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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6 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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6 months ago

Can´t unseen it now....

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Ryukei Panda
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6 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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6 months ago

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

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Peachikeen
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6 months ago

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

Elsker
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6 months ago

Mommy had a chicken. Mommy had a cow. Dad was proud, he didn't care how.

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María Hermida
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6 months ago

In Spanish, because words have "gender", many people (even adults) think that frogs are girls and toads are boys of the same species of animal (la rana - el sapo)

Martha Meyer
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6 months ago

Same in German. All cats are female. Dogs are male.

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Catlady6000
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6 months ago

I remember thinking this

Shea Briggette
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6 months ago

me too

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Sarah Casteleyn
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6 months ago

At the age of seven I realized Jesus was actually a boy...

Jazmin Rebel
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5 months ago

Now that right there is just sad

Aamna Shah
Community Member
5 months ago

Yesssss! And I was shocked when I figured out Tom was a male. I mean he was named Tom for God's sake lol. In my defense, I thought it was a shortened name.

tuzdayschild
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6 months ago

I used to think this too

Tonya Sweeten
Community Member
5 months ago

ME TOO!

Susann Campbell
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5 months ago

Boy I was dumb, another me too.

Debbie Archimedes
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5 months ago

I thought I was the only one!😮

Kiss Army
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5 months ago

I thought because pepper was "hot" that salt must cool your food.

MAnahP
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5 months ago

Me too.

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
6 months ago

I thought this around the time the cat and dog toys came out that had puppies or kittens inside. I insisted on the cat one because the dog couldn't have babies.

Laura Rodrigues
Community Member
6 months ago

I still do!! (I’m 56🤣🤣🤣)

kat lia
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6 months ago

I used too when i was a kid. I used to have a cat and i named, babae (female in english).

lara
Community Member
6 months ago

WOW, I thought that I was the only one who thought that.

Sue Sue
Community Member
6 months ago

They are if you’re French! 😁

Guy Levin
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6 months ago

That's Troy from Community!

Juan Alcorta
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6 months ago

Me about frogs and toads.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
6 months ago

Me too

Xandra
Community Member
6 months ago

In my language the noun "cat" is feminine and "dog" masculine, so it's even easier to believe that.

Whatshername
Community Member
6 months ago

Sounds plausible!

Bruno Duarte
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6 months ago

But women are cats and men are dogs

SciFi Vortex
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5 months ago (edited)

You're actually right in a way. Cats are more "feminine". They are extremely fastidious about their appearance and are basically useless and are not employed in any meaningful job. Where as dogs are more masculine, don't care about getting dirty and getting the job done and are also employed in actual productive jobs. (Note to humorless "human" feminists, just joking. )

Jon S.
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5 months ago

It may be a joke but it still isn't funny

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d bradley
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6 months ago

cats ARE girls, dogs ARE boys!

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SoozeeQ
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6 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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6 months ago

Cannot unsee

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Shea Briggette
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6 months ago

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Whatshername
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

A melon collie!

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Catlady6000
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6 months ago

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

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Kate
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6 months ago

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

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Katherine Boag
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6 months ago

Better than Gisney

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Bastette Cat
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6 months ago

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

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

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

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

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

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Geoff Scott
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6 months ago

Yeah that’s pretty common

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Stimpy
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6 months ago

Sometimes they had to learn fast

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mulk
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6 months ago

.. for the King's will!

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Pseudo Puppy
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6 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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6 months ago (edited)

You mean it doesn't? ;-P

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mulk
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6 months ago

... and Thor is the real Batman? 😂

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GirlFriday
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6 months ago

This makes so much sense to me.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

Well, it is for some! ;-P

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kasa alex
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6 months ago

I thought The Hague was a building until right now.

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Vanta Black
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6 months ago

Sinn Fein, master of Irish Kung Fu.

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Lucas
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6 months ago

That would be very disappointing.

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Katherine Boag
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6 months ago

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

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Whatshername
Community Member
6 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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