While some of the things we learn don't necessarily make us smarter, they can definitely arouse our desire to learn more. Or at least help us continue our stalling conversations. And Twitter account WTF Facts is dedicated to collecting and sharing these random tidbits of information. From celebrity lifestyle to international relations, the project covers a wide range of topics, which is probably the reason why its feed remains so fresh and interesting. Continue scrolling and check out some of the most popular tweets WTF Facts have ever released!

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Mr Red
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I just got smth in my eye

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Knowing obscure facts isn't just fun. It's also good for our mental health. For example, experts say that playing trivia games can provide a dopamine rush much like gambling, but without the negative effects. 

Even if our trivia games differ, the benefits are there. Whether we're playing Trivial Pursuit at home or attending a pub trivia night, the basic premise remains the same: we experience the thrill of providing correct answers to questions about lesser-known facts.

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Sweet Girl

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BananaJo
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I mean...it isn't wrong

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"You get a rush or a neuroreward signal or a dopamine burst from winning,” John Kounios, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the doctoral program in applied cognitive and brain sciences at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, told Healthline. “I think whenever you’re challenged with a trivia question and you happen to know it, you get a rush. It’s sort of like gambling.”

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TotalPotterhead
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1 month ago

A true hero

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Bernd Herbert
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Another one, who died way too early :-(

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Maris madness
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What a hero

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Kounios said the benefits can also be similar to those of playing a video game.

However, unlike gambling and even video games, Kounios said trivia is generally not a problematic habit.

“I don’t think there are any pitfalls,” he said. “Like anything else that’s fun, it takes up time.”

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Good on you, Jarret!

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Good job, dude!

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BananaJo
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1 month ago

Shut up, I'm not crying

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A librarian from California, Sarah Kishler, loves trivia games and enjoys attending a monthly pub trivia night in which a team of librarians participates.

"Learning facts so that I can get better at trivia is definitely a passion of mine," she told Healthline. "Getting a question right is definitely very satisfying to me."

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LottieH
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1 month ago

I laughed way too hard at this 😂😂

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

The world misses her.

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Guido Pisano
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1 month ago

Same in Italy... You're allowed to disobey an order that you think is illegal...

Virgil Blue
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1 month ago

Good call that. Blindly following orders has created so much tragedy.

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Dave P
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1 month ago

nearly every military in the world have this today, Geneva accords require militaries to allow it. After ww2 with all the German soldiers saying "Just following orders", they put this into international law. All signatories to the Geneva Accords have this

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 month ago

Yes! But a lot of people don't know what the Geneva Convention even entails. Most think it's only about treating prisoners alright

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Ozacoter
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1 month ago

That is great. Following order blindly brings genocide, torture and other horrors.

Diana Eriksson
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1 month ago

In Sweden too, you're allowed to disobey orders that are illegal, too dangerous, or violates human rights.

Son of Philosoraptor
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1 month ago

Also in America, soldiers are required to refuse an illegal order. Do they? But in theory, they can say "no I will not kill that civilian sir."

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Aamna Shah
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1 month ago

Laws do not matter when they're not enforced. Technically even the American military is supposed to refuse unlawful orders but they don't. Millions of innocent Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans and others are evidence of that but just like the Germans supported Nazism and their military committing war crimes, the Americans do as well albeit under the pretext of human rights.

Steffen Buchert
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1 month ago

As far as I know (from my time in the Bundeswehr) the rules are a bit more complicated: A soldier may refuse to obey an order if he thinks it violates human dignity. But if the order is repeated he has to obey. This covers the fact that sometimes crawling through garbage may be essential for completing yout mission even if it hurts your personal dignity.But if an order is violating the law a german soldier is required to disobey.

Markus Holstein
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1 month ago

The Grundgesetz, the German constitution, even grants every citizen the right to disobey anyone who attempts to overthrow the constitutional order: "Against anyone who undertakes to abolish this order, all Germans have the right to resistance, if another remedy is not possible"

Alexander Bockstaller
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1 month ago

In fact, they are not only allowed but *obliged* to disobey if their obedience would mean committing a crime. The dignity of man is enshrined as inviolable by §1 of the German constitution. Thus anything that would violate it is a crime according to German law.

Peter Bear
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1 month ago

They've learned a harsh lesson from history, and learned it well.

