Things everybody should know but for some reason, most don't.

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List some things that to you seem like common sense, yet you find most people you deal with in everyday life seem to not understand. Inspired by this one I just had to deal with:

The toilet is NOT a trash can! Paper towels and wet wipes NEVER go in it! Those aren't NEARLY the same thing as toilet paper! Toilet paper is specifically designed to dissolve in septic tanks. You know what isn't? PAPER TOWELS!!!

Ugh, roommates.

Anyway, list some of your own.

User Agreements will usually have something that fucks you over. iTunes, according to Cracked since I can't be bothered checking myself, records your internet history.

Damnit, I just watched sooo much QI. Now I can't even decide what I want to mention here!

60% of people in my school (Australia, <Year 11) don't know what WWI or WWII are!
I mean, WHAT THE FUCK? No seriously, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?
Some have never even heard of the Gallipolli landings!

Those were three of the biggest events in Australia in terms of the ANZACS, and they haven't heard of them! I mean we were getting bombed in WWII!

Gah! I hate what our society is turning into >.>

Some of the really simple things like 'just be nice to people'. It's amazing how many people act like dicks and think there are no consequences.

Mazza35:
60% of people in my school (Australia, <Year 11) don't know what WWI or WWII are!
I mean, WHAT THE FUCK? No seriously, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?
Some have never even heard of the Gallipolli landings!

Those were three of the biggest events in Australia in terms of the ANZACS, and they haven't heard of them! I mean we were getting bombed in WWII!

Gah! I hate what our society is turning into >.>

Yeah, it really is depressing. You can't afford to forget things like wars, cause then you forget why some people hate you. If you forget about the wars of the past your going to start the wars of the future.

Bins are designed for rubbish! You know that feast you just had at McDonalds? Your rubbish goes straight in the bin! People in public throwing litter everywhere when there's a bin nearby do my head in too. I just don't see how people can be so fucking lazy! D:~~

Manners too, I'm not quite sure how some people reach adulthood and don't know how to use manners. It's depressing.

Mazza35:
Some have never even heard of the Gallipolli landings!

Don't worry, the ones that do will probably think the Australians (nobody else taking part) won.

Mazza35:
60% of people in my school (Australia, <Year 11) don't know what WWI or WWII are!

WWII didn't happen, it's just an urban legend.

Saint George was Palestinian, and never set foot in England.

WoW Killer:
Saint George was Palestinian, and never set foot in England.

That's a bit of a stretch (the Palestinian bit... though you'd be surprised how many people think he was English...).

OT: How many (English) kids these days haven't heard of Robert Walpole... ah well, thankfully that point doesn't impact upon my life that much...

Pi is 22 divided by 7, just in case you have a calculator without a Pi button and urgently have to calculate the circumference of a circle.

Mazza35:
60% of people in my school (Australia, <Year 11) don't know what WWI or WWII are!
I mean, WHAT THE FUCK? No seriously, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?
Some have never even heard of the Gallipolli landings!

Those were three of the biggest events in Australia in terms of the ANZACS, and they haven't heard of them! I mean we were getting bombed in WWII!

Gah! I hate what our society is turning into >.>

There was an article republished in mX today that showed most Australian 6th graders think cotton comes from animals, and 45% don't know where bread and cheese come from.

Mazza35:
60% of people in my school (Australia, <Year 11) don't know what WWI or WWII are!
I mean, WHAT THE FUCK? No seriously, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?
Some have never even heard of the Gallipolli landings!

Those were three of the biggest events in Australia in terms of the ANZACS, and they haven't heard of them! I mean we were getting bombed in WWII!

Gah! I hate what our society is turning into >.>

really? considering thats the first (and often only) they we are taught in history clas I find that surprising....

Dreamworks Disney are PIXAR are not the same things

Disney owns PIXAR but thats it

PIXAR films should not be refered too as "disney" films

Kermi:

Pi is 22 divided by 7, just in case you have a calculator without a Pi button and urgently have to calculate the circumference of a circle.

Ahem...

WRONG!

Pi is not a rational number, it never terminates and does not repeat. All rational numbers can be shown in the form x = a/b, Pi, not being rational, cannot be accurately represented by 22/7 as this totally goes against what Pi is, an irrational number.

You can say that Pi is approximately 22/7, although it is as easy to remember 3,14.

Sorry. That may have been a little harsh :P

OT: Everyone should know that Chernobyl was not a good example of normal nuclear-fission power-generation and that "theory" in English does NOT mean the same, or even a similar thing, to what theory means in science.

Absolutely no one else in my school knows what Animaniacs and Freakazoid are.......

-_-

That companies exist to make money.

*ahem*
Yes I went there.

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Nouw:
User Agreements will usually have something that fucks you over. iTunes, according to Cracked since I can't be bothered checking myself, records your internet history.

