It Makes You Wonder
There are certain things that we learn as we grow into adulthood that will help us in our adult lives. It is, however, shocking to see some people with gaping knowledge that makes them wonder how they have survived without it for so long.
These people should know better than to eat raw chicken or not know what language a baby will speak. It’s even more impressive considering they’re adults!
Education Is Priceless
When I was still working In Banff National Park, one day, while I was returning some tourists to their hotel after the tour, a woman insisted that Banff was obviously a highly unsafe location to visit since “we just let wild animals go around everywhere!
They should be kept in cages! I really had to suppress the impulse to hurl her off the bus.
She also argued that she needed to convert the money she received in British Columbia into Alberta currency, despite the fact that this was impossible.
But unlike our next example, at least this mom didn’t believe that infants could communicate in multiple languages.
Babies Can Learn
My mom and I were talking to each other in Spanish when a pregnant girl asked us if it was hard to learn.
That was a conversation to remember. Since the baby’s father was from South America, she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to understand the baby since he had gone home for good.
My mother and I explained to her that the baby would speak in English because that is what she speaks, and that it will learn from her. I was concerned that she might not have believed us, since she didn’t appear relieved.
Think about sending a photo of your money to your bank. And what do they do with it?
Couldn’t Be Better Than That
At the time when mobile banking started getting popular. I was working at the bank, and we all understood that for some people, it would take longer to get used to it, but the funniest incident was when we received a picture with someone’s money on it to be deposited, it was the day to remember. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way.
It’s like being a grown-up and having no clue how to boil water, but the next reader is having a worse day than that.
It Hurts To See It
My best time was in college, and one of my best stories is from college. One day I will never forget this day; my roommate wanted to cook spaghetti. So, he took a pot and put the pasta inside without water, and turned the stove on.
It took him about 10 minutes before he realized that something was wrong. He asked me why the pasta was not cooking.
I never regretted moving out, and I hope the next roommate will be more understanding than me.
It appears that people don’t understand that every living organism has a unique DNA.
DNA Is The Key
One of my coworkers showed me a picture of some kind of sickly, deformed puppies and that it was a mix between a dog and a rat. He believed that any animal could cross each other.
He didn’t believe that DNA was relevant and that all sperm was the same. His explanation was even more ridiculous.
I can’t understand how people don’t have the basic knowledge of biology or make use of their common sense.
Well, we all have seen our parents paying the bills during growing up, But did we all learn? Some of us never learned, not even in old age.
Bills Pay Them Self
My friend never paid a bill in her life, she was living between her parents and the dorm until the age of about 40, and that is when she got married and moved to her place.
After she got divorced, it was the first time that she had to leave on her own. One day, she contacted me to find out if my power was cut off as well, but then she realized what had happened. Her explanation was out of this world.
The explanation was that all the bills were just receipts and that it’s normal that the rent covers all the costs.
Even her water was cut off at a later stage, but some people would rather not learn, and we had the same conversation again.
You shouldn’t breathe through your mouth. Because some people believe you’re posing yourself.
Keep On Breathing
My ex-brother-in-law thinks that breathing through your mouth will cause carbon monoxide poisoning. I remember how he was scared when my niece was sick with a cold and was breathing through her mouth.
He believed that breathing through the nose was the safest method, instead of through the mouth, which was too dangerous.
That is not logical since he must have breathed through his mouth at some point in his life. I am so happy he is the ex-brother-in-law.
The majority of people are aware of how to make a bed; we learn from mistakes and try with no excuses.
How To Make A Bed
I was sorting my clothes out after spending the night at my ex-boyfriend’s house, and I noticed that he was going from one side of the bed to the other without fixing it at all.
Eventually, he turned to me, looking very clueless, and asked, “Can you please make the bed?” I’ve never done this. No idea where to start.”
He left me speechless, and I wanted to avoid reacting strongly to it, but he was 26 at the time. Then, I realized why his mother visited him so frequently, to clean the house and make the bed.
Doctors should be people whose word you can trust, so most people trust them. When compared to the rest, this doctor seems to fall short.
Before we could switch to our usual pediatrician, we had to see the hospital pediatrician, who was an older southern man, before we could switch.
He is addressing the do’s and don’ts for new parents in a small exam room. I assume she will be sleeping in a crib in the nursery, so he asks us.” The bassinet is set up beside the bed to make night feeding easier, we say.”
Then he interrupts and says, “She can’t sleep with you!” But we assure him that she will not be in bed. A bassinet accompanies the bed.” She will suffocate if she sleeps in the same room because there will be too much carbon dioxide, he said.
That’s why SIDS happens.” After a brief pause, we ask if the exam room is unsafe.” We then filed a complaint with the practice and the hospital. That’s some terrible advice to be giving people. Especially parents who take everything a doctor says as gospel. I am unable to understand the logic behind that.
Tea and coffee are made with some great inventions. You might think of the wonders of a kettle. This one did not know.
