No matter how smart we think we are, no matter how many degrees we might have, everyone (everyone!) has at least one embarrassing knowledge blindspot. You might be like Ted Mosby from the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother who pronounces ‘chameleon’ with the ‘ch’ like in ‘chocolate’ and the ‘leon’ part like the name Leon.

Or you might be like comedy writer Ariane Sherine who used to think that pigs would snuff out chocolate truffles from the ground like they do normal truffles. When Ariane shared this fun fact on the internet and added that one of her friends thought that Colonel Sanders’ bow on the KFC logo was a stickman body (we can’t unsee it now, by the way), she sparked an amusing thread about the most embarrassing misunderstandings that people have had. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and share your own embarrassing blindspots in the comments below! I’ll get the ball rolling by saying that I keep forgetting that New Zealand is to the Southeast of Australia—in my mind, it’s always to the Southwest! Whoops! Sorry, Kiwis.

"I share a lot of the knowledge blindspots other people have confessed to. For example, when I was young, I also thought the word ‘misled’ was pronounced ‘mizzled!’ And I’m sure I’m also guilty of hundreds of misunderstandings I can’t remember now," Ariane told Bored Panda. "I think that’s why the thread was so popular—everyone can identify with the idea of an embarrassing misunderstanding! Can’t help you with Colonel Sanders though—I fear that image is seared into your brain forever..." Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Ariane.

More info: ArianeSherine.co.uk | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

Ha ha ha.. That's cute! (Always thought Weetabix had a dark side.. Ha ha ha)

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Evelína Zlá
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3 months ago

Can´t unseen it now....

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Ryukei Panda
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3 months ago

That would have been awesome though :)

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"I think some people think they’ll lose face if they admit to not knowing things. But no one can know everything! Having gaps in your knowledge is just a natural part of being human. And sometimes, as the thread proves, those gaps can be amusing!"

Ariane also revealed to Bored Panda what she's been up to during the Covid-19 quarantine. "I’ve been working on a really fun book for ages 8-12 set during the coronavirus lockdown. Unfortunately though, my agent has stopped work during lockdown, so if any children’s fiction publishers would like to read the manuscript, please hit me up! I’ve also been proofreading my next book, called How to Live to 100. It’s a funny health science book which tells you how to live a long and healthy life, and is out on October 1," she said.

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Maik
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3 months ago

We all float. You'll float too...

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Peachikeen
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3 months ago

And that mummys had girl babies and the daddys had boy babies. Childhood is a strange time.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Planet of the Apes

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39-year-old Ariane has many talents besides her talent with the quill: she’s also a comedian, campaigner, and a songwriter. But she’s best known for her writing skills. If you’re a fan of British TV, then you’ve probably enjoyed some of her work without even knowing it. She’s written scripts for BBC shows like My Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, The Story of Tracy Beaker, and Space Pirates, ITV1’s The New Worst Witch, and jokes for Channel 4’s Countdown.

She’s incredibly energetic and also a regular on TV and radio programs like BBC Breakfast, Sunday Morning Live, The One Show, Victoria Derbyshire, iPM, Woman’s Hour, Sunday, and Night Waves.

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Firework
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3 months ago

Cannot unsee

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Shea Briggette
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3 months ago

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Whatshername
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3 months ago

awww 😊

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Ariane’s a seasoned journalist, too. She has written over 90 columns for The Guardian and The Spectator, a few travel pieces for The Sunday Times, book reviews for The Observer, album reviews for NME, and features for The Independent, Independent on Sunday, and Esquire. That’s the sort of experience that any journalist would be glad to add to their CV.

So if someone as talented and hard-working as Ariane can talk about her embarrassing misunderstandings openly, there’s no reason for us to hide our own knowledge blindspots. Don’t you think so, dear Pandas?

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OS
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3 months ago

At least you had the sense to believe that the Earth rotates, some grown ups still don't believe :)

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Rj
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3 months ago

A melon collie!

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Catlady6000
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3 months ago

Wonder how many other kids in the70s and 80s thought that.

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Kate
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3 months ago

Omg I absolutely read it as extra vagance at first LOL!

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Katherine Boag
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3 months ago

Better than Gisney

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Bastette Cat
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3 months ago

E erroneous thought that! There’s even a band called Youth in Asia.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Oh dear! Sounds like a theme for a video game.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

That is so cute! I'm gonna use that from now on!

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Geoff Scott
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3 months ago

Yeah that’s pretty common

Yelena Yardeen
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3 months ago

Really??

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Devyn Nagy
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3 months ago (edited)

I thought so too. How is it pronounced? The same like the name Jeff?

Aragorn II Elessar
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3 months ago

Yep

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

That reminds me about an Italian ex I had called Giovanna, or Gio for short. Speaking Italian myself, I know Gio is pronounced like Jo, but ALL her friends would call her Jee-oh. I tried to subtly convince them by calling her 'Jo' in front of them but they never got the message.

