my preferred career as a cameraman/ photographer.

Robin DJW
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4 months ago

An Oct 31, 2019 article in Science says that a new study reveals 11-73% loss of antibodies that protect against viral and bacteriological diseases that the person was previously immune to. In the 4th grade I had the measles. this was before a vaccine existed. So now I have an idea why I (maybe) had mononucleosis in the 6th grade. I was really sick with both diseases. My mother was a nurse and she was heartsick about it. It hurts a parent to be powerless.

Lisa Pownall
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3 months ago

I had it at two or three years of age and it nearly killed me, so I can completely understand your ongoing problems. I too have serious chronic conditions that are likely the result of a lowered immune system response. It's not fun to live like this which is why I am totally for vaccinations.

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elfin
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4 months ago

I first read that a few months ago when the news featured measles outbreaks (prior to COVID). Bacteria can kill you, but viruses can do all kinds of weird things. And they can't be killed because they aren't alive (some controversy about that, but it's the consensus). COVID is a strand of RNA that needs a host cell and its functionality in order to replicate.

Cristina Berger
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4 months ago

If you ever had any of the 36 coronaviruses in your life, the covid 19 test will show positive for you.

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Steve Cruz
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4 months ago

In the end, the CHILDREN will pay for their parents' ill-informed hysteria.

martin Phiri
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4 months ago

Maybe some dude who was trying to erase Humanity started Anti-vaxx

tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

This may explain why I got chicken pox twice.

María Hermida
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3 months ago

Actually, once you have chicken pox you always have the virus, which can "activate" again for different reasons. Herpes Zoster is actually caused by the chicken pox virus.

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

I shall have to fact check this one.

María Hermida
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3 months ago

One intelligent comment! Congratulations!

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Cristina Berger
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4 months ago

The test is looking for genetic material and as long as it matches 80% of the genome of any coronavirus, it will show positive. The test is not looking for a covid19 virus per se. I have official links from FDA, CDC, WHO and a test kit maker stating these facts.

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

This is true. I am neither anti vax nor pro vax. I wish true facts were able to be communicated and shared without brainwashed people on both sides plugging their ears and closing their eyes.

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B S
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4 months ago

Nope. While the body has to re-learn immunity, it's not to ALL disease. Measles wipes out 20 to 50 percent of antibodies against an array of viruses and bacteria, depleting a child's previous immunity.

Veruca Salt
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3 months ago

OP never said 100% Try again

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Cristina Berger
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4 months ago

I want to see who paid for the study. Follow the money.

María Hermida
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3 months ago

Definitely!

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John Stricker
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4 months ago

I'm calling BS on this. I've had measles. I have a healthy immune system and rarely get anything contagious. When I do get a cold or flu, I'm over them pretty quickly and I'm 63. Not anti-vax, just tired of people making shit up to support their point of view.

Jo Bebe
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4 months ago

It may not be everyone, but there are studies that show children who are still developing an immune system do suffer from immune memory loss after having measles.......... this is scary considering how many people are on this anti-vaxx hype. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03324-7

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Cameron Gable
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4 months ago

measles is gene-ocide

Veruca Salt
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3 months ago

lol good one

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Animal lover❤
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4 months ago

WHAT?! it does that?

Jace
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3 months ago (edited)

Holy fuck! I did not know this. I only just learned about immune system memory cells. Edit: according to other commentators, this is hyperbolized. “There was a study in 2019 and it says 20% to 50% of antibodies.”

Merlyn Emrys
Community Member
3 months ago

yep. a lot of viruses can screw you for the rest of your life. i have severe myalgic encephalomyelitis because I was a kid before the chickenpox vaccine, and in my 30s the virus that nearly killed me as a child came back, gave me shingles and then said BTW FU, and my body basically broke on a neurological level and now I use a wheelchair and am in danger fro covid. VACCINATE YOUR KIDS.

Karen Lyon
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3 months ago

Well, these are relatively recent studies, so there's that. But that is definitely a huge argument against the anti-vax xcrowd. I am going to remember that one.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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3 months ago

Interesting theory, yet to be verified.

Lynn Morello
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3 months ago

I grew up in an era of people holding Measles parties and they didn't erase memory cells. I have always had an immunity because of my actually having measles.

Veruca Salt
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3 months ago

Im so sorry no one ever taught you reading comprehension but the OP was referring to your immunity to other illnesses you have already had and become immune to... which you can become immune to again by getting them again, same as the first time... Please consider taking some courses in English. The whole world might open up for you, if you're able to better understand things that are being communicated to you.

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Aileen Grist
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4 months ago

After having measles in 1957 - before a vaccine - I got TB from milk - no-one else got ill. I was 3 years old and I've had health problems ever since.

Caroline Driver
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4 months ago

I saw this elsewhere, I want a link to the paper that explains this

Sandra Llewelyn
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4 months ago

Measles infections in children can wipe out the immune system’s memory of other illnesses such as influenza, according to a pair of studies1,2. This can leave kids who recover from measles vulnerable to other pathogens that they might have been protected from before their bout with the virus.

Sandra Llewelyn
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4 months ago

From: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03324-7

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Charlotte A.
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4 months ago

Not completely: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03324-7

Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

When I was growing up EVERYONE had the measles, mumps, etc. There were NO vaccines.

Sam Leigh
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3 months ago

🤯 Wot! Really? ..|

Racoons Rock
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3 months ago

Oh better not have a measles pandemic next

Viv Hart
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3 months ago

I got measles while I was in rehab from polio, at 6 y.o. Got chickenpox later! Before vaccine was available.

Bean53
Community Member
3 months ago

I doubt this is true. I had measles when I was 17. My body fights disease just fine, then and now.

