15 People Share Things They Learned Embarrassingly Late In Life So You Don't Make The Same Mistakes

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Vote up the information everyone should learn much earlier than these people did.

Have you ever had an "aha moment" about something you should have already known? These people have. If you're curious to find out what you need to learn at a young age to avoid making an embarrassing mistake in adulthood, then keep reading! These stories are all about things everyone should know 


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    They Thought Walnut Wood Was Made Of Actual Walnuts

    From Redditor u/livid54:

    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 mashed 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.

    4 votes
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    They Didn't Believe In Narwhals

    From Redditor u/ArtemisArt:

    That narwhals were real. I genuinely thought they were myths until I saw them on a David Attenborough documentary.

    Mind. blown.

    4 votes
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    They Never Questioned Whether The Word "Gullible" Was In The Dictionary

    From Redditor u/demolitiondubz:

    My dad once told me that the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary. 18 years later, I got the joke.

    4 votes
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    They Didn't Know Milk Curdles And Bread Gets Moldy

    From Redditor u/Trugem6:

    Until I was 19 and away at college I did not know that milk curdles or bread molds. I grew up in a family of 8 and we went through that stuff so fast.

    3 votes
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    They Didn't Understand The Concept Of Pickling

    From Redditor u/MalevolentPumpkin67:

    Pickles are pickled things. Like - you can pickle onions and eggs. Gherkins are pickled cucumbers, they’re not just pickles.

    3 votes
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    They Thought A Popular Saying Was Very Different Than It Actually Is

    From Redditor u/um8medoit:

    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!

    6 votes