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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3975 on: April 25, 2015, 01:56:35 PM »
I had to explain to my coworker (who's in her 30's, reasonably educated and has a child of her own) that we could drive to Alaska, if we wanted to. She thought it was an island. In a map of the US, Hawaii and Alaska are shown in the bottom corner, as opposed to a map of the world, or of North America, where they're shown in relation to the lower 48. So I can see how someone, looking at a map of the US for the first time might think that it's an island.

It can be excused though; when she was in grade school, her mom was incredibly sick and passed away while she was at a young age. So she missed A LOT of school. She was super embarrassed when she discovered her mistake though!
This has come up on this thread or another one at least once.  Don't they wonder how an island got a very loooooong, absolutely straight shoreline? 

And DH and I drove from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Maryland, so I know it can be done. ;)

It probably makes more sense to them than having to drive through a different country. 
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« Reply #3976 on: April 25, 2015, 02:17:12 PM »


And DH and I drove from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Maryland, so I know it can be done. ;)

I haven't been to Alaska in several years, so things might be different now.  But when we were there we had to laugh that you can't drive from anywhere else in Alaska to the capital of Alaska (Juneau)!  You can get there by boat, or ferry (for your car), or you can fly in.  But those are your options.  Or at least they were.

So yes, you can drive from the mainland U.S. to Alaska, but not to the capital!

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3977 on: April 25, 2015, 05:44:35 PM »
Yes, Juneau is still not accessible by land, although you can bring your car on a ferry.

After I traveled to Antarctica last January, I was amazed at how many people asked me about seeing polar bears. (But you can see penguins on the Equator.)


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« Reply #3978 on: April 25, 2015, 06:11:26 PM »
My mom is very sharp about some things, but she gets confused about others. I was thinking today about the time I had to tell her that no, the Dean Martin song "Return to Me" did not "come from" the movie of the same name (which apparently contained the song). The movie from 2000, starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver... and the chart-topping song made famous by Dean Martin in something like 1958. This is a woman who grew up listening to Rat Pack music, too. "I never realized that song came from that movie!" Mom, the movie came out 40 years after the song...
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3979 on: April 25, 2015, 06:34:44 PM »
So actually, Mom was right the first time. It was second-guessing herself that got her wrong. Maybe "Actually, Mom, you were right," instead of "no."

(I confess this is a hot button for me; my DH's almost default way to begin an answer is "No, ..." He said something to the driver of the car ahead of us (who couldn't hear anyway, but DH said, "Be careful" or something). I asked, "Oh, did he cut you off?"  DH answered, "No, he pulled in too soon.")

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3980 on: April 25, 2015, 08:08:21 PM »
All money related
1)  I had to explain to boyfriend (now late DH) that you need to use credit responsibly when you are in your early 20's to establish a credit history.  You need a good credit history to get a mortgage.  His parents got a house as a wedding gift and never had a credit card.  He got his first at my suggestion.

2)  I had to tell my mother that credit cards charge interest if you don't pay them off every month.  Dad taught her to never carry a credit card balance, but apparently she never understood why.  Once when she was visiting me she saw that my credit card bill was quite large and tried to convince me to pay only half of it.  I had the entire amount in my checking account.

3)  I had to explain the Social Security system to a doctor in my exercise class.  She was from Africa, highly educated but didn't know why she was paying Social Security taxes.  (For those outside the US - its a government-run pension fund.  It also redistributes money so that people who had low-wage jobs get a reasonable income in retirement.)

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3981 on: April 25, 2015, 08:35:21 PM »


3)  I had to explain the Social Security system to a doctor in my exercise class.  She was from Africa, highly educated but didn't know why she was paying Social Security taxes.  (For those outside the US - its a government-run pension fund.  It also redistributes money so that people who had low-wage jobs get a reasonable income in retirement.)


I don't believe that social security is redistributing anything,  nor are they insuring a decent income for retired people with lower paying jobs -- unless you consider $500 a month a decent income for someone who has always had minimum wage jobs.   My SS is based on the top 30 years of wages,  includes 13 years of state employment,  and the rest minimum wage or part time employment,  and I will still have to work at least 30 hours a week for the rest of my life in order to live in a crappy rented room.  Don't assume that retired people are living in the lap of luxury on your dime.


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« Reply #3982 on: April 25, 2015, 08:37:56 PM »
Social Security was -intended- to keep working people from ending up destitute when they were too old to work. It's not necessarily working out exactly as planned. It's better than nothing, but it's not exactly achieving the original goals.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3983 on: April 25, 2015, 09:11:55 PM »
Both of you should know better than to discuss a political subject on this forum, so stop it now.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #3984 on: April 25, 2015, 09:42:50 PM »
All money related
1)  I had to explain to boyfriend (now late DH) that you need to use credit responsibly when you are in your early 20's to establish a credit history.  You need a good credit history to get a mortgage.  His parents got a house as a wedding gift and never had a credit card.  He got his first at my suggestion.

Eh, not necessarily. I had my first mortgage years before I had a credit card. My credit history was from rental apartments, utility bills, a car loan, and one payday loan paid off early. Credit card might have been better, but no one suggested it and I didn't feel it was needed for my lifestyle.