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!

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.

"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.”

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.”

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

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

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

European prisons are very different from US ones. Much more humane. Focused on rehabilitation, not punishment.

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

What the US calls a "correctional system" really should be called a "revenge system". It's sad.

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

Correction: We have a lot of criminals, we just don't put them in prisons anymore because they are all closed.

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

Same here in Germany - our prisions are full

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

Meanwhile, if the U.S. has an empty prison they find unfair ways to fill them, mostly targeting lower-income POC. Simply to make some money. It's abhorrent.

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

WOW...this is wonderful. Most other countries could learn from this.

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

In the us since prisons have been privatized if the prison doesn't have enough prisoners the government has to pay the private company fees. I wish we were actively closing prisons.

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

And the U.S.A. just keeps building them.

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

that's why execution's is the way to go

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

And here in America we have 2 MILLION people in jail being abused and exploited for profit >:I

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

Hi! Dutchie here! This seems like a fairytale and all, and is partly true.. but the true reason is that the judge usually gives the criminals community service or closed treatment instead of jail time. Some Dutch people think this is too low a punishment, some promote this treatment. Also, life sentence is usually about 25 years, or shorter for good behavior. Just thought you should know!

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

Bullshit. A life sentence in the Netherlands means you stay locked up untill you die unless you get a pardon by the king (through the minister of justice but the king has every right to refuse this even if the minister of justice is in favour of the pardon). Not many life sentences have ended in a pardon. The next longest sentence is 30 years imprisonment and that one rarely makes the full term as early parole at 2/3 of served time is standard procedure unless a prisoner realy f***s up. Such long sentences are rare though but so are crimes that warrant them.

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

As opposed to America, where all of out prisons stay open because we find great ways to get people in them.

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

a lot of prisons in areas of the world are trying to make the amount of prisoners they have expand to meet quotas so that they don't close down. Like, a prison closing down is a good thing??? great news tho!

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

Bs, there are a lot of criminals on the loose who should be locked up..

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

Whereas the for profit prisons in the US threaten the states they’re located in that they will have to close if they don’t get MORE prisoners. Unfortunately, some states have been starved for funding—-and some have had local powers that be who have mismanaged or stolen what finding they have received—-that they rely on the revenue these prisons generate, so give in and find ways to increase arrests and convictions. Solution? The federal government needs to take back the expenditures it has been passing down to the states for decades now.

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

And in america, they probably opened 23 more. :(

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

Other countries could learn from this. But the private companies involved make money off of the prisons.

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

meanwhile, America: ✨👁👄👁✨

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

And yet here we are in 'Murka talkin' about how we're the greatest...

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

wondering how much legal marijuana play role in it

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

It isn’t legal per say, it’s complicated.

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

The Netherlands is such a kind place to spend your July in. The crime rate is low, and it is a beautiful scene.

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

Because marijuana and other drugs are legal.

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

Nope. This is a myth, sorry. All drugs are illegal we just allow Marijuana to be sold from designated coffee shops. But we've got biiiig drug problems, especially from XTC labs. Wish it were different..

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

and how many more oppened in american during that time?

Meryam Petrie
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not true, it’s because of the crisis and reforming they started shutting down prisons

Micha Perez
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s what can happen when prisons aren’t for profit.

Cary Gillenwater
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9 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in The Netherlands. It’s because the laws aren’t enforced and the police can’t be bothered.

Desirée Zuidhof
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, I don’t know if that’s true, I live in the Netherlands and I guess the prisons are full, so why Bored Panda, check your sources, like Dutch people, like me

Cheryl Carter
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11 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every other country needs to take note of how they do this!

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

Britain has plenty, we will send some over for you

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

They must be doing something right in Holland.

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

This is what a progressive society and government look like.

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

Nahh, prisons are pulling out so much money.

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

What are or have they been doing that the rest of the world should be doing.

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

Is that because everything is legal there?

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

This is what smoking pot can do for nations. Not to nations.

