Things you were shockingly old when you learned

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I think I was like 16 or 17 when I learned that cows and bulls were the male and female versions of the same animal and not two distinct animals.

What sort of seemingly basic facts did it take you a surprisingly long time for you to learn?

filthy dylan, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 05:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

How a candle works.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 05:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

Practically everything.

Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 06:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

that SHIFT + 6 = ^. I think I figured it out a month or so ago. I always wondered how people got that character.

ILX MOD (musically), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 06:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

DO you have a Mac?

The best things about macs is that making any character is stupid easy.

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Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 06:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

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Abbott of the Trapezoid Monks (Abbott), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 06:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

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If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 07:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

That (most) BMWs are named according to engine size (I was a car freak as a child but never knew this until being informed by a German flatmate while I was a PhD student).

i.e. 318 = 3 series 1.8 litre engine etc.

krakow, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 07:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Didn't know that black and green olives are identical, just different stage of maturity, until a few months ago.

Didn't realise that Adam Ant was a pun, until a year or so ago. Likewise Lipps Inc.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 07:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've got a mac and I still don't know how to do any of, um, ^ those ^

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I end up going to wikipedia and copy-and-pasting when I want unusual characters

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

The cows-and-bulls thing, plus Adam Ant, are the only things on this thread that I do know

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

how to cook an artichoke properly

nelson algreen (get bent), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

(a julia child recipe steered me right)

nelson algreen (get bent), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

How to tie my shoes (velcro, you see..)

Sugar hiccup, Makes a pig soar and swoon (Pillbox), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Didn't realise that Adam Ant was a pun, until a year or so ago.

^^^ this. Same with Sandy Shaw.

NotEnough, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

Fay Fife of the Rezillos.

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

(i.e. it's a pun on "I am from the town of Fife, my good fellow" in broad scots)

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

What's the Adam Ant pun? Adam Ant = adamant? If so... pretty lame pun.

Mordy, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's it.

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost Tell that to Lai Mpun, the lead singer of Bangkok's Phleng Chat.

I CRIED (G00blar), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

I am 33 and didn't know any of these things. Wait - how the hell DOES a candle work?!

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Same with Sandy Shaw.
OK I was 32 when I found out this was a pun.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

i don't know how to explain it but i used to think chickens had a really weird way of "mating", something to do with the rooster's legs. (!!?!?) :)

Ludo, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought penguins were as tall as humans until that march of the penguins movie

I CRIED (G00blar), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

"that SHIFT + 6 = ^. I think I figured it out a month or so ago. I always wondered how people got that character."

^^^Dude, you beat me by a month. Thanks!

I once spent a half hour trying to eject a cd from a Mac before someone finally told me there's an eject button on the keyboard. I was going through all these crazy menus and preferences...

Nate Carson, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think I was like 16 or 17 when I learned that cows and bulls were the male and female versions of the same animal and not two distinct animals.

What sort of seemingly basic facts did it take you a surprisingly long time for you to learn?

― filthy dylan, Wednesday, November 12, 2008 5:30 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink


I did not know that oxen were cattle until about a week ago.

With a little bit of gold and a Peja (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought penguins were as tall as humans until that march of the penguins movie

loooool one of my friends thought this and it was since passed into running joke territory.

I think I've done that Mac eject button thing too :(

Pronounced lapels like 'labels' for years until corrected but happily don't dress well enough to use it often

The Slash My Father Wrote (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

My girlfriend was shocked to learn, at the age of 33, that a 'Flea Circus' is actually a rather charming mechanical toy, and is in no way operated by any parasitic insects.

Huey in Bristol (Huey in Melbourne), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ismael, at the age of 32, is shocked to learn the same thing. This thread is getting embarrassing

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

WAT! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flea_circus

Øystein, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought penguins were as tall as humans until that march of the penguins movie

one of my friends thought this and it was since passed into running joke territory

no but seriously, what is this about?

negotiable, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

i mean i can see that there's rarely anything to size them against in the big white antarctic, but why would anyone then automatically think okay here's a bird i could play tag with

negotiable, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

u could still play tag w/it tho

SNAKES! (ice crӕm), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

But you could make the same assumption with ostriches in the big yellow desert (or wherever they live), and in that case you'd be right!

