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 (fourteen years ago) link

How a candle works.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 05:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Practically everything.

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 08:02 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

how to cook an artichoke properly

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

(a julia child recipe steered me right)

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

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

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

Fay Fife of the Rezillos.

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:35 (fourteen years ago) link

(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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Mordy, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:37 (fourteen years ago) link

That's it.

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:43 (fourteen years ago) link

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

I CRIED (G00blar), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:45 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

I CRIED (G00blar), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:56 (fourteen years ago) link

"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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Øystein, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:59 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

u could still play tag w/it tho

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

aw no-one said 'where babies come from'

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 13:14 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

^ 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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

i like to tag birds. (runs)

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

I thought penguins went "weh weh weh"

╓abies, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Rotgutt, Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:44 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:45 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

just to note that i don’t use teflon or any shit like that, i use stainless steel and yes, once in a while a glazed cast iron that i can actually wash like a normal pan instead of fussing about it.

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Monday, 20 March 2023 21:35 (one week ago) link

I'm a stainless steel/carbon steel wok enthusiast as well, table.

lol, just ordered a chainmail scrubber and in my enthusiasm I didn't notice it was a China based ebayer, so might not get it for weeks. No more wearing out wire brushes for this fool!

calzino, Monday, 20 March 2023 21:38 (one week ago) link

we got a fancy carbon steel pan that we only use for eggs or egg-related dishes like shakshuka

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Monday, 20 March 2023 21:47 (one week ago) link

there’s a lot in baseball that could have sprung from the mind of dr seuss tbh

I would not, could not, with a bat
I would not, could not, wearing a hat

I will not eat them with a ball
I will not eat them, Sam, at all

I would not eat them while playing Tetris
And I don't subscribe to Sabermetrics

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:01 (one week ago) link

That sounded like it segued into a Flight of the Conchords song at the end there.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:04 (one week ago) link

that a sac fly doesn’t count as an at bat! what!!!?

it does count as a plate appearance, though. So it doesn't lower your BA, but it does lower your OBP. This is how you can have a lower OBP than BA, if you have more sac flies than walks (and HBPs)

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:22 (one week ago) link

enjoying all this sac talk

My favorite sac is Sacagawea

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:31 (one week ago) link

i mean it's not like you were deliberately trying to fly out, you were trying to rip a double. for some reason sac bunts not counting as at bats seems more normal... but it's true that it's the same principle. i dunno man. good point about OBP. it needs to show up somewhere. and it does!

Tracer Hand, Monday, 20 March 2023 22:35 (one week ago) link

It also shows up as an RBI

Josefa, Monday, 20 March 2023 22:39 (one week ago) link

^^^

can i play with march madness? (PBKR), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:39 (one week ago) link

indeed

Tracer Hand, Monday, 20 March 2023 22:40 (one week ago) link

let us not sneeze at the good old ribbie

Tracer Hand, Monday, 20 March 2023 22:40 (one week ago) link

I only figured this out looking at a box score and trying to figure out someone that went 0 for 4 had an RBI.

can i play with march madness? (PBKR), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:58 (one week ago) link

how someone

can i play with march madness? (PBKR), Monday, 20 March 2023 22:59 (one week ago) link

I always thought for baseball fans most of the fun was in the stats and remembering the arcane rules, whereas watching an actual game from beginning to end was only an incidental pleasure.

Bringing Up Initials B.B. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 March 2023 23:03 (one week ago) link

“pleasure”

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 01:48 (six days ago) link

Should I have a put something like “a very rare occurrence”? Thought about it.

Bringing Up Initials B.B. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 02:10 (six days ago) link

Computing pioneer Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron, and her mother steered her towards mathematics partly in reaction to Byron's calling and life choices.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 11:36 (six days ago) link

didn't quite work though...

koogs, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 12:41 (six days ago) link

Just listened to Kate Lister 5alking about Byron on Betwixt The Sheets current episode. So that's a coincidence

Stevo, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 15:12 (six days ago) link

Huh, I'm currently reading "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" and Lord Byron appears in the chapter I was just reading last night.

silverfish, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 17:54 (six days ago) link

Betwixt the Sheets comes out on a Tuesday so I was loistening to it while i walked around town. Had probably stopped a little before I saw that.
POdcast comes out Tuesday and Friday.

