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 every life lesson is as basic to one person as it is to the next.

The New York Times editor Jenee Desmond-Harris recently shared on Twitter her landlord's unexpected know-how 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 - from social skills such a the dreaded small talk to vital work skills. 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 seemingly simple things you've missed along the way.

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Katie Smith
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1 year ago

Doesn't everyone do that?!

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

I’m the same and I do it with corn, peas etc.

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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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Sarcastic Cow
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1 year ago

I work in archive and hate when people do this!

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Jonathon Smith
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1 year 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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Lousha
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1 year ago

The + sign has a bump on it. The positive side of the battery is also the one with the bump. The - sign is flat. The negative end of a battery is flat as well. You're welcome!

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Daria B
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1 year ago

If it weren't for Naver Maps, I wouldn't be here today. ♥

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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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Dorthe Schou-Nielsen
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1 year ago

Name someone you have beaten in a trivia game. I bet you can't.

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HOUSE
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

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

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

I wonder if this goes all the way to the basic of these people not knowing their right from their left. Also, if they're as bad as they say, how do they get where they need to go when they're alone?

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Daria B
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1 year 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.

Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Except if you exhale while underwater you can’t be under for nearly as long.

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Marc
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1 year ago

Actually, this is very common. There're several reasons for it, but mostly people who do this had bad experiences with underwater swimming in the past. It's mainly a brain thing. You can't overcome thinking of inhaling water (or drowning) and while you think of it you do it. It is possible to unlearn it. Step by step and with good experiences, you can stop holding your nose. It's the same as with other fears - You have to do it once (maybe a few times more) and probably will get rid of the fear.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes I nearly drowned once. But what was more traumatic was my swimming teacher. I was five, and she shoved me under water and held me until the bubbles came out, then pulled me out. She thought if you knew what it was like to drown, you would be more likely to learn to swim.

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ZombieGirl5591
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1 year ago

I can't either. I have to hold my nose when jumping in and when I go under at any time. I can't do the 'breathe out slowly so water doesn't go in' trick because I have a very weak lung capacity and can barely hold my breath that long as it is

Amanda Sherland
Community Member
1 year ago

Ya, and what about people that jump into the water without plugging their noses? How do they do that without water shooting up there?

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

When I could swim underwater I would ALWAYS have to hold my nose. And wear goggles of close my eyes.

Jewels Vern
Community Member
1 year ago

When you breathe through your mouth, or hold your breath, you can feel a little muscle close off your nose. That is how you swim under water. That little muscle holds your nose closed from inside.

Bunny Lady
Community Member
1 year ago

I would love to know how too! If I try to go underwater without holding my nose I get a violent pain in it.

Dana
Community Member
1 year ago

ME TOO!! I always feel like such a dork!

Brianna
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate the feeling of water in my nose. I can't do it!

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Hold your breath.

Mark Kelly
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10 months ago

pfft I can easily. Just don't breathe in.

Julie Patel
Community Member
10 months ago

I also can't do this and it's because I did try once but the water got in my nose so, I'll just deal with a noseplug. Who honestly cares?

Mason Barge
Community Member
1 year ago

You have to learn to seal off your sinuses with your soft palate. Try saying “t” really hard without letting air out.

Laszlo Bejo
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1 year ago

Funny... unless I swim upside down, if I don't inhale, water doesn't go in my nose. Maybe it's different for other people.

kearsten hall
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1 year ago

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Stormapotamus
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1 year ago

ME EITHER. and I'm 32 baaahahaha

Janet Dauncey
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG, I love that, "MAGIC PEOPLE" :)

Non-New-Toni-An
Community Member
1 year ago

I had no idea so many ppl struggled with this, I thought it was easy to not breathe in water. This explains why not everyone likes to swim underwater.

Non-New-Toni-An
Community Member
1 year ago

I learned to swim underwater as a child so it's easy, I don't have to think about it.

