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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11 months ago (edited)

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

Daria B
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I agree people do not deserve downvotes for that, but really it's the wording that assumes "everyone does that" and bla bla bla. Anyway, you all get an upvote from me although I disagree with you all. ♥

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Katie Smith
Community Member
11 months ago

Doesn't everyone do that?!

Daria B
Community Member
11 months ago

You don't deserve a downvote, so I'll upvote you back up, but no. Not everyone does that. Only once in my life I had a bikini that had an unusual hook system that required me to do that, but otherwise it's easy to do it on my back directly without looking.

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Mary Cook
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11 months ago

I do that too. It is a more logical approach.

Erin Sheppard
Community Member
11 months ago

wait, there are women who reach around and hook it in the back? weird.

Daria B
Community Member
11 months ago

Not weird at all. Let's not overreact.

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Foxxy
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11 months ago

So much easier doing it up at the front.

Gemma Priest
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11 months ago

Wait wait wait... you mean some women actually hook it at the back?? How the...

MagicalUnicorn
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11 months ago

me too, even after wearing bra for almost 20 years..

Vicky Zar
Community Member
11 months ago

Do you know that there are Bras which have the hooks on the front? ;)

Lizard Queen
Community Member
11 months ago

True. They're more expensive than the ones with rear hooks.

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Elizabeth Shaaber
Community Member
11 months ago

i could hook it in the back if necessary but it's far easier and makes sense to do it this was (in front and move to back).

S
Community Member
11 months ago

Same boo.

Julia Gentzler Roark
Community Member
11 months ago

My mother taught me to fasten the hooks in the front then turn it around to the back. I'm 71, and that's what I've done my whole life. I'd rather see what I'm doing than trying to blindly find the right hooks and eyes that go together. But, to each her own. Who am I to criticize.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
11 months ago

Me, too.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
11 months ago

I think in real life almost everyone does that. Why operate in the blind, if you can do it the easy way at the front? It's probably only films that show the behind the back way.

Ameara
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11 months ago

I hook it and then put it over my head

Eden-Rose Huntsman
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11 months ago

me too

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Abbey Impson
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11 months ago

comedienne Sarah Millican (sp) refers to is as "front and swizzle"

AzKhaleesi
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11 months ago

Glad to know I'm not the only one

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I did that too, nowadays I usually hook it on my back, because I have some bras that can't be scurried around without much of a hassle.. :P

Esca Sav
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

Rather than hooking the bra from the back, I asked an employee at Victoria's Secret why my boobs don't appear normally in a bra as they do on other women. Apparently I've been wearing it wrong. I learned how to properly put on a bra at 21 years old...

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
11 months ago

In what way were you wearing it wrong?

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Jenica Thomas
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8 months ago

I always found the hook in front then twist method painful on my sensitive skin. But I've seen it done many different ways so nothing really surprises me anymore lol

Adrienne Early
Community Member
11 months ago

I was baffled to find out purple actually do that! Maybe it's because I've always had large boobs and it's just not feasible to do it in the front and twist? Though it's probably a skill I'll need to learn eventually, as one of my arms is slowly losing the ability to bend so high up my back. 🤷

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

feel with your fingers.

Rachael Bennie
Community Member
7 months ago

This is how i was taught to do it i didn't realise it wasn't normal :P

Id row
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7 months ago

I don't think I've ever hooked it from the back. Why would you?

Judith McGonagle
Community Member
7 months ago

So do I, have done so all my life.

Barbara Gilman
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, but that's because at 79, I have arthritis in my shoulders

Michelle Elizabeth
Community Member
7 months ago

me too

Mary Haynes
Community Member
7 months ago

Yup, have since I started wearing a bra!

Julia Merchant
Community Member
9 months ago

Same here!!

Carla Olavarría
Community Member
11 months ago

My mom cannot do it either

Nat Monzo
Community Member
11 months ago

Hahaha same! Although I hook it while it's off, and then pull the bra down over my head.

Non-New-Toni-An
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11 months ago

Be careful that your bra doesn't stretch and distort doing it that way, it won't last as long.

