Post # 1
I just called a plumber to have them come fix a pipe that froze and broke in my garage. On the phone with the guy he was asking me what kind of pipe it was and explaining the difference between a copper pipe and a galvanized steel pipe. I’m sure not a lot of people know this, but I deal with it on a daily basis at my job. I just thought it was funny because he said “copper has a copper color.” You think? I have the same problem with getting my car fixed. I used to work for a company that designs engines… I’m pretty sure I know what an alternator does
Anyways, I’m sure there are lots of things that all of you know that are common knowledge to you, but not so much to the rest of the world. What is some of your “not so common knowledge?”
Post # 3
I thought everyone knew the difference between the flu (like a stomach flu) and influenza (a respiratory flu for which there is a vaccine).
Stomach flu is usually caused by a norovirus.
Respiratory flu is caused by the influenza virus.
I work in health care, so I get that I might have more information in my brain than the average person, but COME ON- these are super, super, duper common illnesses.
Post # 4
@DaneLady: That’s just plain confusing, as when most medical professionals use the term the flu publically they mean influenza (or at least I thought they did!).
I avoid the term stomach flu anyway, but the few times I use it I would never just call it the flu, it’s always preceeded by stomach.
Mine is that chemicals make up most things. People will often be like, well yeah, but you know what I mean. No, as where is the line drawn? A strawberry has more chemicals in it than many artificial things.
Post # 5
A dissertation is, in fact, not a textbook.
There is a big difference between a private, public and proprietary university.
Post # 6
DH didn’t know there was a difference between volume and weight. As in measuring in ounces. I couldn’t figure out why he was using every measuring cup in the house everyday. Well the app he has been using to log his food measures food in ounces. So everything he eats he measures first. Except, he knows 1 cup = 8 oz, so he measures a cup of chicken and logs it as 8 oz. He does this with everything he eats! We keep going over it but he cannot understand the difference!
Post # 7
All females are inherently spotted. Since we are XX and males are XY we would get a double dose of gene products from our X chromosomes if our bodies used both. To counter this dosing problem early on in gestation, around the 40 cell or so stage, each of our cells chooses one of the X chromosomes and condenses it down into a structure called a Barr body so that none of the DNA on the chromosome is ever used to make protein. Not every cell condenses the same chromosome which is how you get things like calico cats and a woman who is color blind in one eye, but not the other.
Post # 8
@sofialovesmikey: Ut oh. I totally do this. What should I be doing instead?
Post # 10
@sofialovesmikey: Do you have a kitchen scale so you can show him how to weigh the food?
Post # 11
Tigers aren’t from Africa.
…It’s what’s up.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
@MechEBee: That sign language is not universal (e.g. there’s Spanish Sign Language, American Sign Language, French Sign Language, etc).
Also, 9/10 times when I tell someone I work in Deaf Education they say “oh! So you know how to read braille?!”…nope. No, I don’t.
Post # 13
@aliavenue: liquids are measured by volume, as in 8 oz of water = 1 cup. Solids such as chicken or peanuts or whatever, if measuring in ounces, should be measured by weight, using a food scale.
Post # 14
@sofialovesmikey: It seems so simple. Yet, I had no idea.
Post # 15
A heart attack and a stroke are same thing, just in different parts of the body.
Post # 16
There are more than two dialects of the Chinese language than the commonly known Cantonese and Mandarin. I learned about this from my husband, as Chinese is one of his two native languages.