Sometimes we do not know what we do not know, and we have to learn it the hard way. For example, if a person doesn't add water to the pot when they're boiling pasta, chances are, it will burn. So, in an attempt to figure out what (vital) skills people grow up without, Reddit user arual_x submitted a question to the platform, asking "What's the most horrifying 'how do you not know how to do this?' moment you've experienced with another person whilst adulting?"

I know the last word is enough to make zoomers cringe but let's not get into linguistics. It's the answers that count. Continue scrolling and check out the most upvoted ones.

#1

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I was a drill sergeant in the US Army. The first time you have to show an adult man how to shave is a little shocking. The worst one was the 24 year old male that didn't know how to tie his boots. He had gotten through reception and pick up day by tightly lacing his boots and tucking the laces in. As they would loosen up throughout the day, he would just pull them tight again. The first Sunday I noticed his boots were barely staying on as he was marching back from dinner. I asked him what was wrong with them as it's common for privates to have the wrong size boots when they get to us. He didn't know how to tie them. At all. Not a single knot. I spent an hour showing him how I tie my boots and different techniques if he gets hot spots or blisters. Then I assigned his bunkmate the task of making sure they were tied correctly when he left the bay.

I kind of understood it. He came from a super poor neighborhood, single mom that worked all the time, he didn't have a lot of positive influences before joining the Army. I was a little worried about his comprehension skills since basic rifle marksmanship is kind of intense and takes some focus, but he did well. I was very happy that on family day he had his low quarters tied and was proud that he had learned so much.

irunfarther , wmfawmfa Report

Tim Stoneman
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice that you were so patient with him :)

View More Replies...
View more comments

The idea for the post popped into arual_x's head when they were reminiscing about a useless ex with a friend. "We were sharing stories and I thought it would be fun to hear other people's stories too," the Reddit user told Bored Panda. "I guess you can't know what you aren't taught or don't bother to learn, and there are plenty of ways the modern world reduces the need to learn how to do things. If you can microwave something, why learn to cook? If you can pay someone else to do it, or someone else has always done something for you, why would you bother to learn to do it yourself?"

#2

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments You know, when they said "Wear a facemask, make it cover both your mouth and nose, don't touch it, wash your hands and stay home"?

Yeah, simple instructions, and a whole load of people can't follow them properly. That is messed up.

turboshitposter3000 Report

AnonymousGod6
Community Member
1 month ago

bruh

View more comments
#3

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My roommate was making brownies from a box. The instructions said to grease the bottom of the pan before pouring in the batter. You bet your ass they picked up the pan, flipped it over, greased the BOTTOM of it, flipped it back over and poured in the brownie batter.

TopRamenisha , Katy Report

Tracy Baparam
Community Member
1 month ago

Love this one

View more comments

If after going through the list, you discover that you too lack some of these skills, don't worry. It's never too late to learn. I know that sounds cliché but that is what literature suggests. Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., for example, said that you can build pretty much any skill to improve yourself—your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

"It doesn't really matter which skills you want to improve; the key to personal development is taking the right steps—steps that help ensure that you reach whatever goal you are pursuing," the consultant, writer, and expert on well-being, said.

#4

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Had a guy constantly asking what time it is...by the 6th time I said "bro,there is a clock right there" he said " I don't know how to read it...grown ass man..

Couple weeks later on facebook someone shared a picture of cursive writing he made fun of the people who couldn't read it...I posted a picture of a clock and said what time does this say...he blocked me

shadownights23x , Matthew Paul Argall Report

Karl Baxter
Community Member
1 month ago

Surprisingly common among a generation who grew up with digital watches

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Co-worker announced she was pregnant, then immediately said she was sad that she couldn’t take a bath until the baby was born. I stared, confused, and asked “Why can’t you take a bath?” She looked at me as though I was stupid and said, “Because the baby will drown!” I had to walk away.

natgoeshome , Solveig Osk Report

Botox
Community Member
1 month ago

And no more peeing! It's the same hole, you don't want to pee over baby O_0

View More Replies...
View more comments

What are the most important personal skills? Well, Davis said it really depends on what you're trying to achieve. It makes little sense to learn how to code if you don't plan to be a coder or to bench press 400 pounds if you don't plan to be a weight lifter. Personal development is more about building skills to reach your personal goals. Here is a 9-step program that Davis has found to be important to successful personal development.

