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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #780 on: February 23, 2013, 01:04:09 AM »

This was me on this site a couple of months ago.  Even though I have never been pregnant and have 4 younger siblings and cousins for days.  I never realized that a 40 week pregnancy did not equal 10 months.  I simply assumed doctors and all of the billions of pregnant women were just rounding down. :P   A very nice ehellion explained it to me before I could open my mouth in real life :D

It can be confusing, especially since the count starts from two weeks before conception anyway  :P  It makes me wonder, actually - can pregnant women in states with personhood laws legally drive in the HOV lanes?  What about in Arizona, where a baby is legally a person two weeks before it's actually conceived - can women there drive in the HOV lane two weeks out of the month and argue that there are legally two people in the car?

(Not trying to be political, just a weird little legal quirk I've been wondering about ever since being pregnant with Bittybartfast and driving through some bigger cities!)

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #781 on: February 23, 2013, 05:42:10 AM »
I had an English teacher who said "You are all too young to know what a charabang is, so I will tell you.
Actually I did know, as i had relatives as old or older than she was, who never spoke of a (motor) coach , but alwasy of a charabang, or a "Chara".  And I also knew that charabangs were originally large horse drawn vehicles. But I was a shy child, without the courage to tell her so. Better if she had said "Does anyone know what a charabang is? If you don't I'll tell you"

My mom still tells us about her Arabic language teacher in uni who told the class "well no one here could pronounce this next word" yet my mother could. It was true that someone who only spoke french couldn't since it's not a pronunciation we get in the language but my mother's native tongue is not french so she could easily. But the teacher seamed a bit put out to be proved wrong (even by an odd occurrence).

And not really a Know-it-all, mostly a You-don't-know-what-you-are-talking-about-so-I-won't-take-it-into-account with my parents, be it that the sink is leaking or that pet rats should not be alone in their cage they never trust me until someone else says the same thing.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #782 on: February 23, 2013, 05:54:32 AM »

This was me on this site a couple of months ago.  Even though I have never been pregnant and have 4 younger siblings and cousins for days.  I never realized that a 40 week pregnancy did not equal 10 months.  I simply assumed doctors and all of the billions of pregnant women were just rounding down. :P   A very nice ehellion explained it to me before I could open my mouth in real life :D

It can be confusing, especially since the count starts from two weeks before conception anyway  :P  It makes me wonder, actually - can pregnant women in states with personhood laws legally drive in the HOV lanes?  What about in Arizona, where a baby is legally a person two weeks before it's actually conceived - can women there drive in the HOV lane two weeks out of the month and argue that there are legally two people in the car?

(Not trying to be political, just a weird little legal quirk I've been wondering about ever since being pregnant with Bittybartfast and driving through some bigger cities!)

My knowledge is anecdotal, but from what I understand, the rule is that there have to be two or more people, taking up two or more seats.

**Found this**
http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/carpool.asp Looks like I was right :D
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #783 on: February 23, 2013, 12:30:31 PM »
@Carotte, oh, it drives me crazy dealing with "you don't know what you're talking about" people.  DH is like that with me, not all the time so it still catches me off guard.  For example, we bought a small sailboat.  I'd taken sailing lessons for two summers on single and double crew boats just like this, while DH has been on a giant multiple crew boat once before.  But he assumes he knows more about sailing than me because ... Who knows.  So, when I tried to say something about running the lines without crossing them, he completely blew me off.  "Oh, that's not important." Well, til his dad said hmm, maybe we shouldn't cross the lines and suddenly it made sense to DH.  After a few instances like that, I openly asked his dad to repeat something I said so DH would believe it.

I have a coworker now who is like that to me but more often, and I hate always feeling on my guard around him since I never know what i say that he's going to tear down.  He does verge on CKIA territory since his approach is "my way is right!" rather than "your way is wrong!". But it's painful having any discussion with him knowing that if I have a suggestion or opinion, he'll jump all over it.  He does it to others too, of course.  I've noticed the only people who don't get that treatment are the ones who never have a different opinion (or aren't willing to voice one around him).  It's worse to find out that other people agree with me but didn't jump in if he starts trying to tear me down.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #784 on: February 23, 2013, 04:14:34 PM »
*snip*
And not really a Know-it-all, mostly a You-don't-know-what-you-are-talking-about-so-I-won't-take-it-into-account with my parents, be it that the sink is leaking or that pet rats should not be alone in their cage they never trust me until someone else says the same thing.

