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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1065 on: November 28, 2013, 03:30:15 PM »
I had to call my health insurance to try to get a new provider today, as we just moved into a new area.  So she looked me up by zipcode, and said, "Okay, it looks like there's an opening at Dover."  I'd never heard of a city/town named Dover near me, so I said, "Where's Dover?"  Her: "You know, Dover, Delaware."  Me: "Uh... DELAWARE?  I'm supposed to go to DELAWARE for a doctor?"  Her: <unsure>  "Are you... near the border with Delaware, maybe?"  Me: "<MyState> doesn't share a border with Delaware!" 

It doesn't *really* fall under "an adult should really know this," (maybe more of a "the computer system should know this!") because for all I know she lives out west and how would she know how close the East Coast states are... but I thought it funny enough that I needed to post it *somewhere*.  For the record, the healthcare facility that was coming up in Dover would have been at least a 4-5 hour drive to see a doctor.  It did manage to come up with a second choice that was, at least, in the neighboring state, but still too far.  Turned out to be a system problem and a restart fixed it.

I ran into a similar problem one year with a house insurance policy.  I found that my rates had been raised because the company didn't know where the small town where I lived actually was located. 

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« Reply #1066 on: November 28, 2013, 06:06:41 PM »

This reminds me of all the Darwin awards for people doing similar things, like dousing their hair in petrol (a homemade lice treatment or something).
It makes you wonder how so many people like this survive to adulthood at all. I shudder to think about these kinds of stupidly reckless things.

Kerosene was a common remedy for lice long ago.

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« Reply #1067 on: November 28, 2013, 11:12:46 PM »
Today I had to tell someone who is literally old enough to be my mother (because her youngest daughter is my age!) that real butter is sold in both salted and unsalted versions.

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« Reply #1068 on: November 28, 2013, 11:34:25 PM »
I had to explain to a coworker that Hindus and Muslims belong to different religions (I am neither, I just happen to pay attention to other people's cultures and their preferences and beliefs from a personal interest standpoint).

Coworker was making an offensive joke about a Hindu coworker and certain things extremists from other religions can get up to. I pointed out to her that he was Hindu, not Muslim and it was an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT RELIGION. She had no idea. Sigh. (I didn't bother to get into the whole offensiveness of her joke in the first place, it would have gone right over her head about why that was wrong as well).

Had to explain to another coworker that offering the Hindu coworker halaal options for an office catering thing was kinda pointless, since he didn't care if it was halaal, he just didn't want to eat beef.  :-X
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« Reply #1069 on: November 29, 2013, 06:22:35 AM »
I had to explain to a coworker that Hindus and Muslims belong to different religions (I am neither, I just happen to pay attention to other people's cultures and their preferences and beliefs from a personal interest standpoint).

Coworker was making an offensive joke about a Hindu coworker and certain things extremists from other religions can get up to. I pointed out to her that he was Hindu, not Muslim and it was an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT RELIGION. She had no idea. Sigh. (I didn't bother to get into the whole offensiveness of her joke in the first place, it would have gone right over her head about why that was wrong as well).

Had to explain to another coworker that offering the Hindu coworker halaal options for an office catering thing was kinda pointless, since he didn't care if it was halaal, he just didn't want to eat beef.  :-X

Egad.  I had to give my mother the same explanation once (although she didn't make offensive jokes).  Considering that she never believed a word I said since I was 5, this was virtually useless.





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« Reply #1070 on: November 29, 2013, 06:48:15 AM »

This reminds me of all the Darwin awards for people doing similar things, like dousing their hair in petrol (a homemade lice treatment or something).
It makes you wonder how so many people like this survive to adulthood at all. I shudder to think about these kinds of stupidly reckless things.

Kerosene was a common remedy for lice long ago.

So was petrol (gas). In fact when Frau Benz took the first car out for a drive and needed to refuel she went to a pharmacy- and bought their entire supply of petrol. Two whole litres of headlice treatment.

Personally, I'll stick with combs and otc treatments...
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« Reply #1071 on: November 29, 2013, 06:59:50 AM »
Personally, I'll stick with combs and otc treatments...

We stick with combs and mayonnaise. The mayo is cheap and was recommended by our doctor. It leaves hair soft and conditioned, and we also found that the nits were easier to comb out. Fortunately, when the kids got out of elementary school, the problem mostly went away for us.


I can't imagine putting kerosene in my hair!
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« Reply #1072 on: November 29, 2013, 11:37:21 AM »
I did once have to explain which was the lesser than sign and which was the greater than sign to a co-worker.

And once a long time ago, I had to tell a customer that there were 52 weeks in a year (when she wondered why her 32-week subscription had stopped coming).