"The science is clear," she said. "The more ways we develop ourselves, the broader our skillset, and the more success we tend to have. So try learning some new emotional skills or do some activities to build new skills. You just might learn something that changes your life."

#6

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Oh I have a really funny one, I hope it doesn't get buried!

Years ago, I bought a friend an electric kettle as a gift. Her boyfriend (who I'm still friends with and who passed along this story) came home one night to find her running out the front door of their apartment with the flaming kettle, and she threw it into the street.

She was screaming about how it was a piece of junk because when she put it on the stove, over a flame, it caught fire and started to melt.

He was laughing uncontrollably when he asked, "what did you think the cord was for?"

They broke up soon after.

ilikeyourswatch , Lee Haywood Report

Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

We all know where she is from... I'm not going to say it

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My relative tried to put her son on the school bus his first day of kindergarten and got upset when the driver refused to let him on because he wasn't on the list. She never registered him for school and just thought she could put him on the bus and send him.

whotiesyourshoes , Neeta Lind Report

Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

This is funny and also sad

View More Replies...
View more comments

Coming back to arual_x, the Reddit user said that, "even the most put-together people are probably lacking somewhere." And it's hard to disagree. Life is so multi-dimensional, you can't do everything.

"The stories might be hilarious but they're so commonplace that everyone has something like this to be embarrassed about and maybe everyone should focus on self-improvement ever so often," arual_x added.

#8

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments When my friend bought a house, a month into home ownership, she asked me when the city was coming to cut her lawn because it was starting to look like weeds. It was awkward when I had to explain that she needs to cut her own lawn or hire someone.

theantpantsdance , Nick Richards Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

O cmon this cannot be true. Even if she never did at home she should have heard from her family. Or they might had a gardener. Also everybody has seen the neighbours or even people on tv doing it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I asked my husband to make some herbal tea for me the first year we were married. I walked into the kitchen to find him standing over the stove with a mug of water sitting directly on the burner.

eternalsunshine85 , Swithun Crowe Report

Botox
Community Member
1 month ago

This should be higher than pasta!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My wonderful, selfless, beautiful younger brother asked me how to make ice last year. He's 24.

Cat_Vonnegut , liz west Report

Kanishka Patel
Community Member
1 month ago

Was he joking?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My ex–best friend told me that she had needed to buy another new vacuum cleaner, which was the third that month. I asked her what was wrong with it and she said, 'It's not picking things up anymore!' So I asked if she had dumped out the container. She didn't know that was a thing.

Winterlight8044 , Martin Abegglen Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

RTFM!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My Mom and I moved in with my Grandparents when I was 10 years old. You know, old enough to have learned how to do some basic chores, and certainly old enough to be taught more. Unfortunately my Grandmother, God bless her, was not only terrified of fire (her Mother had a problem with accidentally setting things on fire) but she was also a neat freak that insisted on doing everything herself so it was done right.

My Mom married my (step)Dad when I was 14 years old, and we moved in to a house together as a family. He was horrified to learn that, at nearly 15 years old, I did not know how to wash and dry my own clothes, iron, load a dishwasher, or even use the stove. I could use the oven because I baked with my other Grandmother when I visited, but I had never used the stove top. There are many more things he had to teach me, but those were the things that really had him worried about my ability to care for myself as an adult. It wasn't that my Grandmother didn't want me to be able to care for myself. Her fears were just so intense that she didn't think about how not knowing these basic skills would effect me later in life. I am forever grateful to my Dad for being the Dad I needed because God knows the biological one couldn't be bothered. Mom couldn't overrule her own Mother when we lived with her and by the time she married Dad she was sleeping at the hospital five nights a week because her schedule was so insane. I dont even want to think about who I would be if I hadn't had him to teach me, but I'm pretty sure I would have had to live off of chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and take out through my 20s if it weren't for him. I probably would've smelled pretty bad from the lack of clean clothes too.

WhoDatKrit , Andrew Pantyukhin Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Its great that he learnt, altought being 14 and not knwing these isnt that uncommon I think.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments In my honors dorm at Purdue there was a Computer Science major named Jeffrey. He was well known because his parents would stop by every week to pick up his laundry and bring him a case of Fiji water with expensive groceries. His dad was a doctor. We commented on Jeffrey's long gross toenails and how he needs to cut them. He told us they are long because his mom hasn't visited in weeks and she was the one who cut them. His mother cut her 19 year old sons toenails. Disgusting. We had to give him a lesson on it.