Stevo, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 18:31 (six days ago) link

pickles (cukes) have no calories

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 19:32 (six days ago) link

that's my fav thing about them.

well that and the fact they're awesome

hootenanny-soundtracking clusterfucks about milking cows (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 19:53 (six days ago) link

well.. i think pickles do

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 23:27 (six days ago) link

Huh, I'm currently reading "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" and Lord Byron appears in the chapter I was just reading last night.


o/t but I just read this last year, so so good. I am too scared to post on ilb so had to get that in somewhere lol

brimstead, Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:52 (five days ago) link

absolutely do not be scared to post on ilb, the more the merrier

limb tins & cum (gyac), Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:53 (five days ago) link

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

Bringing Up Initials B.B. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:55 (five days ago) link

Mace and nutmeg are part of the same seed.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 23 March 2023 21:53 (four days ago) link

WHAT

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Thursday, 23 March 2023 22:43 (four days ago) link

Wait till you hear about cilantro

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 23 March 2023 22:54 (four days ago) link

lol that one I knew!

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Thursday, 23 March 2023 22:56 (four days ago) link

Makes sense, they're practically interchangeable flavour-wise

touche pas ma planète (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 23 March 2023 22:56 (four days ago) link

lice is the plural of louse. like mice and mouse.

pretty sure I must have known this at some earlier point and then forgotten it.

formerly abanana (dat), Friday, 24 March 2023 14:25 (three days ago) link

dice = die

rice = rice

Relieved sometimes that this is my first language.

pplains, Friday, 24 March 2023 14:44 (three days ago) link

Spice is the plural of spouse

Uh, wait, no

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 24 March 2023 14:45 (three days ago) link

formerly abanana (dat) at 2:25 24 Mar 23

lice is the plural of louse. like mice and mouse.

pretty sure I must have known this at some earlier point and then forgotten it.
wait til you hear about "lousy"

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Friday, 24 March 2023 14:51 (three days ago) link

Turn back, you lousy fule!

Bringing Up Initials B.B. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 March 2023 14:58 (three days ago) link

There are few adjectives I enjoy more than using "lousy" to mean "has a lot of" (rather than "is bad"). "This restaurant is lousy with cute waiters," for example

touche pas ma planète (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 24 March 2023 15:00 (three days ago) link

... same sense as the Scots word "hoachin'", which means infested or swarming with, Mr Redd will be interested to here.

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Friday, 24 March 2023 15:48 (three days ago) link

Ye rang?

Old Man Reacts to Cloud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 March 2023 18:41 (three days ago) link

As far as I can tell, that word is not considered Scots, but an English word that is now only still used in Scotland.

Old Man Reacts to Cloud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 March 2023 18:43 (three days ago) link

Like most, sorry maist, Scots' words!

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Friday, 24 March 2023 18:51 (three days ago) link

Kate Lister just did a Betwixt the Sheets on Sordid Soho where she says the name Soho derives from a hunting cry.
Had no idea.
Is it just a coincidence that NYC also has an important arty space called SoHo but derived from abbreviation then portmanteau of the words South of Houston. Is the pronunciation different?

Stevo, Saturday, 25 March 2023 10:38 (two days ago) link

in times gone (very) by soho (the london one) was a royal hunting ground and some of the pubs frequented in ilx FAPs gone by -- viz at least two of the fours pubs called the BLUE POSTS -- are said to mark the boundaries of this ground, with their name as a reminder of the relevant marker or signpost

mark s, Saturday, 25 March 2023 11:04 (two days ago) link

Just found out that what we call filet mignon in America (a cut of beef) is not called that in French.

Apparently in French, filet mignon only refers to pork tenderloin.

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 March 2023 22:32 (two days ago) link

What we call filet mignon I've usually heard of referred to as just "filet" in France

Never heard that about the pork

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 25 March 2023 23:40 (two days ago) link

I've just learned that Americans call coriander cilantro. I knew about arugula being rocket, but somehow cilantro escaped me all these years.

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 26 March 2023 00:25 (yesterday) link

Don’t forget TS cilantro vs. Italian parsley. In Latin America they also have cilantro macho and cilantro hembra.

Old Man Reacts to Cloud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 00:36 (yesterday) link


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