Name something you didn't "get" but now you do

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    Oct 12, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    For example, something you thought you understood but your understanding was faulty. Or, something as simple as having mispronounced a word.

    For example, my grandmother had lots of dietetic foods in the cupboard. I confidently pronounced dietetic as dietetric until a friend pointed out to me that there's no r in the word.
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    Oct 12, 2014 8:35 PM GMT
    For a long time I thought the term pre-Columbian was simply a name about an early historical period in the Americas, similar to geological names, like Cambrian; I've seen the term pre-Cambrian, which is probably why I had this idea.

    But pre-Columbian means that time prior to the arrival of Columbus and the Europeans in the Americas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_era
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    Oct 12, 2014 8:57 PM GMT
    Because the current British monarch is a woman I had assumed that the crown passes to the oldest child of the previous (just deceased) monarch. But the crown passes to the oldest male child of the previous monarch, even if he has older sisters. It only passes to the daughter if there are no sons.

    Britain recently changed the law so that now it does pass to the oldest child, regardless of gender. Which is how it is in Denmark; I don't know how long it's been that way there, or what Sweden does.

    France had laws called the Salic laws, one of which was that the crown or title (duke or whatever) could only pass to a male. So if the current heir had no sons then they went up the family tree and looked to see if he had any brothers still living, or nephews, going up and out on the tree as necessary. Up until fairly recently the laws were that when a man and a woman married everything that the woman owned became the man's property. (Also true in the US.) Even her title if she had one. (But not the title of king if she was the queen typically.) Before the French had the Salic law Elenore of Aquitaine had no brothers and so became the Duchess of Aquitaine. A person with a title was required to get permission from the king before they got married in order to avoid problems. Elenore of Aquitaine sneaked off and eloped with the King of England, whereupon he became the Duke of Aquitaine (and thereby vassal to the King of France). I'm guessing that this was probably a factor in the passing of the Salic law.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salic_law#Some_tenets_of_the_law
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    Oct 12, 2014 9:13 PM GMT
    When I was a kid in Germany, there were these brightly colored vending machines on the walls of the bathrooms. The cost was a quarter...a mark. I asked my dad for a mark and after I had been gone for a while, he came into the bathroom to find me blowing up a condom like a balloon...

    Who knew?
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    Oct 12, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    As a kid I used to think chorus is a singer. Most of the songs had a chorus mentioned alongwith the name of singers. I was amazed that chorus can sing so many songs.
    English not being my 1st language was the primary reason.
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    Oct 13, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    morphic saidAs a kid I used to think chorus is a singer. Most of the songs had a chorus mentioned alongwith the name of singers. I was amazed that chorus can sing so many songs.
    English not being my 1st language was the primary reason.

    Yes, I can see that. I don't know how the Brits would say it but in the US we'd say "The chorus is great." The Brits might say "The chorus are great" because they use the plural for companies, for example, "Microsoft are coming out with a new version of Windows" which sounds quite strange to me.
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    Oct 13, 2014 1:26 AM GMT
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    Oct 13, 2014 1:38 AM GMT
    pazzy saidcircumcision. icon_lol.gif real talk, when i was a kid, i thought that being circumcised means they cut your actual. entire dickhead off. icon_eek.gif actually contemplated about cutting my dickhead off too to say that i was circumcised. luckily, that drifted away from my mind and then it wasn't until how many years later, that i realized what circumcision was. even before the year that my parents were telling me that i was uncircumcised and needed to learn how to wash my foreskin.

    what being gay was. icon_neutral.gif never understood it until i was 24 where it made perfect sense upon having an intensive crush on someone else at the time and being high off of weed, that realization hit like a ton of bricks.

    what depression is.





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    Oct 13, 2014 1:53 AM GMT
    morphic saidAs a kid I used to think chorus is a singer. Most of the songs had a chorus mentioned alongwith the name of singers. I was amazed that chorus can sing so many songs.
    English not being my 1st language was the primary reason.

    Hahah that thing happened to me too!
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    Oct 13, 2014 2:51 AM GMT
    When cell phones made their appearance, I didn't see what the big deal was. I didn't understand why you needed a phone everywhere you went. I also didn't understand texting and why it was an awesome feature on cell phones.

    These days, I can't leave home without my phone or else I'll feel lost. And I got rid of my landline a long time ago.
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    Oct 13, 2014 4:20 AM GMT
    These examples are a lot more trivial than I was expecting lol.

    Where's the "I used to be against open relationships until I divorced after 30 years and don't have much time left to wait for mr right" - type anecdotes? icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 13, 2014 12:33 PM GMT
    Quantum mechanics. Once I figured out "del" and "curl," it was simple after that.
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    Oct 13, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    SargeFight saidQuantum mechanics. Once I figured out "del" and "curl," it was simple after that.

    "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics." - Richard Feynman
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    Oct 13, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    I used to think lactose intolerance was 'Lack, tose and tolerance'. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 13, 2014 6:04 PM GMT
    The difference between EN GB & UK... about 2 decades in confusion
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    Oct 13, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
    rodo saidThe difference between EN GB & UK... about 2 decades in confusion

    I can say with confidence there are way too many people confused with this whole UK/GB/EN thing. I have explained it to many people myself.
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    Oct 13, 2014 6:40 PM GMT
    When I was a kid and found out about the mechanics of sex I couldn't understand how two people in that position could keep from laughing hysterically as I thought it the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard. Then I had sex and thought I understood. Then I had gay sex and really understood.
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    Oct 13, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    when i figured out it was OK, and not only OK, but awesome to be gay . . . changed my life forever.icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 13, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    morphic said
    rodo saidThe difference between EN GB & UK... about 2 decades in confusion

    I can say with confidence there are way too many people confused with this whole UK/GB/EN thing. I have explained it to many people myself.

    I am blissfully ignorant on that one.
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    Oct 13, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
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    morphic said
    rodo saidThe difference between EN GB & UK... about 2 decades in confusion

    I can say with confidence there are way too many people confused with this whole UK/GB/EN thing. I have explained it to many people myself.

    I am blissfully ignorant on that one.

    Nothing to worry about until you are in company of Northern Irish or Welsh people. Then you better watch out.icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 13, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    morphic said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    morphic said
    rodo saidThe difference between EN GB & UK... about 2 decades in confusion

    I can say with confidence there are way too many people confused with this whole UK/GB/EN thing. I have explained it to many people myself.

    I am blissfully ignorant on that one.

    Nothing to worry about until you are in company of Northern Irish or Welsh people. Then you better watch out.icon_lol.gif


    En = England, usually always combined with Wales

    GB = England, Wales, Scotland

    UK = England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

    Therefore when people say British people there is no individual British person.
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    Oct 14, 2014 9:03 AM GMT
    . Why some gay men are so mean to each other. After been out, talked and dated around, I understand why.
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    Oct 14, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    I never understood why coming out is so important. Then I came out to Mom and I understood why. Coming out isn't about telling the ones you love who you really are. It's all about learning to accept and take pride in who you are as a person. If you can't be happy with yourself, no one else will be either.
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    Oct 14, 2014 10:18 PM GMT
    LAXWill10 said. Why some gay men are so mean to each other. After been out, talked and dated around, I understand why.


    I will never understand why people gay or straight are mean to anyone. Meanness is a middle school/high school girl trait that should not be found in an adult (especially a man).
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    Oct 16, 2014 10:03 PM GMT
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