Drum-Major , Chun Kit To Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Are some people so mollycoddled to the point of ineptness?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My housemate (24 year old postgrad student) not realising that

You needed to preheat an oven.

You needed to defrost frozen meat before cooking it.

You need to use a baking tray.

After I caught her lining the bottom of our oven with frozen chicken drumsticks.

rabbles-of-roses , Thomas van de Weerd Report

N G
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

You can cook certain prepared meat from frozen. Otherwise innumerable ready meals wouldn't be.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My ex and I were cooking together and one of the pans got too hot, and we had a minor grease fire.

She grabbed a bag of flour.

As tempted as I was to slap it out of her hands, I didn't want to aerate a bunch of flour next to a grease fire, so I grabbed it with both hands and forced it (and her, because she wouldn't let go) over to the countertop, and then dropped the lid on the pan.

I asked her what her logic was, and she said "well, you're supposed to put baking soda on a grease fire and not water, right?".

"Yes. Why did you try to use flour?"

"What's the difference? They're both white powder."

walkingknight , State Farm Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

So lucky you got that flour off her in time. You may not be alive to tell this story.

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

I think dust explosions are well underestimated by most people. Seeing a _minor_ explosion in a firefighter demonstration is quite impressive.

Load More Replies...
Nic Dudley
Community Member
1 month ago

For people who do not know - flour is extremely flammable, it would have created a giant fireball.

DoomsdayDuck555
Community Member
1 month ago

and explosive

Load More Replies...
C. Mayo
Community Member
1 month ago

TIL that flour dust is not only flammable but can be explosive when aerosolized.

The Chosen One
Community Member
1 month ago

whats the difference between flour and cocane? They're both white powder

T.
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my god. A wet towel or the pan's lid would have done the job too. Even a glass lid will work.

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes to the lid but Fire Officers no longer recommend wet towels. Get a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher and know how to use them and when.

Load More Replies...
Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

"Why ? They are both white powder ? " is the reason she is not allowed in mausoleums.

Night Owl
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I wonder if she tried to sniff flour or baking soda (keyword: cocaine). And if she thinks sugar, salt and meth are the same thing too because tiny white crystals

Load More Replies...
Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

When people have some weird causations I their heads. It's not the color that puts out the fire, ya idiot. How...

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Honestly I didn’t know this. I would have used water. So I am failing as an adult too 😂

HelpdeskFrog
Community Member
1 month ago

It's never too late to learn safety tips. Search on youtube for tutorials and you can see firefighter demos of what water does to an oil fire. Spoiler alert: it's really bad!

Load More Replies...
Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

I keep a fiberglass fire blanket near the stove ever since that time we had a grease fire. Putting the lid on the pan stopped it, but if I'd hit the handle and tipped the pan it could have been much worse.

Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually dumped flour on a grease fire when I was a teenager. My mother had been making fries and got interested in TV and didnt notice the flames licking across the ceiling. I had a friend over and the three of us are panicking, and she tries a dishtowel, nada. I grab the cannister of flour and drump it on and it goes out for a second then, re-ignites, finally my friend had the presence of mind to grab the lid. Lessons, learned.

Julius Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

ah, yes, i will use cocaine for my next grease fire

Joseph OReilly
Community Member
1 month ago

"don't worry, I can he-" FOOOOOM

Michael Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

With that logic I bet he is super grateful she didn’t throw his cocaine on there

El muerto
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

on that note...cocaine? good or bad against fire. just to get the fact straight

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

Given quantity needed to douse flames, may be cheaper to just let it burn.

Load More Replies...
Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 month ago

Could have been cocaine:)

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Does she confuse salt for sugar?

Iso
Community Member
1 month ago

so is crac-

The Chosen One
Community Member
1 month ago

and cocane

Load More Replies...
Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

Better keep the cocaine away from her!

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

That's why you never keep your cocaine in the kitchen.

Anni
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't know one could use baking soda in this situation (if that is true at all?). Anyway: Who would have that much at hand?

Jessica Shookhoff
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup! Baking soda is incredibly handy and if you also use it for cleaning as well as baking then you'll have a lot on hand. But don't substitute flour! Like many things in chemistry, just because they look similar doesn't mean they're interchangeable!!!

