People acquire different knowledge depending on their age. You start to realize that the sun still exists even when the night comes and you can’t see it, and that the moon is also always there, so it’s not surprising to sometimes see it during the day.

You learn these kinds of facts by experiencing them, reading about them or talking about them with someone else. But sometimes they just don’t come up and you end up not knowing what is obvious for everybody else. It is never too late to learn, but you can’t help but feel embarrassed when you’re the last one to find out something.

Reddit user PralineStriking wanted people to remember that embarrassment and asked what things they learnt at an age that seemed too late for them and the thread got over 18k answers. We collected some of the best ones and we would like to know if you found anything that you experienced as well. If not, share your own facts you learnt at a late age that you should have known about earlier in life in the comments!

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#1

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That narwhals are real. I thought they were cute mythological creatures, until I saw a brooch a friend had and asked if it was part of the companies mythological line. She asked me if I thought narwhals were myths, like unicorns. I laughed and said of course they are.

I was 35.

katikaboom , Jessica Simpson Report

Kitty Kat
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They're marketed as the unicorns of the sea, so I can see why people would think this.

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#2

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That I needed glasses. At age 21 my friends were hassling me about being dyslexic because I kept getting words mixed up (second year at Uni). Until then, I had just been reading by looking at the shape of words and guessing the words based on the context and wider story. I had been reading this way for years and survived Uni before finding out my prescription was +1.50. The optometrist said it was amazing I hadn’t noticed. When I put the glasses on, everything was in 4K Ultra. I can now see individual letters.

CasualPhilosopher25 , Nate Steiner Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"When I put the glasses on, everything was in 4K Ultra" We all who wear glasses felt that

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#3

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That the more work you get done at work, the more they will pile it on. I could have saved a lot of my mental health in my 20’s

Miserable-Penalty188 , Christmas w/a K Report

Lyone Fein
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The best workers are the most overworked ones too.

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#4

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) “Paradigm” is pronounced “pear-uh-dime”. It is definitely NOT pronounced “pear-uh-dig-um”.

…I learned this at age 19. In college. While delivering an oral report.

I try not to think about.

ItsPaulKerseysCar , Helder da Rocha Report

DrBronxx
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I pronounce it as "pa-ra-dime", but that's just an accent thing.

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#5

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That Abuela and Abuelo were not my Cuban grandparents actual names

MarzipanJoy-Joys , Hugo Chisholm Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mum's name is not 'Mum' That broke my heart when I was 2 yo 💔

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#6

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) I thought everyone’s mouth got itchy when eating bananas. Almost 40 years old and find out I’m somewhat allergic to them.

tbr6742 , Amaury Laporte Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's called oral allergy syndrome. It really sucks, at least it's only bananas for you. My list of fruit and veg that affects me gets longer every year.

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#7

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) The Lion King is basically Hamlet. That was Monday. I'm 41.

west_end_squirrel , Loren JavierFollow Report

#8

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) The the longest time I always heard of sports teams “Drafting” people. And I am tall, so as a kid I was constantly afraid I’d get drafted for the state basketball team just out of the blue, I thought it worked like a military draft.

I learned this wasn’t the case when I was like 10-12.

Asone2004 , cruisedotco Report

#9

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That if you wear a white bra, you can see it through a l white shirt, but if you wear a nude colored bra, you can’t. I was 40 when a coworker shared this with me.

midwesternvalues73 , Gabriel White Report

Valerie G.
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The same thing holds for wearing white panties under white slacks. You need to wear nude coloured ones under those.

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#10

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That sodas were called soft drinks because they had no alcohol lol

zejus_christ , supcece Report

#11

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That you can flush used toilet paper. Parents taught us as kids to throw away the paper in the trash can for fear of backing up the toilet. Wasn’t until college that I realized my parents were accustomed to that method because they had s***ty plumbing where they grew up in Central America

f**kintacos , Carlos ZGZ Report

#12

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) Wasn't until I was 21 when I drank Lactose Free milk and DIDN'T go sit on a toilet for an hour that I realized I am lactose intolerant. I thought it was normal to s**t constantly after drinking milk.

xeredge , Neil Turner Report

Jo Choto
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In 21 years, you never met anybody who didn't rush to the toilet after dairy products?

