It's tough being a grown up.
Not only are you expected to have all the answers, you're also expected to be a master in all forms of everything, ever, in all of existence. A knowledge shortage can lead to feelings of inadequacy, as well as mockery.
"What is the most basic thing you've had to explain to an adult?"
As we get older, it can feel like technology slips further and further away from us. However, so long as you keep an open mind, willing to absorb the things you might have missed, then you'll be fine. Don't be like these people.
It Goes "One-Two"
"How to double-click a mouse. He didn't get it, despite repeated demonstrations. And I was supposed to teach this guy how to build a database. -.-"
"How did that interaction end?"
"The chap in question retired. 😳"
Gotta Save Up Them Mega-Flop-Bytes For The Harsh Winter Months
"Turning off the router doesn't save WiFi"
"I wonder if the digital generations of today will be as digitally handicapped when we get up in age and current technology has advanced to something that is almost unrecognizable to what we were brought up with."
"I don't think it's the people that's the issue. If people resist learning the new tech, they become digitally handicapped. I know people in their 40s, 50s, and even late 60s who are perfectly okay with our tech and are not digitally handicapped. If you decide to learn new tech stuff as it grows and advances, you won't have this handicap."
Let's Go To The Blackboard
"When working retail: percentages."
"Our clearance was usually 50% off. Then at the end of the season it would be an additional 50% off. Our signage would normally say something about taking an additional 50% off of lowest sticker price. But then they'd see the small print on the sticker indicating it was already 50% off, and they'd come up to the register all in a tizzy."
"Like how dare we use deceptive business practices. If we honored our advertising this should be free because 50+50=100 and 100% off means free."
"I had to give way too many people basic math lessons in my nice customer service voice, all while they gave me the distrustful stink eye."
You Don't Recover From A Kid Burn
"I’m 14 and I had to teach my step mum how to use google, and she’s only 30, so she’s been around since google started"
Use Google To Ask Jeeves To Bing A Napster Song For Your
"My mom always presses the siri button, and as it is listening, she says, “Hey siri, google apple music play ______ by _____ in the album _____ featuring ____.” Or she’ll just list all the search engines she knows before asking siri to do something. I usually don’t say anything since she just ignores it, bur occasionally I’ll tell her she doesn’t need to say all that stuff. In case you don’t know, google isn’t a streaming platform."
Sometimes, skills slip through the cracks. Maybe your parents didn't teach you or maybe you forgot because it's been too long since you've done the skill in question. Either way, it's still a little funny when you forget how frying something works.
Still Don't Put Chicken On It
You have to cook the chicken all the way through."
"It's not steak, you can't have it "medium-rare"."
"you could.. but it comes with salmonella"
The Bunny Running Around The Tree Is Not The Only Way
"I had to explain to a coworker how to tie a trashbag so that it stayed taut around the rim of a trashcan. Legit didn't know how to tie the most basic knot."
Where Do You Think The Name "Fry" Comes From?
"I have a friend who is not the brightest individual. We were hanging out at his place one night and had the munchies. He asked if I wanted some french fries, I said absolutely. Well 20 minutes later or so, he summoned me to his kitchen. He couldn't understand why the fries turned out a mushed mess."
"He had tried to "fry" them in boiling water, you know, like they do at fast food joints, lol. I had to explain to my dear friend that they aren't boiling the fries in water, its oil, you halfwit. That was 20 years ago and I still get a kick out of it."
Brush, Not Pick. Brush!
"not me but my friend."
"she is a dental assistant and had to explain to an 18 year old patient of hers that he needs to brush his teeth everyday with a toothbrush (he "brushed" his teeth once a day with a toothpick, yes, his gums were completely ripped and his teeth full of holes and caries). my friend had to go get a model and a toothbrush and show him how long and where to brush"
The Warm Air Gets Sucked Behind And, Ah, Forget It...
"Fans do not cool a room down."
"I argued with my warehouse manager because he had arranged some massive industrial fans to aim upward toward the roof, and outward over top of the employees."
"Because all that cool air would block the heat from the hot roof."
