It's understandable – there is so much going on growing up that it's easy for certain information to slip through the cracks. But sometimes, it can be the most obvious and simplistic things that people just never really seem to learn.
Here, surprised people share things they never thought they'd have to explain to an adult.
1/29. The "year AD" doesn't mean "After Dinosaurs".
My good friend, now an Ensign at flight school in Pensacola, thought AD stood for "After Dinosaurs" until he was 21 years old.
2/29. How to blow your nose. My wife (gf at the time) kept rubbing her nose with a tissue when she had a cold so much that her tissues would be bloody. She thought that was normal.
In her defence her mom has no parenting skills and I'm shocked her kids survived.
3/29. My wife is working as a teacher's assistant in an elementary school, and the other day she had to correct the teacher by telling the kids that no, Barack Obama is not the 100th president of the United States of America. Not even close.
Oh and she's also had to correct her teacher's assertion that "There are 9 planets-- although some people say that Pluto isn't a planet, that it's a star.
4/29. During the first few weeks of college, I did my laundry, and was told by one of my roommates that she needs help because she didn't know how to do hers. I went down to help her, and I guess other people found out, because pretty soon I had an audience of like 20 college freshmen in the laundry room, teaching them, step by step, how to wash their clothes. I swear, I thought everyone knew how to operate a washing machine by the time they turned 10.
5/29. A friend of mine is a teacher and was being interviewed by the principal during quarterly reviews. Typically they just ask how things are going, which classes they'd like to teach/stop teaching, whether the students are learning the curriculum. The principal informs her that a large number of students are failing her classes - "20% in one class and 30% in another and 10% in another"
She explains that these numbers are quite normal since a lot of students just don't show up to class - much less school - and that there's nothing she can do about that. The principal counters with "No, you don't understand, you're failing 60% of your students! This means you need to adjust your teaching methods"
It took her a few seconds to comprehend what the principal had done (yes, he added percentages). She didn't want to embarrass him, so she just agreed and said "yes, I'll see what we can do about this" and then told one of the district managers. I really wish she had explained it to him.
Makes me wonder what would happens when the percentages are even higher "I'm sorry, but we're going to have to let you go. You're apparently failing 130% of your students."
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