Load More Replies...
McSydney
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t eat anything she makes

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
1 month ago

um, dont tell her that cocaine is white powder....

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

omg

elfin
Community Member
1 month ago

Flour factories have been known to explode and kill people.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

POOF

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 month ago

bit off topic but I'm very concerned about the picture in this , if there's a fire on your stove would you really stop to take a pic of it

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

That's like drinking urine and saying since it looks like lemonade, what's the difference?

chad johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

I had aa prep cook do that to my kitchen once. Tiny flame up, flour everywhere, one chef hiding while cursing.

alf the dumy
Community Member
1 month ago

* me puts cokiane on the grease fire its a white powder*

SeidWolf
Community Member
1 month ago

good thing there wasn't any cocaine lying about

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand. is flour bad?

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 month ago

Could have been cocaine, ha, ha!

Sian Waldron
Community Member
1 month ago

Can someone please explain to me why flour was a bad idea? Isn't it just like sand? Would put the fire out?

Robert Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

Even if this picture isn't related to the event. I just wonder who stopped to take a picture of a fire on their stove, which is also burning the wood cabinets above it.

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

Please don't down vote me, you can't put flour on a fire? I thought you could.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

Sugar and salt are also a white powder :I

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG

(Fake)BoredPandaIsAwesome
Community Member
1 month ago

#Saint Pual, Minnesota Flour Accident/ Explosion.

Lovely_hobi
Community Member
1 month ago

damn, no solution to this one

D H
Community Member
1 month ago

At least it wasn't their cocaine

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

That WOULD have been a Darwin award. I hope she learned a lesson

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

Nobody would die. Both would have permanent scars, possibly some other damage (e.g., lose an eye, lose limb or finger flexibility) depending on locations.

Load More Replies...
Rod Egret
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Was she a white powder supremacist?

bryguy
Community Member
1 month ago

...what a stupid comment

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My roommate tried to make pasta by putting a pot on the stove, pouring the noodles in without adding water, and turning on the stove. Then she asked me, 'How come these aren’t getting soft like when my mom makes them?

TopRamenisha , Marco Verch Report

Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear- I hope your roommate learnt how to boil water

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My best friend was sleeping with a new guy. She said she wasn’t sure of his sexual history but she was on birth control to prevent STDs. I was like, 'Umm...'

slohomo , Brianna Laugher Report

Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
1 month ago

ummm....

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Ooohhh I got one. I work as an EMT for a private company, so we mostly deal with nursing homes and the elderly. One day when I was about 6-8 months in, I got assigned a partner who was in my orientation class. He was a little older than me at the time, like mid 20's, but he seemed a little childish. "Maybe he's just sheltered, I think to myself."

Anyways, we got a patient I've had a few times before. She was a sweet, little old lady with COPD and CHF living at an assisted living. Call was for pneumonia. She's prone to this stuff so it wasnt a huge deal, slap her on oxygen and keep her sitting up til we get to the hospital. The first red flag though, was this kid didn't know anything. He didnt know how to take a blood pressure. He couldn't find the medical history or medication on the paperwork (which is clearly labeled). He didn't even push the stretcher, just walked next to it with a hand on it. When I asked him about all that, he said "My partners usually do that for me."

So, I put her on an oxygen mask and sit her all the way up, mildly agitated. I tell myself it's just one shift with this kid. He's in the back with her and I tell him to just switch the oxygen from the bag (which is a small tank) to the main tank (which is huge) because with the amount of oxygen we're giving her, the bag will run out not even halfway before the hospital. It's about 25 minutes, which normally wouldn't be a huge deal. But when we pull up to the hospital and I open the back doors, I'm fucking shook. The oxygen mask isnt inflated (meaning she isnt getting oxygen), shes pale as shit, I can literally see her accessory muscles moving, struggling to breathe. And this kid was sitting behind her, with a clueless half smile on his face, looks at me and says "The main tank is broken, so I left her on the bag." This women, who needs oxygen without pneumonia, was barely breathing for at LEAST 15 minutes. And this fucking idiot didnt even check. We take her into the hospital. I ask him to find an oxygen tank while explain to this women's daughter what happened. He says he doesn't know where to look. I fucking find it and told him to talk to the daughter.

When it's all said and done, I check to see what's broken. He didn't turn on the tank.

