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 (thirteen years ago) link

How a candle works.

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

Practically everything.

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

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

how to cook an artichoke properly

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

(a julia child recipe steered me right)

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

Fay Fife of the Rezillos.

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

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

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

That's it.

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

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

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

u could still play tag w/it tho

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

aw no-one said 'where babies come from'

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

i like to tag birds. (runs)

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

I thought penguins went "weh weh weh"

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

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

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

I was 30 before I realized why I got eyebrow raises when I said "banal"

i eat ass with a knife and fork (Neanderthal), Sunday, 25 September 2022 15:31 (one week ago) link

xps Oh yeah, "hyperbole" is another one it took me a long time to figure out.

Kim Kimberly, Sunday, 25 September 2022 15:33 (one week ago) link

Lol and that's how i heard "banal" in my mind before ever actually hearing it said.

Kim Kimberly, Sunday, 25 September 2022 15:34 (one week ago) link

He pronounced the word 'banal'
While I pronounced it 'banal'
I said it rhymes not with 'canal'
But properly with 'anal'

(from some old New York Magazine competition 30 or more years ago)

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 25 September 2022 19:06 (one week ago) link

yeah had the exact same with "segue" too

black ark oakensaw (doo rag), Sunday, 25 September 2022 19:43 (one week ago) link

segue heil

black ark oakensaw (doo rag), Sunday, 25 September 2022 19:43 (one week ago) link

For some reason it was a word often used by radio one djs in the 80s so I was shockingly young when I learned.

ledge, Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:05 (one week ago) link

the correct pronunciation annoys me because seeeeg sounds like a smooth transition whereas segway trips itself up in the middle of the word.

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:11 (one week ago) link

TIL Godspeed You! Black Emperor took their name from a Japanese biker documentary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Speed_You!_Black_Emperor

nickn, Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:21 (one week ago) link

And it's playing on catodetv.com right now.

nickn, Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:24 (one week ago) link

the correct pronunciation annoys me because seeeeg sounds like a smooth transition whereas segway trips itself up in the middle of the word.

exactly this

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:45 (one week ago) link

basic humour alert (i like it)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ69ny57pR0

for a while i thought "segway" was just a comedy way of "seeg" and i would always laugh when i heard people say it

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:59 (one week ago) link

I mispronounce words like this all the time; my reading vocabulary is way ahead of my speaking. The funniest instance was in middle school when I excitedly told my friends about this thing I read about when three people have sex together called a menaj a tree-o.

Cow_Art, Monday, 26 September 2022 01:39 (six days ago) link

the OG:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. [...]

Ah, but double the psalm number to 46 in the King James Bible, and things get intriguing. Why multiply by two? Well, there are two references here:

– The 46th word from the start (disregarding the parenthesised opening dedication) is "shake".
– The 46th word from the end (disregarding the standard formula "Selah") is "spear".

Clearly, Shakespeare was a 23er and translated this one for old Jim.

anatol_merklich, Monday, 26 September 2022 06:31 (six days ago) link

segue came into ordinary english from music jargon: it may look kinda french but like a lot of musical instructions it's italian, hence the pronunciation

in music it means "follow on without pause or break" (which i guess DJs picked up from band-leaders, who knows) (it's not like they're fluently dropping furioso ma non troppo hither and thither, but it is a good term for good pauseless DJing so there you go)

mark s, Monday, 26 September 2022 10:02 (six days ago) link

Instructions for DJs at my college radio station, circa 1989, spelled it "segueway," in a doomed attempt to have it both ways.

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 26 September 2022 16:37 (six days ago) link

in my brain that's how it was spelled, instinctively

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:11 (five days ago) link

do any latin based words ending in "gue" share that pronuanciation? Cannot think of any

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:13 (five days ago) link

brb checking my catalogway of words now

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:15 (five days ago) link

Merengue, the dance (not meringue, the food)

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:15 (five days ago) link

lol @ Hunt3r

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:15 (five days ago) link

AHH YES! xp

i'm intentionally vague, intending to front multitudes (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:16 (five days ago) link

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/words-that-end-in-gue

233 words, but only true heads will know how many are derived from latin

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:17 (five days ago) link

Portsea Island is the third most populous island in the "British Isles" after Great Britain and Ireland.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 21:24 (five days ago) link

... population 207,100 (I didn't even know it existed!)

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 21:25 (five days ago) link

Try Guys

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 21:29 (five days ago) link

xp I mean it's most of Portsmouth, and it's only an island on a technicality.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 21:30 (five days ago) link

Still a good pub quiz question.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 21:36 (five days ago) link

The most-populated ones are kinda odd too.

pplains, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:31 (five days ago) link

Calf of Man's lighthouses built by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:41 (five days ago) link

lundy island was just all over the lore of the puffin club

(i guess bcz lundi means puffin in norse, something i only just learned)

https://www.barterbooks.co.uk/catalog/images/books/ppt201.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:44 (five days ago) link

I just learned this week that puffins visit the Farallon Islands right outside San Francisco Bay

I had no idea they ventured this far south

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:52 (five days ago) link

Lundy = knights templar, puffins, "self-proclaimed king Martin Harman", pirates & wreckers, gets a shout-out in the shipping forecast, quite a Big Deal for a barely-populated island.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 22:56 (five days ago) link

HEY

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:24 (four days ago) link

You are talking about my kindred

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:25 (four days ago) link

We can dig it.

nickn, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:54 (four days ago) link

what a 'try guy' is

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:59 (three days ago) link

I'm hoping to never learn

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Thursday, 29 September 2022 01:14 (three days ago) link

I vaguely knew that Alsatians were a dog breed but I guess I'd never been curious enough to discover that they're just German shepherds utilizing an alias.

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Thursday, 29 September 2022 12:26 (three days ago) link

of Glen Ballard's involvement in Thriller and Bad, and writing credit on "Man in the Mirror"

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:21 (three days ago) link

After detour through the Glen Ballard Wikipedia links, I learned that Ringo is putting out a record every year of late.

bendy, Friday, 30 September 2022 11:45 (two days ago) link

Wow, wonder who is buying them apart from Rob Sheffield?

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 30 September 2022 12:17 (two days ago) link

Calling the breed Alsatian or German Shepard is just another point of contention in the ages old border dispute between France and Germany over the Alsace region.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 30 September 2022 18:13 (two days ago) link

Disputed Terri(tory)ers

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Friday, 30 September 2022 18:24 (two days ago) link

https://fullhouse.fandom.com/wiki/Kimmy_Gibbler

circa1916, Saturday, 1 October 2022 06:48 (yesterday) link

(xp) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0714457/?ref_=tt_ch

Cell-mates Titus Oates and Colly Kibber plan a robbery together whilst they are in prison. However, when they are released, they stage a dramatic fight to give Regan the impression that they have fallen out with each other. Regan trails Kibber, believing that he may have killed Oates, but this is just the diversion the two villains are looking for, leaving Oates to put the criminal plan into place.

Fronted by a bearded Phil Collins (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 October 2022 10:19 (yesterday) link


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