I don’t know about you, Pandas, but I think amazing facts are like Pringles: once you have one, you want another, and before you know it, you can’t stop yourself from eating more and more. And I know I’m not the only one that enjoys learning new things!
The ‘Weird Facts’ Instagram page has 1.2 million followers who can’t get enough of the intriguing knowledge it posts on their feeds. Dear Readers, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most intriguing history and scientific facts posted on the page for you to enjoy as well, so scroll down and upvote the ones you find interesting and shocking.
Did any of these facts alter your perspective on the world? Did you happen to be aware of all of the facts in this article? Do you have any interesting facts to share with the rest of the Pandas? In the comments area, you may express your ideas, feelings, and opinions. Are you ready to discover something amazing? Let’s get started!
The ‘Weird Facts’ Instagram project finally got significant enough that its creator decided to build a trivia learning app. Over 900 strange, amusing, and true facts may be learned and used to wow your friends and family over dinner. True, some facts may seem unusual, but ‘Weird Facts’ has double- and triple-checked everything.
Bored Panda has already examined the themes of media literacy and how to discriminate between real and misleading facts in great depth. I spoke with Steven Wooding, a member of the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom, this week on the mentality that a real, inquiring, and unbiased scientist should have.
“Scientists must be interested about how the world works and perseverant in their efforts, as it may take years for their efforts to pay off. “Creativity is vital for imagining what can be possible, and attention to detail is important for learning,” Steven told Bored Panda in an interview.
“We must be open to new facts and allow evidence to lead us rather than our own opinions.” On the other hand, data should be scrutinized. One experiment does not equal proof. Experiments that can be performed and validated numerous times provide a fact.”
The introduction of online newsfeeds and sites like TikTok and Twitter, according to the study, has decreased our attention spans. As a result, we have a lesser tolerance for long-form information that demands more concentration and effort on our part.
“If you’re pressed for time, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to devote a significant amount of time to a single article, preferring instead to scan the headlines for a variety of small nuggets of information. I’ve discovered that unless it’s something that actually interests me, I’m less inclined to read a long piece,” he added. On the one hand, we’re saving time, but on the other side, we’re remaining at a very superficial level of knowledge.
“The drawback is that we won’t be able to gain a deeper knowledge of anything and would thus miss out.” This is paradoxical, given how people nowadays scurry about in order to avoid missing out on stuff,” Steven told Bored Panda.
“It’s critical to have a development mentality and to recognize that you probably don’t know much.” We can only obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the world by spending time investigating it. This is due to our short attention spans, which allows us to have a large but shallow knowledge base. Take the time to read a book on a topic and you’ll learn a lot more,” the expert said, asking everyone to have patience for knowledge that isn’t merely bite-sized.
Meanwhile, Hollywood’s entertainment and pop culture expert Mike Sington revealed to me that there are a variety of red signals to look out for that might suggest that a fact or a source is untrustworthy.
“Outlandish, too good to be true, you haven’t seen the claim anywhere else, you’ve never heard the source, the source isn’t trustworthy, you can’t locate two other sources making the same claim, your gut tells you, ‘this can’t be real,'” says the author. Mike told Bored Panda about it.
“The advent of social media has diminished the dependability of information since disinformation can spread so rapidly before it can be addressed,” the expert said, adding that one easy way to assess the credibility of a fact is to begin with a simple and humble Google search. We should keep an eye out for other sources and evidence. We should be wary if we can’t locate anything.
“If you don’t do this and consider before reposting, you can be adding to the problem.” He said that “amplification does not make a claim factual or correct.”
Mike considers the Associated Press, Reuters, and The New York Times to be reputable sources. “They hire fact-checkers and editors to ensure that the information they post is accurate.” They’re essentially doing your research and homework for you. There are just too many untrustworthy websites that should be avoided to list them all. “Proceed with caution,” he advised Bored Panda, “since anyone may practically post whatever they want.”
“Because of how information and entertainment are now delivered to us, our attention spans have been lowered to mere seconds at a time. People obtain small bites of news through Twitter feeds, and they pass the time by scrolling swiftly through Instagram and TikTok. “It’s making a habit out of something that shouldn’t be,” he explained.
“The good news is that long-form entertainment and news are plentiful; you simply have to look for it.” I feel the advantage outweighs the cost. It increases your capacity to focus, is more relaxing, helps you retain more knowledge, and provides you a more balanced and nuanced view of the world, as I’ve learned.”
Originally published on the boredpanda