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Growing up, my parents worked two jobs each, so I spent most of my time with my retired grandfather. Let me tell you folks, I never once understood the way he did things. He was like a baffling magical mystery to me. Like, why are we saving all these newspapers and is there a reason we are driving for hours a day going to five different grocery stores looking for the best deals on a can of tomato paste?



As I got older I learned about the extreme poverty and oppression he fled when he escaped Cuba. That answered some of my questions but seriously didn't we spend more resources than we saved going on the quest for tomato paste? Apparently I'm not the only confused one.

Reddit user Blueeeocean asked:

Young People Share What They "Just Don't Get" About Older Generations

The answers had us over here waving our hands in the air like we were at church. JUST FOLLOW THE GPS, DAD! Here are some of the top responses, edited for content/clarity if needed.

Reading Is Fundamental

My grandma forgets how to use the remote control to her TV. She can read and is still all there, I just don't understand why you don't remember or just read the words for the on/off, change channel/volume button, etc.

Sorry grams!

- NoEarCat

Extra Naked

Why are you so naked in the locker rooms? I get we are all naked, but you guys are like, extra naked.

- omgyoucunt

The Nice GPS Lady

Just follow what the GPS says Dad. Okay, if it was faster the nice lady in the GPS probably would have said so and even if your convoluted route might work, at best it'll shave like three minutes off the trip and at worst it'll add an hour.

- missluluh

America's Obesity

Produce so many, universally delicious, pies. And cookies. I'm 90% sure my grandma is the primary source of America's obesity.

- I_like_forks

Who Raised Them? 

Complaining about the millennial generation without recognizing that they raised us...

- Goose500

Writing Checks

Writing checks at stores. I'm not even that young, I'm 38, hell I had a class in school about balancing checkbooks and writing checks and all that.

I hate writing checks, I can't fathom why you wouldn't want to just swipe a card and be done with it? Instead you slow down the line while you write your check and enter it in the register.

- ghunt81

News

Watch the news 24/7.

Its so depressing and sad. Then they complain that their lives are sad. Come cook or sew with me. Lets go for a stroll around the house. Lets talk about your childhood, i don't know, just something besides arguments, fights, and death on the TV.

- KoldGlaze

An Address Book

My mum still has all her contacts in an address book, she has an iPhone with all of her contacts in that but al ot of the time she still pulls out old the address book and types the phone number in.

If she wants to call Jan, Jan's number comes up after she types in 0456 but she still types the rest of the number.

I've stopped suggesting she uses the "Contacts" app.

- rare_snark

The Mail

I don't understand their obsession with the mail and b*tching about the mailman if their pile of junk mail is an hour later than usual.

I once stood outside with my grandma while she waited for her mail. She wouldn't shut up about how late it was, and for what? It all wound up in the trash five minutes later.

- majestichumanoid

Fancy Fragile Plates

China dining sets.

Both sets of my grandparents and all of their friends had these really elaborate, pretty sets of China that sat in the cabinet for years collecting dust. They seemed very proud of them, but if anybody so much as looked at them, they would get barked at to be careful. Us kids were warned in no uncertain terms that if we ever touched them, it would be our last day on this planet.

What is the point of owning fancy, fragile plates that you never use?

- NotWorthACleverName

Politics, Unprovoked

This seems to be old men especially, but why do they like to bring up politics unprovoked? My dad is old and loves to being up the state of our nation during parties and at dinner when I'm just talking about work. I've had people bring up Trump while I'm ringing their groceries out. Thanks for your view on politics, but I just asked if you wanted to donate to childrens fund because I'm required to.

- softerthansilence



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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

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