Learning how to do things is hard, especially if you don't have someone to teach you. The misunderstandings and mistakes that can happen when trying to figure it out yourself can be absolutely hilarious, if also highly embarrassing.
Reddit user u/adeptwarrior asked:
"What's an 'oh sh*t' moment where you realised you've been doing something the wrong way for years?"
I always thought eggplant tasted "itchy", like itchy was a flavor, like sour or salty. Fed some to my baby and his face turned red wherever the eggplant touched, and I realized we're both just allergic to eggplant. And itchy isn't a flavor.
I lived in a house for 6 years with a bathroom with no "shelf" or cupboard to put toiletries into. I was very disappointed and ended up using a window sill that was WAY too small to fit everything.
Anyway, one day we had a friend over and he asked why we don't have anything in our bathroom cupboard. I was confused so he showed me.
It turns out that the mirror I had been using for 6 years has a hidden compartment behind it. It was a mirrored door to a mounted cupboard on the wall. I was astonished and IMMEDIATELY moved all my stuff from the window into the new space.
My friend was baffled that I had never figured out there was a space behind the mirror. There was an obvious gap between it and the wall that I SOMEHOW failed to notice.
Well... This was a few years ago. I was the director of IT for a very large company. I was given a new cellphone and told to setup my voicemail.
I don't know that when I recorded my name it would be played to whomever I leave a voice mail for.
Well the name I recorded was, "Dooder84 Corporate IT Godddd!!!"
I worked there for 4 years until someone in the hallway referred to me as the "corporate IT GoD!"
I was so embarrassed.....
I had a (used) car and didn't realize until a couple years later that it had remote start.
Person buying my now-more-used car: this has remote start?
Person: (pushes button, starts car)
It wasn't very long, but when I was learning to drive my dad was explaining the rule of thumb regarding a safe distance to be behind the car in front of you. I thought it meant to hold your thumb up and if your thumb didn't cover the entire car you were too close to it. When he caught me doing that he asked me what I was doing.
When I explained he burst out laughing, then considered it, and concluded it wasn't a bad idea but perhaps a bit distracting.
Until last week, when my father in law would made a phone call on his very basic non-touch-screen flip phone he would open the menu, scroll to the phone icon, open it, hit the soft key for contacts, scroll to the person he wanted to call, press ok, then press the soft key to call.
When he mentioned how he preferred his landline because he could just dial the number, I said "Humour me. Just dial the number and hit the talk button." I've never seen a man so simultaneously grateful and embarrassed.
Couple years ago i was trying to open some toothpaste and had to break the seal of the tube, i used to look for something like a nail to break it, then one day i looked at the pointy end of the cap and thought 'what if I could use this to break it' and oh it did fit and broke it effortlessly, and so did every other tube product i had in the house and their respective cap, my mind was blown.
Since the dawn of time, I would pick up the silverware and utensils out of their tray in the dishwasher and put them away in their drawers then go back and pick up more out of the dishwasher. Then one day I saw my wife lift the tray out of the dishwasher and I legit stood there with my mouth open.
My mom has been pronouncing Massachusetts "Massa Two Sh*ts" for years and no one corrected her because they thought she just had strong feelings about Massachusetts.
My mother can not pronounce that or Mitsubishi. She tries but same outcome and Mitsubishi comes out miss-yo-b*tchy.
Last month was the first time I discovered lint rollers were peelable. Literally sat there for a minute to take that in.