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm still in touch with several grown adults who genuinely believe there's 'something' to supernatural claims about ouija boards, despite its fairly obvious origins in parlour games / illusions which utilised the (admittedly fucking spooky) ideomotor effect.

Huey in Bristol (Huey in Melbourne), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

aw no-one said 'where babies come from'

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've had a lot of experiences in my adult life with mispronouncing words I understood as part of written text, but hadn't heard aurally in the context of conversation etc. For example, I was well into my twenties before I knew the word "vehement" wasn't pronounced veh-hee-ment. I wish others would politely correct you when you do that instead of letting you blindly sound like an idiot.

Sugar hiccup, Makes a pig soar and swoon (Pillbox), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm a bit like that, but now I'm in the habit of saying works incorrectly, I can't get out of it. Canal is not pronounced can-el, but there's fuck all I can do about it now.

NotEnough, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

^ This happens to me all the time too - so much so that I actually now find it quite amusing when I realise, midway through a sentence, that a word I've never heard before is looming at the end. I suppose that people who talk a lot, rather than reading, must find the same with spelling. It only annoys me when some moron uses it as an opportunity to score cheap points (sadly fairly often)

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was going to start a thread like this, but it was going to be more about 'life lessons' that took you forever to learn, rather than trivia.

Anyway it's taken me this long to fully realize how unreliable first impressions can be when it comes to people.

invisible jet (wanko ergo sum), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

but why would anyone then automatically think okay here's a bird i could play tag with

haha

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

TAL have an episode on this in the "best of" section on their wesite. people who thought unicorns were real, etc., lots of awkward silences at cocktail parties: good stuff.

rent, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

i like to tag birds. (runs)

Sugar hiccup, Makes a pig soar and swoon (Pillbox), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's a penguin here and he wants to say "you didn't touch me ner ner ner"

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought penguins went "weh weh weh"

╓abies, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm still in touch with several grown adults who genuinely believe there's 'something' to supernatural claims about ouija boards, despite its fairly obvious origins in parlour games / illusions which utilised the (admittedly fucking spooky) ideomotor effect.

― Huey in Bristol (Huey in Melbourne), Wednesday, November 12, 2008 7:08 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

you couldnt get me in the same room as a ouija board

a country packed with ponies (sunny successor), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was about 35 when I figured out Open Sesame = Open Says Me.

Rotgutt, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

i used to think HAZCHEM was a foreign word for danger like Achtung

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just figured out, like 2 days ago, that the lyrics are "highway to the danger zone"

(until then, thought they were "I went to to the danger zone")

homosexual II, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 15:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

That "SOS" is just easy to tap out in Morse, it doesn't stand for "Save Our Souls".

albvivertine, Monday, 12 February 2018 00:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

looks ,like Save our souls or whatever is more of a mnemonic though you probably don't need one for a signal that simple 3x3 signal sounds. Or 2x3 of one interspersed by a different set of 3.

Stevolende, Monday, 12 February 2018 00:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It stands for SmayOdayS.

pplains, Monday, 12 February 2018 01:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shit Oh Shit

EZ Snappin, Monday, 12 February 2018 02:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

SmOreS

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't I knew until I was maybe in my last year of college - and despite spending a very small part of my childhood in New Orleans - that there was a religious component to Mardi Gras.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 February 2018 03:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well given all the titties and whatnot, one could be somewhat excused there :)

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 12 February 2018 04:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Election Day and Mardi Gras, two Tuesday hiolidays that really should be moved to the weekend,

pplains, Monday, 12 February 2018 04:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(Funny enough, Louisiana does hold its state elections on Saturdays.)

pplains, Monday, 12 February 2018 04:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Weekend? Do it the australian way mate, holiday on a friday or monday so you can have a 3 day weekend.

Or heck having it on a tues is fine, everyone'd just take monday off anyway.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 12 February 2018 09:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Samedi Gras

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 12 February 2018 13:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Americans don't get a day off to vote, btw. That would make it much harder to disenfranchise voters.

Nonsense Ape Debones His Foot (Old Lunch), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I guess they only get a day off in Australia cause voting is compulsory there. Would be a bit much to fine people for not voting if they were at work all day.