Alex
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3 months ago

You all appear well read and very intelligent. I would, however, love to hear from a physician, or someone who works with this as a full time profession.

Madelyn Grace
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3 months ago

That’s not true at all

Laura Crawley
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3 months ago

O m g Ani’s question should be on a funny Responce list!

j miller
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3 months ago

Vaccines are fine...once they remove the animal parts, deadly poisons, HUMAN parts, micro-chips and tracking devices!

katboxjanitor
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3 months ago

It erases the immune system's ability to recognize the measels germs.

MacDudu
Community Member
3 months ago

Lies.

María Hermida
Community Member
3 months ago

That's simply not true. If it were true, people who catch measles would die. All of them. No survivors. And if they survived the measles they would die the next time they catch a cold, or an ear infection or basically anything.

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

you're very brave letting an entire public forum know your'e science illiterate

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Marnie
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4 months ago

Downvote this post! This is incorrect. See most of the other comments here for clarification.

Veruca Salt
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3 months ago

nope, Im upvoting the post and downvoting you. anti science people are not cool.

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Ian Koch
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4 months ago

THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO CALL WATER THE VACCINATION FOR DEHYDRATION! SO WE CAN GET RID OF THE STUPID ANIT-VAXERS

pret atva
Community Member
4 months ago

Umm I had measles though. And nothing dramatic happened after that. Lemme read about this. Not sure about this post. But measles like chicken pox assures you will never get measles again.

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

literally no one claimed it was a dramatic thing. Thats like saying "I was born and nothing dramatic happened" no, nothing dramatic happened, you were exposed to lots of colds over the years though.. and after getting measels hyou are now at risk of getting those same strains of cold you got and lived through just fine as a kid. Its more an annoyance than anything but like, why risk it if you can get a shot?

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Amy Pontious
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4 months ago

Wow didn't know this!

María Hermida
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3 months ago

Don't worry. It's false

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OTTER
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4 months ago

Who taught you that?

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

Science. try it sometime. It's pretty rad.

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Ruth Beaty
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4 months ago

Well, that's interesting, I had measles, among other things, as a child, Wonder if that explains a lot of my health problems as an adult?

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW! Had measles as a child. First I heard about this for sure!

Leslie Burleson
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4 months ago

This is absolutely ridiculous

Sue Prewitt
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4 months ago

I don't believe this one

Heather Keedy Bateman
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4 months ago

You don't have to. That's what all the science is for.

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Lorraine R
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4 months ago

Does this explain why kids who got it mostly survived but adults getting it for the first time would get hit harder and often die?

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
4 months ago

thats so scary! im very glad i had the vaccine and i feel so sorry for anyone who HAS had measles

sebastian nye
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4 months ago

I'm a pro-vaxxer, but gotta point out that you can rebuild immunity

Veruca Salt
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3 months ago

No one ever claimed that you couldnt.

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Bettye McKee
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4 months ago

When I was young, EVERYONE got measles and chickenpox. Measles especially was dangerous because it could cause deafness and other problems. But at least we were vaccinated for smallpox. It could be fatal.

Jane Chick
Community Member
4 months ago

👍

Rachel Henry
Community Member
4 months ago

It erases 11 to 73 percent of your antibodies

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty sucky!! I got a lot of colds as a kid and then they tapered off as I finally had some immunities, then in my 20s i got the measels and bam, had colds and flues twice a freakin month for yearrrrss, This is very very true, and while its more of a pain in the butt than anything incredibly dangerous, its best to avoid if you can!

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Gina
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4 months ago

That is absolutely terrifying as an adult. For whatever reason I was not immunized against the measles. I found that out when I was pregnant with my oldest. I am afraid to get the vaccine. I don't take really any meds. When mine were little I got them the chicken pox vaccination and the both still had around 5 little blisters each on the back of their neck and got quite sick. I can not afford to go down.

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

if youre considering having any more children please please vaccinate yourself, I caught german measels in my 20s - and had a friend who ws pregnant at the time. it will completely damage the fetus in many ways.. i am so thankful every day my friend didnt come over until after I figured out why I was so red... and yelled at her through my door to get the heck away

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Katinka Min
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4 months ago

? Huh? That's odd, I grew up in the 70s&80s in Germany and noone vaccinated against measles, rubella and some others. They were called and considered 'children's diseases', it was expected that every child goes through most of these and as kids we actually compared (and bragged) who'd been through the most. I was an adult when I learned how dangeorus measles can be. But that memory loss effect can't be that lethal, or we'd all be extinct.

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
4 months ago

I had measles when I was about 7 (ish, can't really remember now) but I've fought off many a virus since then.

Veruca Salt
Community Member
3 months ago

Having to fight them off indicates that you did not have an immunity to them.. lol

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Ciro Ciro
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4 months ago

Fake, 99.9% of measles infections are mild and have no consequence. If there are consequences most likely the person was immunosuppressed before, maybe because of too many vaccines. My opinion is you're free to vaccinate yourself but don't force others to do it against their will, it violates basic human rights.

John Baker
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3 months ago

My opinion is that you are an idiot.

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Marcia Bourland
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4 months ago

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Corrine Todd
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4 months ago

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That's rubbish, I've had measles and German measles and I'm just fine. I was vaccinated but unlucky

Eunice Probert
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4 months ago

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I was vaccinated, but had measles, German measles, and chickenpox.

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Jerry Hammond
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4 months ago

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BULLSHIT

Maria Ines Molina
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4 months ago

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OMFG

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Nash Nopper
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4 months ago

cool!

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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?

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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
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
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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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