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Reddit Asks the Question: 'What's a Fact That You Only Recently Learned, but Should Have Known for Ages?'

By Petr Navovy | reddit | November 27, 2023 |

By Petr Navovy | reddit | November 27, 2023 |


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I was scrolling through TikTok last night to try to distract myself from the yawning maw of global systems collapse when I came across a now quite famous clip from The Basement Yard podcast. It’s a clip that just never fails to make me laugh, in which Joey has one of those humbling and trippy experiences that comes with learning something that is apparently obvious, but which you had no idea about—in this case, that the iron found in food is the same iron as…every other iron:

@thebasementyard

I’m too old to not know this..

♬ original sound - The Basement Yard Podcast

Shortly after seeing that, in a moment of lovely internet convergence, I stumbled across an AskReddit thread that explored this exact question: ‘What is a fact that you only recently learned, but should have known for ages?’ These are always so much fun. You can check out the full thread here, but below are some highlights:

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