And That’s The Tea
I asked my husband to make some herbal tea for me the first year we were married. He happily accepts and goes to the kitchen.
I waited for ten minutes before realizing I didn’t tell him which tea I wanted. But I couldn’t have known what he was doing in the other room.
I walked into the kitchen to find him standing over the stove with a mug of water sitting directly on the burner. Poor baby.
Mathematics isn’t for everyone. That said, parents should know the basics so they can help their children. But this next story is an eye-opener.
Solving For X-Planation
I teach 6th grade. One time a parent came to me after trying to help their child with math homework and asked, what number is x worth?
It feels like it changes with every problem! The parent came to me after school without their child because they knew something was wrong and didn’t want to look stupid in front of their kid.
This is filed in my brain of parent reactions I can’t fathom, along with the mom that year who asked if her child could play piano in marching band.
Basic body functions seem pretty automatic, right? Well, one woman apparently had no idea how to burp.
I was tending a bar in LA when one of the cocktail waitresses, an LA model-type, asked me to burp her—like a baby. I’m certain she wasn’t flirting since she was waaaaay out of my league, but I’m convinced she was just desperate for attention.
She told me she never learned how to burp like that was a normal thing not to know. She must have read the revulsion on my face because as she turned to leave, she let out this deep belly burp that filled the bar.
She turned beet red as I called out, “You’re welcome.” I never saw her in the bar again.
Vehicle maintenance is an essential part of owning a car. But one man was shocked to find that his girlfriend at the time had no idea what she was doing.
Spoiling For Oil
My dad is a mechanic, so I’ve been very lucky to have the importance of vehicle maintenance drilled into my head from a young age.
When my now fiancée and I had been dating for about six months, I needed to change the oil in my car, so I asked when the last time she had changed her oil was.
She had never changed it, even after owning the car for three years. Luckily, I taught her everything she knows today.
Another essential tool to use as an adult or even an adolescent is reading a clock. Most people can tell time, but one can’t.
Time To Go
My friend constantly asked what time it was, so by the sixth time, I said, “Bro, there is a clock right there.” He was a grown man, yet he replied, “I don’t know how to read it.” Except that’s not even the dumb part.
A couple of weeks later, he posted something on Facebook making fun of people who couldn’t read cursive. So I came up with a devastating comeback.
I posted a picture of a clock and said, “What time does this say?” He blocked me. It was worth it.
Common safety practices should always be followed. But some people really do just put other people’s safety at risk for no reason.
Dumb, High-Risk-Ways To Die
I work in highway safety, and I can no longer count on two hands the number of people I’ve stopped within the middle lane of traffic on a freeway with no bigger problem than a flat tire.
When I question them as to why they stopped in the middle of a freeway, the typical answer is either the vehicle wouldn’t go any further or they don’t want to damage their rim.
I swear people will put the well-being of the rim on their car above their own safety and even the safety of their children.
Cooking is an essential skill that can be taught or learned. But some people seem to not read instructions well or just never learn.
She’s Come Undone
I had a roommate in university whose “cooking” method was to put baked beans in a Tupperware, seal the lid, turn on the microwave, and when the lid pops and explodes, beans everywhere…they’re cooked.
One time, I came home to find the oven on and billowing a bit. I opened the door to find what was an entire lasagna bubbling on the bottom of the oven.
He bought himself a frozen lasagna: Step 1, “remove outer packaging,” Step 2, “place on middle tray of a preheated oven.” He literally thought that “outer packaging” was anything outside the lasagna, so he tore away that shell that the lasagna cooked in and placed it straight on the rack, so as it defrosted, it just fell through the rack and all over the oven. Genius.
Wifi is a fairly new concept for the older generation. But now that it’s been installed in almost every modern home, people really should understand how it works.
Where’s The Connection?
When I started working from home, I had a few users submit tickets for “connectivity issues.” These tickets got through two lines of support before landing in my queue.
After asking a few questions, it turns out that they thought the corporate Wi-Fi would follow them home.
They genuinely didn’t realize that they’d need home internet in order to connect to their workplaces.
Another story about an adult that can’t cook. But when there’s a misconception that eggs can be poisonous, that’s where we draw the line.
Cracked In The Head
A 19-year-old dude asked me: “How do you cook a fried egg?” I gave him instructions and left him with them. Came back a while later to ask how it went.
“Fine in the end, but it took a few attempts because the yolk kept breaking.” I stared at him blankly. “What do you mean kept breaking?” “Well, I kept throwing them away because I thought breaking the yolk made it poisonous.”
This next story isn’t about an adult, but it is about an adolescent that did the impossible. They got less than 2 points on their test.
F For Effort
In grade ten, we had a science test, and the teacher gave one point for putting a date on the paper and one point for your name on the paper.
And then there were 98 points for the rest of the test. All you had to do to get two automatic points was just write your name and the date.
A guy sitting in front of me got 0.5/100. He didn’t write the date and only wrote his first name.
