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

Well I guess I'm slow on the uptake because that's covered in the Wikipedia entry.

Yelploaf, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:22 (six days ago) Permalink

Silly Bunt!

nickn, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:59 (six days ago) Permalink

I recently had a similar non-revelation that 'sic' is clearly an abbreviation of 'spelled incorrectly' (duh!). It took me way too long to realize that my discovery very obviously fails to hold any water.

― the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Thursday, January 11, 2018 5:30 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(My revelation which failed to acknowledge that the abbreviated version of 'incorrectly' would technically be spelled incorrectly in that scenario.)

― the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Thursday, January 11, 2018 5:33 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

holy shit...

flappy bird, Friday, 12 January 2018 02:55 (six days ago) Permalink

a condescending smart person in the room said, "no, you idiot, it's Latin for 'yes.'"

They weren't that smart; it isn't.

mahb, Friday, 12 January 2018 10:27 (six days ago) Permalink

a condescending smart person in the room said, "no, you idiot, it's Latin for 'yes.'"
They weren't that smart; it isn't.

How it was explained to me was that there *wasn't* a Latin word for 'yes' and that 'sic' is actually the Latin word for *thus* which is used in some of the situations when we would use 'yes'.

And when 'sic' is used when something has been spelt incorrectly in the original source it means 'rendered thus'.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 12 January 2018 10:31 (six days ago) Permalink

Can't quite remember how it came about now, but I had to very belatedly break the news of Patrick Swayze's death to a mate a couple of days ago.

I broke the news that Leonard Cohen died to a mate on the anniversary of his death, at a wee tribute concert to him. He thought it was a living tribute thing.

call me by your name..or Finn (fionnland), Friday, 12 January 2018 11:04 (six days ago) Permalink

I think sic is 'like' or 'just as' and is actually itself a shortening. It was usually accompanied by 'veritas' or 'erat scriptum' meaning truth or as written respectively.

Stevolende, Friday, 12 January 2018 11:05 (six days ago) Permalink

I think 'sic' as used to indicate a misspelling basically means 'your spelling is gross' or 'you are a grody speller', as in 'it's totally sic how bad you are at spelling, it's literally making me sic right now'.

the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Friday, 12 January 2018 12:48 (six days ago) Permalink

checks out

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 12 January 2018 13:19 (six days ago) Permalink

this is why I'm confused when gruff American men in movies tell their fierce dogs to sic somebody

coombespair gaz prices (Noodle Vague), Friday, 12 January 2018 13:23 (six days ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2cnRCCHR1k

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Friday, 12 January 2018 13:59 (six days ago) Permalink

I had always presumed it was a British turn of phrase!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RALZY9-TJE

how's life, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:46 (six days ago) Permalink

(at 2:36)

how's life, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:47 (six days ago) Permalink

sic is normally used to indicate a direct reproduction of something previously written that the writer/editor can't believe was written that way. Or would expect the reader to look at and accept straight off. So it has been used to demonstrate bad spelling, bad grammar and gross inaccuracy.

Stevolende, Friday, 12 January 2018 18:12 (six days ago) Permalink

and big dogs

coombespair gaz prices (Noodle Vague), Friday, 12 January 2018 18:13 (six days ago) Permalink

and doctor who knowledge

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 January 2018 18:23 (six days ago) Permalink

and balls

pplains, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:04 (six days ago) Permalink

i just learned that phil hartman designed the aja cover

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:40 (five days ago) Permalink

I learned that Bruce Springsteen had a trainer named Phil Dunphy

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Saturday, 13 January 2018 23:42 (five days ago) Permalink

I'd read a few books by Flannery O'Connor but didn't realise she was a woman until I checked her wikipedia article.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:04 (four days ago) Permalink

That the reason why a number squared or a number cubed is called that is coz if you have a square (or cube) with that number of little squares per side on it and you add them all up then.....

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:07 (four days ago) Permalink

Also, that there wasn't a really prolific writer called Franklin W. Dixon who wrote all the Hardy Boys books, but also a big team of people writing under a pseudonym.

