You're a pretty smart person, right?
I mean, you might not have won a Nobel Prize or discovered a new type of math, but you have made it this far in life with the knowledge in your head. That being said, I'm betting that even the smartest people in the world make mistakes in their life, or have completely missed some base-level knowledge before. I know I have!
It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I learned that "Wolverine" is in fact not another name for wolves, and that wolverines are a different type of animal. This wouldn't be quite as embarrassing if I hadn't spent my entire life living in Michigan (The Wolverine State).
Even now, there could be some very basic thing that everyone knows except for you.
Knowledge is power.Though, we don't all have the same powers. A recent Twitter thread gave people the chance to share what well-known bits of knowledge they didn't learn until way later in life. They're seriously amazing.
It all started when writer Shannon Proudfoot, posed this question:
What's the most mundane but thunderous epiphany you ever had? Something so ridiculously dull or elementary that sti… https://t.co/Z6bimZhrj3— Shannon Proudfoot (@Shannon Proudfoot)1539698125.0
Let's start with this one:
@sproudfoot I thought artichoke hearts were from an animal that I pictured as being similar to an armadillo. I thou… https://t.co/ddFx1yiluI— Nathan Holmes (@Nathan Holmes)1539746764.0
@sproudfoot Indianapolis in the 60s, we had a late night horror show, hosted by “Sammy Terry” It was the 90s before I got the pun...— kathleen eckhardt (@kathleen eckhardt)1539743580.0
The Lincoln Memorial.
@sproudfoot I thought the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the penny was a trolley. Well into adulthood.— Dean Dangerfield (@Dean Dangerfield)1539826124.0
Diagon Alley.Wait until you realize Knockturn Alley is "nocturnally." And Grimmauld Place is a "Grim, Old Place."
@sproudfoot I was 30 before I realized Chick Fil-A was pronounced "Filet" not "Filla".— Christa Neumann (@Christa Neumann)1539827870.0
@sproudfoot I’ve had plenty of these, but none of them top a friend of mine who, until her mid-twenties, believed b… https://t.co/hWvPqqJY0E— Adron Buske (@Adron Buske)1539744431.0
Janet Jackson.A lot of people have the same last name and aren't siblings! And some siblings have different last names (looking at you, Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen).
@sproudfoot OH! Every map of the US (like the one below) led me to believe that Alaska was right next to Hawaii and… https://t.co/SCiVpcWVJ8— Enby4 (@Enby4)1539741495.0
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
@sproudfoot My aunt was making her little boys grilled cheese sandwiches. One of them got fed up with this and aske… https://t.co/DPseVwItOG— Angela Porisky Ⓥ (@Angela Porisky Ⓥ)1539746697.0
Your stove probably does this!
@sproudfoot It was only about 5 yrs ago that I learned our stovetop lifted for cleaning..that pretty much all top b… https://t.co/tllno32Vbh— ℳaryAnn❤𝕊𝕠𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕪 𝔻𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕥 (@ℳaryAnn❤𝕊𝕠𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕪 𝔻𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕥)1539827354.0
@sproudfoot Found out sometime in my 20's that narwhals aren't mythical creatures but are actually real.— AHR - Wash Yer Hands (@AHR - Wash Yer Hands)1539743130.0
@poor_choices @sproudfoot I realized YESTERDAY that The Beatles name is spelled like that because of a beat, like a musical one.— Lindsay Rae (@Lindsay Rae)1539744689.0
@sproudfoot Before filling up my car’s gas tank, I’d calculate how many gallons I had room for and stood at the pum… https://t.co/73YDGM3lOX— Hannah Weinberger (@Hannah Weinberger)1539749985.0
@sproudfoot Oh! I have another one. Until I was about 8, I thought going on reality shows was like jury duty; you j… https://t.co/LA7H8Io2bE— Zoe Samuel (@Zoe Samuel)1539797312.0
@sproudfoot When I was a kid I had a book of poems, many of which didn’t have a poet. So of course I assumed “anony… https://t.co/nB8ivT4eT1— Katie Ryan (@Katie Ryan)1539868703.0
@sproudfoot My sister @pegazzani looked up suddenly from the sandwich on her plate at lunch one day and said, “Wait… https://t.co/DFyfK7vbEB— John Edgar Park (@John Edgar Park)1539794780.0
@sproudfoot Being Canadian, I always though we played “maple leaf” instead of “make believe”— Nikki NP (@Nikki NP)1539741312.0
@sproudfoot Can I add one? My husband honestly thought ponies were baby horses (until about last year). He'd flip i… https://t.co/S9LbSuUcRp— Erin Davis (@Erin Davis)1539744920.0
@sproudfoot I thought that when you were moving you switched houses with whoever’s house you bought and moved into.— Calvin Huggins (@Calvin Huggins)1539740622.0
@sproudfoot My dad had a joke: whenever I asked for something at the store he’d say, “Nah, you’re too young.” So fo… https://t.co/lQcpeNjwxa— Laura ಠ_ಠ (@Laura ಠ_ಠ)1539743352.0
@sproudfoot As a kid, I thought this meant you had to buy VHS tapes based on the size of your TV screen. I never un… https://t.co/iikip6v1wY— Kat RoBOOson Hasani 🎃 (@Kat RoBOOson Hasani 🎃)1539747015.0
@sproudfoot I was about 19 when I realized epitomy (what I'd heard) and epitome (what I'd read) were the same word.… https://t.co/0x0X4NzXBE— Jessica Howard (@Jessica Howard)1539833138.0
@sproudfoot I thought a medical ‘dressing’ involved pouring salad ‘dressing’ on a wound bc I was once in the school… https://t.co/w0PgvjAq1H— Katherine Lee (@Katherine Lee)1539814890.0
@sproudfoot I used to think an ‘ambush’ was a carnivorous plant. When I heard of people dying from an ambush, I pic… https://t.co/PUuzo1ipnb— Adam Iscove (@Adam Iscove)1539748572.0
@sproudfoot My 20 yo son informed me recently about the tabs on the ends of tinfoil/Saran wrap boxes. .....Life-cha… https://t.co/knfiZu8zNU— LaurieAnn 🧚🏻♂️💫 (@LaurieAnn 🧚🏻♂️💫)1539815133.0
@sproudfoot Didn’t know you could peel layers off lint rollers. Used to buy them in bulk, and throw them out after… https://t.co/uyp57DMCUZ— Ling (@Ling)1539748121.0
@sproudfoot I was around 8 when I realized that rock stars weren’t regularly showing up at local radio stations to… https://t.co/JvOGxrJujL— Judy Smith (@Judy Smith)1539740367.0
This little piggy.
@sproudfoot The little piggy who goes to market in This Little Piggy isn't going to buy groceries.— Richard Kadrey (@Richard Kadrey)1539825110.0