Jessany Trotter
Community Member
1 year ago

Breathe in before submerging and then exhale breath when under water, but not too much to the point where your lungs want to implode. Obviously come up for air.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
1 year ago

It's like learning chords in music, one day it just clicked in my head how to do it and it's no big deal now, 50 years too late, lol.

Carla Olavarría
Community Member
1 year ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 “you magic people” 😂😂😂

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Me.

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Professional Scuba Instructor here: The response to panic when nose touches water is called the Mammalian Dive Reflex. All mammals are genetically programmed to shut the air passages when the head is under water. Put a baby in a pool and it will automatically stop breathing through the nose (without panicking). The key is to feel safe and relax first and foremost, take the time to get in the zone. Imagine what you want to accomplish, in this case exhaling underwater, and practice it slowly in a safe place. If you don't take the time to visualize, and you rush to try to overcome it, then you will spend the better part of your life wondering what's wrong with you.

Baby panda🥰
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1 year ago

I don’t see how u can’t 🤔

My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

I can totally relate!!! Same with eyes open. Snorkeling took some overcoming

Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Ask Aqua Man.

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't do that either, if I don't hold my nose I get excruciating headache for hours.

Charne Burger
Community Member
1 year ago

same!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jack Dorian myers
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I am the exact opposite somehow. I think I was taught at an early age to not do that, and when i do it I just pop my ears

TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
1 year ago

Same with opening eyes underwater... I can't do it!

Susan Forbes
Community Member
1 year ago

Nose clips or the sidestroke for me

Lola
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t even have the guts to put my face under water.

Something
Community Member
1 year ago

How can you swim while holding your nose? Don't you need both arms?

petersilie
Community Member
1 year ago

its been a little learning curve for me: try this method in baby steps (in the hot tub or low water): breath in slowly and breath out through your nose, sametime dive under water for some inches, still breathing out the remaining air, and then dive up. doing this more times, i realized, no water comes into my nose, when staying under water, after breathing out all air through my nose.

Cookie Monster
Community Member
1 year ago

My boyfriend can't even swim. I suggested to teach him. He refused.... :-(

Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
1 year ago

I can hold my breath without holding my nose and exhaling out of my nose while underwater, but I can't stop boogies from coming out and then they hang slightly out of my nose once I surface... real problem.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
1 year ago

During wudu (ritual ablution/cleaning with water) Muslims clean the inside of their nose. You're supposed to sniff the water in. I cannot do this. I cup the water in my hand and forcefully splash it up my nose.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Same for me!

Ashley Harrold
Community Member
1 year ago

Same here

Foxyloxylou
Community Member
1 year ago

its pretty easy but i have to let go when im under the water and even then

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

I just hold my breath and swim.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't swim.

Biopithecus
Community Member
1 year ago

In cannot swim underwater with or without holding my nose.

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chrisgun
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1 year ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Adam a
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1 year ago

HAhaha

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year 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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Ksenia M
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1 year ago

Hey, that was me until a couple of month ago! Apparently, you can take classes even as an adult!

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Oerff On Tour
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1 year ago

...and the child was between 4and 8 feet tall?

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HOUSE
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1 year ago

At least they have a calm home environment

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Steve Barnett
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1 year ago

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

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HOUSE
Community Member
1 year ago

Turn it on

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Oerff On Tour
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Daria B
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1 year ago

I can wrap presents pretty nicely. I cannot blow up baloons either. I can only whistle inwards.

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Mascha Claessens
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1 year ago

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

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Pan Narrans
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1 year ago

For some reason I can't open my eyes under water.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

*hug* Just paint me a picture please.... TT_TT

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Katie Smith
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1 year ago

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

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Mascha Claessens
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1 year ago

Me too. It drove my driving instructor CRAZY. XD (still got my license after one try on the practical exam, hey!) I'm getting better at it though, lately.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

That’s why I use a little device that changes colour telling you when the egg is soft or hard boiled.

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Mascha Claessens
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1 year 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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