As a child, whenever you had a problem you most likely went to your parents or some other adult to solve it. But as you grew up, you learned how to do things on your own. Part of being an adult is having a grasp on certain basic life skills —  however, as it turns out, not everything is as 'basic' to one person as it is to the next.

The New York Times editor Jenée Desmond-Harris recently shared on Twitter her landlord’s unexpected 'life skills blindspot', and then asked the internet to share their own. People delivered all sorts of hilarious answers and some of them you might be able to relate to. Scroll down to check out some of the best responses and don't forget to upvote your faves! And don’t forget to let us know in the comments, which basic life skills you think you lack.

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Amberly Middlemiss 2 weeks ago (edited)

why is everyone getting down votes for saying me too??

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athornedrose 2 weeks ago

coming from a big immigrant italian family, i have the worst time scaling down recipes. everything was made to feed the whole clan. making food for like 2 people is insanely difficult for me.

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Whether it’s tying our shoes, correctly reading the face of a clock or learning to swim, we’ve all had a bit of trouble getting to grips with certain important (and elementary) life skills. Some people even find basic things like fixing the plumbing or driving a car to be — well — basic. But there’s plenty of us have a lot more trouble, because we might be afraid (a lot of us may have panicked the first time we went to a community pool) or we simply might have had no need for a particular skill (we may prefer getting around by bike rather than by car if we live in busy cities).

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Oerff On Tour 2 weeks ago

For some reason 1999 is still 10years ago

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Jonathon Smith 2 weeks ago

Sometimes I think I've nailed this adulting lark and am now a fully formed member of the human race. Then I try talking to a stranger and realise all I've done is cocoon myself in friends who don't mind talking about D&D 24/7

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We all know the adage that it takes about 10,000 hours to learn a new skill. However, that’s not entirely true. Josh Kaufman, known for his inspiring TED talk and author of the book ‘The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast!’, has a very different idea.

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RJ 2 weeks ago

I thought everyone did that.

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Stevie 2 weeks ago

I once directed my friend in a car and we nearly ended up in another country....

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According to Kaufman, the so-called 10,000 rule has been misinterpreted by the vast majority of people for quite some time now. He notes that 10,000 hours is the average it takes to become “an expert in an ultra competitive field”, which is far from the same thing as learning a new skill This is good news for most of us!

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Ronel du Plessis 2 weeks ago

Me too!!! I feel so dumb some times. Living in South Africa I speak Afrikaans. I call kids "pampoen" which means pumpkin. Or "piesang" which means banana. I get away with it because the kids in my karate dojo thinks it is funny. don't think adults would thinks it's funny.

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HOUSE 2 weeks ago

Pretty sure that's normal

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Kaufman states that to get from “knowing nothing to being pretty good” takes a far shorter amount of time: barely 20 hours. That’s more or less practicing something for 45 minutes every day for around a month. Doesn’t seem so scary, does it? Of course, you can’t multitask while trying to learn a new skill — you need to focus on it exclusively.

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SmittenKitten 2 weeks ago

Yes that is the proper and best way to shuffle cards!

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Kjorn 2 weeks ago

are you my wife? because this sounded just like her :-)

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AnnaB 2 weeks ago

Years ago my sister and I were taking a walk in our neighborhood and someone asked for directions to the local library. After he drove off, we realized that the directions we gave were totally wrong. We joke that to this day, you can see a rusty old car being driven by a skeleton...still looking for that library.

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Daria B 2 weeks ago (edited)

The trick is to inhale with your mouth when out of water, slowly exhale through your nose while in the water. You can help yourself with humming while in the water.

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chrisgun 2 weeks ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Pseudo Puppy 2 weeks ago

Me too!! It's the side effect of my mother's friend terrifying me as a kid (for "fun"), by telling me that she saw a kid get their foot caught in the escalator & had it chewed off. She told me every time we went to go on an escalator. It's now an ingrained instinct, despite me logically knowing it's nonsense.

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Paul K. Johnson 2 weeks ago

Fitted sheets are supposed to be folded? I just wad them up in a ball and stuff them in the linen closet.

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

Riding a bike is not easy. Unlike most people I know, I'll admit, I learnt it as a young adult. And I'm so grateful for it, such a useful skill to have.

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Ronel du Plessis 2 weeks ago

LOL!!! I have no sense of direction. Will get lost in my own house ;-/, but time and distance... no one can beat me at that.

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HOUSE 2 weeks ago

At least they have a calm home environment

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Steve Barnett 2 weeks ago

I cannot say 'similarly'. It always comes out as similarily, similaly, similarlarily etc.

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HOUSE 2 weeks ago

Turn it on

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Oerff On Tour 2 weeks ago

I have a problem with converting the 24h clock to 12h. Keep messing up 5 o'clock (1700h) and 7 o'clock

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Gary 2 weeks ago

I had an instructor like that, I dumped him and found a new one. Passed my test first time.

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Biopithecus 2 weeks ago

I too can't whistle - sounds like an angry cat if I try!

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Mascha Claessens 2 weeks ago

Me neither, got no idea how to whistle on my fingers.

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Mascha Claessens 2 weeks ago

Haha, that's the opposite to my dad. He can ONLY float. Like, on his back with both his knees AND shoulders above the water. We've often joked that he has hollow bones, like a bird.

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PaulV 2 weeks ago

Yes, "deductible" sounds like something you *don't* have to pay. And "premium" sounds like something good, but the whole thing is doubly confusing: pay a higher premium (oh no!) to get a lower monthly (oh...kay?). It's like being asked to choose the way you would like to get screwed.

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Katie Smith 2 weeks ago

Now this, I learned at middle school. One of the positives of having school uniforms in the UK!

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Yettichild 2 weeks ago

I just think to myself "Write" and I automatically know which hand is right =D

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tuzdayschild 2 weeks ago

Go online and order an electric egg boiler. It does the work for you.

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Mascha Claessens 2 weeks ago

And that's a benefit of growing up in the Netherlands: everyone gets swimming lessons. Some of us more than others, but we all do when we're little. Too much water around not to... :P

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