From little things to life-changing facts, we learn things every day. So no wonder our series of Today I Learned posts is one of the favorites among our readers. Scroll through mind-expanding facts here, here and here, and make your day well spent.

But this time we’re talking about things that people learned way too late. Think of the fact that birds don't live in nests. “I learned that at the age of 72,” wrote one Redditor in response to someone asking “What fact did you learn at an embarrassingly late age?” And this is just the beginning.

Scroll down to see some more of the funny, yet all too real responses in the thread and make sure to add your ‘embarrassingly late-learned facts’ in the comment section below!

#1

I was 23 on a trip with my girlfriend in San Francisco. We were both getting ready for the day in the bathroom and I needed my hair gel, so I asked if she could hand me my toilet treat bag. She seemed confused, I again asked, "Can you please hand me my bag of toilet treats!?" She ran out of the bathroom laughing.
I thought toiletries was toilet treats.

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kasa alex
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3 weeks ago

This is way too cute

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#2

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers That birds don't live in nests. Just for rearing their young. I learned that at the age of 72. And I have a PhD in biophysics. Not zoology. Never too late to learn.

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Jo Johannsen
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3 weeks ago

Well, I never really thought about it until now, and I'm 70.

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#3

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers For most of my life I assumed Neil Armstrong was a black man, because I'd never seen Neil outside the space suit, but I had seen Louis Armstrong. It never occurred to me that there would be anything unusual about a black astronaut in the 60s.

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B-b-bird
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I love how children initially never know about racism and do not understand the concept of being excluded because of colour. I wish everyone would grow up without learning how to judge each other and exclude.

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#4

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers Until the age of 14, I thought Princess Diana was a famous marine biologist. They always called her "The Princess of WALES" so.....

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Jihana
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3 weeks ago

Ok, that one is cute 😂

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#5

I learned that I grew up in a white-trashy family around 10 through television. One night, I was watching tv and Jeff Foxworthy came on. I was a very content only child who to the best of my knowledge got everything they ever wanted and had no idea about things could/needed to be otherwise. Well, ole Jeff was well into his skit and I was avidly listening. "If you watch TV on a TV that sits on top of a broken TV, you might be a redneck." Wait, what? I'm watching tv sitting on top of a broken TV. "If you have a broken down car sitting in your front yard that hasn't been moved in years, you might be a Redneck." We have 5 of those, wth this isn't normal? "If you have appliances in your yard... If you've got shacks in your yard... If you live in a trailer next to a house... If... Etc... You might be a redneck." I looked around and painfully realized that I was living all of those things. So, that was the day I found out I was a redneck.

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BorPand8
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3 weeks ago

If you go to family reunions to meet women...

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#6

That the little piggy who went to market wasn't going shopping for groceries. Last year it hit me. I'm 28.

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Couch potato
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3 weeks ago

Oh. This is embarrassing. I thought that too until like, right now.

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#7

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers My dad would tell me bulls**t things to mess with me as a kid. Usually he would remember eventually to correct it. Sometimes, however, he forgot.

I went through the first 17 years of my life thinking an artichoke was a nocturnal rodent. Went to Italian restaurant and was horrified to see artichoke hearts on the menu. My girlfriend still gives me s**t for it three years later.

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Abbey Impson
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3 weeks ago

in our house it was "wild rutabagas"...mom and dad used to go out at night and catch them.

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#8

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I was watching Titanic with some friends. When it comes to the part where - spoiler alert - the ship starts sinking and the old couple are in bed together, my friend, let's call her Amy, goes "why don't they just go to sleep?".

There's a pause as everyone looks baffled before Amy explains that you don't breathe while you're asleep so you can't drown.

Amy was 21 and in university.

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KJ
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3 weeks ago

I hope Amy wasn't at uni to be a doctor.

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#9

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers It's called "metal" because it's harder than rock.

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Ksenia M
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3 weeks ago

ok, this should be a thing

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#10

I thought morning sickness was just that, feeling sick before noon. One Christmas I announced to my entire extended family that I had morning sickness. I was probably 9 or 10. I'm also a guy.

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Jo Johannsen
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3 weeks ago

The logic was there.

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#11

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I re-named a goldfish "rainbow" when I was 7 because it kept changing color every few months. I told friends about this fish for years like it was some mystical kaleidoscope fish. It hit me in the face a couple months ago that the fish wasn't changing color...my parents were just replacing it when it died without telling me.

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Helena Houzarová
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3 weeks ago

Goldfish have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Means their fish kept dying every few months, probably because it wasn't taken care of correctly.

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#12

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I always thought that you had to legally be 16 to have coffee. Soon after my 16th birthday I went to the nearest coffee store and ordered one. I was sweating and hoping they wouldn't ask for id, because I didn't have any.

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KJ
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Someones parents pulled a sneaky on you.

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#13

When I was a young boy I had a black football coach (I'm white).