Then there's everything else, the things that can't quite be categorized as a particular set of skills you need. Rather, these are the ones you'd hope you can pick up on through osmosis because asking someone about what "morning wood" is not a conversation you want to have.
Hire Me For The Right Reasons
"I’m a personal injury lawyer. I’ve had to explain to many potential clients that they need to be, ya know, INJURED to make a claim."
Can't Quite Follow Directions
"Stock rotation. I have to do this (explaining) at least twice a week including to colleagues who have worked in store for over a decade."
Me - "You put the newest stock at the back of the shelf, and move the oldest stock to the front."
Colleague - "OK"
Colleague puts the new box at the front
Me - "..." Smacks head
Do Your Research
"I have to explain marginal tax rates every year during tax season."
"It is shocking to see adults willingly turn down overtime and bonuses for fear of paying more taxes."
We Are Doomed To Repeat It
"That Jews can be German. It was maddening how hard it was for this person to understand."
That's Not How Money Works
"Had to explain to my brother that he can't buy an 80k dollar car on his 12 dollars an hour job. Not even in payments, he wanted to save up the full amount. I literally had to sit down with him and do the math. It would've taken him 15 years to save up that money."
"Also it wasn't even for him he wanted to give it to his girlfriend for graduation lol he's 20 and she's 18. I told him bro just save that up for a house"
"And this is how the 2008 housing crisis happened. People like this and banks that let them do it."
"Back in college, my girlfriend said, "I don't understand how you can find me so sexy first thing in the morning.'
"I asked, 'What do you mean?'
"'Well, whenever you wake up next to me, you're so... you know... down there...'"
"Apparently she had no idea what morning wood was, or that it had nothing to do with her."
Don't feel bad about a gap in your knowledge. The problem with these people is they might not have been big enough to push their ego aside and ask for help.
There's always a chance to learn something you might have missed out on growing up.
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There are things men do that easily annoy the opposite sex, simply by being a guy.
"That's such a dude move," or "typical male," can be examples of snide remarks made following disapproving gender-specific behavior.
"What is something most people think only men do, but actually women do as well?"
Get ready for some misconceptions to be turned completely upside down.
Time For Tootin'
"For years I thought ladies didn’t fart. My mom told me that so it had to be true. It didn’t matter that I was a girl and farted. I thought there was just this magical age where girls turned into ladies and stopped farting."
"Apparently even when my mom did fart, I’d whip my head around and go 'ewwww dad!' Mom found it hilarious, dad not so much. Then one day I was in the bathroom with my mom (cause who trusts a four year old for longer the two minutes by themselves?) and I heard it: The quiet mythical fart from a lady."
"Oh Lordy, I told everyone! Everyone needed to know that ladies do fart, even my mom and she’s a lady! Dad found it hilarious, mom not so much."
"The weird side step."
"Sometimes when I wear really short shorts, my butt cheeks start 'eating' my shorts and I have to try my best to make a discreet weird side step to adjust it..."
Assuming The Position
"Keep hand in pants in a non sexual way when just chilling."
It's A Pleasure
"I grew up thinking women couldn’t masturbate only men could. In middle school I searched up women masturbating and bro my jaw dropped."
Redditors share their thoughts about men and women keeping up with appearances.
Keep It Smooth
"Shave their face."
"I feel like women even keep this a secret from each other until you find out someone else does too or how common it is. Even still most women will rename it as “dermaplaning”. Such stigma around it."
Checking The Fitness Progress
"Flex in the mirror."
"Be dirty and lazy."
"I've worked in customer service most of my life, and can easily say that women's restrooms are an absolute nightmare compared men's restrooms 95% of the time. Like seriously, just throw your tampons in the trash, and wipe up your blood please; you've got a whole roll of tp 6 inches from your elbow."
"Check out women."
"Even straight women check out women. Source: am a straight woman… I think."
Just a thought, or may two or three.
Chivalry Is Non-Binary
"I just said this on another thread but, having fantasies about saving people or sacrificing yourself for them."
Revved Up Without Warning
"Get horny over nothing or randomly."