Holy crap, they know my tastes in porn!

brandon237:

You can say that Pi is approximately 22/7, although it is as easy to remember 3,14.

That's what we were told to remember in my Electronics classes, as several formulas we used relied on pi. It's not completely accurate, but certainly "close enough."

Reptiles don't breastfeed, hence they don't have breasts. They also have a single opening for, umm... their business.

I thought this was as widely known as the sound cats make, but the internet has proved me wrong. Thank you Deviant Art for ruining my faith in humanity. Also, Bethesda, I am looking at you. Do you know how ridiculous Argonians look with scaly breasts!? Scaly breasts is an oxymoron.

Blunderboy:
That companies exist to make money.

*ahem*
Yes I went there.

Yessiree bob, you sure went to town on that thur strawman.

xPixelatedx:
Reptiles don't breastfeed, hence they don't have breasts. They also have a single opening for, umm... their business.

I thought this was as widely known as the sound cats make, but the internet has proved me wrong. Thank you Deviant Art for ruining my faith in humanity. Also, Bethesda, I am looking at you. Do you know how ridiculous Argonians look with scaly breasts!?

Be fair, now. nothing is as well known as the sound kittehs make. Thanks to Youtube and many other time wasters, that is.

Besides, I doubt anyone's looking for realism when they make anthro humans in games or on Deviantart. How are people supposed to fap to flat-chested reptile chicks?

Zachary Amaranth:

Nouw:
User Agreements will usually have something that fucks you over. iTunes, according to Cracked since I can't be bothered checking myself, records your internet history.

Holy crap, they know my tastes in porn!

brandon237:

You can say that Pi is approximately 22/7, although it is as easy to remember 3,14.

That's what we were told to remember in my Electronics classes, as several formulas we used relied on pi. It's not completely accurate, but certainly "close enough."

It will get you close, but don't you use scientific calculators? I suppose shit does happen with those =/
Although that little bolded word is VERY important to remember if accuracy is necessary :P

"Incidentally don't get raped by a domestic cat Mr. Tran. You know why cats always howl when they have sex? They have barbed penis' that destroy the vagina on the way out and ruins you for all the other cats."
- Grandma Norma (Dr Tran)

Well I looked it up, yes male cats do in fact have a barbed penis.

"Whole male cats have barbed penises (much like a fishhook), and upon withdrawal, the female cat will often scream (whether from ecstasy or pain is questionable). It is also believed that the barbed penis stimulates ovulation."
http://cats.about.com/cs/pregnancybirth/a/mating_game.htm

Jack the Potato:

The toilet is NOT a trash can! Paper towels and wet wipes NEVER go in it! Those aren't NEARLY the same thing as toilet paper! Toilet paper is specifically designed to dissolve in septic tanks. You know what isn't? PAPER TOWELS!!!

Interesting. I did not know that. Thanks for enlightening me.

to topic:

You should *NOT* give cats anything containing milk.
Such as cream, butter, joghurt or... erm... MILK!

Ffs, so many people are seriously risking their cat's health.

Entertainment's only purpose in our lives is to distract us from realizing one day we will die, kicking and screaming, into a deep dark black abyss, and we won't want to go but we won't have a choice...

1) I really, really, really wish that people understood science better. How it's performed, when it's good, when it's bad, and what you can conclude from the findings. Very few things piss me off more than going onto a fluff article on CNN or something about "Eggplant may cure cancer!" and seeing a bunch of "It totally worked for ME..." in the comments. The plural of personal experience is not data! Also, correlation is not causation!

2) Global Climate Change is real, it's happening, and humans are causing it (we 'tipped the scales' with fossil fuels). The dissenting scientific community makes up about 2% of all scientists, and most don't have a related degree. You don't go to an MBA for your goiter, you don't ask a Historian about climate. We're not going to stop it or slow it in time, either. The only reason we're not noticing quite yet is because of our location and wealth. Prepare to move, people. I'm thinking Northeast or Northwest.

3) I'm also aghast at how short too many peoples' political memories are.

Let's just get this out of the way, shall we?

There's a difference between there and their. There's a difference between your and you're. We use 'there' for describing, roughly, where something is. Example: "Look, kids! Right over there! *points* It's the three-cocked purple Gromblylor! Gaze upon its magnificence with awe!"

'Their' is a possessive word, used before a noun. Key word here: POSSESSION. Example: "It's their creepy as hell bird thing, they can do whatever they want with it."

See whut I do thar? 'Their', as in, someone owns this "creepy as hell bird thing." Someone (yet to be mentioned) owns that purple three-cocked bird, and it's not MY business what they do with it.

'Your'. You are you, and you own something. This makes it 'yours,' or your own. "Jesus Christ, Bill, that THING over there is yours?"