Radek Suski
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1 month ago

I am pretty sure it's not the Bundeswehr only. I assume almost every army in civilised countries can disobey orders on that premise

Paul Davis
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1 month ago

Absolutely -- too many people will follow illegal orders, however.

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AlexAlbon23
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1 month ago

Lydia Dean-Melchior is so rude

Cosmin Z
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1 month ago

Also the romanian soldier has teh dame rights! Plus they can disobey any order that is against the law.

CatWoman312
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1 month ago (edited)

Meanwhile in the US soldiers are treated and see as dogs and are denied adequate mental healthcare after being forced to do God only knows what overseas.

Ross Keim
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1 month ago

Yeah we have a right to refuse an unlawful order as well

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alwaysMispelled
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1 month ago

Direct response to nazis and fascism. Good.

Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

As it should be.

WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

In the Netherlands soldiers have the right to disobey orders that are illegal. People who give these orders are court-martialed.

Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

For all Americans going bonkers when they say "Germany", how about you read this first? I know you won´t, since you are too far up the @ss of your soldiers to see mistakes and BP loves to delete the truth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse

Garth Horsfield
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1 month ago

At least one country has learned from the past.

Paul Grant
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1 month ago

This condition should be also prescribed to the US military.

JESSE REED
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1 month ago

Same in America, you don't have to and shouldn't follow illegal orders. Nothing special here

Arwen Gunter
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1 month ago

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fainasKeturatis
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1 month ago

it's the same in every modern, democracy's military...

Vicky Z
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1 month ago

This should be everywhere

Brandi VanSteenwyk
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1 month ago (edited)

An edict no doubt born from the suffering of others. I fully agree with it.

Roland Kreslin
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1 month ago

There are even more points a soldier don't have to fulfill the order... And in some cases it is also forbidden

bastillee
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1 day ago

Well, it's about time.

J
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1 month ago

This is such a progressive army, I wish this was allowed worldwide.

Wim Cossement
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1 month ago

Escaping prison is also legal in Germany because it's a natural thing to want when being incarcerated.

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

I find that hard to believe.

Ofer E
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1 month ago

Same for the IDF

Daniel Callaway
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1 month ago

But they had better be right!!!!

M Kate McCulloch
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1 month ago

And that should be law around the world... so, when you are ordered to kill someone, knowing they will void their bowels after death, and that is very undignified, you can refuse.

Satya Bain
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1 month ago

One of my customers actually told me about this. He said his father had orders to shoot on sight anyone violating human rights in any way.

Bert van Aalsburg
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1 month ago

Never again to use "I was just following orders" as a defense. Though I don't know if the same is codified in the U.S. military handbook, it could have precedent in the court martial of Lt. Calley who was convicted for his participation in the My Lai Massacre. His defense was "I was just following orders".

Tina Harbour
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1 month ago

Irony...

Gary Jay
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1 month ago

Well. Now, anyway.

Gary Jay
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1 month ago

Well, now anyway.

Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

Why so many down votes for Lydia? I can not see how this is offensive/incorrect

Jack The Biscuit
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1 month ago

Shame that didn’t apply in the 1930s......

Roberto Durante
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1 month ago

why not all around the world

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

Interesting as service men and women are so brain washed to fight to protect. I wonder if that includes the rampant ( all countries) abusing verbally, raping and well known violations of fellow female service women who chose to also fight for their country?

fuggnuggins
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1 month ago

Out of all the nations involved, which was the one that wasn't guilty of war crimes?

Trish Dempsey
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1 month ago

Wow!

Paige Garberding
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1 month ago

A truly civilized rule. Wonder how many times, if ever, this rule has been invoked. An interesting Google search awaits ...

Edwin Lesperance
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1 month ago

They learned from history.

Steve in Denver
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1 month ago

This law was passed after so many defendents who participated in Nazi atrocities claimed they were just following orders.

Mike Rodrick
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1 month ago

The same is true in our military. Orders can be ignored if considered illegal.

Jean Jacket
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1 month ago

At least they learn from their mistakes unlike my ridiculous excuse for a country.

Robert Miller
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1 month ago

They learned from history - too bad we don't .

Amanda Hunter
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1 month ago

I take that with a pinch of salt as whether they'd dare.....

