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.

Andile
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2 years ago

I strongly relate, at ;east you work with kids... imagine being in meeting and having to keep saying "this/that guy" or "this/that woman" really embarrassing to be honest and rude but I just cant help it.

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Claire
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2 years ago

I can't remember people's names, but I remember their dog's names so easily.

Craig Lee
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2 years ago

Holy crap, that is exactly what I'm like. I work in construction and every single customer that has a dog, I instantly remember it and never forget it. But the actual customers names, forget it. Takes me a few weeks usually. I always refer to the jobs by whatever their dogs names are.

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Danny Den Bekker
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2 years ago

There's a good trick for remembering people's names. When you meet someone for the first time wait for them to say their name. Then repeat the name while introducing yourself. Hi (name to remember) I'm (own name) Or Hi, (name to remember) good to see you again. Repeating the name makes you remember it more easily.

Dr.Scott
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2 years ago

The reason I can't remember names is that I'm really bad at paying attention when someone introduces themselves.

Wyndmere
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2 years ago

Just assign everyone a number and you’ll remember them forever. Of course, now you’re just a clone of the IRS.

Jill
Community Member
2 years ago

This soooo applies to me as well....BUT I'm a teacher and ppl think that I dont care when in reality, I always remember all their faces and miss the when they are gone. My brain just doesnt work with names.

What's In Your Head?
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2 years ago

I don't do names either. When someone introduces him-/herself to me, I'm usually too busy not making a fool of myself to actually listen to their name. Rude, yes, but I can't help it.

Frozengeckolover
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2 years ago (edited)

You aren't being rude. Everyone does that. We get nervous when we meet new people. Instead of listening, our minds are like "Is my shirt on backwards? Did I use mouthwash this morning? I hope my breath doesn't stink! Should I shake their hand? Oh, crap, I think I missed the moment! Should I try again? What should I do with my hands? Is my posture correct? I should straighten my shirt. Would that be rude? My shirt is on the right way, isn't it? Oh, no, I think she just said something important. I wasn't paying attention. I should say something witty. Now she thinks I'm an idiot. I'm gonna go jump off a bridge now!"

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Daria B
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2 years ago (edited)

I have difficulties remembering names and faces too, unless it's a person I'm seeing often and that has been somehow part of my life (friends, colleagues, classmates etc.) Now I work in a big company and, while I do recognise their names and faces, I have trouble CONNECTING the name to the face. Like, we communicate with each other through messengers for work purposes, and small talk during breaks and enjoy each other's company and always greet them.... But don't ask me "who" this person is. Of course, that doesn't happen with my close team mates, I know who's who.

Nikki Strange
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2 years ago

I forget people’s faces. Even if I saw them one second ago. Working in customer service for a long time it was very frustrating. I have to see someone repeatedly to be able to remember their faces.

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

It seems I've found another relative.

ƒιѕн
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2 years ago

And I thought I was the only one with this problem lol.

misteriosa
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2 years ago

I am great with numbers, horrible, horrible with names.

danielw
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2 years ago

I have trouble remember people's names. But I remember the name of their dog(s). The thing is, I don't like people. I like dogs, though.

Max L.
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2 years ago

Me too, at parties I feel ashamed because as soon as somebody introduces themselves, I forget the name next minute.

Elsker
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2 years ago

Me to. Or even when I do know the name and i'm talking fast or startled I'll mess it up

Dorthe Schou-Nielsen
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2 years ago

Name someone you have beaten in a trivia game. I bet you can't.

Id row
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1 year ago

I know 50 digits of pi, but as soon as I'm introduced to someone, the name is just gone in about 2 seconds.

Geoffrey Holland
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1 year ago

it's because when you're being introduced to someone you're thinking of what you're going to say not concentrating on what they are saying.

Jean Nielsen
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm finally old and I can get away with calling people "honey" or "dear" or "sweetie" or something like that. I get forgiven because I'm that cute old lady, but I've actually been doing it for years and years because I can't remember names.

Cindy Naismith
Community Member
1 year ago

Glad it's not just me.

Melanie Young
Community Member
2 years ago

Me too, but I'm less embarrassed about it the older I get. I just look them in the eye, and say "my mind has gone blank on your name", then they tell me. No one ever gets upset.

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

I can recite 40 digits of pi, but I forget names the instant I'm told them. I don't even get 5 seconds out of it before it's gone. I'm like a goldfish.

Greg Hodge
Community Member
2 years ago

You need to live in Australia where, if you’ve forgotten someone’s name, you just call them “mate”.

Samantha Hurrell
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2 years ago

I get there eventually with names, it just takes time for me.

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
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2 years ago

I can sing every song or hear every musical progression of anything I have heard. I try to "store" a person's name when I am introduced, but I fail miserably almost every time.

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
Community Member
2 years ago

I TRY to "store" names when I hear them, but MAN, am I BAD at it!!!!

Jezergirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Me too! It's so embarassing sometimes... and my husband is the same. So, sometimes we are like: "What's was his/her name?" "Bho, I don't remember!"

Girl On Fire
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2 years ago

Me too!! I have gone to the length of telling people when I meet them after they say their name to tell them I will immediately forget it

Frozengeckolover
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2 years ago

I remember faces, just not always the name that goes with the face. I remember a person's voice more than anything. Talk to me once and I'll be able to pick you out of a noisy, crowded room after that.

