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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Katie Smith
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1 year ago

Doesn't everyone do that?!

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

I’m the same and I do it with corn, peas etc.

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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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Sarcastic Cow
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1 year ago

I work in archive and hate when people do this!

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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
Community Member
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!

J West
Community Member
1 year ago

I have the same problem with batteries. It's actually written on the battery. He, and I, will still have to check it.

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iblowsheep
Community Member
1 year ago

i always remember the flat end goes against the spring, unless it's not that kind of battery or doesn't have a spring.

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

The + is the bumpy side.

Callie Ge
Community Member
1 year ago

The negative end goes on the spring.

bby byrd
Community Member
1 year ago

Same here dude. Look at the battery. Look what Im putting battery in. Rinse and Repeat and then put the battery in.

Girl On Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

Doesn't everyone do that? I do anyway

Susan Price
Community Member
1 year ago

The flat side of the battery always goes against the spring. Only way I can remember it lol

Tony Barron
Community Member
1 year ago

You don’t need to know. The flat end goes against the spring.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, with the change of shape in batteries and more and more gadgets coming with unremovable batteries, this one is not that weird after all.

Alisa Brouwer
Community Member
10 months ago

Same!

Maurettis
Community Member
10 months ago

Actually it's not a fail

Taliesin MacAran
Community Member
10 months ago

That would be because you want to insert them right the first time.

Judith McGonagle
Community Member
1 year ago

Always 🤣

Raila Salmela
Community Member
1 year ago

That is a good idea to check them. I once put them incorrectly to my remote control and it suddenly started making weird sounds and sparkled. Thank God I was home, it could have set on fire.

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
Community Member
1 year ago

I am 70 and am JUST figuring that out, also. Geez

Argus
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh yeah. Every single time

Carla Olavarría
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahaha same here 😂

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Me.

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
1 year ago

Bye dozens of battery operated candles. You learn fast

Patricia Posito
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. Every. Single. Time.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

the lumpy end is plus. :-)

Baby panda🥰
Community Member
1 year ago

And me

Laana
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s the only way to do it!

Phil Lawless
Community Member
1 year ago

Most battery holders give you clues to the proper orientation.

Brian
Community Member
1 year ago

So true

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 year ago

Always lol

Ben Pike
Community Member
1 year ago

I hear ya

Tenay Douglas
Community Member
1 year ago

"Jim Shorts" ha

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

How else do you know how to put 'em in?

Johnette Pace
Community Member
1 year ago

Your mind considers it unimportant and flushes unneeded inform nation out.

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Double checking is a safety action ( I'm sticking with this ! )

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

SAME! WHY CAN'T WE REMEMBER THAT?!!!!!

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

same

Jeffrey Teston
Community Member
1 year ago

yup.. Guilty!

NQ L
Community Member
1 year ago

Me- just snap them in. If it doesn't work, turn them around. 95% of the times, it's wrong. It would be faster if I'd checked before putting them in. Drives my husband crazy.

Elizabeth Shaaber
Community Member
1 year ago

same!

Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
1 year ago

I just thought it's better to double check

Đào Trung
Community Member
1 year ago

a tit is +, a flat chest is - Easy man :)

J West
Community Member
1 year ago

ewww. wtf is wrong with you?

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Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

There are labels

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 year ago

The positive side has the nipple. Did I get your attention?

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
1 year ago

Always, duh!

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago

Just remember, touching the nipple is always a "plus" ;)

D. Pitbull
Community Member
1 year ago

I.... just remember that nipples are positive... and flat butts are negative... and... oh, just me? Ok. Nvm.

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

A guy friend of mine called it "tits up" or "ass up". Looking and laughing about this will help you remember which way the batteries came out and then go back in.

Kota McCoy
Community Member
1 year ago

I just look for the nipple ;)

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Daria B
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1 year ago

If it weren't for Naver Maps, I wouldn't be here today. ♥

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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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Dorthe Schou-Nielsen
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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HOUSE
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes that is the proper and best way to shuffle cards!

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

are you my wife? because this sounded just like her :-)

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Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder if this goes all the way to the basic of these people not knowing their right from their left. Also, if they're as bad as they say, how do they get where they need to go when they're alone?

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

When I could swim underwater I would ALWAYS have to hold my nose. And wear goggles of close my eyes.

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chrisgun
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1 year ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Adam a
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1 year ago

HAhaha

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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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Ksenia M
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1 year ago

Hey, that was me until a couple of month ago! Apparently, you can take classes even as an adult!

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Oerff On Tour
Community Member
1 year ago

...and the child was between 4and 8 feet tall?

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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

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Oerff On Tour
Community Member
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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Daria B
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1 year ago

I can wrap presents pretty nicely. I cannot blow up baloons either. I can only whistle inwards.

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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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Pan Narrans
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1 year ago

For some reason I can't open my eyes under water.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

*hug* Just paint me a picture please.... TT_TT

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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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Mascha Claessens
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1 year ago

Me too. It drove my driving instructor CRAZY. XD (still got my license after one try on the practical exam, hey!) I'm getting better at it though, lately.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

That’s why I use a little device that changes colour telling you when the egg is soft or hard boiled.

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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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