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There is always some information that we take for granted. And when other people don't know this information, it can weird us out.

For example, I used to assume that everyone knows what a tax liability it is. As I grew older, I realized that I was just fortunate to be raised by a parent who happens to be financially literate. The same applies to credit cards: They're not free money. But how many people do you know who don't realize this? (This is also a sign of the larger issues within our educational system.)

After Redditor Falafelmeister92 asked the online community, "What's your 'WTF, how do people NOT know this' moment?" people shared their observations.


"I was watching a sunset..."

I was watching a sunset at the beach with a friend when she asked me why the ocean doesn't extinguish the sun when the sun goes under the water. She was young, but an adult. Had a short conversation about the sun, the earth, and the rotation of the earth.

dosta1322

"They're called..."

That pickles aren't an actual food. They're called pickles because they're pickled vegetables.

HolyMetalBatman

"You need to clean out..."

You need to clean out the lint trap in a dryer. I frequently come across people in their 30s that can't figure out why their clothes take so long to dry...

edging_but_with_poop

This one doesn't surprise me at all.

The number of men I know who don't know how to do their own laundry will never surprise me. One of my friends has a roommate who is still flummoxed by their washer and dryer!

"My aunt once argued with me..."

My aunt once argued with me that H2O was not two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen, but a word on its own—maybe spelled Aitchtwooh? I was never clear on that. "It's just another word for water it doesn't stand for anything." I was 13. I still get mad remembering it.

maiafinch​

"There was a woman..."

There was a woman in my office that was in charge of planning parties. She thought that cutting a pizza into more slices made more pizza.

She also thought that if you poured soda from a two-liter bottle into an eight-ounce bottle then poured it back into the two-liter bottle, you'd make more soda.

GalaxyRangerBot

"An insane amount of people..."

An insane amount of people don't know and absolutely refuse to believe that the Sun is a star.

sarabichat

Believe it or not, it is!

Pay attention in science class, people.

"I once made out with a girl..."

I once made out with a girl, nothing else. The next day she called me, crying asking if she could be pregnant. We were both 22.

discostud1515

And this is why sex-ed is important.

When I was in college, I took a basic biology course and was stunned by the questions I heard that I believed until then had been answered in high school, or even before.

"They often see it as a bonus..."

Some people don't know that they can actually manage their own retirement fund. They often see it as a bonus they get once they retire, rather than a huge life-changing investment.

MisterBing18

"Apparently..."

Narwhals are real.

Apparently, some people think they're imaginary, like unicorns. I was shocked to discover that some people don't think they exist. I expressed this to my sister, who was surprised to learn they actually exist.

vitamind

"On 9/11..."

On 9/11, when I arrived at my office, coworkers were discussing what had happened. Someone mentioned attacks on both coasts. I was surprised to hear that, as I hadn't heard anything about the West Coast being affected.

Turns out they thought D.C. was in Washington state.

LaLioneEcossaise

"I grew up in Alaska..."

I grew up in Alaska but I went to fifth grade in Las Vegas. My first day they had me introduce myself to the class and to tell them some interesting things about Alaska. I mentioned it was the largest state and everyone started arguing with me. I looked at the map of the US on the wall and instantly understood why they were confused. Alaska was shrunk down in a little box in the corner. I laughed and said, "Did you think it was an island, too?" Crickets. Pretty sure they thought it was an island. I showed them there were 5 longitudinal lines across AK and only 3 across Texas. Also showed them on the map where it said it was attached to Canada.

Our education system sucks.

BadSanna

Basic geography eludes a lot of people.

Speaking of the United States: It also doesn't help that so many people don't travel outside of their own states. To be fair, it's not exactly simple for most everyone to get up and travel, for reasons that would keep us here all day if we were to start discussing them.

"I dated a girl once..."

I dated a girl once who could not get her head around that I know how to poach an egg at home.

Douglasqqqq

"In 12th grade..."

In 12th grade, a classmate asked what a "verb" is. And after we explained it to him, he asked how he is supposed to identify them in the text.

Falafelmeister92

I can't help but be reminded of the "Verb, it's what you do" campaign.

You would think that might have cleared it up. It's a shame how even the basic mechanics of the English language aren't relayed properly, but this goes back, once again, to the faults in our educational system.

Human beings have a remarkable ability to make us shake our heads, roll our eyes, or even sigh out of desperation. Have your own stories to share? Feel free to write about them in the comments section below.

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.

Kurtles12

​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man