Jan Lundström
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2 years ago

Yepp. Exactly the same for me :)

mummy pig
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2 years ago

Me too:(

Non-New-Toni-An
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2 years ago

In this case, poor memory is probably due to anxiety and nerves, if you can overcome that then you will remember names better. They said they are good at remembering other things so they clearly don't have a bad memory in general.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 years ago

Me too! I am absolutely the best when it comes to usless facts and general knowledge. But don't ask me who wrote what!

Leisa Farrow
Community Member
2 years ago

I used to be great at remembering names. Then I go old. Someone told me long ago that when we don't remember someone's name, it's because we really aren't interested in that person - OR - we're too self-involved. That makes me try harder. Also - I try to associate the person's face with their name or an object that sounds like their name. Of courtse, there was that guy we called Margherita for years because that's what he drank. We never did learn his name until he got arrested. LOL

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh please, I'm horrible with names, kids and hubby included. But I never forget a face and it drives me crazy!

Taco Nieuwenhuis
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you! Now I know I'm not alone!! (now remembering our telephone number in 1976)

Susann Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Me.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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2 years ago

I've had the same lady doing my pedicure for several years. I can't remember her name to save my life. I know the owner is Kim and that her daughter's name is Lily. I just call her Ma'am.

Meami
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep. Right there with you. And people get so offended. Sheesh.

Stephanie Barr
Community Member
2 years ago

Ditto. There's a dead place in my brain where I'm supposed to keep names and acronyms.

Eliyahu Rooff
Community Member
2 years ago

Same here.

Katrin Faridani
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s like I do t hear names at all. It just goes in one ear and out the other. (Not sure it even goes in actually), but numbers and lyrics, I ha e photographic memory for that shit.

Patricia Posito
Community Member
2 years ago

I live in a condo complex, and many neighbors have dogs. I've met a LOT of them and can always remember the dogs' names, but not the person's. I'm not proud of that fact.

Baby panda🥰
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2 years ago

Ronel du Plessis my aunt always used to call us coek guess I know why now

Nikki Steele
Community Member
2 years ago

I struggle with names too, but there is a tip I have found useful, if you can, associate their name with someone or something, a movie character you like etc I remember a family friends child's name only because of this trick, he has the same name as an X-men character. = ) Hope this helps someone. (Though it's practically impossible with Non-Caucasian names). = / For those I have no clue...

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

Same. I have friends that would swear I know the lyrics to every song, love playing trivia, know pi to almost 40 digits, but I can't remember names. As soon as I'm introduced, it's gone from my head. But I'll remember what they wore and what they drank.

Daria Z
Community Member
2 years ago

I cannot rememeber names or titles, even though I read a lot. No problem with remembering a plot though.

Lucy Shupe
Community Member
2 years ago

On the other hand my hubby thinks it is “Sam” and enviably it isn’t “Sam”. My kids and I just turn away. Worse part he will start talking to this total stranger for five minutes.

Adrienne Early
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it's a lazy brain thing. I can remember tremendous detail, but I have to really focus when people say their names and then consciously repeat it back (and repeat it to myself several times) for me to remember names. My brain just doesn't think it's important enough to file, especially if I'm not going to see them again.

Adrienne Early
Community Member
2 years ago

Also, if I'm not paying focused attention, I call people the wrong names, even when I know their name. Like, I cycle through all my kids names when I'm yelling at one. Or my siblings names when I'm taking to one. And my friends names. Which is weird, cuz I don't call my kids my friends names, it's just, I guess, the names in each "category" that get mixed. 0.o

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Magpie
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2 years ago

Because this >>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwEvw6a1fS8

Magpie
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2 years ago

I come in at about time 3:23

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Octavia Hansen
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2 years ago

I never remember the name of a person I will only meet one time. Unless they are going to stay in my life (through marriage or other friend) I don't bother to remember. And when I need to know a name, I ask for it again in a polite way -- everyone LOVES the sound of their own name and will share it again and again.

Koalamonster
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2 years ago

At work I'll go to see the name of the next patient I'm taking back, but if I don't immediately pull them up or write their name down I'll have to look it back up almost every time. I can tell the doctor near verbatim every issue you mentioned, but your name?? Not so much. It's both incredibly annoying and incredibly common. Then there's the whole "sorry Elizabeth you just REALLY look like a Sarah."

Jessica Parkos
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2 years ago

Same

knittin' kitten
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2 years ago

I've lived in my rooming house for half a year and I remember only one person's name

Katerina Huskova
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2 years ago

Oh, you're not alone

Brandon Collinsworth
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2 years ago

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Ian Carter
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2 years ago

Me too - I can tell you any artist/song and year of release of any track from 1993-2003 but the name of somebody I met 20 seconds ago, nope!

Lsai Aeon
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2 years ago

ME TOO!

Lizard Queen
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2 years ago

When introduced to a new person, I say their name three times in conversation. It helps me remember.

Esca Sav
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2 years ago

I had a friend of four years in high school, but the first time he told me his name I couldn't remember it. Four years I didn't know his name. FOUR YEARS OF LIES. I finally told another mutual friend of ours to help me remember it Senior year and every time this guy walked by, my other friend would mouth his name behind him. Daniel, if you ever see this... You don't bloody look like a Daniel, but regardless I'm sorry for being an a**.

Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, I am having the same problem. Especially if I met that person only once or rarely. It gets better the more I meet someone, but still, it takes some time. I can remember anything else, too. Oh, and I can remember cat or dog names, even I only met them once. I guess animals are closer to me than humans are.

Oerff On Tour
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2 years ago

I fail at all 3. Now try to explain a song to someone else... 😟

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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
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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
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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.

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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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