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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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

Sweet Girl

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BananaJo
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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

A true hero

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Bernd Herbert
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2 months ago

Another one, who died way too early :-(

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Maris madness
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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

Good on you, Jarret!

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Good job, dude!

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BananaJo
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2 months 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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2 months ago

I laughed way too hard at this 😂😂

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

The world misses her.

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Guido Pisano
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2 months ago

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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BananaJo
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2 months ago

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

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

#goals

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River Webb
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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

Whoever would have thunk it?

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River Webb
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2 months ago

wise words from a wise man

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Paizleypie
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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

It’s F l o a t i n g

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ivan bolitekurac
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2 months ago (edited)

Oh deer

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River Webb
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2 months 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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2 months ago

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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2 months ago (edited)

that's way better than a Emmy award

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

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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2 months 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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2 months ago

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

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Cindy Lu
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2 months ago

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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The Dave
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2 months ago

The bulb is located in the bay of a fire station. Go check it out!

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Cue “Twilight Zone” music

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months 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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2 months ago

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

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Bill
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2 months ago

Just like being 18

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months 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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2 months ago

what an amazing guy

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Little Ms. Quirky
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2 months ago

other universities have to follow this!

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Bill
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2 months ago

War is hell.

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Ooooo! I want to go there!

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Bernd Herbert
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2 months ago

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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2 months ago (edited)

not impressed.. but then again Im an old giza

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Too Little Too Late!

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Good job, Netherlands!

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Amy Pattie
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2 months ago

Even nature hates that song

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

I hope he is receiving maximum strength therapy.

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Michelle M
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2 months ago

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

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Bill
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2 months 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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2 months ago

And nobody noticed? How did that happen?

Coleonema
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2 months ago

It was during Apartheid, even if they knew about it they were probably accusing and locking up black people. They probably never even suspected a white person.

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MadameLeota
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2 months ago

Why is he being arrested in Florida then?

Rick
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2 months ago

Why does it say Fort Lauderdale then?

Mu B
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2 months ago

Fled to Europe then USA where he was shot.

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Grant Barke
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2 months ago

And that's how he got caught, he arrested himself when he returned as an investigating officer.

Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

Productive lunch breaks.

Sergio Bicerra
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2 months ago

"Andre, you found somenthing?! " (erasing fingerprints) nope!"

Kat Hague
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2 months ago

Before you ask how did you get from South Africa to Fort Lauderdale read some of the comments this question is answered about 10 times

LesAnimaux
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2 months ago

I think we need a movie about this

Laura Catania
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2 months ago

Woody Harrelson should probably play him. There is a resemblance

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Elaine Mattingly
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2 months ago

OOPS.

Dee Stern
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2 months ago

When did Fort Lauderdale relocate to South Africa?

Eric Herrera
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2 months ago

Fort Lauderdale Police Department?

Ninja Nonna
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2 months ago

A new proof of hiding in plain sight!

Daniel Callaway
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2 months ago

Caught in Florida?

Josey Griffin
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2 months ago

Lol

Lisa Chambers
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2 months ago

Wow.

Myxomatosis
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2 months ago

South Africa? So not Fort Lauderdale, FLORIDA?

JJM
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2 months ago

That certainly takes a pair of 'you know what'.

Jacqui Dunn
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2 months ago

Fort Lauderdale? I thought that was in Florida. So the Americans arrested a South African policeman? I'm confused.

Cybele Spanjaard
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2 months ago

But he was still sprung...oh well fun whilst it lasted I suppose just the game of hide and steal.

Al McComas
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2 months ago

Did he also rob banks in Fort Lauderdale?

Eric Forster
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2 months ago

In California we had a renowned arson investigator who was also an arsonist. He was often called in to investigate the fires he had set.

Paige Garberding
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2 months ago

Ballsy guy. Not too bright if he didn't think he'd be caught or the consequences when he was.

Gary Johansson
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2 months ago

Woody Harrelson went on to be an actor

Polly Culberson
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2 months ago

Very clever. very clever.

Sally Victoria Sloman
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2 months ago

They call it hiding in plain sight. You don't notice what's right under your nose!

Amanda Hunter
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2 months ago

There's a movie in there somewhere.