Grandpont Genie, Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:09 (four days ago) Permalink

You call 101 for minor police issues, not 999 - just now lol

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:01 (four days ago) Permalink

I knew 112, but not 101... And, apparently, there's a 4th

http://chandlersfordtoday.co.uk/emergency/

koogs, Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:23 (four days ago) Permalink

Oops, I thought 112 was the non-emergency number. In fact I think I once rang it for a non-emergency. Which turned out while I was on the phone to be a total non-event anyway.

(hangs head for accidentally wasting emergency service time)

Will try to remember 101 for next time.

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:46 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm listening to "The Visitors" for the first time today

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:44 (four days ago) Permalink

That the reason why a number squared or a number cubed is called that is coz if you have a square (or cube) with that number of little squares per side on it and you add them all up then.....

You just made me doubt my own (limited) math abilities.

I was all, but there are only six sides on a cube? Everything squared would then be the number x 6?

But now I get it.

pplains, Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:52 (four days ago) Permalink

xp haha wow I did that on NYE! That opening track eh?

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:52 (four days ago) Permalink

i just learned that phil hartman designed the aja cover

this is an oft-repeated fact that doesn't seem to be true.

new noise, Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:08 (four days ago) Permalink

haha wow I did that on NYE! That opening track eh?

Anni-Frid sounds like Liz Fraser like so much on it

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:14 (four days ago) Permalink

omg you're right!

aside from the entirety of odessey and oracle (yeah, file that one under this thread lol ffs), the two old-timey songs to blow me away recently were 'the visitors' and 'fotzepolitic', there's something about that wild psychedelic hyper-pop sound that just pins me to the spot

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:23 (four days ago) Permalink

You're never too old to learn how amazing those two songs are, as long as you learn it eventually.

the smartest persin in the room (Old Lunch), Sunday, 14 January 2018 18:28 (four days ago) Permalink

It's a fucking amazing album

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 January 2018 18:45 (four days ago) Permalink

That the reason why a number squared or a number cubed is called that is coz if you have a square (or cube) with that number of little squares per side on it and you add them all up then.....

You just made me doubt my own (limited) math abilities.

I was all, but there are only six sides on a cube? Everything squared would then be the number x 6?

But now I get it.

I think this is incorrect, the way it was originally written, unless I'm misunderstanding? x^3 is the volume of a cube with sides of length x, not 6x?

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:47 (four days ago) Permalink

(Also, I don't think you can have e.g. a cube with only two squares on each side.)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:48 (four days ago) Permalink

i think the post is trying to describe volume, in terms of a cube made up of smaller 1x1x1 cubes.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:52 (four days ago) Permalink

Ah

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:56 (four days ago) Permalink

That Sturgeon’s Law also applies to recipes.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:00 (four days ago) Permalink

isn't the square/cube thing about dimensions?

StanM, Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:09 (four days ago) Permalink

Something squared is 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, etc.? Chess board is a square, so this fits. (8x8= 64)

But something cubed? That's 1x1x1, 2x2x2, 3x3x3, etc.

3-cubed is 27. So how do you divide that into 6?

pplains, Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:43 (four days ago) Permalink

Also, I'm old and stupid, let's keep that in mind.

pplains, Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:44 (four days ago) Permalink

a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube can be divided into 27 cubes of equal volume, i.e.

https://i.imgur.com/7k38Yel.jpg

jesus and figs and science and the foo fighters (unregistered), Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:50 (four days ago) Permalink

when i was a kid I thought a condom was something you wore 24/7

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:01 (four days ago) Permalink

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh xp

pplains, Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:03 (four days ago) Permalink

xp uh oh maybe I've been doing this wrong

mh, Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:26 (four days ago) Permalink

lol

take a line of fixed distance (x)

to find out how much space is in a square made out of lines that length, you multiply x by itself; you are turning the line into a square; you are "squaring" it

to find out how much space is in a CUBE with edges that length, the operation required is the familiar one above; you are turning that line into a cube; you are "cubing" it

thus verbing is not the modern American phenomenon everyone says

gleaming the cube is in a more advanced module iirc

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:34 (four days ago) Permalink

What is the diff between gleaming the cube and romancing the stone

The Bridge of Ban Louis J (silby), Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:20 (four days ago) Permalink

danny devito

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:22 (four days ago) Permalink

Calling Fotzepolitic a "old timey" song ;_;

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:37 (four days ago) Permalink

As your bra gets older, graduate towards the inner hooks.

Yerac, Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:58 (four days ago) Permalink


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