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??

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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
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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.

Enomfon Asuquo
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11 months ago

My mom would hunt you down :)

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jamie1707
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11 months ago

No one else on earth can do it either. those freaks you see on youtube are aliens in disguise.

Lola
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11 months ago

That’s right! They probably color coordinate too.

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Honey
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11 months ago

I FOLDED ONE ONCE! It wasn't until I was finished that I looked at it and was like, 'holy sh*t I think I just leveled up in adulting'. But that was last year and haven't been able to do it again since.

Jo Johannsen
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11 months ago

Take them out of dryer and put back on bed, duh! 😜

Abbey Impson
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11 months ago

I've been able to fold them since I was about 10 and I consider it my super power

Kori K. Warriner
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11 months ago

So jealous...

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PaulV
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11 months ago

To fold a fitted sheet, take MTH-490 (Math 490 Intro to Topology) and earn at least a C+, and then, yeah nevermind.

Monika Rhodes
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11 months ago

Those aren't supposed to be folded 😂

Alexandra Hughes
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11 months ago

No one can fold fitted sheets. You aren't alone.

Elsker
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11 months ago

It helps to tuck all corners into one , that will leave you with a kind of rectangle to fold. But it never gets as nice as regular sheets

Pretty Pangolin
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11 months ago

That's similar to the method I learned - tuck one end inside-out into the other end...but then I have to use the floor to finish it. Pretty sure that's not how Heloise does it.

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kate h
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11 months ago

I don't trust people who can fold them correctly. I'm certain they're from a parallel universe.

Bubba Robertson
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11 months ago

I gave up years ago. I just ball it up and put under the top sheet. It will be wrinkled but who is really going to see it and say anything.

Lola
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11 months ago

Touché!

FABULOUS1
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11 months ago

My daughter can fold fitted sheets perfectl, however I lack the skill to convince her to do them.

iblowsheep
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11 months ago

isn't that ability one the test to find out if someone is an alien?

Katerina Huskova
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11 months ago

Fitted sheets were invented by a sadist.

Jenica Thomas
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8 months ago

People who can fold fitted sheets are just not normal

Jessany Trotter
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11 months ago

They’re shits!!!! Grab the corners of the sheet that aren’t elasticised and cover the corners of your bed with the elastic relaxed in the middle and fold away!

Octavia Hansen
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11 months ago

NO ONE is going to look into your cabinet to check your sheet folding. Roll 'em up and use the time for more fun things!

Wyndmere
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11 months ago

I taught myself how to fold them well so they are straight and flat. Then, I discovered other people knew how to do this too. 8 )

Valerie G.
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11 months ago

Well, I just knew having this bookmarked might come in handy someday, and here we are: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7181377/Adairs-shares-EXACT-technique-folding-fitted-sheet-perfectly-time.html

misteriosa
Community Member
11 months ago

Xkcd comic had a great intake on folding fitted sheets. Yeah, I try every time but it still ends in a lump.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
11 months ago

My mil is a pro in this and my hubby is getting better too. Me? I wait till hubby gets home...

Ameara
Community Member
11 months ago

lol nobody can

Id row
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1 month ago

I'm pretty sure those vids are lies and those sheets just can't be folded.

Peter Beeson
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1 month ago

No one can fold fitted sheets. It's against the laws of physics!

T
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1 month ago

That's because the YouTube is lying to you.

Cindy Naismith
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1 month ago

I just wash and dry them and put them back on the bed...until they wear out and then I get a new set and do the same thing.

A.J. Downey
Community Member
7 months ago

Marie Kondo's method changed my life!

Lauri Jo Daniels
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7 months ago

I mean, who can? I've tried to do it so many times like they show you. Nope. There's black magic behind it. I'm sure of it.

bby byrd
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7 months ago

Bless my stepmom. She made me fold one until I could do it in my sleep.

Mark Kelly
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7 months ago

I never worry because I never have an extra fitted sheet.

Lynne Darroch
Community Member
7 months ago

I made a video for a friend complaining about it. Pocket 1 into Pocket 2, spin, pocket 3 then pocket 4, square it up, good to go.

Rider
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7 months ago

Folding fitted sheets is demon magic

Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago

Fitted sheets will only fold correctly (like in the YouTube video) when they are new. Once they get a little wear and tear, the only way to properly fold them is to match up the corner pockets when folding in half (top corners to bottom corners), fold that in half again (match up the corners again), then lay it on a flat surface and lump the edge parts over so you create a square, then fold that.

LaVerne Wheelbarger
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10 months ago

They don’t help me either.

Non-New-Toni-An
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10 months ago

I sort of roll them. The benefit of it being fitted comes with a compromise. It's worth it, making a bed with a flat sheet is hell!!!

heidi holmes
Community Member
10 months ago

Fitted sheets are the devil incarnate no doubt in my mind about that! I don't even bother folding them, I just either put them directly on to the bed or hand them to the husband to fold because for some weird reason he CAN fold them!

Billy Haake
Community Member
11 months ago

I used to try and fold fitted sheets. Now I just wad them into a ball and stuff them in a corner of the linen closet. The wrinkles will disappear when the sheet is stretched over the mattress.

Michele Clarke
Community Member
11 months ago

YEP!!!!

Susann Campbell
Community Member
11 months ago

me.

Jeff Requier
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11 months ago

nope, never works.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
11 months ago

Ditto. mine never match those videos. screw them. hahahah

Lyn Moffett
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11 months ago

So easy once you get the hang of it

Kirstin Daniels
Community Member
11 months ago

Same. My husband is a whiz at folding them, but me forget about it.

Lisa Woo
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11 months ago

I can fold fitted sheets. But anything slightly athletic....big no

Rebecca Cote
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11 months ago

Folding a fitted sheet is not hard... but it is hard to explain lol

Charlie Pond
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11 months ago

Me either and I don't care anymore.

Rall
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11 months ago

I just make them to one big ball and put it in the drawer :D

Lisa Belue
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11 months ago

My parents really tried to teach me how to fold fitted sheets into tight packages like they did, but I could never get it!

Susan Bosse
Community Member
11 months ago

It drives me nuts when people don't fold them. It's not that hard. I don't get it perfect, but good enough to tuck everything in until I can fold it flat. Then place the top sheet and extra pillow case on top and put it all in the other pillow case. Make into a neat little square and put in your linen closet. Ta da!! Whole sheet set all together. No more searching for lost pillow cases or sheets. Just grab the one out and go. AND your fitted sheet doesn't have to be perfectly folded to be neat.

Susan Gardner
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11 months ago

Why do people love to brag that they are sloppy lol

Dr John A Truman
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11 months ago

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ok, fitted sheets are typically easy for most women but an absolute torture for myself and every guy I know. I typically give them to my wife and say - here - fold this please - lol Just cant do it.

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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
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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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