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 (twelve years ago) link

How a candle works.

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

Practically everything.

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

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

how to cook an artichoke properly

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

(a julia child recipe steered me right)

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

Fay Fife of the Rezillos.

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

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

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

That's it.

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

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

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

u could still play tag w/it tho

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

aw no-one said 'where babies come from'

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

i like to tag birds. (runs)

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

I thought penguins went "weh weh weh"

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

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

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

facets = faucets (And I proof-read!)

nickn, Monday, 19 July 2021 18:04 (one week ago) link

The whole thing couldn't be any more Hipgnosis really

cryptkeepers are different (Matt #2), Monday, 19 July 2021 18:47 (one week ago) link

Robyn Hitchcock's father wrote the novel "Percy", about the world's first successful penis transplant, later a film starring Hywel Bennett with soundtrack by the Kinks.

Soundtracked by an eco jazz mixtape. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 09:32 (one week ago) link

I remember playing maniac mansion on the PC when I was 13 and being frustrated at being unable to select the tap, only something called a "faucet"

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 09:56 (one week ago) link

For some reason I had it in my head that Americans were more precise than us and distinguished between the spout and the thing you turn (the faucet). But now I see I’ve invented this and that faucet covers both things, just like tap does.

I’ve also just discovered that in some parts of America it’s called a spigot instead.

Alba, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:54 (one week ago) link

Often pronounced "spickit"

peace, man, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:57 (one week ago) link

Spigot's more like what's at the end of a garden hose.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:35 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I think I've only ever heard spigot in an outdoor context.

peace, man, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 13:07 (one week ago) link

Suzi Quatro is Sherilyn Fenn's aunt

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 22 July 2021 23:20 (six days ago) link

No way

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 22 July 2021 23:26 (six days ago) link

"Her sister Arlene is the mother of actress Sherilyn Fenn."

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 22 July 2021 23:30 (six days ago) link

I don't see much resemblance.. maybe the eyes:

https://images.discovery-prod.axs.com/2020/11/suzi-quatro-tickets_04-21-21_17_5fc4dd4abf0fe.jpg

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 22 July 2021 23:56 (six days ago) link

Here's Mom:

https://i.imgur.com/WTSc0Ep.png

pplains, Friday, 23 July 2021 00:13 (five days ago) link

I don't know if it's just seeing these posts in conjunction but suddenly I'm seeing a link between Peter Cook in Bedazzled and the Giant in Twin Peaks.

Good Suzi Quatro fact.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 00:16 (five days ago) link

Speaking of peepers:
Her family name of "Quattrocchi" ("four eyes", meaning "bespectacled") was shortened to Quatro

How long have spectacles been around? Seems crazy that there would be a family named after eyewear

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 23 July 2021 00:17 (five days ago) link

Since the 13th century! But that's another good Suzi Quatro fact.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 00:24 (five days ago) link

Seems crazy that there would be a family named after eyewear

what did you think the Gogols were named after?

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 July 2021 06:15 (five days ago) link

Quatro's 60s bands were quite good. I picked up the Cradle cd last year and meant to pick up the Pleasure Seekers set.
Both of them feature Suzi plus several sisters though looks like it didn't include this one.

Stevolende, Friday, 23 July 2021 09:09 (five days ago) link

That leaving a mosquito bite alone really does work to stop it itching a lot more quickly.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 11:44 (five days ago) link

lol

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 July 2021 12:12 (five days ago) link

Suzi Quattro's 'Culture Fix' interview in the Times recently was err... Sadly it's behind a paywall, but:

If I could own one painting, it would be . . .

The Scream by Edvard Munch. You can dive right into that picture and find so many things in there. I always really love that really famous painting of the last supper, but I don’t know which artist painted it. [It was Leonardo da Vinci.] I know I should.

The book I couldn’t finish

The follow-up to Fifty Shades of Grey. I found myself actually flicking past the rude parts because they had become so repetitive and dull. To be honest, the thrill had gone.

