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.

Weishaar Jamie
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4 months ago

They turn purple

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Douglas Campbell
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4 months ago

I remember when I lived in London, (from NYC) and a woman I worked with made vegetable lasagna and I asked if there was eggplant and zucchini in it and she got very offended and said in a huff, "Well, if by eggplant and zucchini you mean aubergine and courgettes, then yes."

jon doglegs
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4 months ago (edited)

All that knowledge, and she still got offended, what a waste. She might've just corrected you, maybe by starting with "listen, you upstart colonial, here in england ....." (jk)

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

I did not know that.

Tobb Delow
Community Member
4 months ago

I was today years old when I found out that some people call eggplants aubergines. Maybe tomorrow I will learn how to pronounce it.

Arenite
Community Member
4 months ago

Aw-ber-jeans.

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Tobb Delow
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4 months ago

I was today years old when I found out that eggplants are also called aubergines. Maybe tomorrow I will find out how to pronounce it.

Arenite
Community Member
4 months ago

Aw-ber-jeans.

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Hugh Crawford
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4 months ago

also called testical fruit in some countries

desert29rat
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4 months ago

I never knew this, but they certainly do look like eggs growing.

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Never knew there were white ones - makes sense to me.

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
4 months ago

We call them aubergines here but I did wonder about the "eggplant" name.

Yana Friman
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG! Who could have thought... I've never thought of it. Thanks)

tuzdayschild
Community Member
4 months ago

Me too.

My O My
Community Member
4 months ago

Now that explains a lot

kurisutofu
Community Member
4 months ago

Now I want to plant some!

Animal lover❤
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh cool

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

I was today years old when I realized what eggplants looked like, why they were named eggplant, and that there was another name for them.

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Having lived both sides of the Atlantic, I knew about this one. Also zucchini are the same as courgettes.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow! Thanks for sharing that. I have always wondered what relationship an eggplant had with an egg. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

When you've grown up around a veggie patch, you take for granted the things most people don't know: Brussels Sprouts grow in clusters; many veggies "blossom" after which time they're not good for eating (artichokes, broccoli, basil); when you grow a small patch of lettuces at home, don't pick the entire head, just the outer leaves -- it will keep growing an entire season.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 months ago

That is just American English. It has different names depending on the country.

PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
4 months ago

I always wondered about that too!

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

WHAT IS THIS!!! OH! I know the purples ones!

Racoons Rock
Community Member
3 months ago

AAAA OH MY I'm today years old swell

Isabelly Favacho Casseb
Community Member
3 months ago

NOSSA, NEM SABIA Q EXISTIA ISSO

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
3 months ago

I always thought they were purple?!

Ivy Ruonakoski
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoa!

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

DO THEY FEEL LIKE EGGS, TOO? DO THEY HAVE A HARD OUTER LAYER?

Rebekah Boka
Community Member
3 months ago

they do look like eggs

Laura Crawley
Community Member
4 months ago

Awesome!!

Jus
Community Member
4 months ago

Ooooh, now that makes sense!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

They surely do..if they are all white..I have only grown purple that are streaked when little.

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
4 months ago

But, but, those eggplants are not aubergine....

Me
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought those were eggs.

Kim St
Community Member
4 months ago

thats pretty. i just want the plant.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

I had heard it but I have never seen egg plants at this stage in their growth!

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow... I was clueless on this matter! this is well before they get to that aubergine color, I think.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 months ago

Huh. Never seen a baby aubergine, but this explains it completely

Jacqui Dunn
Community Member
4 months ago

My mother, trying to get me to eat aubergine when I was a child, told me that they taste like eggs ("why they're called eggplant!"). It was her fault I refused to try them again until I was an adult.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW!

Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
4 months ago

I NEVER KNEW THIS!!!!!

Ellie Ragsdale
Community Member
4 months ago

I can't believe anyone calls them aubergines, I've always thought of it as eggplant (American here)

stripper dream
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh wow. Thank you! I was today years old when I found this out thanks you.

Andy Pants
Community Member
4 months ago

But why do they taste so horrible?

Katie Allen
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't think they do

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Cal Capone
Community Member
4 months ago

aubergine...?

David Jeu
Community Member
4 months ago

Eggplants grow purple from the beginning. Google it. I dont know what this is..

glowworm2
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4 months ago

There's a white version as well.

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chi-wei shen
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4 months ago

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It's pretty obvious.

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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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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.

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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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