I asked him, "hey coach, do black people get hotter in the sun than white people"

And he responded "well I dono I've never been white"

And then it hit me. "Ohhhhhh"

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Scagsy
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3 weeks ago

Face meet palm.

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#14

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I used to think that when listening to a CD the singer had to physically sing it from wherever they were in the world in order for you to listen

So when it was night time I wouldn't listen to my Avril Lavigne CD because I didn't want her to lose sleep for me

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Lisa Simpson
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3 weeks ago

Awww, how considerate of you🤗

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#15

When I first started to grow boobs I thought I had breast cancer, but I was too embarrassed to ask anyone so I just accepted my death.

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Linda van der Pal
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3 weeks ago

That's sad! (And I don't mean that the author was a sad person, but that it's sad nobody taught het beter before then!)

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#16

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers That green, red, and yellow bell peppers are all the same pepper at different stages of life.

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River Webb
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3 weeks ago

wait WHAT

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#17

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers Thought reindeer were mythical creatures, like unicorns, that helped Santa at Christmas. Didn't realise until I was 18. My mum took me to see real reindeer that Christmas, my mind was blown

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Monday
Community Member
3 weeks ago

A lot of people had this realization with Narwhals....which is fair because if horses with horns don't exist why would whales with horns be real?

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#18

My parents had me convinced that when the ice cream truck played music, it was out of ice cream. I didn't know differently until I was almost 18.

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Jihana
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3 weeks ago

That is just mean!

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#19

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers Pickles come from cucumbers

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Pickles, cucumbers, gherkins, cornichons....

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#20

Somehow the conversation of superhero names came up with my girlfriend (29) the other day, and she mentioned Wolverine being named after wolves. I kinda looked at her and said "Wolverine was named after wolverines." She stared back blankly. One google images search later and I had taught a biology major about a new animal.

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Jihana
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3 weeks ago

I also did not know that there is an animal called wolverine. But then again, English is not my first language. In German that thing is called Vielfraß which literally means "eats a lot"

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#21

I didn't learn the difference between miner and minor until I was like, 12. My dad was a miner and I used to freak out about him smoking or drinking because I thought it was prohibited to miners.

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Robert T
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Smoking is. Smoking in a mine is very dangerous. Drinking could be dangerous too.

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#22

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers A week ago I finally made the connection that the hood is short for the neighborhood. I'm 23.

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Beast
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3 weeks ago

slow claps....well done :)

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#23

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers Just talked to a coworker the other day who didn't know his name was Jason until 3rd grade. His initials were JT and his family called him by that and so he thought that was his name.

During roll call in class the teacher was asking for a "Jason" and he just sat there thinking "some sucker is late for class". Then the name JT was never called and confusion ensued.

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Monday
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This one always boggles my mind. If you're going to call your kid JT, why not just make that their official name? Why name your kid James if you're gonna call them Jim....why name them William if you're gonna stick to Bill? It's just something that never quite clicked for me.

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#24

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers One time in 7th grade science, my class was having a discussion about volcanoes and then out of nowhere, a kid in the back yelled in the most surprised voice ever "wait! Volcanoes are real!?"

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Robert T
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3 weeks ago

I rode up the side of a volcano on a camel when I was kid. And a guy set fire to a bush by poking it in the ground. Volcanoes are cool. :D

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#25

I thought lingerie was a fancy word for laundry for way longer than i care to admit. Explains why my mates gave me a weird look when I told them I had to fold my lingerie

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Caro Caro
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Actually the french "linge" is washing soooooo

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#26

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I was convinced cheese grew on bushes till 12-13 years old. My brother is really proud of this.

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
3 weeks ago

In the UK we had the following: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti-tree_hoax

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#27

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I thought it was "war war I" and "war war II" instead of "world war". everyone always just said it like "war war" because Texas.

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Troux
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3 weeks ago

Hahahah this is very understandable.

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#28

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I thought cats were a breed of dog until I was about 15.

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Couch potato
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3 weeks ago

Woah. Ok. Imma move on and pretend I didn't read this.

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#29

i thought that when people lose a body part their organism could regenerate the missing part until i was 13+-. if i saw someone with a half of an arm missing i thought "good s**t, his arm is almost complete"

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Katy McMouse
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3 weeks ago

My dear old dad, God rest his mischievous, conniving soul, once told me that actors who are portraying an amputee actually had to have the limb/appendage amputated for the film. This was back in the eighties before CGI was a thing. I believed him. For YEARS.

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#30

It's "For all intents and purposes"

Not "For all intensive purposes"

Learned at age 30.

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Sue Grigg
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3 weeks ago

This is a common one so don't feel bad about it.

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#31

There actually ARE carrots in carrot cake. I assumed it was a joke because it's orange and we were all in on it.

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De Gueb
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3 weeks ago

It's the only way I eat vegetables!!

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#32

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I just learned a few months ago that lightning does not happen when two clouds touch each other. That was a very sad, and very disappointing day.

