When I was a kid, we didn't have a TV in the house so I would read instead. My favorite thing to read was fact books. I found that a one-sentence fact was capable of blowing your mind, amusing you, teaching you something, and even changing you a little bit. I've loved them ever since. In 2015, I decided that I wanted to share facts too and I created my @FactBuffet Twitter account.

While my account had done OK, I definitely hit a wall for a year or so in terms of attracting new followers. I started to wonder whether my content was even good enough.

At the end of 2020, I was browsing Bored Panda and a random idea occurred to me: Why not put a bunch of my tweets together and submit them? So I did and you can find it here.

I was not only surprised that Bored Panda accepted it but very surprised, thrilled, and humbled by the response it has gotten. 

Over 95,000 views, hundreds of Facebook shares, and my Twitter followers jumped up by almost a thousand in a couple of days. It tore down the wall that was blocking me: My Twitter numbers have been steadily climbing ever since and I now have the confidence to keep going. I also have renewed faith that I'm able to make content that lots of people can enjoy and one day (hopefully) I can do it as a job.

A huge thank you to Bored Panda and everyone who works there. (Especially Titas Burinskas and Violeta Draseikaitė for helping me personally).

My advice to other members of the Bored Panda community: put the work in. If you're an artist, ensure that you send in your best work. If you're a fact person, make sure they're all accurate. If funny posts are your thing, make sure there are no duds, etc. But most of all, submit! Don't spend your life avoiding opportunities, grab them. Who knows what you'll achieve.

Here are some achievements to inspire you...

More info: twitter.com

#1

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a positive twist ending! (But it could have been even better if the Challenger hadn't gone down. I remember watching this live on tv when I was a teenager. It was horrifying).

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

14 Olympians have competed while pregnant, and doctors now encourage women to maintain their physical activities while pregnant--unless of course, the pregnancy is at risk.

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Bird Mom
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The nature show he narrated was ten times better and more interesting!

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She did far more than fly a plane. She was a genius who became a world-renowned author, speaker and rights activist despite not receiving means of communication before she was seven. She campaigned for rights for everyone--wages, disability, gender, race, and she was an original member of the American Civil Liberties Union. While typically described as an American hero, her socialist work is usually ignored or glossed over.

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Soap
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pride Knights, Unite!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did they want to go to space...? Did they have a choice?

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too bad she never had the chance to work on Trump - maybe could have steered him away from his awful orange look.

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for him! I hurt just getting out of bed some mornings. (sigh.)

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RGNix
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well deserved! I loved those when I was young.

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jamie1707
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I knew a woman edited the movie, but for some reason I always thought it was Alma Reville. Thanks for clearing that up for me!

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He is a preacher and gynecologist who helped women who were raped by warring factions as well as getting involved politically in trying to stop the use of sexual violence in war/conflict. He is my definition of a hero.

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Pungent Sauce
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012). His 1st Oscar was Best Foreign Language Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Olesia Kovalenko
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's a bit shady cause she was prime Minister and had her sticky little fingers in the whole ordeal when some members of parliament stole one billion dollars from the country. They were not held accountable and the money has not been recovered. It seems every country is corrupt these days

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meanwhile, I have students that I can't seem to convince they need a ruler to draw a straight graphing line.... (sigh.)

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is another winner trying to stop the use of sexual violence in war. She has been through atrocities that I can't even imagine. An incredible hero.

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Soap
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! What's the book? I must add to my collection....

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Melanie King
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Been to the top of the Earth and beyond...

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Karin
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

His name is Vincent Namatjira. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/25/archibald-prize-2020-winner-portrait-vincent-namatjira-adam-goodes

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Bisexual bean
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

can someone help me understand how he did this? but good job Dong-hyun

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Lauren Caswell
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But, well of course! I loved that episode he was so funny, he got hurt feelings so phoebe pretended to find him very sexy so he felt better

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Demongrrrrl
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of the rioters at the Capitol carried the flag of Georgia (the country). They had obviously Googled "Georgia flag" and used the first one shown.

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Julia Cargile
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My heart goes out to this lady for what she's had to endure. Marvelous singer.

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Brandy Grote
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He is now an amazing coach for Olympic equestrian teams. He had some fantastic horses, and was able to bring perfection out of them.

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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Additional tidbit: Naismith created basketball to keep rugby players in condition during the summer months because he was a rugby coach.

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RGNix
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who else tried to click on the video link, lol.

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lara
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And he absolutely HATED the role. He spent a lot of time bad mouthing the movie, his role and everything about it. And I thought he was perfect in the role. I was so disappointed.

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Men in Black is the bestestest movie ever!

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Bird Mom
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes. That's really ANCIENT. *spoken in sarcastic tone

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RGNix
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh! *facepalm* i thought it was made by someone named Guinness.

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Cheezees
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the first fact. However, 'one of the only' didn't really tell us any info.

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Bumblebee
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love her music! Has been a while since I listened to it. Time to listen some of her songs soon!

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Steve Wilson
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah. For a book that was totally ghost-written by Ted Sorenson.

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Diana Eriksson
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was an architect and invented the rubrik's Cube as a means to model three-dimensional movements to his students.

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Carlota
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was a Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew aboard the American STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist and was the youngest person to fly on the space shuttle

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PotatoNinja5000
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, most people ignore Leto's version anyway. His tantrum over Joaquin playing the role was hilarious- full-on meltdown that ended with him wandering into the desert to start his cult thing. I wouldn't normally laugh at this kind of bad luck, but his reaction was wildly childish for a middle aged dude. It was almost territorial and possessive over the character (which he ruined for the majority of die-hard fans anyway).

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Neva Nevičica
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does it hurt to write their names? Because the names are tiny on this monuments. William Bragg and Lawrence Bragg.

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Demongrrrrl
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The ipod was invented by a high school classmate of mine, Tony Fadell. He went on to invent the Nest programmable thermostat.

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