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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1 year ago (edited)

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

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athornedrose
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1 year 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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1 year ago

For some reason 1999 is still 10years ago

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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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Stevie
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1 year 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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1 year 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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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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AnnaB
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1 year 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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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.

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chrisgun
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1 year ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Pseudo Puppy
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1 year 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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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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Daria B
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

At least they have a calm home environment

Václav „Evan“ Mraček
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1 year ago

thanos dislike

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Csaba Hegedűs
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1 year ago

Hopefully you can slap :P

Christina Webster
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1 year ago

Brilliant! (and agreed - snotty kids :p)

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Farouk 01
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1 year ago

who else snapped just to check they still can do it?

John Montgomery
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1 year ago

This guy.

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Margie S.
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1 year ago

I can snap with my left, but not my right.

Slick
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1 year ago

Same here. And i'm right handed.

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iblowsheep
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1 year ago

I'm the opposite, not intentionally though. my kid was crying because he couldln't snap and me thinking I'd be helpful said "it just takes practice. see I can snap with both hands" and that didn't go well.

Bettina Nørbo Jensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Guess you can't watch Addams Family then, you have to snap your fingers during the opening song

Tenay Douglas
Community Member
1 year ago

When i was 15 my five year old brother had to teach me how to snap

Suzana Tatim
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1 year ago

I snap all the time...

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

As in can't take it any more.

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John Montgomery
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1 year ago

I can only snap on my left hand. The right doesn't make any noise or is much much quieter.

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Snap your fingers? Lol

Lizz Lor
Community Member
1 year ago

I couldn't either until I realized what I was doing wrong....the noise comes from your middle finger hitting your palm...not from rubbing your thumb against your middle and index finger.

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that snap as in "directing a short burst of anger at someone", or as in snapping your fingers?

Catlady6000
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1 year ago

Fingers, I hope

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Charae Talis
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1 year ago

I used to be able to, but my arthritis prevents it now (and I'm only 38). But I've never been able to whistle AT ALL.

Debbie Pugsley
Community Member
1 year ago

I can only snap with my left hand. I'm right handed and I can't get that one to work.

mlarocque87
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1 year ago

I’m the only person in my entourage who can’t snap 😞

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

Snap what?

Melissa Smith-Bowles
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't pronounce my own last name. Married, not maiden.

Tony Barron
Community Member
1 year ago

I have to lick my fingers to snap.

Mer
Community Member
1 year ago

I can snap with either hand but you gotta know I just now did it to be SURE that I actually still could. Makes me wonder if "skills" like that can fade.

James White
Community Member
1 year ago

It may help if I tell you that the snap does NOT happen when your middle finger passes your thumb, the snap comes when the middle finger hits the palm. You are only putting your middle finger against the thumb to build up tension so it hits the palm hard enough to make a sound. I tried to snap for years, thinking it was supposed to happen when the two fingers brushed together, then one day I succeeded by accident and realised how to do it!

Shirley Battie
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't click my fingers or whistle no matter how hard I try

Drive Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't snap since carpal tunnel :-(

Emily Laur
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't snap :(

My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

Took me years to learn. I can't snap more often then 3 times in like 2 hours or my fingers will fall off

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I have never learned. So if I eat in a fancy restaurant and want to make the waiter feel inferior...

Mae
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah please don't ever snap at a waiter xD

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Ruth Kletke
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1 year ago

I can't whistle

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

Once I found out that the noise is made by your finger hitting your hand and not by your fingers it was a lot easier. I'm still not great at snapping (my thumbs bend weird) but I can successfully snap. Still can't whistle though.

Shän Di
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't snap either!

MeggersTheFox
Community Member
1 year ago

I could never snap until recently, and it comes with an interesting experience: I was in a play at my old school. Now I don't have the voice to sing or the stamina to dance so I was in all the background parts of the musical we were doing. In one section, I had to stand at the side of the stage, almost completely blocked by props, and snap. (Occasionally I had to say "Hutsvill usaaaaaaa, but it was just background noise everyone who wasn't a main part had to do). This is all cool, no stage fright, less time under the scorching fluorescent lights, no problem. But I couldn't snap. So opening night, in front of parents and peers, I stood doing my damned best to look like a human being while failing very obviously to snap. I vowed it would never happen to me again and forced myself to learn.

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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
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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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Biopithecus
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1 year ago

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

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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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Mascha Claessens
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1 year 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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1 year 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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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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Yettichild
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1 year 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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1 year 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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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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