"Seem to be in deep thought but is actually just gaping at a wall with zero thoughts. Alternately, may be thinking of somethings completely random. That meme about the wife thinking the husband is probably thinking if another woman, when in reality he's thinking of something random ? Ya, as a woman, I relate with that husband."
Locker Room Talk
"Talk and joke about sex. I can’t speak for everyone, but I find girls talking about it more than guys."
"Heck, at one point we were having a little bonfire, and one couple got up to leave. My friend’s wife asked if they wanted to play Among Us when they got home, and the other girl just turned around and casually said 'Nah, this is usually about the time we have sex.' To which my friend’s wife responds 'Oh yeah, we just did that this morning.'”
The point is, all genders are capable of similar behavior that people have been socialized to exclusively associate with men.
And there's nothing wrong with that.
We are all equally guilty of being a little naughty, regardless of gender. So get over it.
It still amazes me that we live in a world where people are charged for drinking water. Water is a necessity! I have a lot of disdain for companies like Nestle, which siphons millions of gallons of water from entire communities only to sell it back to them.
What the hell is up with that? Does that not sound dystopian to anyone else? Okay, then. Water should be free – this should not be controversial.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor that_boy_ste asked the online community,
"You can make one thing/service free for the entire planet. What are you making free?"
"Healthcare would be awesome..."
"Clean drinking water, sadly. Healthcare would be awesome and if that covers water since water is essential for health, then yes!"
*cries in American*
"Because there are..."
"Education. Because there are entirely too many ignorant people on this planet."
That and over time this resolves literally every other problem...
"...so children and adults..."
"Education, so children and adults who are not able to go to school or afford to can now do so."
I wonder how much society could have advanced if education were free
"It's already free in my country..."
"Healthcare, it's already free in my country, but I want people in all the world to be healthy."
Life would improve pretty quickly for so many people if this were the case.
"Basic housing: floors, walls, ceilings and a roof, running water, working drains, electricity, heat and air conditioning, cooking facilities, refrigeration, etc."
Though this is "basic" by American standards, which is pretty good by many developing world standards, it should be the basic minimum for people everywhere in the world.
"Clean, free energy..."
"Clean free energy is the best answer. Everything else posted here requires energy to produce."
Everyone is focused on helping people in their day-to-day lives. Free clean energy would help the planet long-term.
"I live in America..."
"I live in America, so I’d have to say hospital stays. Healthcare in general. Moved away from family shortly before Covid, got Covid real bad shortly after. Had no debt. Started my adult life $3,500 in the hole. Yeah, free healthcare."
The debt trap people fall into just because they needed to go to the doctor or hospital is so predatory and wrong.
"Based on my narrow view..."
"Based on my narrow view of the world, housing is my biggest expense. So based on that logic, housing would make the biggest difference. Although, if you consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, physiological needs are more important."
I was looking at some budgeting advice the other day. They suggest your housing expenses should be 30 percent of your pay. I laughed and laughed and laughed.
"Transportation. If moving things from one place to another had no cost we could reduce the cost of everything else AND eliminate regional scarcity of most commodities."
Indeed it would! A game-changer if put into practice.
"Therapy is very essential..."
"Hmmmmmm I'd say, therapy, therapy is very essential and can help greatly."
Human behavior has gotten us into most of our world problems, and behavior change is one of the hardest things to accomplish. Therapy is just the tip of the iceberg, but would help at a large scale if free.
Human beings have boundless potential. The world isn't perfect — remember that there's no law saying that things need to remain as they are. Humans have always innovated and reaped the benefits in the long run.
Have some suggestions of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!
When I was a kid, I would occasionally watch this show called Big Bag. It went off the air more than 20 years ago and it seemed to only play at five or six in the morning. If I happened to wake up early, I'd catch it. It was targeted toward preschool viewers and was fun and silly, a partnership between Cartoon Network and what is now the Sesame Workshop.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only person who remembers it existed. But I'm not the only one with this kind of dilemma.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor LegitimateMangoHeir asked the online community,
"What's a show from your childhood that no one else seems to remember?"
Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat (2001)
"I thought Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat was a fever dream for so long."
Probably because it only had a single season! Might as well have vanished off the face of the earth after that.
