What originally started as a social network for college attendees soon became the thriving multi-connector for the world. Despite its collection of user data, its occasionally intrusive advertising, and its annoying social games, users flock to it. In fact, there’s a high chance that many readers found this article using it. You guessed it, I’m talking about Facebook.
Of course, Facebook isn’t all bad. Let’s get past the Facebook drama, the catching-up-on-old-girlfriends, and the stupid mafia games. Let’s take Facebook back to its roots: education. Liking these pages will help you learn a little something every now and then — something that you can make use of.
Facebook for Education is a general page, and doesn’t really do much to provide lessons or tips. However, it can easily connect you to a variety of resources that have a more academic approach (many of which already exist on Facebook). If you’re looking to get back into school, or perhaps you’re even an educator looking to build up your brain-beef, then Facebook In Education is a good spot to check out. Follow it and keep it on your radar, for you may find a few gems here in and there.
Obviously, “WTF” stands for “Weird True Facts,” and don’t try to tell differently. Here, you’ll find the strangest of the strange facts just waiting for you to take a look at them. This Facebook Page is regularly updated (typically within a few hours), and it’s full of oddball pieces of information that, if you repeat them, will make you seem much more interesting than you actually are.
Facts I found here include:
- Before sleeping, 90% of your mind begins to imagine stuff you’d like to happen
- Only 2% of Earth’s population naturally has green eyes.
- Hugh Jackman walked around Comic Con wearing his full Wolverine costume, and nobody noticed.
Where are the sources for these? Not sure. But who’s really going to fact check you?
So maybe you really do want to know those sources. We get it, we get it. Sources are important, and they tend to help if you have uber-skeptical friends. That’s where ScienceAlert comes in: a factual, scientifically-focused website targeted at those of you who like to read a bit beyond bite-sized facts. The Facebook Page merely stems from an website by the same name.
On the surface, there are plenty of mini-facts, but each one links to a full article worth reading. Oh, and it’s Internet-friendly, paying close attention to Internet culture and trends (yeah, you may find the occasional attempt at a meme or two here). Below are a couple of choice items we found on ScienceAlert:
- Keepers at Denver Zoo in the US have been trying unsuccessfully for decades to breed and raise Tawny Frogmouth chicks, and have finally succeeded with Kermit, whose sex is still not known. Kermit hatched on January 27 and is still being brooded by his parents. Tawny Frogmouths are known for their wide frog-like mouths and are native to Australia. - http://bit.ly/1pczCzB via ZooBorns
- A new study has revealed Yellowstone National Park is releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of times more helium than expected. These vast stores of isotope helium-4 are escaping from steam vents and hot springs after being trapped within Earth’s crust for up to 2 billion years. But it’s not a “sudden” change on the human scale – the research estimates this release of gas began roughly 2 million years ago with the advent of volcanic activity at Yellowstone. - http://lat.ms/1fJ2GH3
Do these seem up your alley? Follow ScienceAlert for more of the same.
Remember the old game Trivial Pursuit? While this one definitely falls under the category of entertaining Facebook pages, the spirit of the long-time board game classic is revived in its bangin’ (but kind of abandoned) Facebook Page, and on it plenty of interesting facts in Q&A form. Check it out, see if it’s your kind of flavor, and maybe give it a Like. Unfortunately, like we said, the page isn’t really updated anymore, but there’s still a wealth of information to pull from it.
Looking to be a bit healthier? NutritionFacts.org has its own Facebook Page that will link you to a variety of articles concerning better eating tricks. The nutrition updates, which are current and based on day-to-day nutrition news, are pretty informative. If this floats your boat, we suggest giving it a visit.
Where on Facebook do you go to learn new things?
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