Everyone has their blind spots...and they're absolutely hilarious! In a new Twitter thread started by Shannon Proudfoot, people all over Twitter came together to answer a great question:
What's the most mundane but thunderous epiphany you ever had? Something so ridiculously dull or elementary that still bowled you over when you figured it out?
Answers began pouring in from every corner of the globe!
@sproudfoot I thought money laundering was physically washing the money and hanging it to dry to get cocaine residu… https://t.co/j5VeQ1GLvY— Crab Navi 🦀 (@Crab Navi 🦀)1539700377.0
@sproudfoot Pennies are brown so i used to think abraham lincoln was black. It wasn't until obama was going to be t… https://t.co/UD7wAEKrpK— Teo (@Teo)1539739782.0
@sproudfoot I didn't realize that Dr. Spock and Mr. Spock weren't the same person until I was a grown ass woman. I… https://t.co/KQX2HPuYUc— An American (@An American)1539731079.0
The blissful ignorance on display was staggering.
@sproudfoot I thought artichoke hearts were from an animal that I pictured as being similar to an armadillo. I thou… https://t.co/ddFx1yiluI— Nathan Holmes (@Nathan Holmes)1539746764.0
@sproudfoot Took me 7 books and 8 movies to realize that Diagon Alley is a play on the word “diagonally” in Harry Potter.— alexa (@alexa)1539746266.0
@sproudfoot I’ve had plenty of these, but none of them top a friend of mine who, until her mid-twenties, believed b… https://t.co/hWvPqqJY0E— Adron Buske (@Adron Buske)1539744431.0
People really need to learn their penny facts...
@sproudfoot I thought the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the penny was a trolley. Well into adulthood.— Dean Dangerfield (@Dean Dangerfield)1539826124.0
@sproudfoot Growing up as a Catholic kid, I mistook Calvary — the place outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified… https://t.co/RJDqeuvKyH— Matthew Pearson (@Matthew Pearson)1539726176.0
@sproudfoot I didn’t realize that Janet Jackson was Michael Jackson’s sister, until I watched his funeral on tv 😩😂— s.m. (@s.m.)1539826896.0
Sometimes, the key to understanding a concept was hidden in the word the entire time.
@sproudfoot Breakfast was breaking the fast.— Lisa Christiansen (@Lisa Christiansen)1539699022.0
I'm still recovering from finding out 'outwith' is an exclusively Scottish word. https://t.co/PkgizDBlek— scottferatu 🦇 (@scottferatu 🦇)1539812502.0
Eeyore, when pronounced in a non-rhotic accent, is literally the sound a donkey makes. https://t.co/2CDVdXvQ34— Gretchen McCulloch (@Gretchen McCulloch)1539820699.0
Some Twitter users decided to get real deep with their answers.
Everything you see, outside of natural things, is from the imagination of human beings. https://t.co/s0nlnNlU45— SPiRE (@SPiRE)1539791410.0
That the word ‘helicopter’ comes from ‘helico’ as in spiral, and ‘pter’ as in things that fly (such as pterodactyl) https://t.co/BM2Pr9EZ09— N.R. Walker (@N.R. Walker)1539784440.0
That Antarctica is just “the opposite of the Arctic” https://t.co/JCJAovISIw— Tzivi (@Tzivi)1539778573.0
Others decided to keep it simple.
That pancakes are cakes you make in a pan, cupcakes are cakes made in a cup, fire hydrants hydrate fires.....basica… https://t.co/mqu9QxvjVU— haley (@haley)1539732281.0
That there wasn’t another side of the map (like something on the back) if you just connected the two ends, that was… https://t.co/ThTWelzTWt— La Adelita (@La Adelita)1539747904.0
When I was a kid I thought the sound of airplanes flying overhead way up in the sky was the sound of the world turn… https://t.co/kVWwFUAvkC— Scary Kerry Pickering (@Scary Kerry Pickering)1539793976.0
Kids will believe the darnedest things...and adults will continue until told otherwise. Congrats on seeing the light of reason, everyone!
Oh also as a kid I used to think that Mt Rushmore was a natural rock formation. Didn’t occur to me that it was man… https://t.co/ytApZc4LlC— Edgar Allen Hoe (@Edgar Allen Hoe)1539740901.0