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

lol

This is the thread we tend to use for youthful misreadings of words not heard aloud, yes? I was thinking the other day about how when I was a kid I always used to read the word bedraggled as “bed-raggled”, which made sense to me as it meant looking like you’d just got out of bed

U. K. Le Garage (wins), Saturday, 14 July 2018 07:46 (one month ago) Permalink

I still read bedraggled like that.

Yerac, Saturday, 14 July 2018 08:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I got out of bed like this / undraggled

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 14 July 2018 08:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Just now, having re-read the lyrics to Tay Zonday's supposed novelty hit "chocolate rain" only to realise its a Langston Hughes-esque protest song and I never realised :/

(in my defense I never paid attention to the words at all tbh)

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 20 July 2018 03:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I was shockingly old when I learned I was shockingly old.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 20 July 2018 03:39 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Nobody is shocked by your age except you. I think we’re mostly just impressed but don’t want to say so because we don’t want you to feel old.

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 July 2018 03:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

(“can I be Aimless someday?” many ilxors ask)

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 July 2018 03:47 (four weeks ago) Permalink

you are too kind. or drunk. I can't decide.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 20 July 2018 03:51 (four weeks ago) Permalink

both.

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 July 2018 03:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

👊

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 July 2018 03:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

👊

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 20 July 2018 04:01 (four weeks ago) Permalink

🖐

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 July 2018 04:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

<3

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 20 July 2018 04:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

that Isabella Rossellini is the daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.

flappy bird, Friday, 20 July 2018 05:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

When he first spotted Isabella, David Lynch told her: “Hey, you know, you could be the daughter of Ingrid Bergman.” A friend nearby informed him, “You idiot, she IS Ingrid Bergman's daughter."

Minister of the Pillow (fionnland), Friday, 20 July 2018 07:56 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Lynch uses that line on everyone.

mick signals, Friday, 20 July 2018 14:48 (four weeks ago) Permalink

an earring is a ring that goes on an ear

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Ok, that's a bit shocking

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah

No angel came (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:49 (four weeks ago) Permalink

:O

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

scumbag as an insult comes from the word's usage in the 20th century as a term for condom

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

gross, right?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It was a lot more transgressive when i fuckin coined it tbh

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

surely the s should just be dropped if that's the case

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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Hi My father very Rusted Root with me what can I do? (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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Hi My father very Rusted Root with me what can I do? (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

was gonna say, kinda weird choice of product you got there

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that "Quisling" was an actual person who collaborated with the Nazis as opposed to a pleasingly onomatopoeic English word with vague connotations of faery changelings or some kind of hideous and stunted birdlike creature

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

have you just watched The King's Choice? That was how I learned about Quisling last year.

calzino, Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was aware of the name source but not all the connotations of the term. Had been thinking of it as a term for Trump but it seems to be necessary for the country involved to be under occupation which it isn't quite yet.

Stevolende, Thursday, 26 July 2018 13:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was thinking it meant deceptive sellout ala 5th columnist so criteria about country actually being under occupation wasn't vital.

Stevolende, Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The 16 men are on a dead man’s *treasure chest*, and not, like, on a guy’s physical chest (like a tattoo)

Οὖτις, Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"One for the money and done for the rest" refers to the fact that all but one of those sixteen men are dead, too, and all the treasure belongs to the last one left alive.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

No results found for "one for the money and done for the rest".

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 29 July 2018 01:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it’s not like there’s an authoritative version of that song that actually means stuff at this point

but it’s fifteen men not sixteen

El Tomboto, Sunday, 29 July 2018 02:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i always heard it was a furlong or a shilling of men. imperial measures are incredibly fucked

Hunt3r, Sunday, 29 July 2018 03:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's more "got shockingly far through today before I clocked" but: Emily Bronte and Kate Bush were born on the same day, 140 years apart.

Alba, Monday, 30 July 2018 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

16 men and whaddaya get
Another day deader and deeper in chest

how's life, Monday, 30 July 2018 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/eHEm8qN.png

pplains, Monday, 30 July 2018 21:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

David Axelrod's a white guy

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 19:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the musician or the politician?

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 19:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the latter. There's a musician named David Axelrod?

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 19:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thread delivers

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 19:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

anyway I would've sworn I'd seen pictures of David Axelrod the political consultant before, and would've sworn he was black, but he actually just had a mustache. Was I thinking of Eric Holder? Maybe.

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.reverbnation.com/musician/ericholder

looks white too?

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My dad has a mustache but I've never mistaken him for a black man.

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

anyway I'm ostensibly at work

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think there's a new reissue of one of the David Axelrod William Blake lps, just saw it in a review section from I think this month.
Did some really great funky semi orchestral stuff and the Electric Prunes lps before he replaced teh actual band members.
Worth checking out if you're not already familar with him

Stevolende, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the latter. There's a musician named David Axelrod?

― devops mom (silby)

unless it's just a pseudonym for arnold shawmobile

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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