But of course I can't throw stones. I didn't realize that the Kinks song "Lola" was about a transvestite until I was in my 20s. And it took an episode of "Gilmore Girls" to show me "lefty loosey, righty tighty."

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« Reply #1073 on: November 29, 2013, 12:22:35 PM »
I was congratulated on my English by a woman in North Carolina after she asked me where I was from and told her 'England'. She was totally serious.

Ugh. Sometimes I am embarrassed by my fellow countrymen. It reminds me of when someone asked how I'd communicate with people when I went to Canada. 'Cuz they ALL speak french, dontcha know?  :P

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« Reply #1074 on: November 29, 2013, 12:24:37 PM »
I did once have to explain which was the lesser than sign and which was the greater than sign to a co-worker.

And once a long time ago, I had to tell a customer that there were 52 weeks in a year (when she wondered why her 32-week subscription had stopped coming).

But of course I can't throw stones. I didn't realize that the Kinks song "Lola" was about a transvestite until I was in my 20s. And it took an episode of "Gilmore Girls" to show me "lefty loosey, righty tighty."

Your post reminded me of the argument I had with my late MIL. She thought that we lived in the (then) 19th century...because it was 198-something! She refused to believe that it was the 20th century.

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« Reply #1075 on: November 29, 2013, 01:54:10 PM »
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But of course I can't throw stones. I didn't realize that the Kinks song "Lola" was about a transvestite until I was in my 20s. And it took an episode of "Gilmore Girls" to show me "lefty loosey, righty tighty."

I actually read this in Readers Digest years ago.  And it's not always true, as I found out when fixing the toilet.  (Oh, and make sure you always turn off the water to the toilet or the faucet you're working on.  Don't ask me how I know this.)

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« Reply #1076 on: November 29, 2013, 02:42:07 PM »
I had to call my health insurance to try to get a new provider today, as we just moved into a new area.  So she looked me up by zipcode, and said, "Okay, it looks like there's an opening at Dover."  I'd never heard of a city/town named Dover near me, so I said, "Where's Dover?"  Her: "You know, Dover, Delaware."  Me: "Uh... DELAWARE?  I'm supposed to go to DELAWARE for a doctor?"  Her: <unsure>  "Are you... near the border with Delaware, maybe?"  Me: "<MyState> doesn't share a border with Delaware!" 

It doesn't *really* fall under "an adult should really know this," (maybe more of a "the computer system should know this!") because for all I know she lives out west and how would she know how close the East Coast states are... but I thought it funny enough that I needed to post it *somewhere*.  For the record, the healthcare facility that was coming up in Dover would have been at least a 4-5 hour drive to see a doctor.  It did manage to come up with a second choice that was, at least, in the neighboring state, but still too far.  Turned out to be a system problem and a restart fixed it.

I ran into a similar problem one year with a house insurance policy.  I found that my rates had been raised because the company didn't know where the small town where I lived actually was located.

I have an update on this!  I'm in Virginia, by the way.  So, I had a conversation with a military vet at Thanksgiving dinner, and he was complaining about military health insurance, so I told him this story.  He said, "Well, yes, Dover is crazy far from you, but Virginia *does* share a border with Delaware.  On the Eastern Shore, you know."  He lives in Maryland, by the way.  I said I was pretty sure that Maryland was between them and they didn't touch.  He wasn't so sure, but he was pretty sure that they were at least like 20 minutes away.  I was curious enough to look it up just now, and no, Virginia and Delaware do not share a border, and it's about an hour between them on the Eastern Shore.  Heh.  Knew it.  :)
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« Reply #1077 on: November 29, 2013, 02:58:12 PM »
Your post reminded me of the argument I had with my late MIL. She thought that we lived in the (then) 19th century...because it was 198-something! She refused to believe that it was the 20th century.

I have problems with this still. I have to mentally think "Okay, 1990s were 20th century, so 15th century is...not 1600s, that's wrong. 1400s. Yes? Is that right? Yes. Okay then."

Every time. And half the time I still get it wrong.

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« Reply #1078 on: November 29, 2013, 05:30:51 PM »
The reason why the house insurance was such an issue was because of rate raises after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 that about leveled parts of San Francisco.  The person I talked to apparently thought that there were only two cities in California - San Francisco and Los Angeles.  That a large percentage of California was nowhere near either of these places didn't occur to them. 

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« Reply #1079 on: November 30, 2013, 12:25:44 AM »
(Oh, and make sure you always turn off the water to the toilet or the faucet you're working on.  Don't ask me how I know this.)

I bet it was the same way I found out  ;D