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 (ten years ago) Permalink

How a candle works.

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

Practically everything.

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

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

how to cook an artichoke properly

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

(a julia child recipe steered me right)

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

Fay Fife of the Rezillos.

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

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

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

That's it.

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

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

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

u could still play tag w/it tho

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

aw no-one said 'where babies come from'

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

i like to tag birds. (runs)

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

I thought penguins went "weh weh weh"

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

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

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

1) no 2) a bit

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Sunday, 30 December 2018 17:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tbf Paul McGanns son is a pretty big dubstep producer

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Sunday, 30 December 2018 19:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol, I think Ron Perlman's is as well iirc.

calzino, Sunday, 30 December 2018 20:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wow did not know that - Delroy Edwards has some good tunes.

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Sunday, 30 December 2018 20:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The bumps on the bottom of salt and pepper shakers. (Video on facebook, not sure how to link it)

https://www.facebook.com/coplinsara/videos/2416120848459351/

nickn, Sunday, 30 December 2018 21:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

oh well, c&p maybe.
https://www.facebook.com/coplinsara/videos/2416120848459351/

too risky; didn't c&p: To aid in making the pepper come out of the holes in the top, the salt shaker bottom is rubbed around the pepper shaker bottom in a circular motion, and the bumps on each cause a vibration that aids the pepper flow.

nickn, Sunday, 30 December 2018 21:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

for when you need a full tablespoon of finely ground black pepper on your diner omelette?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 31 December 2018 01:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cooking, etc. And I'm a pepper fiend, so maybe that too.

nickn, Monday, 31 December 2018 04:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The guys in Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show were white.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Learned today that, despite my affinity for spicy food, I can’t deal with a slice of a habanero.

💫 (Trϵϵship), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 01:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it is a pretty strong fuckin pepper to be fair! two decades' worth of mellowed/cooked-down habanero sauce has obscured this relatively non-negotiable fact of life

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 01:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hamburgers are named after Hamburg. Motherfucker

imago, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(named after Motherfuck)

imago, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I’ve got bad news for you about frankfurters

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Like I knew Frankfurter and Wiener but

imago, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

actually I only worked out Wiener when I went to Wien last year tbf

imago, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well that one’s news to me but considering how we pronounce it and what we call the city I think I can be forgiven for not being too quick on the draw.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is a thread of forgiveness

imago, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 17:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/rsGN3CS.png

✈️✈️ (pplains), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 18:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wait til ye figure out what the dubliners were named for

yis oaves

topical mlady (darraghmac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 18:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Think abt if Kennedy gave the "I am a Berliner" speech in Hamburg

There is a schnauzer in my lederhosen (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 19:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

was gonna post exactly that but think Eddie Izzard did that routine once

kinder, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I learned today that in some countries some nappy brands make different nappies for boys and girls

kinder, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 21:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hate to be the one to tell you this but. Boys and girls are built differently, especially around the nappy region. The difference is salient. I speak from 11+ years of experience changing both sorts.

I don't love the trucks vs. princesses or Hulk vs. Barbie stuff, but I think it's reasonable to acknowledge that boy pee and girl pee go in different directions.

I was working as a waitress in an oxygen bar (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 21:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've had two babies and I don't think I've ever seen separate nappies for sale! I mean, it makes sense. If I was doing reusables I'd pad them out differently. I suddenly panicked and wondered if I should've been paying attention to whether the baby on the packaging picture was a boy or girl.

kinder, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 22:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They had separately gendered nappies available when my kids needed them, over 20 years ago.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 23:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that 'beaner' is a derogatory term used for people of hispanic origin

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

never heard it either

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:17 (one week ago) Permalink

It suddenly occurs to me that most slurs appropriately scan as something invented on the fly by a six-year-old who's inordinately impressed with his own 'cleverness'.

Love is Scarface (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:21 (one week ago) Permalink

that 'beaner' is a derogatory term used for people of hispanic origin

I heard this all the time as a little kid so OL otm

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:23 (one week ago) Permalink

if i'd had to guess, i would have said it was a derogatory term for bostonians

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:28 (one week ago) Permalink

encountered "beaner" in plenty of US media from the other side of the planet

sans lep (sic), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:48 (one week ago) Permalink

I've known about that all my life, but you all aren't the first to be surprised either.

http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/06/changing_coffee_houses_name_wa.html

pplains, Thursday, 10 January 2019 02:14 (one week ago) Permalink

impossible to avoid when Carlos Mencia was popular

flappy bird, Thursday, 10 January 2019 05:33 (one week ago) Permalink

I only know it because the racist cop in breaking bad says it all the time

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Thursday, 10 January 2019 07:43 (one week ago) Permalink

When I was in junior high (1982-82) a local Cleveland DJ recorded a parody of Buckner & Garcia's "Pac-Man Fever" called "Beaner Fever," which was indeed about Mexicans. It got played over the Cleveland airwaves regularly.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I know the term from this classic

https://youtu.be/8iJMOBcPQyg

mick signals, Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:43 (one week ago) Permalink

think I learned it from Cheech & Chong

frogbs, Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:46 (one week ago) Permalink

I was thinking there was some sort of continental divide that lay between Mexico and Boston.

pplains, Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:56 (one week ago) Permalink

impossible to avoid when Carlos Mencia was popular

and yet

mookieproof, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:09 (one week ago) Permalink

pplains exp matches my exp- 21 yrs all along mid-atlantic/ne seaboard i never heard it, but heard it in 90 soon after i landed in colo, took me a minute to even get what it meant.

around same time a midwesterner dropped “jew down” as a term for bargaining at me. it was new to me but i got it and objected immed. he really did seem shocked it was offensive.

Hunt3r, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:46 (one week ago) Permalink

pplains exp matches my exp- 21 yrs all along mid-atlantic/ne seaboard i never heard it, but heard it in 90 soon after i landed in colo, took me a minute to even get what it meant.

around same time a midwesterner dropped “jew down” as a term for bargaining at me. it was new to me but i got it and objected immed. he really did seem shocked it was offensive.

Hunt3r, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:46 (one week ago) Permalink

i gave up the zing app as a resolution and now i’m double posting bad memories in chrome yay

Hunt3r, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:50 (one week ago) Permalink

no dude, your post was just that booming

flappy bird, Friday, 11 January 2019 04:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Narcissus and daffodil are, broadly speaking, the same plant.

So the story about Sigmund Freud presenting Virginia Woolf (his English publisher) with a narcissus? It seems rather more homey and pedestrian than I'd been led to imagine. He needn't have consulted a botanist or florist. He probably didn't intend some grand statement based on mythology and psychology. He probably wasn't trying to subtly throw shade on her.

Indeed, he might have just hastily scooped up something from the Woolfs' dooryard, a few minutes before their meeting.

A whole allegedly revealing anecdote, undone by simple taxonomy.

Twas in the fleek midwinter (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:09 (one week ago) Permalink

sometimes a daffodil is just a daffodil

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Only today discovered that the British employment of 'corn' may refer more broadly to a variety of grain, which clears up what I'd previously believed to be confusingly-anachronistic pre-1492 references to the existence of maize in Europe.

A Nugatory Excrescence (Old Lunch), Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:29 (one week ago) Permalink

TIL that Duplo blocks are called Duplo because they are double the dimensions of Lego blocks.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Monday, 14 January 2019 14:54 (six days ago) Permalink

Yesterday I noticed that the logo of Domino’s Pizza is a domino

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 14 January 2019 15:51 (six days ago) Permalink

There was also a short-lived product line called Quatro.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Monday, 14 January 2019 15:51 (six days ago) Permalink


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