I have bald spots from the hunks of hair I've pulled out dealing with my Dad when it comes to this. When I get him an answer online for his dingitydang crossword puzzle I get heaps of thanks and "you are so smart." But he will arbirarily decide that his 80-some yrs on this earth trumps my ability to research and/or consult with actual professionals! We clashed seriously over the family dog. I made it my hill to die on when I realized that in his days growing up, dogs were just expendable pest control that was only good enough to sleep in the barn. Don't get me wrong, he loved the dog. Spoiled him horribly in fact. But he could not wrap his head around stuff like not giving him grapes, raisins, or chocolate what with it being POISONOUS to the dog!  >:( I showed him info the VET had printed out...and he still looked doubtful! Like if he couldn't understand it, it wasn't allowed to be reality!
The final straw was when the dog got into some rat poison my Dad left in the garage (in his defense, he was an idiot). Dear old Dad's solution? He poured Peptol Bismol into the dog's dish. :o :o >:( >:( And the kicker: the dog wouldn't touch it. Let me put that in perspective: when a dog that routinely eats his own poo, almost ate a piece of glass once, chews up pine cones if we don't take them away, eats rotten apples (and any bugs in said apples) if he can sneak them, and just ate rat poison won't touch something - then it's. not. for. dogs! I whisked my furry boy away from my crazy Dad and up to the sanity of the vets office. They induced vomiting and all was (eventually) well.

To this day I am sure Dad thinks I was overreacting. Because he grew up on a farm over 70 years ago and naturally he is an expert when it comes to animals dontchaknow. *SIGH*
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #785 on: February 23, 2013, 05:49:15 PM »
My uncle is such a CKIA... he told me once that "After age 15, the human body doesn't need protien, fats or sugars."

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't go "Wait whaaat?" for a few years.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #786 on: February 23, 2013, 07:38:02 PM »
My uncle is such a CKIA... he told me once that "After age 15, the human body doesn't need protien, fats or sugars."

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't go "Wait whaaat?" for a few years.

That one's actually completely true.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #787 on: February 23, 2013, 08:55:25 PM »
I love my parents, but they are unwilling to make changes that would benefit them.

My mother gives doctors a God-like reverence. Their favorite family doctor retired 8 years ago. Every piece of advice that doctor ever told them is now held as gospel truth. That doctor recommended Advil for pain and inflammation over a decade ago. So, my parents will only take Advil for anything. No prescription pain medication is allowed, no other OTC medication. That is their choice, but when they complain to me that Advil isn't helping with the pain then refuse to take anything else, I want to shake them!

My mother grew up on a farm, and feels it is cruel to have animals in the city, because they can't wander.  ::)
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #788 on: February 23, 2013, 09:42:20 PM »




For me, it's the tone. That condescending, now-little-girl-let-me-do-the-thinking tone. My hackles rise.

I love you, dad. Really, I do. I just want to smack you occasionally.

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My mother does that tone too.The last time she was here, she used that tone to tell me that once I was married and a parent I'd realise how hard it is when one for your children keep correcting you. I was trying to show her about conscription in WWI in a book published by the Imperial War Museum while she was adamant that there was no conscription and IWM didn't know what they were publishing.

I had been married for over 10 years and our oldest was 12. The 3 children speak French much better than us so I'm used to being corrected by some-one who knows what they talking about. When DM tried her French, 1940's European pronuncation, while we were out only the older generation(ie her age) understood and then she was annoyed that "those people' were dilibrately misunderstanding her to make a point.
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #789 on: February 23, 2013, 11:30:47 PM »
I love my parents, but they are unwilling to make changes that would benefit them.

My mother gives doctors a God-like reverence. Their favorite family doctor retired 8 years ago. Every piece of advice that doctor ever told them is now held as gospel truth. That doctor recommended Advil for pain and inflammation over a decade ago. So, my parents will only take Advil for anything. No prescription pain medication is allowed, no other OTC medication. That is their choice, but when they complain to me that Advil isn't helping with the pain then refuse to take anything else, I want to shake them!

