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
Community Member
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
Community Member
4 months ago

cool!

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#9

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Advil Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

Holy crap.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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Not-so-MadMax
Community Member
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
Community Member
4 months ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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RJ
Community Member
4 months ago

Ooooooh never noticed

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Rj
Community Member
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
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
Community Member
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
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
Community Member
4 months ago

They taste identical, so don't bother going out of your way for it.

John Montgomery
Community Member
4 months ago

I grew up with yellow watermelon. While they do taste very similar, yellow is a touch sweeter.

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pei meow
Community Member
4 months ago

Ooh interesting

Chasen de Heaux
Community Member
4 months ago

The first watermelons were hard, yellow, sour desert fruits. They were prized as natural canteens for long journeys due to their high water content and tough exterior. The gene linked to red pigment is also responsible for sweetness.

Llewella
Community Member
4 months ago

I bought this last year, then cut it in small peaces and laught each time a guest at the bbq got confused thinking it was pineapple

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
4 months ago

You're e-ville :)

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CodingGirl04
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4 months ago

There are also red apples (on the inside)

Effseven Six
Community Member
4 months ago

They come in white too.

John Montgomery
Community Member
4 months ago

Now that one I haven't heard of.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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4 months ago

There's also orange watermelon. My local grocers used to sell them years ago

Aileen Cann
Community Member
4 months ago

How many people think that watermelons are full of water therefore good on a hot day, when they are actually full of sugar and diabetics are advised to not eat them and should not be included in any diet for weight loss.

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, they are really good for you. They are about 6% sugar.

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Katie and Jared Coates
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4 months ago

Does it taste different?

John Montgomery
Community Member
4 months ago

Slightly sweeter.

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NQ L
Community Member
4 months ago

Grew up eating yellow watermelons.

Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Yellow water melon is delicious!

Fulllength
Community Member
4 months ago

If there is a red and yellow watermelon, then where is the orange watermelon?

Up All Night
Community Member
4 months ago

It's trademarked to melons. They would sue.

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glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

I've had some before.

b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

were you today years old when you found out they're actually berries and strawberries aren't?

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Very common in the south.

Rifieka Tesfaldet
Community Member
3 months ago

No i don't have a preference. I just had a revelation.

Drawing Gamer
Community Member
3 months ago

hmm if japenese people came to america wil they call it weird

Robyn Denton
Community Member
3 months ago

One fruit I truly cannot stand.

Hobbes
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow. That's really cool. I wonder if it's more popular in other countries.

kennedy longworth
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
4 months ago

Yellow watermelon can be easier to digest. For some reason red watermelon gives me indigestion but yellow doesn't bother me at all.

John Seidel
Community Member
4 months ago

I discovered yellow watermelon when I accidentally bought one. They do not taste identical. The yellow one was a disappointment. Probably just got a bad one.

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
4 months ago

There yellow, red, blue, black and green watermelon. Probably genetically mutated. There's also white, red, black, blue strawberries.

Diana Adams
Community Member
4 months ago

You can get other colours too. Purple Blue green

Steve Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

Yellow melons have always been around, but were not sent from farm to market. There are pale green ones, too, that look like honeydew, but with watermelon rind and seeds. You could find them at farm stands.

Amy Pontious
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow

Paul Chang
Community Member
4 months ago

Never seen that

Jackie Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

My grandfather used to raise "banana melons" we'd call them. The taste is a bit lighter that traditional watermelons. Still delicious, tho!

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
4 months ago

Go with the cheaper version. Both yummy!

Martha Hubbs
Community Member
4 months ago

I was raised eating yellow watermelons, as well. They do NOT taste the same...yellow is SO much better!

Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW!!!!

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
4 months ago

There are orange, and white water melons as well.

martin Phiri
Community Member
4 months ago

i imagine it to be sour for some reason

BoredKid
Community Member
4 months ago

does it taste the same?

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks very tasty.

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
4 months ago

I was right this minute years old.

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

To distinguish melon and watermelon in naples they tell melon of bread and melon of water.

Vic
Community Member
4 months ago

What socery is this!!

TheHerplover
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4 months ago

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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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