"Hamtaro. For the LONGEST time I distinctly remembered watching the show but couldn't remember what it was called or anything else. I remember having a revelation in middle school and going "IT'S REAL???"
It certainly was real! And it was quite possibly the cutest thing to ever be broadcast on our television screens.
"There's a specific age group that really enjoyed Gargoyles."
Hi, it's me. I'm the age-group. There are dozens of us!
Mummies Alive! (1997)
"Mummies Alive! That and Gargoyles were my favourites to watch after school."
Another one that aired for a single season, it was part of a general trend of "mummymania" in 1990s pop culture.
Out of the Box (1998)
"Out of the Box. So long, farewell, to you my friends."
This one had a good run. That theme song is now in my head.
Count Duckula (1988)
"Count Duckula. The best damn cartoon ever!"
I hadn’t heard that theme song in decades and I was just transported back to my childhood room.
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (2000)
"Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Great googly moogly!"
O Canada! This one was cute!
Stick Stickly from "Nick in the Afternoon" (1994)
"Anyone remember Stick Stickley on Nickelodeon? I even remember the jingle but everyone I talk to looks at me crazy!"
Write to me, Stick Stickley, PO BOX 963, New York City, New York State, 10108!
The Angry Beavers (1997)
"The Angry Beavers. People look at me like I’m a psycho when I mention it."
This one — along with CatDog — was super popular!
2 Stupid Dogs (1993)
"2 Stupid Dogs. Well, ain't that cute. But it's wrong!"
I quote that line at least once a day. I loved that show.
You should probably run to YouTube and take a trip down memory lane. Thankfully, many of these are available in some capacity for you to enjoy!
Have some shows you love that you'd like to mention? Tell us more in the comments below!
You know what would be great?
If "family influencers" didn't exist. I don't know what people get out of watching people do their shopping and raise their kids, but it sounds boring as hell. Oh, and did I mention that the children have pretty much no privacy from the moment they're born? Yeah... that'll be a treat for them to comprehend when they're older.
But there are a host of other things out there that are just as annoying. People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor RAZOR314 asked the online community,
"What modern trend do you absolutely hate?"
"News agencies writing articles..."
"News agencies writing articles about "all these people are saying X" when it's just a few random people on Twitter, and generally the trend of amplifying fringe theories, beliefs, conspiracies, etc."
I think one of the unfortunate developments in the modern media landscape is the obsession with Twitter. I think it really exacerbates some current issues of representation in the media.
"I hate these videos..."
"I hate those videos with a split screen and something interesting is happening on one half, while an 'influencer' is literally just watching on the other half."
"I do not give a single f*ck about the influencer. I just want to see the thing on the other side. You know, the thing worth reacting to."
So true. They can't create worthwhile content so they "react" to the worthwhile content.
"People recording when they should be helping."
Sometimes recording does help — look at all the instances of police brutality that have made national headlines — but it's not when people are recording for likes, views, clout etc.
"The abundance of unskippable ads on videos. I 100% guarantee I will actively try to not buy your product if you're interrupting what little precious time I have to watch something."
Yes, it makes me so angry. Stop wasting my time. I will click out of something so fast.
"Corporations buying single family homes and turning them into rentals."
And people wonder why there's a housing crisis.
"All controls in a car being through a touch screen."
"For driving safety I wanna keep my eyes on the road, and want to find controls (like window wipers, radio by touch. With a touch screen, I have to look to see if I am touching the right place on the screen for the control I want."
Yes! It's an unnecessary design change, honestly more trouble than it's worth.
"The fact that EVERYTHING is a f*cking ad."
There are many ways to get around that and you can learn about it in my new book How to get rid of ads (free with your Amazon Audible trial).
"Subscription services. Everything nowadays is being turned into a monthly bill."
It's awful. And everything is so expensive. Why bother having all these subscriptions in the first place, right?
"The abundance of people trying to be influencers/streamers, while the majority of them are about as interesting as a boil."
To be honest, most people would rather watch the boil.
We live in a pretty cool world. It'd just be better if most of this stuff didn't exist.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!