February 14, 2010

Moments of clarity

One of Mr. Garner's favorite columnists is Ken Burger at the Charleston Post & Courier. Over the weekend he wrote about "ah-ha" moments when you realize that for many years you'd been thinking erroneously about something that is common knowledge to the rest of the world.

A friend of mine said he was in his 30s when it suddenly dawned on him, in a moment of clarity, that pickles and cucumbers were actually the same thing, only different.

These "aha" moments are usually kept secret. We all know that feeling when you realize that everybody else in the world knew something you didn't know. ...

Most recently, I came to understand that cup cakes were made from regular cake mix poured into little cups. I somehow assumed there was some kind of special cup cake mix.
Katie and I put together a list of our realizations:
:: That raisins are grapes (T)
:: It's "human being," not "human bean" (K)
:: Hybrid cars need not be plugged into an outlet (K)
:: Boil water first, then add pasta noodles (T)
I seem to remember college bringing out these sorts of realizations in great quantities. But I can't seem to remember them (except for some arguments about pronunciation ... "copulate," etc.). Maybe you guys can remember some -- share in the comments (and at Burger's blog).

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5 Comments:

Blogger Chase Purdy said...

I'll be thinking of some...in the mean time, I love how a shitty anti-Obama person couldn't resist commenting on Burger's blog post.

February 14, 2010 at 9:10 PM 
Blogger K. Harvey said...

Maxi pads and tampons are not the same thing.

February 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM 
Blogger Karen Renee said...

the raisin/grape realization happened at my house- I think?

We may have been over this already, but I only realized a couple years ago that Santa in the song "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is Daddy. For two decades of my life I thought Mommy was a cheating whore.

February 14, 2010 at 10:48 PM 
Blogger Chase Purdy said...

Karen - Me too!

February 15, 2010 at 1:24 AM 
Blogger Katie said...

I would just like to clarify that the human bean/being confusion was cleared up many, many years ago. The others that Tony listed were much more recent.

February 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM 

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