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#13

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) It’s “for all intents and purposes” not “for all intensive purposes”

charlessturgeon , Trevor Pritchard Report

#14

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That our next door neighbors were lesbians and not just “good friends”. Lovely people. Didn’t figure it out until I was in college

secretbaldspot , Les Chatfield Report

Jo Choto
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hopefully nobody told you they were good friends to avoid talking about same-sex couples with you.

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#15

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) Ponies are NOT baby horses

phrygN , Rigothamus Report

JelliTate
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They’re not?… I’ll head on over to the google.

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#16

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) Womens pads stick to their underwear and not themselves like a band-aid.

brettrknowlton , pikulkeaw_333 Report

#17

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) I learned how to ride a bike at the ripe age of 24

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's okay...we all learn something new everyday, it's not mandatory for you to learn this when you're a kid.

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#18

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) Baby carrots are just shaved down big carrots. I was devastated a few years ago.

Txflood3 , dee m Report

#19

At roughly 37, I learned pineapples grew from the ground. Not from a tree.

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#20

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) Corned beef wasn’t made by cattle that were strictly fed corn. My mom couldn’t stop laughing.

Ilikestarwarstoo , Frank Hebbert Report

Scagsy
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it just me or is corned beef a lot less affordable these days than it used to be? It seems very expensive for what it is.

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#21

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That sea horses are not roughly the size of penguins. In fact, they are incredibly tiny. Stupid Saturday morning cartoons!

ninjaskooldropout , Krishna Santhanam Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg, you should see the pygmy seahorse, it is super duper teeny tiny, it's just so damn cute.

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#22

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That puffer fish don't use air to inflate.

skewed-perceptions , Bernard Spragg. NZ Report

Jo Johannsen
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was today years old.... Actually, it's obvious (cause where would they get the air), but who stops to think about it? At least I didn't.

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#23

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) That puffins are in fact NOT extinct. I had a 3rd grade teacher misinform me. I found the truth as a teenager in an embarrassing group setting where I was quite confidently wrong.

shofawnda , Matthew Britton Report

DUN DUN (she/her)
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For a moment I was like "Where are the legs of that bird in the picture!?" Then I put my glasses on :)

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#24

“What Did You Learn At An Embarrassingly Late Age?” (40 New Answers) Washington state and Washington DC are two different places.

PotatoesPancakes , SounderBruce Report

DrBronxx
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that's a fair enough misunderstanding to have, especially if you're not from the US.

Michele Walker
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ONLY if you're not from the US. If you are, and you're over the age of 10, there is absolutely no excuse not to know it. You learn it in elementary school!

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Fierrochase4life
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This on always maks m angry--I'v livd in Wahington stat my whol lif, and popl always think I'm from DC. (also sorry ky betwn w and r isn't working)

Rijkærd
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry about your keyboard letter 'e' not working...just wondering though; how did you manage to write " betwn ???

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LH25
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Having grown up in WA state, I got used to saying "no, the other Washington. Opposite coast" when travelling.

Peter H
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve lived in *both* Washingtons. When I would travel to Europe while living in WA state, I would tell people “Seattle” and they’d immediately come back with “Nirvana!” (This was some time ago.)

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Xanther
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've always referred to them as Washington AC and DC... Above California or District of Colombia...

Jaguarundi
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

New York City is a city in, not the capital of, New York state.

Hex Gurls
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i moved from washington state to virginia, and when i told people i was from washington they thought i meant d.c

BookCrazyTeen
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have multiple problems for where I live, Washington state and Washington DC get mixed up, but when I tell someone I’m from Vancouver they assume BC, which I guess is reasonable. But I always have to clarify.

SW Dad
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, deal with this too. Vancouver, WA. Why do we gotta keep stealing names that are already taken by more famous places?

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Anita Pickle
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly, many people in the US do not know this. Sadly, many people in the US have no idea what that Pacific and Atlantic oceans are called let alone that the west coast is Pacific and the east coast is Atlantic. And, kid you not, I met many that think north is straight up in the sky.

Nadine G
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The education in the USA has been lacking for decades, I remember watching Rick Mercer "Talking to Americans" back in the late 90s. It was painful then, it's still that bad. The video is still on youtube

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FifiPanda
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lordy. But I grew up in Maryland, outside DC, so I guess I should cut people some slack. However- Americans should know

Jimmy Lewis
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now this is ridiculous. Any adult should know this.

Nadine G
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You know there are other countries besides the USA, right? You telling me you know the geography of every country you dont live in too?

