Listen up, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: everybody has gaps in their knowledge! No matter how smart or experienced we are, there’s at least one thing that slips through the cracks. You know, that awakening moment or fact that is so painfully obvious, it catches us by surprise and makes us wonder how we managed to breezily move through life without acquiring such basic information.

But the good news is that it’s never too late to learn. Luckily for us, anonymous Redditors are setting out to teach us about these little things and life-changing bits of wisdom to save us from any future embarrassment. In several 'Ask Reddit' threads, thousands of people stepped forward to reveal the common things they realized at a hilariously late age, and they didn’t hold anything back.

We at Bored Panda have gone through the community to gather some of the best responses about obvious things that apparently were not evident enough. Enjoy reading through these illuminating stories and hit upvote on your favorite ones. Keep in mind that this is a shame-free and safe space, so if you have had any blind spots you recently discovered, be sure to let us know about them in the comments. We’d love to hear them!

Psst! If you’re in the mood for even more common things that people somehow missed, check out our previous pieces about them here, here, and here.

#1

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I had two uncles when I was growing up who did everything together, both had YMCA-style moustaches, never had any girlfriends, and lived together with three cats.

Didn't realise they weren't just close friends until I was sixteen. "Oblivious" doesn't even come close.

[deleted] , Ricardas Brogys Report

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
3 months ago

My mother says when she was a kid she had an relative who she only realised much later was almost certainly a lesbian. It just wasn't something you talked about openly back then.

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#2

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) i couldn't swallow pills until a month ago and when i finally did it my mom applauded me with tears in her eyes and wrote it down in my baby book. i'm 23.

[deleted] , Christina Victoria Craft Report

kermit
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean it’s still an accomplishment

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#3

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) My dad once told me that the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary. 18 years later, I got the joke.

demolitiondubz , Houcine Ncib Report

Juan Ghote
Community Member
3 months ago

How do you keep a fool in suspense? Head back here tomorrow to find out!

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#4

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) So a little back story first. I was a really annoying and persistent child. My mother used to tell me that I couldn't accompany my parents out to dinner because "children aren't allowed in restaurants."

Fast forward 20 years and my girlfriend and I are out to eat. When a child runs by being a little shitball I say, "Remember when children weren't allowed in restaurants?"

No...nobody does.

pooveyfarms , Rod Long Report

iseefractals
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, remember when parents were actually considerate of others? I miss that.

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#5

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I thought orgasm was a nice word for fart when I was 10. Told my mom I had so many orgasms that my stomach hurt.

[deleted] , Keren Fedida Report

Bellala
Community Member
3 months ago

OH MY

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#6

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I went to Catholic schools growing up. Other kids went to public schools. I thought there were two religions: Catholic and Public.

[deleted] , Constanza S. Mora Report

Samantha Mix
Community Member
3 months ago

You're not wrong....

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#7

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) As a kid my uncle would play this joke where he would put his hand on your head and make like a jellyfish squeezing your head a little, and say “this is a brainsucker, know what it’s doing? Starving!”

I would always laugh but did not get it until I was like 25

patinaYouUgly , Henry Söderlund Report

Nika De Beer
Community Member
3 months ago

That's hilarious!

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#8

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I don't know why but whenever someone mentioned that a piece of furniture (or often the dashboard of a nice car) was walnut, I kind of thought they meant the nut and shells all crushed up and smoothened and I wondered how they did it. Then, in my thirties, I realised they probably make it from the tree. Felt like a right walnut that day.

livid54 , YUSUF ARSLAN Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

I like that. "What a walnut" is my new passive aggression

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#9

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) that I couldn't drink my problems away and that drinking was the problem.

4 years sober

Feels2old , thom masat Report

Matt MacFarlane
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, I can relate...get drunk to avoid your problems..later you're just broke and hungover.....and your problems are still there.

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#10

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) That setting boundaries is a necessary part of life and whoever calls you "rude" because of it has a problem.

tropicalzhu , John Bussell Report

Priscilla Reshell
Community Member
3 months ago

True

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#11

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I always thought that if a guy didn't hold his penis while he was peeing, that it would whip around like a fire hose.

[deleted] , Tim Wildsmith Report

Wax0nWax0ff
Community Member
3 months ago

As the lone girl in a house full of boys, I clean up enough floor pee to confirm that this surely must be true

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#12

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) That the opposite sex does not owe me anything for my kindness.

