You know what's hard? Cooking. Not just throwing some eggs in a pan and setting them on the stove over a medium-low heat while you guzzle your first cup of coffee of the day, no, I mean real cooking. Gathering together more than three ingredients, working in multiple phases, balancing out varying heats to make sure the appropriate level of oil doesn't burn, and so on, can all be a bit too much for anyone who's only read a recipe.

Sometimes, it's easier in theory than in practice.


Reddit user, u/PerpetualPuzzle, wanted to know:

What works in theory but not in practice?

Just One More...SEASON.

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Watching just one more episode and then going to sleep

Montrok

It's Only Natural To Lie

Telling the truth all the time.

JunkSalesman

Being honest 24/7 will lead you into a world of hurt...trust me. This is coming from a guy who tends to say exactly what is on my mind and it is not fun.

Cheetodude625

No, YOU Shut Up.

Civil discussion on the internet

Externaacter2

Have a nice day. Dick.

Zinalaki

Who Does This? SERIOUSLY? WHO?

Waking up early to run

cigsAFTERsex

I'm convinced that people who actually can do this are either robots or aliens.

TRNielson

It's An Art And A Skill

Traditional martial arts

rule1n2n3

I practice ITF Taekwondo, and we literally separate traditional techniques and sparring techniques. A traditional turning kick for example is what we do in patterns and is great at breaking boards, but for sparring we do something totally different that is actually better in a fight. We literally kick with a different part of the foot, and even kick in a different direction (45 degrees to the side for traditional, straight to the front for sparring).

Hanif_Shakiba

It's Not Practice. It's The Real Thing.

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Russian система. It's a lethal fighting technique used by speznaz and learned by many outside of that. But it is specifically for lethal force. Therefore you can't really spar without seriously injuring one of the people. Making it not effective because you can't fully learn the technique if you can't practice it in real instances

crowgvts666

We're All Savages. Just Rip It.

The perforated area to open the mac and cheese box

FlyWFO

Not Even In Theory Would This Work

An obedience school for cats.

Back2Bach

That's even implausible in theory

DeificClusterf-ck

Not Everyone Has Boots

Hard work can get you anywhere

Sometimes life just doesn't work out

HypnosTheIgnoredGod

Relatable. Recursive.

My code

_PM_ME_PANGOLINS_

Relatable.

delta-alph

Recursive.

Shadowarrior64

It Looks Good...Until You Start Hammering.

Every initial plan for a home improvement.. my grandfather had a saying, "plans have a way of working out on paper."

AdultingPoorly1

How Is It Possible To Live With Either System?

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Pure communism and pure capitalism.

It's almost like people will find ways to take advantage of any system and put their own short term benefit ahead of both their own long term benefit and others benefit at all.

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