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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2 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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2 months ago

Can´t unseen it now....

Maik
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2 months ago

Exactly. Damn BP. Now I'll think about the BadMouth instead of the BatMan.

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Shelp
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2 months ago

When trying hard, I can see it for a few secs. Then, it reverts to batman

Rick
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2 months ago

WTF?! As soon as I saw the title to this article I came here to leave this comment. I thought I was the only person in the entire world that thought this. Embarrassingly I didn’t realise until I was 24.

Toujin C'Thlu
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2 months ago

Back when the Michael Keaton Batman movie came out, my mom thought the same thing. My 8 year old self found that hilarious.

GirlFriday
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2 months ago

Wait, it isn't?

DC Blythe
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2 months ago

Same here

Bettye McKee
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2 months ago

That's exactly what many of us thought. I had to study it to see the bat.

Mia Cardenas
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2 months ago

Oh my goodness! YES! I will never see batman again!

Jessica Steenbruggen
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2 months ago

Same.

Neeetsy
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2 months ago

Me too! I remember the day I saw the bat.

Mariette Ferreira
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2 months ago

I always see a mouth with teeth first, have to mentally remind myself it's batman every single time.

Gabi
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2 months ago

Same here!!!!! I was so puzzled by it, didn't understand why people ran around with clothing items decorated by an ugly mouth.

Martine
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2 months ago

Same here!

Meredith Gossland
Community Member
2 months ago

me too! Just figured it out 3 years ago and I'm 70. lol lol lol duuuuhhhhhh

Xavier Portillo
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2 months ago

My life is a lie...

Thomas
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2 months ago

I had the same; even today that logo is confusing to me

lara
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2 months ago

I thought the same thing.

Tor Rolf Strøm
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2 months ago

I was obsessed with Batman as a kid and remember my brother correcting me on this.. haha

T Simmons
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2 months ago

Me too!

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Because Batman is from Kentucky.

Holly Day
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, I see that too..

Panda with Heart
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2 months ago

Ok not seeing that

martin Phiri
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1 month ago

I did too

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
2 months ago

Ink blotish.

BusLady
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2 months ago

I'll never see it the same way again.

M Arkon
Community Member
2 months ago

Its a pair of yellow winter mittens at the bottom, going for the boobs at the top!!

M Arkon
Community Member
2 months ago

its a pair of mittens at the bottom going for the boobs at the top

SciFi Vortex
Community Member
2 months ago

You have severe perceptional problems. Please see a doctor. Immediately. You may need a referral to a specialist Psychiatrist.

Lola
Community Member
2 months ago

It is now, thanks to you.

Caren Leifer
Community Member
2 months ago

Definitely one of those vase/profile things.

Billy Haake
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought the same thing. Sadly, I was already an adult.

JJM
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2 months ago

Me too! Now I don't feel so stupid.............

Miguel Feraso Cabral
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2 months ago

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Barbara Cochrane
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2 months ago

Me too, and my aunt said the same thing! They finally redesigned it.

Evelynmaria Arriaza
Community Member
2 months ago

And literally here I am unable to see this mouth with no teeth!

Tambot
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2 months ago

I think you are a genius

Anna Wu
Community Member
2 months ago

The black is a bat, BUT the yellow is the Joker's mouth laughing.

Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

My Mum also couldn't see the bat....

Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

...and two uvulas.

Nuage de Celda
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2 months ago

I don't see the mouth. I see a shocked emoji with two hands in front of its mouth ??

Juan Alcorta
Community Member
2 months ago

Parallel thinking

tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

This made me laugh

Dianna Siever
Community Member
2 months ago

I saw it too, but sincerely thought it was intentional, to represent the Joker or some other underlining and always lurking opposition.

Max L.
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2 months ago

My childhood is ruined forever

Josh Drye
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh wow, I’ve never seen it like this before

Zoe Murphy
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2 months ago

SAME THOUGH!!!

G4dg3tG4l
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2 months ago

yeah can't unseen it now. thanks

Sandra Simpson
Community Member
2 months ago

Didn't we all used to think that?

Sakeena
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2 months ago

How the-

Emperor Kitten
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2 months ago

From all the face punching?

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Ryukei Panda
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2 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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2 months ago

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

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Peachikeen
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Cannot unsee

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Shea Briggette
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2 months ago

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Whatshername
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

A melon collie!

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Catlady6000
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2 months ago

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

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Kate
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2 months ago

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

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Katherine Boag
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2 months ago

Better than Gisney

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Bastette Cat
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2 months ago

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

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

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

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

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

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Geoff Scott
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2 months ago

Yeah that’s pretty common

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Stimpy
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2 months ago

Sometimes they had to learn fast

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mulk
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2 months ago

.. for the King's will!

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 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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2 months ago (edited)

You mean it doesn't? ;-P

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mulk
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2 months ago

... and Thor is the real Batman? 😂

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GirlFriday
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2 months ago

This makes so much sense to me.

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Well, it is for some! ;-P

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kasa alex
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2 months ago

I thought The Hague was a building until right now.

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Vanta Black
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2 months ago

Sinn Fein, master of Irish Kung Fu.

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Lucas
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2 months ago

That would be very disappointing.

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Katherine Boag
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2 months ago

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

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Whatshername
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2 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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