A lot of fruits and nuts are really good for you. But everyone knows that most have to be peeled or shelled, right?
Biting Off More Than He Can Digest
I was dating a 19-year-old guy. I explained that eating raw nuts is healthy, so he bought a bag of peanuts.
He complained two days later that he was going to stop eating them because they upset his stomach. That meant I got a free bag of peanuts. Yay!
He was stunned when he saw me shelling them and eating the nut because he had been eating them shell and all for two days. Surprisingly, that relationship did not end well.
This next one has to be the most absurd out of all these stories. We don’t have to tell anyone not to drink dangerous chemicals, right? Wrong.
I knew a kid who drank bleach to prove it wouldn’t kill him. A week later, he showed up at school after taking a shot.
He said he “proved his point” when the teacher asked why he was bragging about it. Mr. Hawk just said, “but you cannot argue that without that medical treatment, you’d have died, though.
You even said you have stomach damage and a burnt esophagus yourself.” This kid was bragging about that. He was not mentally disabled or otherwise.
Table manners like using cutlery are something a kid should learn growing up. But it seems that not all kids learn by example.
The Inept Ex
My ex didn’t know how to hold a fork properly. All utensils were used by grasping them in a fist. He also didn’t know how to open up baby wipes.
He tore open the bag, even though it has a lid, so they don’t dry out. He ignored the lid. I didn’t know how to merge or change lanes.
Didn’t know to rinse vegetables or fruits before eating. And there were many more problems, and that’s why he’s an ex now.
Social events like parades are normally on tight schedules. They can’t be asked to change course because of one mother. But she definitely thought they could.
March Right Back Over Here
Our town was live-streaming a holiday parade in case people weren’t able to make it out in person. This included a live chat feature as well.
One mother who lived nearby wrote in the chat that her daughter didn’t get outside in time and asked for them to turn around and come back to her street so she could see.
I don’t know how you can become a mother and not understand basic scheduling and know that a parade won’t follow your orders.
Slip And Slide
My roommate in college was 22, and he had lived in an apartment for three years prior to moving in together.
He legitimately did not know how to remove a trash bag from a trash can and had never turned on an oven before.
But my favorite was when he complained one day that his bathroom was always sopping wet every time they showered. I finally realized that he never put up a shower curtain!
But at least that was harmless. Our next Redditor witnesses a classmate do something stupid and dangerous.
Well, That Blew Up In My Face
I knew a girl in high school who really wanted to breathe fire. On her first and last attempt, she put the lighter fluid in her mouth.
Instead of blowing it onto a flame, she lit it on fire inside her mouth and then tried to blow it out. She came to school the next day with a bandage over half her face.
Let’s just say she never tried fire breathing again. But I’m sure she found some other annoying or dangerous hobby.
Speaking of danger. Remembering how to put out different fires in the kitchen is a good idea. Just please don’t get muddled up and grab the wrong thing.
My ex and I were cooking together. One of the pans got too hot, and we had a minor grease fire. She grabbed a bag of flour.
As tempted as I was to slap it out of her hands, I didn’t want to aerate a bunch of flour next to a grease fire, so I grabbed it with both hands and forced it over to the countertop, and then dropped the lid on the pan.
I asked her what her logic was, and she said, “Well, you’re supposed to put baking soda on a grease fire and not water, right?” “Yes. Why did you try to use flour?” “What’s the difference? They’re both white powder.”
History is an important part of education. Everyone should learn about the most important parts. But what if someone thought they were all made up?
I Saw It In A Movie
When I was in high school, we were reading a short story about what would have happened if the Japanese had attacked us back with nuclear weapons after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A girl in my class raised her hand and said something along the lines of “why does this matter? None of it is real anyway.”
When the teacher asked her to clarify, the girl (who’s actually half Japanese) told her that the bombings of Japan were just from a movie and didn’t actually happen.
Using a kitchen sink is something people learn through their younger years, right? But what about a grown adult that doesn’t even know about the two different knobs?
Because You’re Hot, Then You’re Cold
Our kitchen sink has one tap and two knobs for hot and cold. I walked into the kitchen, and my partner kept switching between hot and cold.
I asked him why. His reply was so stupid I was speechless. “Well, the hot gets too hot, so I run the cold instead for a bit.”
He literally didn’t know you could run both the hot and cold water at the same time. But I still love him.
The last story is definitely the most dangerous. Never ever point a BB gun at anything, even if you think it isn’t loaded.
You Should’ve Put Your Foot In Your Mouth Instead
My friend had just purchased a new, high-powered BB gun. We had just finished shooting it in the backyard when he pointed the barrel at my face and pulled the trigger several times.
I tell him to stop being dumb, and he just laughs and says, “it’s not loaded!” Then the moron puts the barrel in his mouth, and POP! He shoots a bb right through his tongue and into his uvula.
He was okay after a doctor’s visit but should have really been more careful. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in the end.