'You're'. You. Are. You are. You are washing the dishes. You are walking down the street. You are picking flowers in a field. You are petting a kitty cat. Make sense?

What you can access with a normal web browser is not the entire internet.
Having a high IQ doesn't mean you somehow magically know everything to do with maths and science.
Tumblr didn't create all those god damn memes you shout in my face every day like an idiot.

In the U.S. Exit numbers increase from 1 when driving north on an interstate at 1-mile increments. They decrease by 1 going south. The number resets back to 1 (or the highest exit number of the state) every time you hit a new state.

Just found out this wasn't common knowledge not too long ago.

Zachary Amaranth:

Besides, I doubt anyone's looking for realism when they make anthro humans in games or on Deviantart. How are people supposed to fap to flat-chested reptile chicks?

I just have this feeling telling me that people should use some degree of logic when they make a species, but I also know I am the minority so meh. I also agree about that second part, at least half way. I expect people making fap fantasies to do this, but I also expect a tad bit more care from people paid for their creative efforts.

"Rouge" is French for red and is also used to describe make-up.
A "rogue" is a scoundrel or thief.
I'm looking at YOU WoW players!

The internet is dangerous.

People have forgotten who Stalin was. And simply do not care.

Hirohito was responsible for more than 40,000,000 deaths. Yes, I got that number right. Nobody cares.

The Atomic Bombs killed less than the firebombing of Tokyo.

Bombing Dresden served no strategic benefit.

Ok, ok, Most of that was about WW2. Which I think is incredibly important. So I guess I remember a lot about it. But still. I think all of that should be general knowledge.

SciMal:
1) I really, really, really wish that people understood science better. How it's performed, when it's good, when it's bad, and what you can conclude from the findings. Very few things piss me off more than going onto a fluff article on CNN or something about "Eggplant may cure cancer!" and seeing a bunch of "It totally worked for ME..." in the comments. The plural of personal experience is not data! Also, correlation is not causation!

2) Global Climate Change is real, it's happening, and humans are causing it (we 'tipped the scales' with fossil fuels). The dissenting scientific community makes up about 2% of all scientists, and most don't have a related degree. You don't go to an MBA for your goiter, you don't ask a Historian about climate. We're not going to stop it or slow it in time, either. The only reason we're not noticing quite yet is because of our location and wealth. Prepare to move, people. I'm thinking Northeast or Northwest.

3) I'm also aghast at how short too many peoples' political memories are.

I am in broad agreement with everything you have said. Although what saddens me the most (As a Brit) is number three.

"There is no such thing as society" - Margret Thatcher, Conservative Party.

And yet who is currently leading us? A Conservative tosspot who is trying to fuck Britain into the dark ages (And I can justify that statement)

Oh, Heres one, Specific to Britain.

As of next year, at the same time as a universal funding decrease, postgraduate (Masters, PhD) courses in the UK are rising in line with undergrad courses. And there are no loans in place for postgraduate courses. So, the general knowledge I wish people had?

IF THIS GOES THROUGH ACADEMIA ENDS WITHIN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND WE WILL BE LOSING THE FINEST MINDS OUR COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER.

And one specific to the western world.

Poverty exists in our major cities. Its not just about living in slums or being homeless. You can have running water and a computer and still be living in poverty. The government does very little to alleviate this.

WoW Killer:
Saint George was Palestinian, and never set foot in England.

why should everyone know that? surely thats only of religious importance?

For me homoeopathy is something everyone should know is bullshit. ITS JUST WATER.

Pineapples do not grow on trees.

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Roggen Bread:

Jack the Potato:

The toilet is NOT a trash can! Paper towels and wet wipes NEVER go in it! Those aren't NEARLY the same thing as toilet paper! Toilet paper is specifically designed to dissolve in septic tanks. You know what isn't? PAPER TOWELS!!!

Interesting. I did not know that. Thanks for enlightening me.

to topic:

You should *NOT* give cats anything containing milk.
Such as cream, butter, joghurt or... erm... MILK!

Ffs, so many people are seriously risking their cat's health.

I've been giving my cat milk her whole life and she's now 17 (in cat years) i'm pretty sure she will outlive me!!

Internet Etiquette, as in be liberal in what you take in, and conservative in what you give out. Do not feed the trolls, and expect that anything that can be said or labeled can be hated, bastardized, and used against you. Perceived anonymity does not equal guaranteed anonymity. Absolutely correct grammar does not exist so much as it is mandated by common usage. Everyone has their right to an opinion, but some opinions ARE worth more than others, especially those that are supported with arguments. Since the advent of the camera phone, WiFi, fiber optic cables, social networking, and the inconceivably large databases of information companies already keep on the habits of clientele and non-clientele alike, the idea of "right to privacy" in the civilized world and that CCTV is a any larger an incursion on civil liberties is not only an outdated notion, but laughably naive.

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