The_e-Detective , Sung Jin Cho Report

troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

Not just the opposite sex. And being kind is a reward in itself, you don't anything in return :)

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#13

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) There is a difference between "dish soap" and "dishwasher soap.".

I was a rookie in the fire house and put the dishes into the dish washer after morning oats and lunch. I proceeded to the load the dish detergent tray with the same soap that I was using to scrub the dishes in the sink...poor choice.

We wind up running a few calls in the afternoon on the engine. When we finally get back to the station and I'm restocking/wiping the rig down, my captain walks out and asked if I started the dishwasher. I said yes. Then we proceeded to go into the kitchen where there was literally a three feet deep sea of bubbles in the kitchen. The engineer and firefighter on duty thought it was hilarious, as did my captain, but being the rookie, I was embarrassed as hell. I opened a door to the outside and used our ventilation fan to blow as much of the suds as I could out the door. After restarting the dishwasher, more of these bubbles started coming out of the dishwasher. I had to rinse that dishwasher out so many times to get rid of all of the residue from the dish soap. The crazy part is, I didn't put that much soap into the machine.

And that, kids, is how I earned the nickname, "Bubbles."

TLDR: Don't put dish soap into a dishwasher...dishwasher soap only.

Edit: I was 21 when this happened.

fireslayer17 , Mohammad Esmaili Report

Pumpkin Spice
Community Member
3 months ago

Cue me sprinting to dump 3 mls. of Dawn into the dishwasher to check...

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#14

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) As a young child, I would tell my father, "Dad, I'm hungry." He would stop whatever he was doing, extend his hand, and say, "I'm Bill." It infuriated me. For years this went on.

One day, I say, "I'm tired." He responds his usual response and I begin to say, "Daaaaa.....Oh! Oh my god! I GET IT!"

There are very few times I've seen my dad laugh that hard. I was 18.

dianasaurusmex , Marcela Rogante Report

kermit
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m dying

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#15

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Until i was 19 and away at college i did not know that milk curdles or bread molded. I grew up in a family of 8 and we went through that stuff so fast.

Trugem6 , Helena Jacoba Report

Esha
Community Member
3 months ago

"Mmm chunky milk"

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#16

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Tasmanian devils are not made up by Looney Tunes

[deleted] , Lottie Corin Report

SabbeRubbish
Community Member
3 months ago

Neither is the road runner!

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#17

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Fruit Loops are all the same flavor. I was 27, and I still remember the shock of finding out Toucan Sam had been lying to me my whole life.

sfw8580 , Etienne Girardet Report

kermit
Community Member
3 months ago

Toucan Sam that dirty little liar. All this time I thought my favorite flavor was blue

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#18

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Octopuses have BEAKS

Edit: OK NERDS "OCTOPI" ISN'T THE ONLY TECHNICALLY CORRECT TERM AND I'M NOT CHANGING IT.

T33n_T1t4n5 , Serena Repice Lentini Report

Soulstice
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Octopuses is the real correct term, and the rest are accepted

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#19

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) when i was about 9 my mother told me that a slut is a woman who likes to have fun. i started describing myself as a slut and i did for about a year or 2

adhdgf , Timothy Meinberg Report

Arik
Community Member
3 months ago

Outch

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#20

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) That driving with the light on in the car was not illegal. I remember my mom saying that as a child.

knight_ofdoriath , Erik Odiin Report

troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

So this lie is universal...

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#21

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Oh this question was meant for me.

I was 16 years old when I learned “flooriting” was not a word.

I grew up watching a LOT of SpongeBob and it was my favorite show. In the show, SpongeBob always fails his driving test because he will always “floor it” instead of driving slowly. When I was little I thought that “floorit” was a single word that meant to go fast and always assumed that someone could be “flooriting” or going very fast.

Fast forward to driving school. I’m in the car with the instructor and another student. I’m driving slowly on the highway and someone aggressively passes me. I made some nervous comment like “man, he’s really flooriting!” And the car just gets really quiet for a second. Then the other student in the car goes, “flooriting? What?”

And that’s when I realized. It all crashed down on me at once. FLOOR IT. It was two different words. It meant putting the gas pedal on the floor. I was shook. I kinda gasped and couldn’t even respond because I was overwhelmed.