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Jo Choto
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't feel bad. When I was a kid, I thought there was a US state named after Marilyn Monroe, because that's how Americans pronounce Maryland. They don't say Mary-land, they say Marilyn. I lived there for 20 years and say it like that too now!

Auntriarch
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That would have been cool! I thought it was named after the wizard Merlin

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Gypsy Lee
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve lived in Washington state. Out west everyone knew it was the state. Living back east they always assumed DC, but then most people I know just say DC, not Washington DC.

Lori
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, that's right! Also, New York State and New York City are not one in the same either, people!

Lizzie Smith
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's an easy enough mistake to make, Mr Trump....

Cindy Irvin
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here's a connected and even more stupid discovery. Until about a year ago, I thought the Capitol Building and the White House were the same building. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't see the dome from the side of the building the White House entrance is. I am 61.

Pamda Panda
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It took me a while after moving to DC to figure out that when filling in the address online (eg, to create a mailing label), Washington is the city and DC is the state.

Tess Shellenbarger
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I traveled I always specified that I was from Washington State, no DC so it was clear.

Mark Kelly
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

pfft I knew that for a long time and I'm Canadian. I do live next to Washinton state though.

Alizabeth Smith
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But. t's almost always people who live in the US who think this.

Salty Wild Hair
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely different coasts as well.

Aurora Schrader
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I found out at 12 it was embarrassing bc I was in school and I said what really loud

GramDB
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep! 4 time zones from each other!

backatya
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

someone fell asleep in geography class

Maggie Hood
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know that they're two different places, but I honestly have no idea where Washington DC is. I should probably know since I live in the US lol

Christine Jemison
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay just to be fair, I'm 66yrs. And did not know that😂😂😂😂😂

Benjamin Sussman
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Especially understandable considering that there are quite a few people who refer to both as just "Washington." I always purposefully use "DC" and "Washington" separately so there would be no confusion, which my mother hated.

Jen H
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Being a Washington State native while living in the East Coast, I had to clarify that often.

Tracy Wallick
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Being stationed on the east coast has taught me to specify which one I mean; people assume depending which coast you're on what you mean when you say 'Washington'

Monica Hall
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Found out around 13-14 years old... 20 now.

Albany
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

RUUUUDE!!! Okay, fine, I forgive you, but Washington State is better ;D

salad potato
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in washington state so this wasn't much of a problem for me lol

Tanya Stevens
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Learned this when I was forced to do my geography map while traveling cross country in the summers. I appreciate it now lol

Mari Bryant
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I was young, I was always confused about England and New England. Didn't grasp until later that they were not both in the UK. 😑

Kristina French
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Washingtonian here. The really aggravating thing is they were first going to name it Columbia, after the main river in the state, but didn't want it to get it mixed up with the District of Columbia. *facepalm*

roseanna ybarra
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same I thought DC was in Washington state!!

W4teR b0I
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to live in Washington state. Don't worry, I've seen people make this mistake in front of me many times. You're not alone.

Coffee_nut45?
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Washington State. I refer to them as Washington (the state) and DC (the Capital).

Izzy's Maid
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My problem is that eastern seaboard newspapers use "Washington" and mean Washington DC. Living near Washington State, the state is the first thing that comes to my head.

Mardigus Madmardigan
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s why I always say “I live near Seattle”because people are dumb

Jeff Bunn
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How old were you when you found out and where do you live?? It all figures into the DUH factor!

Jenn Gannon
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was in my 50s when I learned that the Washington “football team” was not a second Washington state team with the Seahawks!!

Fredrick Odell
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Washington state, and that how I tell ppl, it saves the whole DC fiasco.

E. M. C.
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why is Kansas City not in Kansas? That's the biggest load of crap ever.

Keisha
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly it's not that surprising that people think that.

Nagit0e K0maeda
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As someone who lived in Washington state this always annoys the hell out of me.

Stephanie Casey
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I was younger I thought Washington DC was Washington Da Capitol so there's that

Bedlamite
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm from Washington State, when I lived elsewhere in the country and people would ask where I'm from I'd just say Washington, inevitably they would ask D.C? No, if I'd meant DC I'd have said DC.

lena canepa
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

in the airport, 12 yrs old, some way older girls asked where we were from, we said "nh" like 3 times til we finally gave up and just said "Boston". ugh. AND for a while in 1st grade? I was so anxious bc I couldn't BELIEVE we lived so close to Lebanon (45 mi, Hanover 35 mi)!! HOW could my parents DO that? and how is it so desert...... oh wait a minute

! ?
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I still get annoyed about this, my moon will call me and tell me "we're going to Washington, want to come?" And I was like "mom, that's so far away" (I'm from Utah)

SW Dad
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, this drove me nuts. Outside of Washington, I'd have to say Washington State or people assume I mean DC. I mean, it's our state's fault. DC came first.