Ross Keim
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1 month ago

US soldiers also have the right to refuse unlawful orders

Theoretical Empiricist
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1 month ago

Germany demonstrates they can learn from their experiences with demagogues. Can we?

lara
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1 month ago

Actually, they are required by law to disobey laws that are "illegal".

Chimmels
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1 month ago

I’m like 300% sure this goes for all ex facist countries

Alex Hamilton
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1 month ago

Pity someone didn't mention this to Adolf!!

Slune
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1 month ago

Should come back a few years for Germany

Carmen
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1 month ago

They learnt this lesson the hard way...

John Montgomery
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1 month ago

This is awesome, but is there something to have the person who gave the illegal order so they can pay the consequences?

similarly
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1 month ago

The U.S. Army is supposed to work the same way. A soldier should always refuse any order that conflicts with the Rules of Engagement or military code of conduct.

Analyn Lahr
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1 month ago

Other countries should have that. Germany learned from their mistakes.

Mark Fuller
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1 month ago

Somewhat unfortunate that principle didn't apply a century ago. I mean, you could disagree... you just got lined up and shot. And the cynic in me thinks you'd still be punished for disobeying orders in this day and age.

El Dee
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1 month ago

This makes complete sense for the German Army and, in fact, should be in place throughout the world. We still witness war crimes on a regular basis and many are committed 'under orders'

Cat
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1 month ago

*dies*

ch
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1 month ago

This I love!

Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Good! They've learned the lessons of the past.

Julieta S.
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1 month ago

A bit too late, I think

Kiara Dowell [STUDENT]
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1 month ago

*clap**clap**clap*

Lyn Moffett
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1 month ago

Shame that law wasn’t around when that maniac Hitler and his cohorts were alive!!!!!

Hugh Walter
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1 month ago

And they've replaced the goose-step with . . . err . . . the Robot-walk!

Lyn Moffett
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1 month ago

Too little too late for the millions who were tortured and murdered

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

In the US you can disobey an order that violates the law, from my understanding.

J. Cole
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Uh, let's f*****g hope so

The_tattered_hippie
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That’s also true for American soldiers. As a matter of fact, there have been court martial convictions based on soldiers obeying illegal orders

Eddie Fawcett
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Pity they did not do that 1939-1945

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Well this isn't a surprise given their history.

Kelzbelz79
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Shame it came into play after the horrors of ww2 hey...

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I guess the Holocaust taught them something.

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Great, now we only need to get rid of the guns :D

Thenatural
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80 years too late but hey ho...

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like any other soldiers in civilized world i guess. don't you think a american, british or canadian soldier would accept any orders who are against human dignity?

Hans_not_the_real_Hans
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unfortunately there are a few who commits war crimes. Even from the civilised countries. It is very important here that these few guys are not covered up or even get a appeal for clemency although they were proven convicted.

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Did someone just spell Iraq, "Irak"? Jeez.

Yoga Kitty
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Easy mistake - in German, for example, it is indeed spelled "Irak" with a "k" at the end.

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Bull ...

Danny Bai
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No, it's not

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Soldiers... Yeah sure... Like they did in irak?????

J. F.
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Germany doesn't operate in Iraq

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Wonder if that was regulated after Hitler? Hmmmm???

Anni
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Taking this question seriously: Yes, it was. Under Hitler you would have been killed for disobedience. A lot was learnt since/because of those horrible times... E.g. also death penalty was abolished in such a way that it cannot be reintroduced.

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Over the past decade or so, pub trivia nights that are popular in the United Kingdom appear to have grown in other parts of Europe and the United States.

Enthusiasts like Kishler enjoy getting to interact with people at these events, especially compared to electronic trivia games.

She has learned that doing well at these social trivia games gives her "a feeling of validation" and increases her self-esteem.

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BananaJo
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1 month ago

Yes. Just, that's all I have to say!

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Andy Acceber
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#goals

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River Webb
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yeah Disney often adapts its stories to be appropriate for children, eventually leading everybody to only remember the Disney version and not the original

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"I love general knowledge, geography, literature, music, science trivia," Kishler explained. "I just love to accumulate knowledge. I like the exercise that it gives my brain and memory."

She doesn't think of herself as a competitive person but nevertheless enjoys getting a bit amped up at trivia games.

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Whoever would have thunk it?

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River Webb
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wise words from a wise man

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Paizleypie
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The ultimate treasure!