TL;DR EMT partner nearly kills a patient because he didn't know he had to open the oxygen tank to get oxygen to come out.

BamboozledBigTIme , Navy Medicine Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

How did he even get the job in the first place and I hope he was bloody fired after that.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Girl I went to HS with: “why do people say a quarter of an hour? Like what does that even mean?”

Me: “it’s 15 minutes. Because 15 is a fourth of 60, so that’s a quarter of an hour”

Her: looking at me like I’m a f**king idiot “But a quarter is 25...”

Me: ...

maekae_ , Chris Jobling Report

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Or stupid people could just learn how to say the time properly

View more comments
#20

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My friend in college once lamented, 'Ugh. I have to pee and I just put a tampon in like five minutes ago. I hate having to pull them out dry.' Her mother taught her that there is only one hole down there and peeing with a tampon in isn't possible.

BroffaloSoldier , SouthernSun Report

Kari Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

At first, I read 'pull them out TO dry' and that was a very disturbing thought.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments A girl I knew in college had her dad call to remind her to put oil in her truck. She did and then her truck started smelling like french fries and died. She couldn't understand that this was directly related to the quart of vegetable oil she put in the motor.

snowman818 , Matthew Paul Argall Report

Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Somehow, I don't blame people who do this.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I remember when I first started dating my now husband, I was hanging out at his apartment waiting for him to get out of work. His place was a bit messy so I decided I’d tidy up for him a bit.

Fast forward to the next morning and he comes in a little shocked.

“Why would you load the dishwasher like...that”

I had never had a dishwasher before in my life lmao. We’re talking cups facing up, big ass pans shoved in, the whole nine yards. Thank god he stuck with me lol

kay37892 , Joanna Bourne Report

Kari Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Can’t blame this person :) If they never had a dish washer, it‘s understandable that they wouldn’t know.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I had a roommate at university who’s “cooking” method was put baked beans in a Tupperware, seal the lid, turn on microwave, when lid pops and explodes beans everywhere they’re cooked.

Thejustinset , Scott Veg Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

A Cordon Bleu chef, I see.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Don't think this aligns with your question, but while visiting my friend I found out he preheat his microwave.

Arodriguez2356 , Billy Mabray Report

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey, better pre heating your microwave than forgetting to pre heat your oven

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#25

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I had to ask my roommate to please wash his hands after touching raw chicken. He thought it was fine to just go about his day before I asked.

GotGhostsInMyBlood , Michael Eccles Report

Kermit frog
Community Member
1 month ago

that is so unsanitary oh my lord

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

College roommate did not know how to wash his body.

Yes. The SMELL.

After a week we threatened him. He took a “shower”.

We sent him back again. With soap.

Three days later he stank again. We told him to shower every day.

Then we taught him how to do laundry. And bought him a coat because he did not own one. In cleveland. In the winter.

Full genius dude, invented a WiFi security standard later on. But no idea how to care for himself.

cbelt3 Report

Gurnox
Community Member
1 month ago

Where were their parents? Poor dude.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My dad couldn't spread butter on his toast when he met my mom.

PhD in neuroscience? No problem.

Building a successful business? Piece of cake.

Spreading butter on a bagel? Talk about unrealistic expectations.

Banksy0726 , Joanna Bourne Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

H- how is that even possible??

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My friend who was almost 40 had never paid a bill before. When she got divorced and lived on her own for the first time, I got a text from her asking if my power was out too. She realized it was just her and her excuse was she never paid attention to the bills because she thought they were receipts and that the cost was included in her rent.

ReddishWedding2018 , Motaz Altahir Report

Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

This comment has been deleted.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My friend from college tried making burrito bowls for dinner and complained that some of the onions were weirdly chewy. She didn't know onions need to be peeled.

thompsme , Paul Hudson Report

Ishi
Community Member
1 month ago

omg lmao

View more comments
#30

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments This 19-year-old guy asked me how to cook a fried egg. I gave him instructions and when he came back, he said it took a few attempts because the yolk kept breaking and he thought breaking the yolk made the egg poisonous.

cynicalkerfuffle , Fredrik Rubensson Report

Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
1 month ago

has that guy ever tasted a fried egg before?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments One of my roommates in college would melt plastic spatulas like crazy. She'd always say it was due to the spatula being made of cheap plastic, but I finally caught her one day. She'd be cooking something and would walk away LEAVING THE PLASTIC SPATULA IN THE PAN WHILE IT WAS STILL ON!