Rose Mcterry
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tbh I only know cuz I live in WA state

Steven Wagner
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so annoying living in Washington my whole life you can guess which one lol

j miller
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hold on....are you trying to say that Paris is NOT in Texas!?

MagicalUnicorn
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i though that for long time, but i;m not from 'murica

Dog Thievery 101
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

as someone who lives on the west coast (not in washington), i often forget d.c. even exists. sorry to those who live there, lmao.

Jeffrey Theissen
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, just found out through this post (European)

RADUGA.babochka
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Teachers never really told us where it was while I was growing up (I'm 14 almost 15). I thought it was in Washington then I thought NYC, then somewhere near that city. I only figured it out by watching CM; because when they said there was something happening in DC they said it was just near so I was always like "how are you close? That's not close?". Come to find out it's basically close to the border of the states near. 😑 Thanks school for just assuming I know where DC is

MessyMind32
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure I only knew that one because I'm from Washington state and we learned it pretty early on

Susana Hoffstaedter
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You guys have too much states. Poor students.

MJLstrd
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK -- give, how old were you?

fandomprincess (any pronouns)
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm from Vancouver BC, and a few years ago I was shocked to learn that Washington DC isn't part of a state. I also always refer to Washington state as just Washington, and Washington DC is always Washington DC.

Peter H
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The District of Columbia is home to 700,000 U.S. citizens who have no representation in Congress. This is a bit of a sore point.

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Heather Evans
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not sure I know how they landed on "district of colombia"

That queer kid
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Washington and asked my parents that when I was 10-12 🤣🤣 I was so confused 🤔🤔

Mazer
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Far away from each other with massive differences in nearly every aspect, people usually call Washington DC, just “DC” to differentiate

Christine Neely
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grew up in Washington State and when telling people where I was from had to make sure I clarified or people would assume DC.

Gautam Balachandran
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to think New York, New York was a typo.

Boo
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My 40-year-old SIL asked me if New England was a state.

Upstaged75
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

About 3000 miles apart on opposite sides of the country - definitely not the same thing. Less politicians in the one without the DC too. :) I am a native Washingtonian, being born in DC, but I guess you're also one if you're from the state. I get why it's confusing!

SuePrew
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always said I was from Seattle, Washington. Not just Washington. For the confusion

Xanther
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8 months ago

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Milady Blue
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Getting calls from recruiters where my brother has his resume is pretty funny - Numerous recruiters want to set him up for a job in Baltimore. When my brother says that that is WAY out of his range, they tell him it is only 10 minutes to Baltimore from Washington. He then has to give them a geography lesson, and let them know it is more like 3000 miles and an 8 hour flight, one way, to Baltimore from here.

Andy Frobig
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's only a few inches on a globe though!

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Julia Mckinney
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Visiting my sister in New York City in the 80's, I lost track of how many times I had to say "Washington state" or "no, I don't know your cousin/brother's best friend/co-workers parents/Bill Gates in LA/Portland/Seattle". I also had to explain there was a whole other state between Washington and California that was over 300 miles long.

glowworm2
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think we've all thought this at some point.

Shabbir Yamani
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, Washington state exists in the USA. WASHINGTON DC, is where super heroes live ( ;) ) that don't belong to Marvel.

Cat Girl
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I learned that when we went to “Washington” for a vacation. I talked about it, and everyone asked “state or D.C?” After that I googled it and then realized why…

Scott Seeger
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did not know the Washington Redskins played for the city and not the state until i was 40.

Dani Moran
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't learn this until I watched the show, Frasier. It's super embarrassing considering I was born in the US

Ethereal Canvas
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not from the US, so took me a while to get it. It's very ironic because they're on different sides of the country.

Janice Roquero
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And if you aren't from the US why care

Lara Verne
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why is Washington DC not in Washington state?

LetsGoBrandon
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They're both full of corrupt politicians

Rick Hoppenbrouwer
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