Adulthood comes fast. So fast, in fact, that it surrounds a person before they've completed all the necessary training. So people learn as they go, filling in those cracks and blind spots.
But what if someone doesn't cover all the bases?
It's possible that someone finds him or herself deep into their adult life, largely competent, but with a few things they never covered. Then, something sheds light on the oversight. It's the most embarrassing, abrasive form of education ever.
Often, it's a roommate or a friend that delivers the painful message. That's right, the objective horror of never learning a fundamental task must be experienced publicly.
Redditors who were once that messenger recently gathered to discuss the times they took someone to school on the basics of daily life.
Yes, That is Part of the Home
"When my friend bought a house a month into home ownership she asked me, very pissed off, when the city was coming to cut her lawn because it's starting to look like weeds."
"It was awkward when I had to explain that she needs to cut her own lawn or hire someone."
Way Too Casual About Microbes
"Had to ask my roommate to please wash his hands after touching raw chicken. He was cool to just...go about his day before I asked. He thought I was being a wacko neat freak."
"Same guy also thought his sheets wouldn't fit in the washing machine so he just...never washed them."
"When I asked him please not drop silverware down the garbage disposal and leave it he said I had too many house rules."
Just Saved Her a LOT of Money on Vacuums
"My ex best friend had told me that she had needed to buy another new vacuum cleaner, the 3rd that month. I asked her what was wrong with it and she said 'It's not picking things up anymore!' "
"So I asked if she had dumped out the container... she didn't know that was a thing."
"I had a friend who I noticed took Mucinex A LOT. I've used it occasionally, when I've been congested, but it seemed abnormal how often I saw him taking it. I finally asked him why he was taking it one time, because he didn't seem sick at all, and he looked puzzled and said 'well, I think I'm getting sick.' "
"I pressed further and he said 'because it's an expectorant. It turns out he thought 'you take an expectorant when you are EXPECTING to get sick.' "
Clearly Not a Sailor
"I had to teach my friend how to tie his shoes, he either wore velcro or tucked the laces into the shoe up until that point." -- Camelllama666
"My mom wouldn't buy me velcro shoes until I demonstrated that I could tie laces if needed." -- Dyolf_Knip
"TBH I would have felt zero sympathy for them until like 2 months ago when I got a dress that ties in the back. Not that it's any excuse in their case, but like... holy sh**, it's like being a dumb child all over again and I was humbled." -- ApathyToTheMax
Caught With the Melting Gun
"One of roommates in college would go though plastic spatulas like crazy. She'd melt them and wouldn't say anything about it. She'd only tell me when I'd go to use it and wonder why it was messed up. She'd always say it was due to the spatula being made of cheap plastic. No."
"I finally caught her one day. She'd be cooking something and would walk away LEAVING THE PLASTIC SPATULA IN THE PAN WHILE IT WAS STILL ON!"
Dinner With a Chisel and Fork
"I had a roommate at university who's 'cooking' method was put baked beans in a Tupperware, seal the lid, turn on microwave, when lid pops and explodes beans everywhere they're cooked."
"One time I came home to find the oven on and smoking a bit. Opened the door to find what was an entire lasagne bubbling on the bottom of the oven. He bought himself a frozen lasagna, step 1 'remove outer packaging' step 2 'place on middle tray of preheated oven' "
"He literally thought that outer packaging was anything outside of the lasagne, so he tore away that shell that the lasagne cooks in and placed it straight on the rack, so as it defrosted it just fell through the rack and all over the oven"
2 is Better than One
"My friend in college once lamented, 'ugh. I have to pee and I just put a tampon in like five minutes ago. I hate having to pull them out dry. Also it's such a waste.' "
"Her mother taught her that there is only one hole down there and peeing with a tampon in is not possible. It will fuck up your bladder. Took a lot of me showing articles and diagrams and answering questions to convince her there are, indeed, two holes."
"She peed while the tampon was still in and called her mother in utter shock to share the good news."
An Enviable 40 Years
"A friend who was pushing 40 had never paid a bill before. She had gone from living with her parents to living in a dorm to living with her parents again until she got married, then she got divorced and was living on her own for the first time."
"Got a text from her asking if my power was out too, then she realized it was just her. Her excuse was she never paid attention to the bills because she thought they were 'receipts' and that the cost was included in her rent."
"Her water was cut off a couple weeks later and we had to talk about that, too."
DO NOT SOAP TURKEYS
"Not sure if this counts but when I took a food-safe course someone asked if they could wash a turkey with dish soap."
"He failed the course."
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