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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Amberly Middlemiss
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2 years ago (edited)

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

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athornedrose
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

For some reason 1999 is still 10years ago

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Jonathon Smith
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2 years 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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2 years 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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Stevie
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

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

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AnnaB
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

At least they have a calm home environment

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Steve Barnett
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2 years ago

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

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HOUSE
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2 years ago

Turn it on

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Oerff On Tour
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2 years 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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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Mascha Claessens
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2 years ago

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

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Mascha Claessens
Community Member
2 years 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.

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Same. I tried immersive diving. Results? My ass stays up, sorry.

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Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't float either. My friends mock me.

Jenica Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm a terrible swimmer. My butt floats but nothing else does. Growing up my mom nicknamed me Bubble Butt. It is so true, but hurts so much!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
2 years ago

Mu husband couldn't either, nearly drowned in basic training because of it, and he couldn't swim either. Even when he got fat he still had more muscle mass and larger bones and sank like a rock. Me? I float like crazy!

Eleanor Orser
Community Member
2 years ago

I float without any effort but I can not get under water to pick up a locker key or anything. Don’t know how they do it. My butt just floats up and my head is still down,

Dave P
Community Member
2 years ago

there are tricks to help, but some people are naturally buoyant and some people are not, it has to deal with body distribution, bone structure, etc. But pulling your head back where your chin is higher than your forhead, back flat, and kneel bent below the water at a 45 degree angle, and arms outwards, should help compensate and help you float.

Stille20
Community Member
2 years ago

Part of it is being calm enough... but honestly it might still be body composition.

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm the opposite. I tried just walking in the water to focus on my arms' technique (as many people do), but before I knew it, my legs just wouldn't stay down. Also, I can't dive because my body just floats up.

Henry Saravia-Melara
Community Member
10 months ago

my sister can't float on water but is a really good swimmer.how does that work

Maurettis
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a matter of how you breathe. And it's different between salt water and fresh water ( fresh water makes you sink unless you swim )

Heidi Danielson
Community Member
1 year ago

omg! I used to swim like a fish, but in my 50's I went to the Dead Sea.. everything floats in the Dead Sea, except me. smh :(

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
2 years ago

I cannot swim under water anymore. Ever since I blossomed into a woman. I have these huge floatation devices on my chest now. I've always been able to float when I wanted to; but now, staying submerged is not possible.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 years ago

My Dearly Beloved, God rest his soul, would sink in the Great Salt Lake in Utah!

Just saying
Community Member
2 years ago

I can float, except for my butt. It never learned how.

Billy Haake
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

When I was in boot camp at Parris Island, we had to "drown proof" in a large and deep swimming pool by staying afloat for one full hour. The drill instructors told us about 10% of people cannot float in any position. Luckily, I found my correct floating position. (It is not on my back as you might think).

Patricia Pfaff
Community Member
2 years ago

Opposite for me. I can't sink or stay underwater. I bob right up. Can't even touch the bottom of the pool. Even when I was thinner.

Lara Harris
Community Member
2 years ago

My dad is the same. Sinks like a rock.

Twig
Community Member
2 years ago

I dated a woman about 10 years ago and she couldn't float in salt water, we figured out it was because she had very little body fat.

Ema Sklepic
Community Member
2 years ago

You need to take a deep breath and stiffen your neck as you lay down on the water ^^ maybe that would help ;p

Electric isopod
Community Member
2 years ago

30 years old, 115lbs and 5’2 and I can only float.

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 years ago

i can't swim:( ! oh, i tried many times but just never got it

Eniko Bata
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought it has sth to do with fat: I am fat and I love floatong, but cannot dive. My husband is muscular and cannot float but dives perfectly.😯

Elaine
Community Member
2 years ago

I had this problem too but I found that if you go underwater let air out of your nose then plug or hold you nose shut with your fingers and you sink down

Eden-Rose Huntsman
Community Member
2 years ago

My mom can't float either. She tries and tries but she just sinks like a rock.

Dr John A Truman
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2 years ago

I also cannot float to save my life. my body is made of lead or so it seems.

Pan Narrans
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2 years ago

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

HOUSE
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2 years ago

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To be fair pan, you don't actually own a pair of eyes so that's misleading

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Peta Hurley-Hill
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2 years ago

I have noticed,from working with Autistic children and having 2 of my own with high functioning Autism that,I've never met an autistic kid that can float in water...Their feet sink.

Jewels Vern
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2 years ago

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Fat floats, muscle doesn't. That's all there is to it. You must be a low fat person. Women have more fat than men so they float better.

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PaulV
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Yettichild
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2 years ago

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

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tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

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

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Mascha Claessens
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2 years 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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