A million years ago I contributed to a now-defunct blog called The Secret Society of List Addicts. This post originally appeared there.
We all have momentary lapses of intelligence, right? When you forget the name of your co-worker. or your PIN. or how to drive a stick shift. But what about those things that you simply failed to learn until embarrassingly late in life? Some of the knowledge that came to me shamelessly late in life:
How to pronounce chaos and island
Now, I knew that the there was a word that sounded like “kay-ahs” that meant crazy disorganization. And I was aware that “eye-land” was a bit of land surrounded by water. But connecting the words island and chaos with these two concepts? Beyond me.
Age learned: 12
Using the next button when scrolling through email
Seriously, I just kept clicking back to return to my inbox and then selecting the next email. What?!
Age learned: 30
How to walk in heels
It took me a pair of 1.5 inch wedges and three months of walking like Peg Bundy to break into heels. And even now, I’m pretty impressed that I can manage 1.5 inch heels. Anything above 2 inches is beyond me. But I’m getting there!
Age learned: 29
The location of Cambodia
This probably doesn’t seem that embarrassing, but I was living in Taiwan at the time, planning a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and my mind was officially blown when a friend mentioned taking a bus from Vietnam into Cambodia. A bus?! What? Isn’t everything in S.E. Asia an island?
Age learned: 26
The capitol of my own state
What? Yes. I’m from Minnesota. Wouldn’t one expect the capitol to be Minneapolis? To add insult to injury, my dad teaches Minnesota history and I somehow managed to complete his class without retaining this information.
Age learned: 13
What did you learn embarrassingly late in life?
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