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Thipu1

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I just learned that Casanova was a real person.  :-[

Don't feel bad.  We have a friend who thought Mel Torme was fictional. 

BTW, Casanova eventually became a librarian.  Walt Whitman was a librarian in his youth.  So much for the librarian stereotype. 

lilfox

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When this happened I immediately thought of this thread.  Kind of a twist on not realizing where your food comes from.

I was taking a walk through the neighborhood and several times I was hit with the overwhelming smell of dryer sheets.  I kept wondering whose laundry room I was downwind of.  And then I put two and two together:  those dryer sheets are specifically scented to smell like flowering trees, and I happened to be walking by large blooming trees.  So, what I was actually smelling were the trees themselves!

Lynn2000

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I have started "cooking" more. The other day I "made" condensed soup from a can. That is, I followed the directions and added a can of water to the soup before heating it up. I then realized that adding this can of water does not magically make more soup. It just makes more liquid, below which sits the stuff I actually want, which in this case was noodles and chicken. I ended up draining the soup to get the noodles and chicken.

I know, I'm weird.

But, contrast this to the other kind of soup I "make," which starts with prepackaged dry ingredients. There, adding water does, in fact, result in an increase in soup, because you had no soup before, only a package of dried things.

You guys just wait until I start cooking raw meat, then it will really get fun.  >:D
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guihong

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I'll tell a silly on myself. 

I went shopping at a big warehouse store and by the end had a groaning cart of food.  It was so high, I could barely see over it.  Things were balanced precariously all over.  Shoppers were stopping to stare at 5'0 me pushing this thing, and I heard more than one chuckle. 

When I got up to the register, the cashier began loading the groceries onto a large flat truck (think a long moving dolly).  I said, "I didn't know regular shoppers could use those!"  She replied "Yes; why wouldn't you be allowed to?"  I guess I thought only restaurants or corporate shoppers could use them  ::)

I've shopped at this store off and on since 2001 and never thought I was allowed to use the flat trucks.



jpcher

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Yeah, but beware the flat truck. Soon enough you will have it stacked just as high as your cart, meaning even more groceries (Oh, I can get just one more thing), and guess what? Not everything will fit in the trunk. ::)

turtleIScream

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I have started "cooking" more. The other day I "made" condensed soup from a can. That is, I followed the directions and added a can of water to the soup before heating it up. I then realized that adding this can of water does not magically make more soup. It just makes more liquid, below which sits the stuff I actually want, which in this case was noodles and chicken. I ended up draining the soup to get the noodles and chicken.

I know, I'm weird.

But, contrast this to the other kind of soup I "make," which starts with prepackaged dry ingredients. There, adding water does, in fact, result in an increase in soup, because you had no soup before, only a package of dried things.

You guys just wait until I start cooking raw meat, then it will really get fun.  >:D

My husband had an argument with his mother about this. He would make condensed soup, but only add 1/3 of a can of water. He liked the stronger flavor, and he would eat the whole can himself, so no one else's preferences came into play. But his mom was very insistent that he needed to add the full can because "all the nutrients are in the broth!" He never could convince her that he wasn't missing out on any nutrients by leaving out some water.
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Diane AKA Traska

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I have started "cooking" more. The other day I "made" condensed soup from a can. That is, I followed the directions and added a can of water to the soup before heating it up. I then realized that adding this can of water does not magically make more soup. It just makes more liquid, below which sits the stuff I actually want, which in this case was noodles and chicken. I ended up draining the soup to get the noodles and chicken.

I know, I'm weird.

But, contrast this to the other kind of soup I "make," which starts with prepackaged dry ingredients. There, adding water does, in fact, result in an increase in soup, because you had no soup before, only a package of dried things.

You guys just wait until I start cooking raw meat, then it will really get fun.  >:D

My husband had an argument with his mother about this. He would make condensed soup, but only add 1/3 of a can of water. He liked the stronger flavor, and he would eat the whole can himself, so no one else's preferences came into play. But his mom was very insistent that he needed to add the full can because "all the nutrients are in the broth!" He never could convince her that he wasn't missing out on any nutrients by leaving out some water.

I... but... wha... oh come on!  Read the nutrition facts in a bottle of water!  (Spoiler alert:  0)
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ladyknight1

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All those evaporative nutrients.  ???

I had to tell someone today that she should email call her school to see if it was too late to pick up her cap and gown for today's commencement.

Not our school, which she does not attend.
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
-J.R.R Tolkien

Tosca

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I've only recently realised that the sanitary bins in public toilets...are just bins.  And it's perfectly OK to  put the wrappings from sanitary products in them, rather than hanging onto them to put in the bins by the basins.

I'm nearly 46  :P

KenveeB

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I've only recently realised that the sanitary bins in public toilets...are just bins.  And it's perfectly OK to  put the wrappings from sanitary products in them, rather than hanging onto them to put in the bins by the basins.

I'm nearly 46  :P

Umm... so what did you think they were for?

Ms Aspasia

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I've only recently realised that the sanitary bins in public toilets...are just bins.  And it's perfectly OK to  put the wrappings from sanitary products in them, rather than hanging onto them to put in the bins by the basins.

I'm nearly 46  :P

Umm... so what did you think they were for?
The bins sometimes have text requesting that people don't use them for diapers and dressings, so I never thought of them as regular bins.  I've switched to a cup, but previously I didn't put wrappings in as I thought the magic bin fluids were not able to break them down.  You know, in the same way that those fluids  were magically dealing with the expected waste products in unspecified but hygienic ways.  :)

newbiePA

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I've only recently realised that the sanitary bins in public toilets...are just bins.  And it's perfectly OK to  put the wrappings from sanitary products in them, rather than hanging onto them to put in the bins by the basins.

I'm nearly 46  :P

Umm... so what did you think they were for?
The bins sometimes have text requesting that people don't use them for diapers and dressings, so I never thought of them as regular bins.  I've switched to a cup, but previously I didn't put wrappings in as I thought the magic bin fluids were not able to break them down.  You know, in the same way that those fluids  were magically dealing with the expected waste products in unspecified but hygienic ways.  :)

This may be culture thing.  In the US, the containers in the bathroom stall are just small trash receptacles.  No liquid.  Are they different in other places in the world?
Not such a newbie anymore

TootsNYC

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No, I think they are the same. That's her point.

For some reason she got it in her head that, just like the toilet, the bins couldn't handle certain things. For no real reason.

Well, maybe for the reason that they're labeled, "don't put diapers in here," so she just expanded that to "almost anything else."

Psychopoesie

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There are special bins, sanitary disposal units, here in Oz. Like this:

http://www.sanokil.com.au/hygiene-services/sanitary-disposal-bins/

Not sure if they're the same everywhere.

Didn't think they were just a normal bin - they use some chemicals. There are notices on some not to put anything but the tampon or pad in the bin. I always assumed that was either because of whatever chemicals were used or related in some way to how they processed the waste afterwards. Confess I'm not totally sure.


judecat

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I've seen both kinds of bins in America,  all up and down the eastern seaboard.   I've seen the chemical kind mostly in rest stops on the interstates,  and national parks.