Random Anon
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2 months ago

A double-crossing SOB if there is ever one.

Jay slay
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2 months ago

This was a movie starring Thomas Jane in 2003. “Stander”

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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2 months ago

bad cop

Jaguarundi
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2 months ago

"Fort Lauderdale Police Department"? That's a long commute to South Africa!

Ivy Ruonakoski
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2 months ago

Brilliant.

Alex Hamilton
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2 months ago

Chutzpah!!

23AClark
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2 months ago

Well.....Alrighty then!!!

Big,Ern MCCracken
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2 months ago

this would be the perfect for Gary Oldman if they made this into a movie

Ellen Frank
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2 months ago

Operated in South Africa but was arrested in Florida?

Azure Adams
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2 months ago

that is genius

Ian Baxter
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2 months ago

What a pimp

Stuart Smith
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2 months ago

Similar episode in Bunbury Western Australia in the early 1980s. wo cops by the names of Clince and Kendall committed robberies at night and investigated them the next day. They even went as far as advising business owners not to employ guard dogs as it could make their job more difficult o apprehend "suspects:....

A Cat Named Dragon
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2 months ago

Yes ma’am... and what did the robber look like? I see... about my partner’s height... mm hmm... about my partner’s weight... mm hmm... same hair color... same eye color... mm hmmm... very interesting...

Milord Cutter
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2 months ago

When did Ft. Lauderdale move from Florida to South Africa?

alexx
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2 months ago

smart- but bad

Jeremy
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2 months ago

Right on,right on, right on

Noel Benavente
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2 months ago

His favorite hobbie was reading Superman and Robin Hood comics... :D

Billy von Mierzwiak
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2 months ago

Clever

Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

What the f*ck? >:I

Lucy Skinner
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2 months ago

Wow!

Kelzbelz79
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2 months ago

Sorry but....WUT!?....😂😂😂😂

Samtheperson
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2 months ago

That’s actually pretty smart

Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

Yeah! They made a film called "Stander" a few years back starring Thomas Jane.

JP callaghan
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2 months ago

Genius

Chrissy Neibarger
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2 months ago

He looks like Woody Harrelson!

DogMom
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2 months ago

Brilliant

Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

This South African police officer took lunch in Fort Lauderdale?

Jane Alexander
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2 months ago

So how did we get from South Africa to Fort Lauderdale?

Gerry Rotondo
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2 months ago

Fort Lauderdale mugshot ?

TruestBlack
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2 months ago

Ummm so why was he arrested in Fort Lauderdale?

Another Fool on the Hill
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2 months ago

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Tim Haight
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2 months ago

Cops are firefighters are narcissistic assholes. May cases where the commit a crime or set a fire and play hero when they are first on scene.

Spittnimage
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2 months ago

Fort Lauderdale is now in South Africa?

Coli Erasmus
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2 months ago

He fled South Africa when the police caught up to his gang. Lee McCall was killed in a shoot out with the police and Allan Heyl was arrested. André Stander fled to US where he lived under a false identity. He was caught for speeding in Fort Lauderdale (the picture) but the US police did not realise who he was and released him. After that he was caught speeding again, but this time he ran from the police and was shot and killed in the pursuit.

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sonofabass
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2 months ago

South Africa, so why the Ft. Lauderdale police picture?

Nicky Clark
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2 months ago

Fort Lauderdale Police Department???? Since when was Fort Lauderdale in South Africa?

Nicky Clark
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2 months ago

Ignore me - just read that that's where he was arrested!

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
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2 months ago

LOL!! As I scrolled down, prior to reading the headline, I thought these were youthful mugshots of Robin Williams.

doris van natta
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How is the Fort Lauderdale police department located in South Africa? Andre Stander sure was speedy, to be on two different continents during his job and lunch hour. I suspect we’ve got a wrong image here, maybe some guy with the same name?

Lisa Shelton
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2 months ago

He escaped from prison and was caught in Ft Lauderdale trying to purchase a yacht.

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QuokkaVibes
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2 months ago

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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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

Technically wind is more efficient....

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Color Me SHOCKED!

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

I assume that this photo is all of the lazy culprits and, of course, the one who actually did the deed

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