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

and what about California Rolls - why California? This is Japanese food non?

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 08:53 (one week ago) Permalink

oh... so apparently it's not Japanese, it's like the Balti - invented in California and used to popularise sushi in other countries

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 08:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Despite living in America for 3 years I only realised today that 'egg rolls' are spring rolls

Can I join your club?

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah til a while ago I thought egg rolls were some kind of reverse-sushi thing with an omlette, not just a bloody spring roll.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:02 (one week ago) Permalink

OK egg rolls seem to be deep fried. Now I'm thinking theyre more like Chiko Rolls (google it)

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:04 (one week ago) Permalink

my wife (Merican living in UK) says egg rolls are definitely not the same as spring rolls

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:23 (one week ago) Permalink

i've been to US Chinese restaurants that had both items on the menu, so there must be a difference

Lee626, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:39 (one week ago) Permalink

I think spring rolls tend to vary in kind and substance more than egg rolls, which are almost always a big, rolled, fried wonton filled with stuff. Spring rolls are basically egg rolls on some menus but egg rolls are pretty predictably just egg rolls.

Not with a bang but a MAGA (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Not looking it up, I would say spring rolls are in a rice wrapping, steam/fried and egg rolls use a won ton like wrapping and are deep fried.

Yerac, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:01 (one week ago) Permalink

I spent a lot of my childhood wrapping won tons and egg rolls.

Yerac, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:02 (one week ago) Permalink

there are different kinds of spring rolls - the stuff you get from chinese restaurants are basically tiny egg rolls, but vietnamese spring rolls are totally different

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Basically that, yes. If spring rolls are in a steam tray on a buffet line, they're probably pretty much Asian taquitos.

Not with a bang but a MAGA (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Sometimes the non-fried roll in rice paper is called a summer roll or garden roll.

There is not a lot of consistency in the nomenclature; I propose we just call them all "food tubes."

emotional support legume (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Is a hot dog a food tube

valorous wokelord (silby), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:36 (one week ago) Permalink

A hot dog is a food tube which is also a sandwich.

Not with a bang but a MAGA (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Well, when you get right down to it, the entire exercise of eating is what digestive scientists call "bolus formation."

Everything about the shape of your digestive tract encourages tubularity in food. The more your food already resembles the shape of poop, the more smoothly everything goes on its way to your anus.

Down with angular and planar food! Food tubes (be they hot dogs or gogurt) are the way of the future.

emotional support legume (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:42 (one week ago) Permalink

A hot dog is a food tube which is also a sandwich

A sausage is a food tube so a hot dog is a food tube tube

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:48 (one week ago) Permalink

also now I have Invader Zim on loop in my head saying "shut your noise tube, taco human", which will go nicely with the previous ILX-induced Zim brainworm of "Have you the brainworms?!" thanks to the "friend has the right-wing brainworms" thread

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:48 (one week ago) Permalink

california rolls as a sushi menu item seem kind of obviously not of japanese origin because of the avocado, unless there's some japanese avocado supply I'm unaware of

mh, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:08 (one week ago) Permalink

lol eliza

kinder, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Sometimes the non-fried roll in rice paper is called a summer roll or garden roll.

yah spring rolls are fried in a crispy egg pastry thing, summer rolls are in rice paper ime and thus imo

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:25 (one week ago) Permalink

please don't say the word "tubular", i have "super mario world"-based ptsd

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I just call the raw/unfried kind "ricepaper rolls"

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:20 (one week ago) Permalink

They don't look very saucy

kinder, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:31 (one week ago) Permalink

I always think of spring rolls as what Trayce calls "ricepaper rolls". I'd be surprised if I ordered spring rolls and received egg rolls.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:39 (one week ago) Permalink

the vietnamese-style unfried ones are my jam
http://d1v827hezncazj.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/goi-cuon-recipe.jpg

mh, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:47 (one week ago) Permalink

in France I once ate absolutely delicious things they called 'naim' which were apparently Vietnamese, but weren't crunchy and more like what mh just posted but already in the sauce

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't think I have ever really seen an egg roll outside of the US.

Yerac, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:51 (one week ago) Permalink

The things MH just posted are called "summer rolls" in the UK, fwiw.

Tim, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Has Perry Farrell ever been a pitchman for this foodstuff, y/n

Not with a bang but a MAGA (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:02 (one week ago) Permalink

mh's picture = what I most often think of as "spring rolls", although I see in Wikipedia that it is quite a broad term. I guess the Chinatown here is practically a Vietnam-town.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:05 (one week ago) Permalink

so for UK people "egg rolls" are "spring rolls", yeah?

the Messi inside (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:08 (one week ago) Permalink

ooh, or even more accurate and containing a multi-country roundup:
https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/the-differences-between-egg-rolls-spring-rolls-popiah-and-lumpia

mh, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:18 (one week ago) Permalink

ok so Australian spring rolls are popiah tod, summer rolls are summer rolls*

*also rice-paper rolls but that's so boring

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:30 (one week ago) Permalink

That was illuminating.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Popiah tod def familiar.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:40 (one week ago) Permalink

in France I once ate absolutely delicious things they called 'naim' which were apparently Vietnamese, but weren't crunchy and more like what mh just posted but already in the sauce

― My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:49 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah these are the bomb. "naim chow" is what i've always known them as. prawns inside often. and maybe.. cilantro?? or am i dreaming that

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 23:16 (one week ago) Permalink

prob mint?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 15 June 2018 18:38 (one week ago) Permalink

haha yes i think you're right

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 June 2018 20:59 (one week ago) Permalink

I've no idea. I was really young. lots of fish sauce I think. they were amazing and I would love to know how to make them or where I could get some where I live

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:56 (one week ago) Permalink

i love vietnamese food so have noted
if not tried places that have popped up recently - you could try Rollin Vietnamese in town, follow Viet Vite on Twitter (although he's all about the banh mi), Pho Hanoi was good for pho when I used to go, and there seem to be bao places popping up all over.

kinder, Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:40 (one week ago) Permalink

That Midge Ure is called Midge because it's Jim backwards, not because he's small.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:54 (six days ago) Permalink

... so he claims.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:56 (six days ago) Permalink

yes, his real name is jim eru

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:58 (six days ago) Permalink

Admittedly he is from Glasgow so would have to be about 4 foot 2 before he could earn a soubriquet based on being diminutive.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:27 (six days ago) Permalink

That the woman in this gif is Christina Aguilera.

https://i.imgur.com/3SkaLrj.gif

pplains, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:17 (six days ago) Permalink


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