Okay, who’s ready to read some embarrassing stories today?

Can I see a show of hands?


It looks like everyone is fired up about this!

So go ahead and see what people on AskReddit said they learned embarrassingly late in life!

1. It’s a real place.

“I was about 25 when I found out Timbuktu was a real place.

I had thought it was just an expression for a far away place.”

2. It’s two words.

“That a coma was “A” coma.

Until I was probably 19~ I thought it was acoma. I thought you fell into acoma.”

3. Ripped apart.

“I thought all tombstones had cause of d**th on them, like old timey ones.

RIP must’ve meant that got ripped to d**th somehow.

The world was scary…”

4. Finally!

“I didn’t know tortilla chips were made out of tortillas until I was 20 years old and saw the line cook at my job cut up a tortilla and throw it in the deep fryer.”

5. LOL.

“I learned that pork and beans are not called “cowboy beans”. I was 18 and asked a grocery store clerk to help me find the “cowboy beans”.

We were looking everywhere and I was getting frustrated because I know that every store carries these beans. After a while I pick up a pork and beans can with a picture and say “see, it looks just like this!”

He says “you mean pork and beans?” Then I realize that my mom called them that so that I would eat them. The look of disappointment from that grocery store clerk haunts me to this day.”

6. Heard this one before.

“I suspect it was the same with lots of people but I found out it wasn’t gorilla warfare but guerrilla warfare maybe in my twenties.

The disappoints of growing up… they just keep coming.”

7. What’s your job?

“I think I was in college when I realized that Mario and Luigi are plumbers.

I thought they just went and up down these tubes just because that was the theme of the game.”

8. Gross!

“I used to think that the Diet Coke bottles on the side of the road which were half full of pale yellow liquid were unfinished Diet Cokes that had been bleached by the sun.

About 2 years ago I saw one of these bottles being ejected from a truck and I realised the awful truth. I’m 53.”

9. Whole milk.

“I was probably 21 or 22 when I learned that whole milk is only 3% fat.

I always thought it was 100, and when I saw reduced as being 2% I thought “why wouldn’t they do 50% or somewhere in the middle?””

10. Doh!

“I thought that horses had toes until I was 22. I thought the hoof was a “horseshoe” and the toes were tucked inside.

How did I learn how wrong I was, you ask?

I was walking past a cavalry museum and saw a horse statue and loudly remarked “it must hurt so bad when they fold a horse’s toes to put them into the shoe!” Dozens of horse enthusiasts turned and looked at me with wild bewilderment in their eyes.”

11. That one hurts.

“Chubby Checker, Fats Domino, and Jelly Roll Morton are all famous musicians.

“Elephants Gerald” is not.”

12. Seriously?

“While watching Game of Thrones, I asked my husband when dragons went extinct.

He had to pause the show for that one.”

13. A real person!

“That Jacques Cousteau was a real person.

I always just thought he was a fictional character like Sherlock Holmes until I was in my 30s.”

What did you learn too late in life?

Let us know in the comments.

Thanks, friends!