The book I’m ashamed I haven’t read

I have a wide, wide range of taste and a thirst for knowledge. I can’t really think of a book I should have read that I haven’t.

Luna Schlosser, Friday, 23 July 2021 12:44 (five days ago) link

I liked it when i noticed that the Scream mask as in comedy horror film was based on the Scream face as in Edvard Munch

Stevolende, Friday, 23 July 2021 12:54 (five days ago) link

I have a wide, wide range of taste and a thirst for knowledge. I can’t really think of a book I should have read that I haven’t.

Um...

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 July 2021 12:59 (five days ago) link

in other words: can the can

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 July 2021 13:53 (five days ago) link

Well, she obviously hasn't read the follow-up to the follow-up to 50 SoG.

nickn, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:30 (five days ago) link

I like her spirit. Fuck all this anguish about unread books.

Alba, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:31 (five days ago) link

Easier said than done.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 July 2021 17:18 (five days ago) link

fifty shades crash

I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Friday, 23 July 2021 17:21 (five days ago) link

about *NSYNC:

The group's name is also a play on the last letter of each of the initial members' names: Justi*N*, Chri*S*, Joe*Y*, Jaso*N*, and J*C*.

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 July 2021 18:48 (five days ago) link

I just recently discovered the similar construction of Jodeci (which I think only eluded me for so long because I was out of the pop loop at that point and didn't realize K-Ci and JoJo were members of Jodeci).

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Friday, 23 July 2021 18:51 (five days ago) link

Had to look up Jaso*N*. He dropped out soon after the group was formed and was replaced by Lanc*E*.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Saturday, 24 July 2021 02:02 (four days ago) link

this guy just found out what NGL stands for:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYQeGSFKEGg

StanM, Sunday, 25 July 2021 08:53 (three days ago) link

That makes two of us.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Sunday, 25 July 2021 08:56 (three days ago) link

...BUT, he was nicknamed "Lanste*N*" so they could keep the name 'NSYNC!

xps

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 July 2021 09:05 (three days ago) link

i thought it was the same as nagl

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 26 July 2021 04:59 (two days ago) link

There are tiny arachnids that live on your face
Not any other part of your body
Just your face

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 05:03 (yesterday) link

where do they poop? are we all spidershitfaced?

StanM, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 05:09 (yesterday) link

iirc they don't poop at all.

visiting, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 05:30 (yesterday) link

no anus, good life

0.3 mm sounds awfully large for spiders living on my face.

btw they don't look much like spiders, they look worse thsn spiders.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 07:36 (yesterday) link

you’d look worse if your entire lifetime’s worth of poop was backed up in you too, lay off

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 08:41 (yesterday) link

That 'Rule Britannia' not only has a load of verses, but that their scansion strongly resembles that of Iron Maiden lyrics. Honestly, imagine this with Bruce wailing away and the old gallop riffs churning out:

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

When Britain first, at heaven's command,
Arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter of the land,
And Guardian Angels sang this strain:

The nations not so blest as thee
Must, in their turn, to tyrants fall,
While thou shalt flourish great and free:
The dread and envy of them all.

Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful from each foreign stroke,
As the loud blast that tears the skies
Serves but to root thy native oak.

Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame;
All their attempts to bend thee down
Will but arouse thy generous flame,
But work their woe and thy renown.

To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine;
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles, thine.

The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coasts repair.
Blest isle! with matchless beauty crowned,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves

yellow magic orchestral manoeuvres in the park (Matt #2), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 12:59 (yesterday) link

is there anything about Fear of the Dark skinned people in there too?

StanM, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:02 (yesterday) link

is pooping what eventually kills the face mites?

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:25 (yesterday) link

As KQED points out in the video, face mites have no anus, instead storing their poop in their bodies for the full duration of their brief lives.

― visiting, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 1:33 AM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

jair bolsonaro is a face mite

criminally negligible (harbl), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:26 (yesterday) link

if you're very quiet can you hear the skin mites exploding?

StanM, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 15:52 (yesterday) link

Popping is what kills the face mites.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:28 (yesterday) link


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