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

Kudos to the Netherlands. They seem to have found a system to rehabilitate criminals other than jailing them. In comparison, the US have the highest proportion of convicted population per capita. Maybe not all numbers are available, but do you think they beat China and Russia? I'd tend to think so.

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

If only the rest of the world would follow suit. Not the closing of prisons but that there were no criminals. What a wonderful place.

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

Oh yeah...they are doing something right!

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

Either the police or courts aren't doing their jobs or something is wrong. There are no saints or at least not that many in one area.

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

We have a few we can send them.

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

enough place for corrupt politician, time to wake up

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

Um, because weed and prostitution is legal there. Get a clue America!

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

Um, because weed and prostitution is legal there. Duh!

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

So did the bad guys all go overseas to do their crimes? It is a good place with lousy weather.

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

They need to tell us how they achieved that.

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

Why were the prisons built??🤔😳

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

sure, but there is no crime in Drugs as you can do what ever you want. no law broken.

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

A monumental accomplishment for everyone in the Netherlands.

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

I wonder if that's because an official policy of tolerance emerged and in 1976 the Dutch parliament decriminalized possession of less than 5 grams of cannabis.

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

In the documentary SEX, DRUGS & DEMOCRACY, a Dutch politician talks about the legalization of certain drugs and sex work. "They are going to happen whether or not we legislate against them, so why not create safe boundaries and collect taxes? You can do either activity in certain areas, but not everywhere." Doing drugs in a public park is illegal. Take them home and do them in private, or go to cafes. Same with prostitution, do it in the zone or at home.

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

A lot of the people we put in our prisons aren't criminals in any significant way. But it's very profitable for the private prisons and they have friends in Congress and the courts. The right wingers in the U.S. can brag about their family values, but what they really value is short-term profits at any cost.

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

America, what can we learn from this- pay attention to successful societies.

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

They have criminals, they choose to deal with that in other ways.

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

I would rent them to the americans

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

Wow, America should take some advice from them!

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

...and I'm NOT surprised!!!! The Dutch CARE about their Population...less poverty, less stress than here in the UK!

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

Unlike the UK who use all their powers to ban up innocent people. Tough on crime - tough on the causes of crime. Bollocks!! The motto of the Crown Prosecution Service is: - We will prosecute if we are more likely than not to get a conviction. Innocent or Guilty Who Cares?. The UK Probation service works on the principal that EVERYONE who passes through their portals, IS WITHOUT DOUBT, GUILTY. They will legally be able to ignore ANYTHING which MIGHT contradict this. BTW: YES == I DO have an axe to grind.

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

There is speculation that crimes rates are actually much higher than recorded in the Netherlands, as many citizens don’t report common offenses such as burglaries or bike theft. According to leaked government documents, people often feel that the police don’t have the resources to solve these types of crime and therefore don’t take the time to report them, which might mean that earlier national statistics don’t adequately represent criminal activity in the Netherlands.

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

wow the netherlands is very peaceful can i move there plz

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

In Britain we're two or three to a one-man cell and building more . . .

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

and prisons south of the american border make american prisons look like prisons in the Netherlands tenor-6059...29569f.gif tenor-6059ae429569f.gif

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

Gotta start arresting more folks!

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

If only the rest of the world could take a hint, but nope too much money. Greed is the root of all evil.

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

All it takes is deporting all the suspects.

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

How do they manage that? How can other countries do the same?

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

Gonna pack up my stuff and get a ticket~

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

Well... we can give them... most of our goverments....

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

I think they also take in prisoners from other countries who don't have enough prison capacity?

Nimue47
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That has indeed been the case. The prisons here in Belgium have way too many prisoners. So some of them where send to Holland.

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

I can't find evidence to support this. I see huge list to save money. I find some evidence of some being replaced. Yes there are less people in prison as well but an expected reason for this is that a lot of crime remains unreported. Latest news around this seems to be about a shortage of space actually.

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

Well yes because the sentences here a laughter. It's not because we don't do crimes.

CatWoman312
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a wonderful problem to have