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 year ago

That's a cute and fascinating fact

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todayyearsoldig Report

kitty.boom
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1 year 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 year 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
1 year 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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soapachu Report

glowworm2
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1 year 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 year 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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sassycrass Report

Ani Archeron
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1 year 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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SamSykesSwears Report

Nash Nopper
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1 year ago

cool!

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#9

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Advil Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy crap.

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yourpappalardo Report

Martha Meyer
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1 year ago

Which is Latin for “and“.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

The English are unchallenged in having absurd units of measurement.

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Not-so-MadMax
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1 year ago

Oh god, they really should talk to the people making cartoons. I have been gravely misinformed in my youth...

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Jordan_Coombe Report

Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

Is it just me or do they all look like cabbage patch kids?

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like grumpy gnomes.

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Nash Nopper
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1 year ago

This is the city arms of Bern from Switzerland

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Rj
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1 year ago

*cries in Android*

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year ago

Hahahahaha

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3ke
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1 year ago

I knew James Earl Jones and that was it

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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OS
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1 year ago

Chupakabra

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DE Ray
Community Member
1 year ago

And if you pick them young enough, they're edible.

Mal
Community Member
1 year ago

do they taste soapy? ;)

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Kendra Keller
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought loofahs came from the ocean?

NMN
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Sponges are animals from the ocean (phylum Porifera), but not all of sponges can be used btw, most have too much silica. That's probably what made you confused, between sponges and loofahs

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SARITA yadav
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1 year ago

Actually it's a vegetable. It is quite common in India. In rural India loofas are used from very long time. I come from a village when I showed people that our useless vegetable is being sold online they where are astonished and laughing too.

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

Fruit. Every “vegetable” we eat that is a reproductive organ (has seeds) is a fruit. A vegetable is when the parts of the plant we eat are the body of the plant.

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

My dad had an entire vine of these in his garden when I was a kid. I loved it, because they attracted lady-bugs. <3

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 year ago

Da fuk?? I thought they were sponges... like from the sea?

Up All Night
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1 year ago

It's a land sponge

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stripper dream
Community Member
1 year ago

They kind of absorb the liquid you cook them and since they tend to be bland, salt, pepper, some garlic would go a long way in giving them flavor. They're kinda spongy before cooking. We call them "patola".

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
1 year ago

We moved to the beach for a few years once. The landlord had what I thought were squash growing on the fence. THEY WERE LOOFAHS

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

Growing loofahs just sounds incredibly weird.

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Paula Raymundo
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1 year ago

It is a common vegetable in the Philippines.

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
1 year ago

What do they taste like? What's the texture? Common cooking methods? I'm seriously curious.

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NQ L
Community Member
1 year ago

We cook the young one in soup or stir fried. They're really yummy.

Catlady6000
Community Member
1 year ago

How big can they grow before they're only good for drying?

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Ahmed Samer Khalil
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1 year ago

Imagine how they taste.

Madelyn Grace
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously

Rebekah Boka
Community Member
1 year ago

how sweet sour ugh what ever it tastes like

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
1 year ago

That's why they're organic.

Ginny Weasley
Community Member
1 year ago

I was today years old when I heard the word "Loofah"

Seabeast
Community Member
1 year ago

A type of squash.

SARITA yadav
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my God. In India village people have been using this for long time. Its a tendril and hangs down from trees. It's free and we used to just throw it away. Even now nobody's cares about it. It is used as a vegetable very healthy vegetable.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 year ago

At the stage we get them, not at all edible.

Shelley Russell
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow...I'm sure i'm not the only one who thought until today that they were sponges!

Citizen Morena
Community Member
1 year ago

Sponges come from the ocean. Loofahs are a vine.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
1 year ago

Also did not know this

Ms Phit
Community Member
1 year ago

I grew some in my garden a few years ago! They make a ridiculous amount of seeds

David Jeu
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep, and you can grow them at home :)

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wow.

Dog D
Community Member
7 months ago

So I’ve been rubbing a fruit on my butt

Granny
Community Member
1 year ago

lIKE OKRA

b l a n c
Community Member
1 year ago

what like the thing you use in the bath?

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT???

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought they were vegetables...either way, they are edible...

Benny Best
Community Member
1 year ago

thats kinda disttttuuuubing ngl

Drawing Gamer
Community Member
1 year ago

so people eat them like that why cant i eat the ones i buy

thepotatogirl
Community Member
1 year ago

I... what... is this really true????

Jolee Hang
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I go to a very small high school, about one hundred students (25 students per grade level, because I constantly have to clarify this. We do have a very tiny school, no real lunch room, a very tiny cafeteria, and 6 classrooms, a library that's smaller than most bedrooms, (terrible) with an extra room for our school's equivalent of lockers, which are desks. Apparently, the whole building is about the size of my mom's cafeteria in her k-12 high school, and I think she had about 20,000 students at her school... or 2,000. We don't direct most of our money towards the building, as we're a STEM school, and instead spend most of it on technology, which we usually are the first to get the most recently made computers, and on classes.) Anyways, one of my classes was horticulture, which involved a lot of greenhouse work, and we were supposed to get the plant that made loofahs, and have some experiments with them, but something went wrong while we were getting them, and didn't get to do it :(. I didn't realize that they were a fruit, or that they were called loofahs.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

BTW, it's a VEGETABLE.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

Good roughage.

Yeah, you heard
Community Member
1 year ago

Huh, and I've avoided them all these years thinking they were dead animals, like sponges are. Seriously, stop rubbing dead animals around your body in the name of cleanliness.

Simon Deschamps
Community Member
1 year ago

I was today years old when I learned what a loofah was….Mind you I am French so that might explain why lol

Jimmy Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep, Chinese cucumber and man do they grow like wild flower? Spread like a a watermelon plant

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm today years old about this too!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 year ago

I always likened them to oversized beans

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAAAAAATTT?

Catherine Todd
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought they were vegetables!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Fruits with skeletons.

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, that's a good way to get your fiber in! ;)

Amy Pontious
Community Member
1 year ago

Never knew!

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s a squash

Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha, read my comment on photo #18

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude what? I had literally no idea this was a thing, I'm going straight to amazon to buy some loofah seeds lol

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't tell O'Reilly...

Boop
Community Member
1 year ago

da fuq-

NMN
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, they are vines, it's cool

TheHerplover
Community Member
1 year ago

What is that

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

As are the people that use them.

PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought they were marine plants too

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Martti Laurson
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1 year ago

It is funny. I was just eating M&M's when reading this

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David Jeu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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sarahmcgphoto Report

Flisey
Community Member
1 year 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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year ago

Jesus Luke, aren't you supposed to be able to sense these things??

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Hans
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1 year ago

Here we go again...

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