Fantastic_Relief , Didriks Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That'll do it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Oh gosh, I have a few from when I first went to university, living in halls and realising some people literally did not know how to cook a THING.

There was one girl who bought chicken and kept it in the cupboard, despite being told by pretty much everyone else in the flat that it was meant to go in the fridge or freezer. Flat out refused to listen, kept putting it in the cupboard. Don't know how she didn't get sick.

Another flatmate who didn't eat potato for almost a year because he didn't know how to peel them and didn't want to try (I tried to teach him). Then he realised he could buy pre-prepared.

One guy who decided to take a nap whilst cooking sausages for dinner, just left them in the grill and only woke up when the fire alarms were going off and the whole building was being evacuated.

Finally two girls who again almost caused a fire if I hadn't found them... These two were actually my friends and I was looking for them, found them in one of the kitchens about to "cook" a stir fry. They had a wok with about an inch depth of oil in the bottom, SHIMMERING because it was so hot, and they weren't sure if it was hot enough to cook with yet. They were really glad I found them because they couldn't tell that it was boiling oil and were worried the food wouldn't cook. I was really glad I found them because if they had thrown their stir fry veg in there it would have probably caused a fire, or at least spat boiling oil all over them. I turned it off and tossed one piece of veg in there - turned black almost instantly.

Honestly I was just shocked and appalled that so many 18 year olds had never cooked for themselves before, and even worse that their parents had sent them off to fend for themselves not having taught them. It's actually scary thinking back!

Pookie103 Report

AnimalsRuleHumansDrool
Community Member
1 month ago

The skin on a potato is fine

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Not sure if I'd call it "horrifying," but pretty ridiculous, nonetheless. It's about me. I just moved into my first home in February of this year. I live alone and am single. Earlier this month I mowed my lawn for the first time. I have never mowed a lawn before, but I'm thinking, how hard can it be? (The answer: not hard at all). Prior to that, I had roped my brother into coming over and doing it for me, but this time I figured I need to actually learn. The lawnmower is an old push mower of my dad's that he had brought over about a month ago, and he quickly gave me the rundown on how to use it, but I was half paying attention, plus..it's a lawnmower.

So anyway, I go to start it up, takes me at least 10 tries of pulling the cord as hard as I can with no luck until finally it fires up. I then proceed to begin mowing, and I KNOW this thing is self-propelling - it says so right on it, but I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why it's so hard to push. The wheels aren't locked or anything, so I just figure it's a combination of me not having much upper body strength and my lawn having a lot of uneven spots/divots that prevented the mower from moving smoothly. I finally finish, sweating my ass off like I had just finished seriously working out (my yard is very small...even I finished the front and back in about a half hour-40 mins). Upon reflection, I'm still not convinced that the mower was self-propelling. I mean I know I'm not strong and am somewhat petite, but STILL. So I'm sharing this story with friends and co-workers like wtf did I do wrong and they're all asking me about this lever, and I'm like yeah, obviously I had to hold the lever down or the motor kills. Well, turns out there's a SECOND lever that you have to squeeze in order to propel the lawnmower.

I manually pushed that MFer around my whole yard, divots, hills and all, ended up with a blister on my thumb, and sweating profusely through my shirt. Not to mention the few times I stopped it and had to re-start it, I pulled the cord literally at least 20 times to get it to start again; I was waiting for one of my neighbors to come over and ask me if I needed help, the struggle was THAT obvious (I also learned about the little button that you push a few times to make starting easier).

So yeah, mowed today, and let's just say that things went SIGNIFICANTLY better than last time. Growing up, my dad or brother would mow, and in college up until now, I have always lived in apartments or duplexes, nothing that requires residents to do any lawn care. So, at the age of 32, I have finally learned to use a lawnmower.

tofuandmushrooms Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats quite reasonable. You couldnt know.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I had to jump a friend's car that wouldn’t start. After we finally got it running, she immediately turns off the car and said, 'Thanks so much, I’ll call you later!'

foundinthewild1 , Charles Williams Report

Димитър Пенев
Community Member
1 month ago

C’mon. That’s acceptable.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#35

This is like 10 years ago. I was dating a 32 year old and he asked me if I wanted to get together to watch a TV show. I said sure, what time is it on. He looks it up and says to me "8 Pacific 9 Central...?"

