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

Batwench
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11 months ago

And the problem with this is?

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Kjorn
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11 months ago

i HATE small talk. it's just boring nonsense for me. this is why i hate talking to people

Mae
Community Member
11 months ago

Are you from northern Europe by any chance? I can't do small talk either, we don't do it, and it's just useless

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Doober
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11 months ago

For me, it stems from insecurities (with new ppl I'm not comfortable with). Like I'm subconsciously worried that I'm being judged or what I have to say isn't worth listening to. That, or I overshare and word vomit all over myself.

Steve Barnett
Community Member
11 months ago

Me too. Only reasoned why when I was diagnosed as Aspergic.

Lorraine R
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11 months ago

This is one of the reasons God invented weather, so we have something to talk about.

RaroaRaroa
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11 months ago

And one of the reasons everyone talks about the weather. It is the one and only thing we all have in common.

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Nora H.
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11 months ago

Just answer: "Not much, you..?"

Elaine
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11 months ago

This is me just whenever I talk to people unless I see them like every day I can't talk like a normal human being

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
11 months ago

I always answer "not much, how about you?" If you wanna talk, then YOU do the talk

Biopithecus
Community Member
11 months ago

"Did you read Trump's latest tweet?" should help in making small talk even if you never read any of 'em.

Petra
Community Member
11 months ago

Follow the English: talk about the weather (first).

Laugh Fan
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11 months ago (edited)

Yep - we are 'lucky' in that we can have all the seasons in one day sometimes! An example: left the house in brilliant sunshine today but didn't make it home before the thunderstorm terrified one of my dogs who jumps each time. No, it wasn't forecast for my part of the UK!

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Honey
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11 months ago

It doesn't matter if I know the person or if they're a stranger, small talk is an impossible thing for me to do. It's stressful and awkward.

Julia Gentzler Roark
Community Member
11 months ago

I freeze... Small talk scares me because I have nothing to say, nothing to share and nothing interesting to add. It's just blather. I'd rather not be there, trying to look interested. I would rather be home, by myself, reading or watching PBS.

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
11 months ago

I can relate

tuzdayschild
Community Member
11 months ago

If the small talk is about TV or movies I can do it. Outside of that...deer in headlights.

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
10 months ago

The proper response is, "Not much. What's new with you?" Turn it around on them. Make them pick a topic. Lol.

NanZ
Community Member
11 months ago

I don't do well with that either. If I do try to say something I screw it up or it comes out all wrong.

Shane Chang
Community Member
11 months ago

I wish no one knew how to make small talk.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

Say not much.

Jessany Trotter
Community Member
11 months ago

Keep the convo deep! Don’t waste time on the small stuff!

Barbara Baldwin
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11 months ago

My nickname is ten-words-or-less-barbara. I don't do phones or visiting anyone or anywhere

Matilda Gross
Community Member
11 months ago

This is social anxiety. It can be mastered.

Mae
Community Member
11 months ago

In some countries people never actually do small talk so no one learns it. We prefer to talk about real things in life, not about the weather last weekend.

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Karin Becton
Community Member
11 months ago

I do this too! "Have you seen any movies this summer?" Me: 'Ummm...I think...maybe...umm..."

comboplush
Community Member
11 months ago

I relate strongly. When asked outside a setting that suggests appropriate answers (such as being at work and knowing that the question is aimed at what happened at the workplace during their absence), I feel like being hit by a tsunami wave of things that are new, panick while trying to sort out suitable topics, staring blanky while processing and ending up mixing two to three incompatible phrases. "Whats new?" "Not much/had a great day today/new hobby" results in "Not much today new hobby" or a similar abomination. Then I blush and ponder on why my brain leaks random words when startled.

Lisa Belue
Community Member
11 months ago

I can SOOOO relate. :(

Craptavaganza
Community Member
11 months ago

Me too!

Shinobi Shabby
Community Member
11 months ago

i actually hate when people say "whats up" or "whats new" as if they actually making constructive convo. and then you feel like an idiot for not answering such a broad question.

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
11 months ago

Give the quick answer that you've been busy . . . then ask people about themselves. They will fill in the conversation and think you are a GREAT listener. Every person LOVES to talk about themselves.

Jessica Parkos
Community Member
11 months ago

Totally me.

iblowsheep
Community Member
11 months ago

I usually just make a grunting noise.

Phlop Ophlarb
Community Member
11 months ago

Them: "hey, what's up?" Me: good, and you?" >.<

Virgil Blue
Community Member
11 months ago

Yep, me to. Small talk often feels like a weird ritual with ancient arcane rules nobody can explain to me.

Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess that's what happens when you do the bad acid.

Baby panda🥰
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11 months ago

My reply is I got a haircut even if I didn’t it just seems to always start a convo

Petra
Community Member
11 months ago

It is always hard for me not to start complaining about anything immediately. "How are you doin'? - "We'll, ....%"í,&='¶∂ń€©ń∂Ż∆»•

Florencia Renedo
Community Member
11 months ago

Maybe you are just not a shallow person :)

Sill Marien
Community Member
11 months ago

"nothing is new. Wanna ask me about something old?" would me my passive-aggressive-autistic answer :D

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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.

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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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