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25 Adults Share Shocking Things Other Adults Don’t Know

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It’s always mind-blowing when a fellow adult reveals they didn’t know something that EVERY GROWN UP PERSON SHOULD KNOW.

It makes you wonder, “wow, how did you get this far in life without knowing that?”

These 25 folks from AskReddit recall the times they experienced this with other “adults” and it made them do a double take. Read on and prepare to be flabbergasted.

1. That’s a tough one

My college roommate asked me how to make a sandwich. Like how to actually put mayonnaise on the bread and slice a tomato. He was 22 and had recently been accepted to medical school.

2. Alarms

I’ve met more than one person who doesn’t get fire alarms. When my husband and I first got an apartment together, we were cooking and we burned something; the smoke caused the smoke alarm to start beeping. Instead of opening the window to let the smoke out, like a normal person, he calmly walked to the door and began putting on his shoes to go outside and wait for the fire department to come – because he thought that when the smoke alarm goes off, that’s what you do. After all, why else would we have gone through all those fire drills in elementary school?

3. Where is that darn thing?

I work in technical support. I regularly deal with customers who have no clue what/where the space bar is.

It has been in the same location as since the mass production of the Remington typewriter, May 1st, 1873.

4. Gas problems

My grandmother is 88 years old. Drives a Ford Mustang.

Does not know how to put gas in her car. Has literally driven cars for 70 years without ever once using a gas pump. She calls me every few weeks to go over there and follow her to the gas station, so I can pump for her.

I don’t have the heart to tell her that the employees will do it if she asks nicely, since it’s one of the few occasions where I see her.

5. The two-hander

Showed a grown man how to use a hammer. He started off trying to use two hands.

6. “I am no longer with this girl”

My girlfriend in college didn’t know how to boil water. I explained how easy it was (water goes into pot, pot goes on stove, turn on the stove) and she did it, then left the pot there for four hours waiting for the water to “finish boiling”. Of course all of the water evaporated, she completely burned the pot, and then started to panic and cry because she didn’t know how to turn the stove off.

I am no longer with this girl.

7. Obsolete keys

Met a woman in a parking garage that didn’t know that her key could unlock the door. She flagged me down to ask if I could give her a ride to get a battery for the button that unlocked the door so she could get into her car.

8. The dreaded steak knife

I dated a guy, he was 19, that did not know how to use a steak knife. Instead of sawing the meat, he attempted to force the knife through it by simply pushing down. I don’t know if you don’t know this, but steak is not quite the same consistency as softened butter. He kept shaking the entire table,we were in a restaurant, as he tried to force the knife into the meat. Eventually I stopped him, took his knife, and showed him how to saw the meat – his mind was completely blown. When I asked him how it was possible that he didn’t know how to do this, he told me “oh, my parents usually just let me pick up the meat in my hands at home.”

We broke up a couple months later.

9. Genius material

How to wash your face.

I think most people dating back to early humans have figured out the cup your hands under running water, lean your head over the sink and bring your hands up to your face process.

I lived with an adult girl who did NOT know to do this. She would just swat the water up at her face and get the sink, the counter, the mirror, the toilet, EVERYTHING soaking wet.

10. Public transit

I’m a senior in college and I still find myself shaking my head when my classmates don’t know how to use the campus bus routes to get back home.

11. Getting close…

A friend of mine tried to cook rice in the kettle because she understood it involved heat and water. That was her logical conclusion… She’s 27.

12. It still ran?

My girlfriend went 15,000 miles without getting an oil change. She thought you only bring it in when there is a problem.