I asked what was confusing him and he told me he wasn't sure if the show was on at 8 or 9. My man did not know what timezone we lived in.

So I was like "Ok, well you know what ocean we're near, right?" cuz I was trying to get him to think about the Pacific timezone in terms of the giant body of water for which it was named and he immediately got defensive and for real said "Why would I know that? I'm from Texas."

He'd been living in San Francisco for 5 years and could see the Pacific Ocean out his window.

almostdidbutdidnt Report

Javiera Gotelli
Community Member
1 month ago

What an idiot

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments When I first met my Ex he didn't know how to cook. 40 something year old at the time I met him. He only knew how to use a microwave and the best thing he thought of cooking was chicken thighs.

Chicken thighs cooked in the microwave, everything was cooked in the microwave. Wet, soggy, colorless flesh with no flavoring, that's not how it works, that not how any cooking should be done.

Rageagainstmisogyny , Ewen Roberts Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds bloody awful.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I took a food safety course and someone asked if they could wash a turkey with dish soap.

SaltyJerm , juliegomoll Report

Adam C
Community Member
1 month ago

You CAN but should not.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I had spent the night at my ex boyfriend's place and stayed a bit longer in the morning to help clean the house. I was folding some clothes when I noticed him go from one side of the bed to another without actually doing anything. I looked at him and he looked clueless. He said "can you please make the bed? I've never done this, no idea where to start". I didn't mean to have a strong reaction to it but man did it leave me speechless... he was 26 at the time. That day I realized his mother often visited his house to make the bed and clean... Yeah...

throwingverbalrocks , Michael JasonSmith Report

Ishi
Community Member
1 month ago

but did it work tho?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Three months into our freshman year of college a friend of mine developed a rash. I suggested he look into hypoallergenic sheets and swap out his others. His response: "I've used the same sheets since we moved in, it's not the sheets." Mind you, not the same of sheets, but the same exact sheets unchanged and slept/eaten upon/etc. for three months.

Hans_Brix_III Report

Javiera Gotelli
Community Member
1 month ago

Gross!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

I guess we were still in high school, but we were 18. Me and my buddy Ferris were just getting into going to the gym. We went with Ferris’s friend Tom. After working out, in the changing room during some small talk I saw Tom putting on a shirt. Tom put the shirt over his head, but didn’t put his arms through the sleeves. He managed to pull the shirt over his torso so that it was adequately on before wiggling all about and bending his arms in odd ways to get them into the sleeves. I didn’t take much notice to it the first few times. But after a few months it was apparent he did this every single time. Tom didn’t know how to put on a shirt. At least efficiently. Eventually we asked Tom why he put his shirt on like that, and he said something along the lines of “Wait what, don’t I do it the same way you guys do?” I guess he had never really thought about it before then.

TheAmazingTurtleKid Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats sad. His parebts failed him.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#41

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Someone told me that their husband would put shampoo in their hair and not rinse after applying. The husband for his entire life wondered why his hair was always greasy.

TwistinFoolGames , flickr Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

Whatever happened to common sense???

View More Replies...
View more comments
#42

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments Every few weeks, I catch my roommate trying to put his metal tea strainer in the microwave in spite of the fact that our first week living in this apartment, he destroyed the microwave doing this.

MeesterPepper , Toshiyuki IMAI Report

Tracy Baparam
Community Member
1 month ago

Why was he putting a tea strainer in the microwave???

View More Replies...
View more comments
#43

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments My wife's entire family did not grasp that you need to put water in a steam iron.

hadleybox , Quinn Dombrowski Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew a woman who refused to put water in the iron because she feared she would be electrocuted.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#44

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments First year at uni, a girl in my hall was microwaving some food and left it in the metal foil container. It took three fire engines to put out the fire and we had to have a new kitchen installed.

sumandark8600 Report

Sum Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Also something that is not wildly known... my coworker was heating food with the fork in his food the other day

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#45

People-Share-Clueless-Adulting-Moments I had to teach my boss how to go down to the next line by hitting 'Enter' on his computer keyboard.

Kcups , Corey Fariello Report

Vic
Community Member
1 month ago

"I had to teach my boss how to go down" the line break appears at the most unfortunate place on my phone.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 79 images. It’s been shortened to the top 45 images based on user votes.