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Jeff Requier
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11 months ago

Hooking it in front and turning it is THE way isn't it

Kaleen Ellis
Community Member
11 months ago

Damn. This is the way I was taught to do it when I was 11 years old and I do it still.

Christina Eneroth (Eneroth3)
Community Member
11 months ago

Can anyone do this?

Baby panda🥰
Community Member
11 months ago

Me tooo

Kirstin Daniels
Community Member
11 months ago

I can’t hook behind my back either

Suzy Sunshine
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh... I thought... well... I thought everybody was doing it this way? No? ... all right...

Alana Thibault
Community Member
11 months ago

Me too!

Tsion Solomon
Community Member
11 months ago

me too😁

Twitch Mitchell
Community Member
11 months ago

I thought that was just the easiest way to get that thing situated.

Mikal Du Preez
Community Member
11 months ago

I'm supposed to be able to hook my bra behind my back?

Bill
Community Member
11 months ago

The check is in the lock box. Combo is 4-31-15

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
11 months ago

And i hooked it and then put it over my head... Im weird

Beth Schmidt
Community Member
11 months ago

I can't hook the ones with front hooks.

Magpie
Community Member
11 months ago

I could not ever do this, and really needed to when I got an injured shoulder at work.... australian rural woman - love aussie ebay!

Amber Cook
Community Member
11 months ago

Sister, to quote Tina Belcher, 'I just put my bra on one boob at a time' I'm right there with you however! Lol...

Dawn Welton
Community Member
11 months ago

IMHO, this IS the right way, and how I learned to put on a bra. Too hard to try to hook it in back.

Katerina Huskova
Community Member
11 months ago

It's OK sister 🤘

Hello Dolly
Community Member
11 months ago

My question is where did we learn to hook it behind our backs from lol. I can do it I just don’t remember anyone teaching me that.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
11 months ago

I can't blow balloons too!

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
11 months ago

i can't either, anymore!

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Alisa Brouwer
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1 month ago

Is this not normal??

AMaureen Dance
Community Member
7 months ago

Same here

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
7 months ago

That's actually how you're supposed to do it. It helps the elastic from stretching out too fast.

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
7 months ago

That's actually how you Should do it. It keeps the elastic from stretching out too fast.

Terry Hoover
Community Member
7 months ago

Doesn't everyone? Why would you do it the hard way?

Non-New-Toni-An
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

Most people do it at the front and slide it around. I used to do it at the back probably because I was skinny with excellent coordination and very flexible. But hooking it at the back is unusual.

Sandra Llewelyn
Community Member
11 months ago

Isn't that what everyone does?

Phil Lawless
Community Member
11 months ago

I learned at about age 10. A neighbor gave me a combination lock and the three numbers. I could not get it to work, until she showed me that the dial had to be turned much further than I was doing.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
11 months ago

Who doesn't?

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
11 months ago

Fasten in the front, turn. Fumbling blindly to hook all three hooks correctly (not getting the middle one at the top, bottom at the middle then finding you've misaligned) just takes so long my arms get tired. :-D

Gwinevere von Ludwig
Community Member
11 months ago

Um, is there another way to do it?

MeggersTheFox
Community Member
11 months ago

It's impossible to do it any other way, you'd have to dislocate your shoulder

Foxyloxylou
Community Member
11 months ago

i dont but thats because i never unhook it

john bartholomew (murkle46)
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11 months ago

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You hook the bra first and then slip it over your body.Duh.

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athornedrose
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11 months 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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11 months ago

For some reason 1999 is still 10years ago

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Jonathon Smith
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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
Community Member
11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

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

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Kjorn
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11 months ago

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

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AnnaB
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Pseudo Puppy
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

At least they have a calm home environment

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Steve Barnett
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11 months ago

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

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HOUSE
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11 months ago

Turn it on

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Oerff On Tour
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months ago

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

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Mascha Claessens
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11 months ago

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

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Mascha Claessens
Community Member
11 months 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
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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 months 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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