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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Turn it on

S
Community Member
1 year ago

Best comment award goes to... ^^

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Petra Schaap
Community Member
1 year ago

when I try to iron things it just turns into origami :-(

Bumblebee
Community Member
1 year ago

Iron only to one side. Don't know if the tip helps. But if you iron for example from left to right and back from right to left, you will definitely get wrinkles. So only iron from left to right. Or the other way around. But not back and forth.

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debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

i quit looooong ago

Cookie Monster
Community Member
1 year ago

I've given up ironing. I hang my clothes to dry or put them in my tumble dryer. When dry I fold them and don't care anymore *g*

Ashley Say Whaat?!?
Community Member
1 year ago

Me too! One skill I also haven't been able to master. Thank goodness I have the trusty dryer instead!

Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

Did you try turning it off and on again? ;D

John L
Community Member
1 year ago

It took me a while to figure out that I should press the crease, instead of trying to make a new one and ironing out the old one.... :D

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

I love to iron. It's relaxing, perfect thing to do while watching Coronation Street or Eastenders.

Hard 2 Guess
Community Member
1 year ago

Great, win-win situation for you and I both. I hate ironing so where should I send my fresh laundry to be ironed out.

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Khanh Vy
Community Member
1 year ago

Me too!

Just saying
Community Member
1 year ago

I iron wrinkles in, not out.

Maureen Matthew
Community Member
3 months ago

Is the iron turned on?

Christina Gomez
Community Member
10 months ago

SAME! Yes, it's on, yes I mist it. And yet, I manage to just iron the winkles in place instead of ironing them out.

Jaclyn Seeger
Community Member
10 months ago

If I attempt to iron....it looks worse than when I started!

bby byrd
Community Member
10 months ago

Starch is your friend.

Lynne Darroch
Community Member
10 months ago

Ooh Abdullah S will be the first in line for this if they ever get it to market: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8NYzQAVF7Q

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't like to iron. If I buy clothing and it's wrinkled when I pull it out of the dryer, I give it to the the shop. My husband was in the military for years and I was so glad when they switched to the new utility uniforms (wrinkle free). Ironing around patches is such a pain.

mlarocque87
Community Member
1 year ago

I praise people that iron all their shirts on a weekly basis! 🙌🏼

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, really? Just get a spray bottle of water, lightly mist whatever you're ironing and go to. If it's from a set in crease, do the same but use white vinegar. It will iron flat and not smell of vinegar after a bit. If you want to get rid of the little holes after taking out stitches (in fabric, lol), spray the fabric with spray starch and they will relax and iron out, Works most of time.

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

I can iron, I just don't like too. Thanks for the tip about the stitch holes. I'll have to try that.

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Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

use "magic sizing" or one of those sprays. steam doesnt work for me either.

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago

Plug it in :P

James White
Community Member
1 year ago

I had this problem for years as a poor student. I just couldn't get a crease out, no matter what I did - temperature, steam, whatever. At 40, I bought a £75 iron - and it's miraculous. I wave it in the general direction of the shirt and the creases just fall out. It's got 3 different steam functions and 4 different water filters and all that. I figured you just can't skimp on irons - you get what you pay for.

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

This is true. Cheap irons are terrible. Maybe that's why these people can't get creases out.

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Laura West
Community Member
1 year ago

You also don't possess 2nd grade English writing skills.

MD Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably need some water and the setting needs to be changed depending on the fabric

Soňa Nováková
Community Member
1 year ago

Try using the steam.

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

My mother told me to never ever touch a hot iron. So I never have . *cough yeah mumble 50 something years old *.

Lsai Aeon
Community Member
1 year ago

I never learned to iron, either.

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

It needs electricity

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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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