Tell Us Now: 16 Obvious Things Learned Too Late In Life

Tell Us Now: 16 Obvious Things Learned Too Late In Life

Somethings we're taught from toddlerhood: don't talk to strangers, make sure to eat right, do well in school, make sure your doo hits the toilet. But life isn't always simple. Sometimes, way late in life, we learn things that we felt like we shouldn't known all along (or at least have been taught in school). Things that make us cartoonishly throw down our hats, stomp on them while dust flies all around it, and say “dang it dang it dang it.” And sure, maybe that emotion makes you feel silly, but better late than never, right? Life is far too short to not be constantly learning new things. 

We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, "What’s something seemingly obvious that took you too long in life to realize?" And, unfortunately, we learned a few things along the way (and lost a few hats). Here are 16 obvious things you hopefully already know by now…

TELL US NOW. THIS LITTLE PIGGY... Tilden B. says it took a long time to realize When the piggy went to the market, he did not go grocery shopping. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. A KICK IN THE GLASS Tang Torrey H, shares, It's 'orangutan,' not 'orangutang.' I'm 28 and that one just clicked while watching a documentary the other day. I blame all those Tang commercials from the 90s. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. SWAB THE DECK Bailey C. tell US, Pirates are always mopping because they are getting rid of the water, not because they want a clean deck. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. TOASTER VALUES 3 5 5 2 2 6 STOP STOP l 7 7 Gary M. shares, The numbers on the control dial of a toaster signify minutes, I was 28 when I learned this. Up to that point, I simply assumed I was selecting increments of toastiness. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE ROCKINGHAM CONNECTION Daniel K. shares, I lived in a suburb of Perth, Western Australia called Rockingham for 6 years. In Rockingham there is a pub called the Swinging Pig. I had been out of Rockingham for 2 years before I realised that Swinging Pig was a reference to Rockingham. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. TO SAVE THE SCREEN Andy M. tell US, A screen saver had an actual purpose. It literally kept your screen from having an image burnt into it. 32-years-old and just learned why it was necessary. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. SHOOTING VS FALLING Justin M. shares, That there is a legitimate historical difference between a 'shooting star' and a 'falling star.' A shooting star refers to a meteor traversing at an upward angle in the sky, and a falling star when traversing at a downward angle. I had always just assumed both originated from kids stories. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. WHY SEX EDUCATION MATTERS Rachel J. learned that it is not called 'public hair.' I never heard it said, only written, and my brain automatically added an L because that was a word I knew. Never could figure out why 'private hair' was called public hair. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. A MEATY MISTAKE Jenn F. shares, It took me until I was 25 to realize Prosecco and prosciutto were different things. (I cannot eat ham, and was always weirded out why someone would mix a cocktail W ham in it.) CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. A GREAT DISGUISE Paul Z. tells US, When I was a kid and watching Spider-Man: The Animated Series I couldn't figure out why it kept jumping to this Peter Parker character. Took me way longer than it should have to figure it out. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. SIMPLE MATH Maddie S. tells US, That percentages are flip-floppable (a math term, I'm sure). For example, 25% of 8 is the same as 8% of 25, but one is much easier to do in your head. Learned this at 34. Our public school system failed US on that one, boys. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE DOMINOS LOGO Peter K. says, I was in my mid 30s when it suddenly clicked that the Domino's Pizza logo was NOT two dice next to each other. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE DISHWASHER SURPRISE Mary M. learned that opening the dishwasher while it's running will NOT send 8 cubic feet of water pouring out to flood your kitchen! I thought it filled up like a washing machine. I was about 60-years-old when I learned different. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. THE ORIGIN OF PICKLES Jennifer P. learned late in life that pickles are really just cucumbers. Somehow this conversation never came up growing up. When I realized it, it blew my mind. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE Andrew H. says it took too long to realize that the saying makes sense because You're not a round. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. A GREAT DISGUISE Michael P. says, I was a full-grown adult when I realized The Beatles spelled their name that way so it would have 'beat' in it, because music. CRACKED.COM
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