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20 Fascinating Things I Learned From Twitter That I Can't Believe Never Came Up In School

"Dinosaurs lived on the other side of the galaxy."

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Fascinating little life hack, for doing percentages: x% of y = y% of x So, for example, if you needed to work out 4% of 75 in your head, just flip it and and do 75% of 4, which is easier.

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I was today years old when I realized American Gothic depicts a farmer and his daughter, not his wife.

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Did you know that the pyramids of Giza were built before wooly mammoths went extinct?!?

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I was today years old when I learned that an ampersand (&) is a ligature for the word 'et'

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Mount Rushmore was carved by John Borglum, a white supremacist and card-carrying member of the KKK, on land stolen from the Lakota people, in violation of US treaties (even according to the US Supreme Court).

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If social distancing has you down, just remember that Shakespeare most likely wrote “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” and “Antony and Cleopatra,” during a plague-inspired quarantine between early 1605 and late 1606. https://t.co/SOp7SMn1KG

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'Just deserts': when one gets the punishment one deserves 'Just desserts': a child's dream dinner https://t.co/59plGpV9sZ

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I have always been interested in galactic archaeology, but I don't think this is what they meant. Did you know that dinosaurs lived on the other side of the Galaxy?

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In Vietnam, the 'Vietnam War' is known as the 'American War.'

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How old were you when you realized the division symbol was just a fraction with the dots being placeholders for the numerator and denominator?

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The anus is the first part of the body to form in the womb.

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Richest person to ever walk the face of the Earth was Musa I of Mali.He had an estimated net value of 400Billion US$

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Here's a useful counterintuitive fact: one 18 inch pizza has more 'pizza' than two 12 inch pizzas

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Mount Everest, named after Col. Sir George Everest, should be pronounced 'Eve-rest'.

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‘Mona Lisa' is not her real name! Her name is Lisa Gherardini. Her husband Francesco Del Giocondo commissioned the work and called it ‘My Lady Lisa' which translates to Mona Lisa.

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If the sun were to explode, it would take us 8 minutes and 20 seconds to know it happened.

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Babies house their adult teeth below the eyes and in the chin. So, here's what that looks like 😂

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#OTD in 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. was seriously wounded during a book signing at a New York City department store when he was stabbed in the chest by Izola Curry. Photo taken during a news conference at Harlem Hospital where King was recovering.

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For over 4 decades the Bhutanese government has opted to measure progress through "Gross National Happiness," placing great emphasis on the protection of the country's rich natural environment and the wellbeing of its citizens. https://t.co/iBSB6bUUVw

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#Factoftheday: The Roman Emperor Caligula once declared war on Neptune, god of the seas. His men ran to the ocean and stabbed at the water

CORRECTION

A previous version of this post included some facts we now realise weren't wholly correct! They have since been removed.

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