Tobias the Tiger
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3 months ago

I used to think that too.. the name "Sean" also confused me for a while. Whenever I see the name "Sean", I have to remind myself that it's pronounced "Shawn" and not "seen".

CherylTunt
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3 months ago

Yeah that’s a stupid spelling too , if your name is Shawn and it’s spelled “Sean” I will call you “ seen “

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Tambot
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3 months ago

When I was younger I used to think "Sean" was pronounced "Seen".

CherylTunt
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3 months ago

To be fair it’s a ridiculous spelling of a name

Jess-a-men
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3 months ago (edited)

Every time I think I finally understand english pronounciation you go and pull stuff like this.

Tim Douglass
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3 months ago

That's because it isn't English. Welsh, maybe?

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Gabi
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3 months ago

Okay, so how to pronounce it because this is exactly how I do it....

Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Jef

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María Hermida
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3 months ago

That's the problem when you have a language whose words can be pronounced randomly, instead of one sound and only one sound for each letter. Crazy people!

Dilly Millandry
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3 months ago

It isn't random though - it seems that way because there are many origins for English.

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Firework
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3 months ago

She isn't the only person who thought that! 😂

Shea Briggette
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3 months ago

oh yeah

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Debrina Blackmoon
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3 months ago

when i was 7 i thought Sean was "Seen"

Pretty Pangolin
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3 months ago

What did you think when you discovered Sean Bean? I bet his name messes up a lot of people!

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Geoff Morton
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3 months ago

I've only had that happen to me a couple of times, but they did it on purpose, y'know, trying to be funny. One relief teacher in high school mispronounced my name as "Joffrey" instead of the right way, and for the following two years all the popular a**hole boys would chant "HEY, JOFFY!!!" whenever I walked by.

Ray Heap
Community Member
3 months ago

It´s not pronounced GEE OFF? I can get my head around Joff but not much else.

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope, it's pronounced "Jeff," same as the more common version (source: I know two Geoffs).

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Lana Belysheva
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3 months ago

Well, I still internally stop myself before calling my colleague A A Ron...

Jessica Cifelli
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3 months ago

Better than one of my colleagues. I've worked with her for almost 4 years and to this day she thinks my name is Jenny. I've corrected her for 2 years before giving up. So now for her, I answer to Jenny.

Talie Bocci
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3 months ago

I know someone with that spelling that pronounces it that way. Very annoying.

Aimee Simmons
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3 months ago

As far as I am concerned, it is. LOL It's not my fault that everyone else isn't hookt on p-honiks.

Julia Sippel
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3 months ago

I know a guy named Geoff who pronounces it that way. It drives me nuts.

Seabeast
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3 months ago

I thought "Eric" was pronounced "Earache" for the longest time.

Idontwantto
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3 months ago

Like why though?

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Cody Eriksen
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3 months ago

Stupid English

Adeniji Wasilah
Community Member
3 months ago

It isn't

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

I have heard this one before ..so your friend has good company

Kate
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3 months ago

Oh no, I should not have taken a sip while reading this one :D

SciFi Vortex
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3 months ago

Your "friend" is semi-illiterate and a shame to the education system of whatever 3rd world country you live in.

Geoffrey Holland
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3 months ago

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Either that or Joff. Bunch of fucking morons.

Up All Night
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3 months ago

Seems you are familiar to this story...

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Stimpy
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3 months ago

Sometimes they had to learn fast

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mulk
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3 months ago

.. for the King's will!

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Pseudo Puppy
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3 months ago (edited)

Well, if your parents weren't into retro music when you were a kid, and didn't listen to the Beatles... logically speaking, this is actually a very reasonable assumption to have as a kid.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago (edited)

You mean it doesn't? ;-P

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mulk
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3 months ago

... and Thor is the real Batman? 😂

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GirlFriday
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3 months ago

This makes so much sense to me.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Well, it is for some! ;-P

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kasa alex
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3 months ago

I thought The Hague was a building until right now.

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Vanta Black
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3 months ago

Sinn Fein, master of Irish Kung Fu.

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Lucas
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3 months ago

That would be very disappointing.

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Katherine Boag
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3 months ago

I knew it was Enid, but thought they were a man.

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Whatshername
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3 months ago

Please don't take this the wrong way. Things like this honestly always make me wonder if people in the USA (not saying Mr. O'Neill is American) get taught topography of the world in school? Maybe it's just that there's so many Americans and in Europe we hear a lot from you. Maybe that's why things like this get noticed. It is not my inention to be rude, I am honestly wondering. As to me this is unimaginable. We get taught stuff like this when we're about 10-12 years old.

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