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Brendan
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3 weeks ago

"Hey, I'm floatin' here!"

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#33

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I only learned this year that ponies aren't just baby horses.

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MauKini
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3 weeks ago

This is one of the cutest ponys i have ever seen!

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#34

I don't know if the realization I've had when I was around 6 years old is something that everyone experiences, but I was completely blown away when my great-grandmother told me that she wasn't always old and was, in fact, a kid once, and so was everyone else. That was the day I learned about the process of aging.

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Emma Gee
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3 weeks ago

I got beat with a wooden spoon by my grandma for asking her what type of dinosaur she rode to school everyday cause I assumed she had walked the earth with the dinosaurs since she was so old... I too never thought she was young. Lol and apparently immortal.

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#35

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers What lesbians are. I thought they were from Romania. I was 17.

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Jihana
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Why Romania? Greece, ok, there is the island of Lesbos where the term lesbians actually comes from. But Romania?

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#36

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers Ray-Bans are called that because they "Ban" the suns rays from entering your eyes.

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Lisa Simpson
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3 weeks ago

What!? I thought that Ray Ban is the name of the designer 😂

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#37

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I thought the Amish were like an old timey group of actors who were just really into it until I was about 18, revealed that, and was promptly made fun of because they in fact are a functioning society who actually live that way, not actors.

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Deborah B
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3 weeks ago

Re-enactors.

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#38

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers A few weeks ago I learned that hens lay infertile eggs so roosters aren't necessary. I'm 21.

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Caro Caro
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3 weeks ago

Darling, most roosters are unnecessary !

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#39

When I was 18 I learned that the thing on the bottom of your rear view mirror was used to dim lights from cars behind you at night. I was complaining about a car behind me and my buddy in the Army told me to flip the mirror thing. Mind Blown.

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WoodenLion
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3 weeks ago

told my son that when he was 34 - he didn't know.

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#40

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I thought that all dogs were male and all cats were female for the longest time.

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Jihana
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I read that so many times already, and it really baffles me. Why? How? What is the thought process?

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#41

When I was cleaning my last apartment the day before moving out, I ran out of paper towels cleaning counter tops. I thought I couldn't continue without going to the store for more, until over the phone, my mother asked why I didn't just use a towel.

Paper towels and towels can serve the same function.. I am 30.

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Caro Caro
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3 weeks ago

Oh Dear.

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#42

That girls had nipples. Until I was 13 I thought it was all smooth. That changed when I went to NYC with my parents and saw a lady protesting equal rights with no shirt on. It was quite an experience.

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Caro Caro
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3 weeks ago

Big cities can be very .... educating.

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#43

As a kid I loved Mr. Bean. My mom took a trip to England to visit relatives and came back with an autographed postcard from him, I didn't realize until my twenties that it was in her handwriting. :/

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Bron
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3 weeks ago

I love mr Bean too. His skit in the church is without a doubt the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on tv. (Saying that cos my husband and daughter have both done some pretty stupid, funny things).

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#44

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers That you only get milk from cows who have recently given birth. I was told by my father that cows produce milk be eating grass and I continued to believe it until I was in my early twenties

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B-b-bird
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3 weeks ago

cow has to be milked regularly so that her body would produce a milk all the time, as well to maintain production it is giving birth regularly. Nowadays breeds of cows giving way more milk than her infant is able to consume. That is why it needs to be milked twice a day (thats for old style milking), otherwise cow is in pain/discomfort.

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#45

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers When I was a young kid I thought attractive people and celebrities didn't have toes. I thought their feet were perfect like the feet of a Barbie. I wanted to be famous so I could have feet like a Barbie, I thought toes were gross.

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Bron
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3 weeks ago

I agree, toes are gross

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#46

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers That a blanket doesn't provide it's own heat. Yes, it genuinely took me a while.

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Matt Hollis
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3 weeks ago

Take it off someone and it comes pre charged

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#47

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers You know the towel hats the woman wear after taking a shower? It took me much longer than I'm willing to admit to realise that their hair is in the towel.

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Monday
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3 weeks ago

I'm very curious why they thought we wear the towel hats if they didn't know about the hair

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#48

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers Chocolate milk doesn't come from chocolate cows. I thought there were chocolate cows until I was a college senior.

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Otter
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3 weeks ago

You grew up buying premade grocery store chocolate milk, didn't you, and not mixing powder or syrup into regular milk.

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#49

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers I thought I was allergic to cactus because they hurt me when I touched them, didn't find out that cactus have thorns until I was 12

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BasedWang
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3 weeks ago

coulda just like.....looked at it

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#50

People Are Sharing Things They've Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life, And Here Are The 50 Best Answers That there are literally different seasons in different places in the world. I always thought about it as of a fact that I mislearned but it turned out to be true about a year ago. I'm 23.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 weeks ago (edited)

I love that we have the long school holidays, daylight savings and Christmas in summer.

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