21 Things That Took People Way Too Long to Realize

Finding out that something you believed was wrong can be embarrassing and frustrating but also funny! A recent online survey asked, “What really obvious thing have you only just realized?” Here are the best responses. 

That I’m allergic to carrots

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I recently realized I was allergic to carrots. I just thought they made everyone’s mouth numb, you know, just like almonds… I also learned recently that I have an almond allergy.”

“Same. I asked my husband why carrots made your tongue itchy. I’m 35.”

That a ‘Roman Coke’ doesn’t exist

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Super embarrassing, but in college, I would order Roman Cokes because I heard everyone else ordering the same… turns out I misheard everyone and found out it was just rum and coke.”

“I did the same thing for a solid six years before my sister (who I swear told me it was “Roman coke”) laughed at me for it.”

Where the division symbol comes from

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That the division symbol (÷) is just a blank fraction with dots replacing the numerator and denominator.”

“This one got me. Mind you, I teach elementary school…thank your lucky stars, I don’t teach math.”

That there’s no third Olsen twin

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In a similar vein, as a child, I was confused as to why Mary, Kate, and Ashley were referred to as the Olsen twins and why ads on TV only ever showed two of them at a time. And then 16-year-old me found out about Mary-Kate.”

Yo, same…I saw their books and always wondered where the third one was on the covers and which one was always missing.”

That Jessica Rabbit isn’t actually a rabbit

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“That Jessica Rabbit is not a rabbit, but took Roger Rabbit’s last name.”

“Did her looking nothing like a rabbit not give it away?”

Why pickles don’t come fresh

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This is going to make me seem dumb, but I recently realized why pickles don’t ever come fresh…”

They do! But when fresh, they are generally called cucumbers.”

Why fresh Chipotle chillis also don’t exist

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Ha! I once asked a store clerk for fresh chipotle chilies and then found out that 1. I’m an idiot, and 2. chipotles are jalapenos that have had things done to them.”

“Specifically, they’re smoked.”

Why my town has blue and white lights at Christmas

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I have lived in a part of Chicago called Greektown for eight years, and I never realized the blue and white Christmas lights were meant to represent the colors on their flag. It just dawned on me today.”

That weekend means the end of the week

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I live in Denmark, so English is not my native language, and I just realized that weekend means the end of the week.”

“The odd thing is that in the US, our calendars are arranged Sunday to Saturday, so it’s sort of the weekend, but it’s also the week beginning. It was a bit of a surprise when I moved to Denmark and saw calendars arranged Monday to Sunday.”

What ‘no stroller’ signs actually mean

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The first time I visited the USA, I was on my own and in NY and going to all the museums. I kept seeing signs that said “No strollers” and thought, because we call strollers prams in the UK, that you guys are super strict about the proper amount of attention required to visit a museum. I actually pretended to show more interest than I had in order not to be thought of as some deadbeat out for a casual stroll.”

That ‘a stigmatism’ isn’t a thing

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I thought ‘astigmatism’ was ‘a stigmatism.’ So I thought you could have two stigmatisms.”

“My favorite episode of Foamy the Squirrel may be entertaining to you. It’s called Eye Stigmata. You can find it on YouTube if you would like to watch a few minutes of silliness.”

Why the Grammys are called the Grammys

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The Grammys are called that because the awards are shaped like gramophones.”

“Uhhhhhh, now everything makes sense now.”

That I didn’t drive a cruise ship as a kid

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That big ship’s wheel I got to turn as a kid was not actually controlling the cruise ship.”

“It’s a fake wheel, dummy.”

Why Mommy was kissing Santa Claus

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When the kids catch their mom kissing Santa Claus, it is because Santa is their dad dressed up. Not because Santa and Mom have a once yearly torrid affair.”

“Yeah, I just realized this like last year. I just never rethought my understanding of it from being a kid.”

How pipe cleaners got their name

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Today my friend realized pipe cleaners were originally for cleaning pipes…. (after I suggested using one to clean a metal straw because it’s similar to a pipe.)”

Oh! I had that one about seven years ago when I was trying to clean out a glass pipe! ‘Man, this is so stupid… someone should invent some sorta pipe cleaner…oh.'”

That allspice is just one spice 

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I learned that allspice is actually one spice and not a blend of spices containing cinnamon and nutmeg.”

“And tasting it doesn’t help disprove that theory.”

Pre-Madonna is actually Prima Donna

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My mother did that, too! She taught it to my younger sister one day when I was at school – my sister was homeschooled. So when I got home, my mom was calling me a Prima Donna, and my sister called me a Pre-Madonna (or maybe more like ‘Pwee Madannah,’ she was very young at the time).”

“The singer Madonna sure did change the popular perception of that name.”

That my pet bunny didn’t go to live on a farm

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When I was a kid, my mom told me my rabbit Rosie went to live on a farm. In my early twenties, I saw an episode of The Sopranos where everyone makes fun of Tony when he realizes his dog didn’t really go to live on a farm. That’s when I realized Rosie had not gone to a farm either. “

“Oh man, I dated a girl once who started telling me about her old dog who went to live on a farm. I didn’t even say anything, but just the look on my face made her stop and think about it for the first time and go, ‘Oh… oh, NO!’”

What the houses in SpongeBob are 

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The houses in Bikini Bottom are car mufflers…”

“And Patrick is dumb and knows nothing because he lives under a rock.”

How to remove the plastic on top of deodorant sticks

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“That to take off the plastic piece on top of deodorant, you just simply twist the bottom a few times.”

“That’s what I’ve been doing for years!”

Who David is 

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Michelangelo’s David is David from David and Goliath. How did I not know this? I thought it was just a dude called Dave.”

“On a similar note, I’m 37 and only realized a few years ago that David and Goliath David is the same David as King David in the Bible. Obviously not raised in the church.”

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