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“People really like to have some expertise on something and the brain is very good at focusing on things that you’re interested in,” Deborah Stokes, Ph.D., L.P.C., B.C.N., a psychologist in Virginia, who focuses on neurotherapy, told Healthline.

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TotalPotterhead
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1 month ago

It’s F l o a t i n g

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ivan bolitekurac
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Oh deer

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River Webb
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1 month ago

she was an amazing woman, her death was such a tragedy

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According to Stokes, learning large bodies of knowledge can often start with trivia. And people who are interested in trivia can be brainy, have a high IQ, and be smart on a lot of levels.

However, Kounios said that people aren’t necessarily better at trivia games just because they’re more educated.

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Láďa Durchánek
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I can barely draw a stick figure and if instructions have more than one step it is safer to write them down.

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ADHORTATOR
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that's way better than a Emmy award

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Rod Egret
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If it's true it's brilliant!

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"Some people soak up facts,” Kounios added. "Plenty of people with a lot more education may not remember what they had for breakfast yesterday morning."

"In typical people, my observation, not backed up by any research, is that their interest in trivia is confined to topics that they are generally interested in. So if a person is very interested in history, then they may either seek out history trivia, or they might just naturally pick it up in the course of learning about nontrivial aspects of history."

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 month ago

I love Dave Grohl, but he isn't the only artist to have done this....

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Paizleypie
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1 month ago

WHY is this not one of the Wonders of the World?

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Cindy Lu
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Meghan Markle gonna be pissed.

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Stokes pointed out that trying to retain information about things we're interested in can be like a good exercise for the frontal cortex as the brain ages.

"That’s the first thing to go with injury or with age if we don’t use it," she said.

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So one bulb is strong evidence???

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Cue “Twilight Zone” music

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

They look smitten with each other

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Of course, it's completely understandable if the pandemic has drained your brain of the desire to learn and flooded it with boredom and tiredness instead. In an earlier Bored Panda interview, Lenore Skenazy, the president of Let Grow and the founder of the Free-Range-Kids movement, said that before we can become curious again, we have to do the hard part: get off the couch. Force yourself out the door. Why? Because beyond your four walls, things are never exactly the same. Weather, animals, people, sounds, smells, clouds—they’re all swirling about."

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S. Tor Storm
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1 month ago

Actually, she served in WWI and also helped defeat the romans

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Bill
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1 month ago

Just like being 18

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

WHOA!

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Lenore continued: "Ask yourself to start noticing new things. I did that this morning with a friend. We took a walk around our neighborhood and started looking for interesting details in the homes and buildings we passed. It went from a walk down streets we’d seen a million times to a sort of treasure hunt. And the big thing we were really hunting for? Curiosity! When you’re curious you’re alive again—noticing, thinking, making connections. You can’t do that if there’s no new information coming in. So your first step is to force yourself out of a rut by leaving the house (harder during the pandemic, but not impossible)."

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River Webb
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what an amazing guy

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Little Ms. Quirky
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other universities have to follow this!

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Bill
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1 month ago

War is hell.

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Mary Rose Kent
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Ooooo! I want to go there!

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Bernd Herbert
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I always like to image what stories such old structure might have to tell

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S. Tor Storm
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not impressed.. but then again Im an old giza

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Too Little Too Late!

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Good job, Netherlands!

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

Even nature hates that song

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Helen Haley
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I hope he is receiving maximum strength therapy.

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Michelle M
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Here's another fact. Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth were born in the same year.

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Bill
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1 month ago

Except 21 payouts and Non Disclosure agreements. No innocent person would pay out that many times

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

And nobody noticed? How did that happen?

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QuokkaVibes
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As an Italian (but this is my personal belief, everyone is entitled to it's own) this is exactly something Mafia would do. It's something I know occurs in Italy on a daily basis. You see a quite common modus operandi is mobster would do something nice for the community or for specific people, so that the community in the area feels dependable. One well known method of recruiting in the mafia is: you have a problem, we send to you someone you know (and you don't know he works for us). Maybe a friend of a friend. He'll fix your problem for you. After time is passed this person asks for a little innocent thing like let's say "I'm sick can you bring this box to this adress? I can't move". After that he asks for more pressuring you on the favor he did awhile back and tells you that box you delivered was full of drugs/handguns so you're an accomplice. And that's it you're in a system you can't escape without hurting family and friends.

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