Post # 1
Another post got me thinking about the things some people don’t know that I consider common knowledge.
1. I worked for a while at a place that personalizes gifts and I was surprised how many ppl didn’t understand monograms. They didn’t know that the last initial belonged in the center.
2. I called an auto repair shop yesterday for a quote. The following is the convo
man who answered: “What type of car is it”
me: “Scion tC”
Him: “a what?”
me: “a 2007 Scion tC”.
Him: “who is it by?”
Me: o_O “scion…”
me: “it’s a Toyota product”
him: “oh we don’t do foreign cars”
this would’ve been ok from a non-car person (as Scions aren’t terribly poplular and some folks just dont care about cars) but you work in a shop!!!!
What have you been surprised that a friend, coworker, family member, stranger didn’t know?
ETA: I decided to admit my own and its pretty stupid. I didn’t know until my late 20s that a pickle is a cucumber. In my defense I don’t eat either one.
Post # 3
@luvmesumhim: Oh my! LOL. I would have a pretty epic list to add as I’m always mentioning these things to my fiance… I’ll have to ask him what I’ve complained about recently haha. Does lack of manners count? Lol.
Post # 4
Even though she was a senior in high school at the time, I still consider her a grown person, especially when it comes to what she didn’t know…
…which was how to tell time. You’re 18. And got accepted into college (how, I’ll never be sure). Grow up!
Post # 5
My friend didn’t know it was called a napkin. She thought it was a natkin. (To be fair, we live in the South.)
Post # 6
I have a coworker that recently admitted she didn’t know wrestling (like WWE or whatever they’re calling it these days) was fake until about a year ago…
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Post # 8
Haha this is a great thread.
I think mine is common. I thought until maybe 3 years ago it was “windshield factor” not “wind chill factor”. I finally got called out on it when I typed it to someone.
Recently, I was with a girl who had never heard of Xerox. Maybe it’s not that crazy but I was shocked and I was with a girl from Brazil who HAD heard of Xerox and was also shocked. (I work for Xerox).
Post # 9
@jwdesiree: wow. How did she never learn?
Post # 10
@Epicpooka: I’m from the south but I’m not giving her a pass
Post # 11
Im guilty of this….. just today actually. I realized I don’t know how to work a type writer
im 28. It’s not as if type writers weren’t around or something. I just never had to actually use one! I think I may have a long long time ago but not as a teen or adult and not for any real purpose. I was taught today by the older ladies I work with while they giggled at me for not knowing… 🙁
Post # 12
@LGenz: my DH watches fake wrestling and even though he says he knows it is fake, I don’t believe him. I think he secretly wishes it were real lol.
My “you didn’t know that” moment was when I had to explain to my boss that yes, California is in a different time zone than Tennessee.
Post # 13
OMG I love this.
About 2 years ago my friend (who was 29 at the time) was complaining that he had a headache and was very sleepy. I asked if he’d taken anything for the headache, like maybe Excedrin, since it has caffine.
Him: “Yes. I even took the PM one and I’m still so tired!”
Me: “Wait… you took the PM one? Why?”
Him: “Because I’m sleepy!”
Me: “But you don’t want to be sleepy.”
Him: “Yes. Exactly.”
Me: “Wait. You know PM medicine is for nighttime right? It has sleep aides”
Him: “What? Why would PM be for nighttime?”
Me: “Um. Because PM is nighttime.”
Him: “No! AM is nighttime.”
Me: “Um. What?! No. AM is morning! Are you kidding me right now?”
Him: “How could AM be nighttime? Midnight is 12AM! It’s dark! It’s the middle of the night! Noon is 12PM. It’s daytime! PM is daytime.”
The reasoning was pretty spot-on. I couldn’t disagree with it. But still… it was totally shocking to me that he, an adult, didn’t know that PM referred to night and that PM medicine would have something to make you sleep! I asked why he thought there were moons and stars and the bottles for PM meds are generally dark blue and I guess he just never thought about it.
To be fair, he doesn’t think too hard about much 😉
Post # 14
I’m involved with tech support, so this is a daily occurrence for me. My favorite was a customer who did not know what an internet browser was. I kept giving her examples like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, but she kept telling me that her browser was Hotmail. Here’s the kicker – she told me that she was going back to school for computer science.
My non-work related runner up is a friend who thought that Rome was a country and not a city.
Post # 15
@jwdesiree: I am AWFUL at telling time!
I seriously have to go there and count ” 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 36, 37 OKAY 8:37″
I can’t can’t look at one number (9) and somehow also see a totally different number (45.) I have to think about it.
I am always surprised when GROWN MEN do not know that the VAGINA is NOT WHERE YOU PEE FROM!!!
Post # 16
@stardustintheeyes: that’s sorta excusable since you were born in the technology age.