Alba, Monday, 12 February 2018 13:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There you go. Make voting mandatory like in Australia, and then you can fine all the people who have to work/don't have proper ID/convicted of a felony, etc.

pplains, Monday, 12 February 2018 13:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was probably well into high school before I learned that the phrase was "reckless driving" and not "wreckless driving." I couldn't understand how driving that resulted in accidents was "wreckless."

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't think I knew that Ringo Starr is left-handed. Maybe I heard a long time ago and forgot, or didn't recognize the implications.

I'm walking on Sondheim (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Can we just have one thread called “Voting: Down Under Vs. Everywhere Else, Especially USA” and not do this on every thread on ILE

El Tomboto, Monday, 12 February 2018 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

we've moved on Tom

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was shockingly old when I learned how irritated Tombot was by digressive discussions of national voting customs.

Nonsense Ape Debones His Foot (Old Lunch), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

don't remember where i was
i realized life was a game
the more seriously i took things
the harder the rules became

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't think I knew that Ringo Starr is left-handed. Maybe I heard a long time ago and forgot, or didn't recognize the implications.

Learned this in Lewisohn's (most recent) awesome book. I guess like a lot of lefties it was sort of beat out of him by teachers, which yeah definitely affects his playing style.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well this throws off one of my big points about Paul being dead.

pplains, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Unless Ringo is dead too... Hang on, this changes everything...

pplains, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Suicide pact.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Or 'cack-handed" as Quincy Jones puts it.

Alba, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I guess they only get a day off in Australia cause voting is compulsory there. Would be a bit much to fine people for not voting if they were at work all day.

I think that in India, election days are holidays even though voting is not compulsory.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well into adulthood, I thought 'post-nasal drip' simply referred to stuffiness, i.e. the point in time after your nose had stopped dripping.

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Monday, 12 February 2018 16:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

after the nasal drip, sounds right

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 February 2018 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ah, the subtleties of hyphen placement! post-nasal drip vs post nasal-drip

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 12 February 2018 17:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

pee... is stored in the balls

ian, Monday, 12 February 2018 17:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OR... does it mean that girls have balls???

ian, Monday, 12 February 2018 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Until a couple years ago I thought No Woman No Cry meant that if you don't have a woman then you don't have any problems and won't be sad/cry. One day I it came on the radio and I actually listened to the words and realized that it was BM telling a lady not to cry.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

~BM~

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Monday, 12 February 2018 20:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Commas save lives. It should be called "No, Woman, No Cry."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Prithee m'lady, cry not

Moodles, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean it's also clear from the rest of the lyrics but I guess I just never paid attention.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 12 February 2018 21:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You have only just disabused me of this notion, ENBB.

Alba, Monday, 12 February 2018 21:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Same. Thankfully, I've never lectured on it without realizing this.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 12 February 2018 22:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I guess they only get a day off in Australia cause voting is compulsory there

Sorry, this isnt correct. We dont get the day off, they just do voting on Saturdays.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:14 (one week ago) Permalink

can you imagine if voting were compulsory in America.

people would be holding angry marches for the freedom to not vote.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:19 (one week ago) Permalink

cos that's the shit we protest here.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:19 (one week ago) Permalink

You have only just disabused me of this notion, ENBB.

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Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:40 (one week ago) Permalink

thought this was = mo money mo problems construction

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:42 (one week ago) Permalink

i was shockingly old when i learned so many otherwise intelligent people thought the great bob marley had written an anti-woman chorus on a par with "if you want to be happy" by jimmy soul!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought he was just heartbroken and temporarily embittered

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:44 (one week ago) Permalink

bob was never heartbroken for long iirc

mh, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:59 (one week ago) Permalink

he never let them fool him
or even try to school him

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:00 (one week ago) Permalink

OK, I feel better now knowing I'm not alone in this.

lol TH I never really thought of it as anti-woman more just like a love sucks and isn't worth the effort type thing. If you want to be happy on the other hand. It's a shame though because it's a damn catchy song and even the spoken ugly wife bits are fun. :(

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:47 (one week ago) Permalink

I guess they only get a day off in Australia cause voting is compulsory there

Sorry, this isnt correct. We dont get the day off, they just do voting on Saturdays.

also we can vote, at fewer locations, for a couple of weeks before the official voting day

Haribo Hancock (sic), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:46 (one week ago) Permalink


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