Everybody has something they didn’t learn until waaaaaay later than most people.
Like, have you ever actually listened to verses of the Pina Colada song?
I won’t spoil that experience by going through it here. I think it’s best experienced by listening to it. So, if you know the song, but you don’t know what I’m talking about, then just know that it should be on your radar.
In the meantime, check out these confessions from late-learners on AskReddit:
#1. One is never enough
I was 23 when it came to my attention that an engagement ring and a wedding band are two separate things.
Isn’t one expensive symbol of uniformity enough?!
#2. This person must have thought sunflower seeds were horrible.
I didn’t realize you were supposed to chew sunflower seeds to get the seed inside…
I thought you just ate the black seeds whole…
#3. “How do they get it to fit in the can?”
“That tuna isn’t a little bitty fish, but a really big fish.”
#4. Homonyms are so confusing…
I thought the term ‘prima donna’ was ‘pre-Madonna.’ I always wondered what happened before her that would demand a new term.
A friend also asked me why Ellen was named Ellen ‘The Generous.’
He said, ‘I get that she is generous, but she isn’t that noteworthy. It’s not like she’s Alexander the Great or something.’
#5. I thought it was in New York, too, but not quite that long.
I’m 21. Until about a month ago I didn’t know that when people talked about New England that they were talking about the Northeastern U.S.
I thought the New England Patriots were from a city in New York.
I know that New Mexico is a state and not in Mexico.
#6. That’s no moon… Oh wait… It totally is.
A co-worker was helping me move something outdoors and he suddenly is staring at the sky bewildered.
I asked if he was OK and, I kid you not, he says, ‘Whoa! I can see the moon….and it’s day.’
He’s 24 and I had no idea how to respond to that.
#7. What about your significant other?
Difference between foreshadowing and foreplay.
Grandmother was amused, Mom was mortified.
My ex wife did not know helicopters could hover until around age 23.
She saw a copter over a scene in San Diego and asked me, ‘How is that helicopter just floating in one spot??’
I was like, ‘Wut?’
#9. Harvey ‘Toothpaste’ Dent
I was a few months away from turning 17, and The Dark Knight was coming out. I checked IMDB to see what actors and characters would be in it, and that’s when I learned that Harvey Dent’s evil nickname is ‘Two-Face,’ not ‘Toothpaste’ as I had always thought.
I never saw the name written down. In the animated series half his face was white, and the other half was blue, and I just never really questioned it.
The music is called ‘metal’ because it’s harder than rock.
#11. Yes, Virginia…
One time in 7th grade science, my class was having a discussion about volcanoes and then out of nowhere, a kid in the back yelled in the most surprised voice ever, ‘Wait! Volcanoes are real?!’