People Disclose Common Knowledge From Their Profession That Society Doesn't Realize

People Disclose Common Knowledge From Their Profession That Society Doesn't Realize

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Believe it or not, the chili that's a super popular dish at an internationally recognized fast food chain whose name rhymes with "Bendy's" isn't as fresh as you'd like to believe.

But you didn't hear that from me. (I'm sorry if I hurt you irreparably just now.)

That was years ago, though. I could go on and on about freelance writing and journalism if you've got 7,500 years to kill.

"What's something that is common knowledge at your workplace, but would be mind-blowing to the rest of us?" –– Today's burning question from Redditor Synopylly is perfect fodder for those of you wondering how we all get by in our jobs.

"I worked in a newsroom..."


I worked in a newsroom in Detroit. The meteorologist was always right, but the station would blow his predictions out of proportion for viewership and clicks.


"Also, I don't care..."

Former 911 Operator. If we don't know where you are, telling us what your emergency is doesn't matter. I would rather someone, after I pick up and say, "911 what is the address of the emergency?" Reply "it is at this location and happening now," or "it is at this spot and happened 'x' long ago."

Also, I don't care how close the police department you live, most of our cops don't spend any time at the PD except for shift changes or when there is a person at the PD who needs help. They are on the streets on patrol.


"They beat on networks..."

Hackers, foreign governments, and terrorists are constantly trying to hack financial institutions. They beat on networks 24 hours a day 7 days a week.



Timeshares are a never ending bill full of hidden fees that increase yearly and have close to no value no matter how much you pay for them.


"Most release dates..."

Most release dates for books fall on Tuesdays. Notable exception is James Patterson - whose books almost always have a release date on Monday.


"Also if you lie to your IT..."

If you turn your computer off and back on again, it REALLY DOES resolve a significant amount of errors. Also you if everyone started doing this before calling into IT, you will find that we stop asking people to do this.

Also if you lie to your IT about restarting your PC, we will find out and we will call you out on it in a way that is both polite, and make you feel like an idiot.

"Ok it looks like your task manager is showing an up time of 11 days, 22 hours, 14 minutes, and 12 seconds. It looks like the last time it was restarted it did not fully restart. So I will go ahead and restart your PC for you."


"If you see an author..."

A lot of romance and erotica writers are men writing under lady pen names. A lot of scifi and fantasy authors are women writing under dude pen names.

If you see an author using initials then there's a good chance they're trying to obfuscate their gender. JK Rowling is a famous example of a trad author who did this.

If you see a romance author whose design aesthetic looks like a Lisa Frank trapper keeper vomited all over their webpage and there are no author pictures there's a good chance that's actually a dude writing under a pseudonym.

There are a lot of smug writers and readers out there who "know" when it's a guy writing a woman who turn around and gush over pseudonyms that are guys writing women. The only thing they're good at spotting is a bad writer.


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"I always get people asking..."

Programming languages don't really matter much once you're reasonably experienced.

I always get people asking which language to start with. Realistically speaking though, once you've done enough programming and understand enough of the concepts (like the different types of programming language) the language itself doesn't really matter. You end up being able to work in a language you've never used before within a day unless it's super complex work you're doing.


"What ends up happening..."

Archaeological sites are protected in my province, not that mind-blowing but makes sense.

However, if you buy a piece of property a regular land title search will not disclose an archaeological site within your property boundaries; unless it's a very high density, important site. In order to find out if your have an archaeological site on your property you have to contact the Arch Branch and request information. However, if your lawyer doesn't know or the city/municipality/regional district doesn't know about archaeology sites (which is common) they may not inform you of this issue. If you buy a piece of property with an archaeological site and you want to start building or altering land you need a permit. However, when submitting permits for construction this process does not trigger notification of needing an archaeology permit.

What ends up happening is that someone buys property, wants to build, gets all the other necessary permits, starts building and then either a local First Nation band asks for an arch permit or the government somehow gets notified. Construction has to stop until that permit is acquired. However, an arch permit can take 3-9 months. On top of all of this the property owner is responsible for 100% of the costs of any archaeological work that needs to be done ($7k - $100k).

As an archaeologist in my province, I've had to field many calls and project dealing with this exact situation. The arch branch obscures where archaeological sites are because they don't want them looted, vaild but ultimately flawed. I've heard more cases of land owners intentionally trying to destroy or destroying sites because they don't want to deal with the whole rigmarole.


"Appraisers also have no idea..."

As a realtor, I can confidently say no one knows what your home is worth. I know what other similar homes sold for, but you have to consider a few things:

1- For someone to buy your home, they have to have solid employment history, enough money to close, they have to like your home, want to be in that area, and they have to feel like your home is the best available to them in that area and price point. A huge portion of that is out of my control.

2- Appraisers also have no idea what your home is worth. They look at previous market data, which was appraised based on previous market data, which was appraised based on previous market data, etc. It's literally a chicken and the egg scenario. What came first: the market data or the appraisal?


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