It’s been 8 years and I still have never had such a strong, sudden realization of anything. And secretly I still kinda use “flooriting” in my head sometimes.

greenoctopusink , JESHOOTS.com Report

censorshipsucks
Community Member
3 months ago

I will now use flooriting, thanks.

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#22

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) An old co worker was 21 or 22 when he discovered that Ponies aren't just juvenile horses, but like another thing entirely. He spent an entire day walking up to anyone he could find going "Hey did you know" it was hilarious.

CGY-SS , Tim Green Report

Pernille.
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm always astounded at how many people think this, but then I remember how much I don't know.

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#23

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I was like 10 when I found out I'm Indian. From India. Little kid me always thought it meant I was Native American and I told people as much until around third grade when I found out that India is a country.

DimensionalNet , Prashanth Pinha Report

censorshipsucks
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah I wish they'd rename the real Americans a proper name to stop this confusion. I always have to say "Indian indian like from subcontinental india".

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#24

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) It took me 10 years and $20,000 to figure out how credit cards were supposed to be used.

bangersnmash13 , Anna Shvets Report

marsBars
Community Member
3 months ago

31 yo and still to this day don't have one. No credit is worse than bad credit

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#25

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) That narwhals were real. I genuinely thought they were myth until I saw them on a David Attenborough documentary.

Mind. blown.

ArtemisArt , NOAA Photolib Library Report

Anthony Nizza
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm still amazed that they are real!!!

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#26

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I just recently learned that when you buy a stick deodorant, you can remove the little plastic protective cover by just rotating the feed wheel at the bottom. You DON'T need to use your teeth like a fucking animal.

Captain_Hampockets , Charisse Kenion Report

Wax0nWax0ff
Community Member
3 months ago

Teeth are the best tools

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#27

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Black people don't have an extra muscle in their leg that makes them better at sports. (I grew up in a very racist small Kansas town.) Was actually taught that by a fifth grade teacher. Found out in college when my ignorance made me look like a bigot.

Broncos_Fan , Philippa Rose-Tite Report

kermit
Community Member
3 months ago

What the heck 5th grade teacher

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#28

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) At seven years old, I realized that the moon is not the back of the sun.

A few years later, it turns out that no matter how good you are to your cat, it doesn't grow up to be a dog.

Sparky62075 , Ganapathy Kumar Report

Priscilla Reshell
Community Member
3 months ago

A cat is good enough ☺️

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#29

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I didn’t know how to write in print until my first year of college. Up to that point, I only learned cursive, and my teachers were so happy that someone willingly used cursive that they just went along with it.

Hugh_manateerian , RODNAE Productions Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

When I was in first grade in 1963 we learned to print and in the next couple of years we'd ask our friends, "have you started real writin' yet?" To me cursive was Real Writin'. It still is.

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#30

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I asked my senior year drama teacher if I could go to the nurse because I just queefed in the bathroom. Learned the hard way that's not same as throwing up.

datboyEVZ , Adhy Savala Report

Pumpkin Spice
Community Member
3 months ago

A 'queef' is a vaginal fart...

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#31

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) Prima Donna is not Pre Madonna.

iremovebrains , chrisweger Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

And this, children, is why we learn to read.

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#32

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) The meaning of birthday suit. I was 26 at the time.

the_meat_n_potatoes , Christian Bowen Report

Storm
Community Member
3 months ago

For peopling wondering ‘birthday suit’ means naked

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#33

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) the end pieces of a loaf of bread keep the bread fresher, longer, so you should not eat them until the very end of the loaf.

This I learned at 52.

The_Patriot , Fredrik Rubensson Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

But they are so good when fresh and crispy with salted butter!

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#34

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) I was deep into my teens when I realized it’s “make ends meet” instead of “make end’s meat”. I always visualized it as procuring the last bit of food you could in tough times. Wrong!

um8medoit , Chris-McKee Report

Laura Carney
Community Member
3 months ago

I was in my mid to late 20s when I read on closed captions "London Bridge is falling down". Until that very moment I had always believed it was "London Bridges" like multiple bridges were falling. Lol

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#35

35 Of The Most Obvious Things People Have Only Just Realized And Shared In This Online Group (New Answers) That the delete key on the keyboard deletes to the right of the cursor. Backspace deletes to the left and I would always move the cursor to hit backspace instead of just hitting delete.

BetsyPeachBucket , Ujesh Krishnan Report

Scott Kelly
Community Member
3 months ago

35 years old and I just learned this now lol. Had to test it out. Mind blown.

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