My mother grew up on a farm, and feels it is cruel to have animals in the city, because they can't wander.  ::)

Ahhh! The doctor is God complex! My MIL had it and DH does to an extent. MIL had a doctor that was waaay past his prime. He sent her for a prostate exam!!!!! I saw the paperwork myself. She went, of course, because doctors are GOD! I imagine the nurses at the hospital got a really good laugh out of that one.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #790 on: February 24, 2013, 01:16:27 PM »
I live 3000 miles from my mother, in an area that's consistently 10 to 20 degrees warmer. I talk to her once a week on the phone and every time she asks me how's the weather. Every time I say "It's been chilly this week," she snaps back "No, it's not! It's 50 there and 50 isn't chilly!" If I say in the summer it hasn't been as hot lately, she almost sneers "It's 90 there, how can that not be hot?"

Why do you always ask me what the weather is if you already know? And it's not at all possible that what's normal for your climate is NOT normal for mine?"

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #791 on: February 24, 2013, 03:24:17 PM »
I live 3000 miles from my mother, in an area that's consistently 10 to 20 degrees warmer. I talk to her once a week on the phone and every time she asks me how's the weather. Every time I say "It's been chilly this week," she snaps back "No, it's not! It's 50 there and 50 isn't chilly!" If I say in the summer it hasn't been as hot lately, she almost sneers "It's 90 there, how can that not be hot?"

Why do you always ask me what the weather is if you already know? And it's not at all possible that what's normal for your climate is NOT normal for mine?"

Maybe you should try answering with "Can't complain. How about you?" Because it's true, you can't complain: she won't let you. She won't even let you say that you like the weather.
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #792 on: February 25, 2013, 11:16:15 AM »
My uncle is such a CKIA... he told me once that "After age 15, the human body doesn't need protien, fats or sugars."

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't go "Wait whaaat?" for a few years.

I had a sibling who went vegetarian at 18 and tried to tell us all that it was a myth that human beings need protein.  I tried to tell her that she meant, "meat" because you can get protein from on-meat sources and she insisted it was protein.  She said that humans were born with all the protein they needed.  Because a 9-lb baby has as much protein as a 150-lb woman?  Why yes!   If she gets extra protein, that's what makes her overweight!

The sad thing was, she had just finished Honors biology and got a fabulously good grade.  I very much enjoyed getting an education and would never knock it.  But sometimes my family isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for education as an investment.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #793 on: February 25, 2013, 12:03:46 PM »
My uncle is such a CKIA... he told me once that "After age 15, the human body doesn't need protien, fats or sugars."

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't go "Wait whaaat?" for a few years.

I had a sibling who went vegetarian at 18 and tried to tell us all that it was a myth that human beings need protein.  I tried to tell her that she meant, "meat" because you can get protein from on-meat sources and she insisted it was protein.  She said that humans were born with all the protein they needed.  Because a 9-lb baby has as much protein as a 150-lb woman?  Why yes!   If she gets extra protein, that's what makes her overweight!

The sad thing was, she had just finished Honors biology and got a fabulously good grade.  I very much enjoyed getting an education and would never knock it.  But sometimes my family isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for education as an investment.

This is like my friend who is convinced there is bran in fruits and vegetables. Not fiber, but bran, a grain. I politely tried to tell her she was mistaken, that htere are different types of fiber, but she would have none of it.  Ok fine.  I did giggle though since she apparetnly has some health and food issues. and had posted something on some support group website relating to her issues, but was asked to clarify that this is what she does, not what everyone should do who has the same issues. She was a bit put out, but I told her hey, some people will believe anything, so its best just to say this is what you do, and leave it at that

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #794 on: February 25, 2013, 03:07:29 PM »
Shalamar, I am glad your daughter did her research. I work at a university and our health center has a seminar on being vegan or vegetarian without junk food. It is baffling to me how much junk food the average young adult eats, especially if they cut an entire portion of available foods out of their diet. They learn to create complete proteins and a well balanced diet.

During stressful times, we end up medically evacuating 10-15 students a term because they had a breakfast consisting entirely of energy drinks on no food and no sleep.  ::)
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