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To think that every person above age 10 at least should know that the moon affects the tides?

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HateSummer Sat 19-Aug-17 14:44:02


I was working with someone aged in their early 20's recently who had never heard of this and were really shocked. I was really shocked they didnt know.

Isn't this basic science taught in primary school? Along with the moon cycle and seasons?

EdmundCleverClogs Sat 19-Aug-17 14:50:30

I don't know, it's not 'need to know' information really, is it? One of those facts that could 'fall out of your head' if it has no implications for you.

Of course, if said person lives/works by the sea, that's a different.

Ferrisday Sat 19-Aug-17 14:52:19

I worked with someone who thought the sun turned into the moon

Gotanewusernamenow Sat 19-Aug-17 14:52:38

I've forgotten a lot of what I was told at school grin

HateSummer Sat 19-Aug-17 14:53:20

Why isn't it need to know info? It's our world and we should know the basic mechanics of how things work shouldn't we?

ButchyRestingFace Sat 19-Aug-17 14:55:52

I don't know anything, beyond the mere fact that there is a relationship.

Struggling to see how it's something I would "need" to know, in any case.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 19-Aug-17 14:57:49

I just checked with my 7 year old - she knows...

As the OP said, it's just basic science, everybody should know basic science.

Crispsheets Sat 19-Aug-17 14:58:25

I would judge.

Sparklingbrook Sat 19-Aug-17 15:01:35

I wouldn't judge anyone who didn't know.

BenLui Sat 19-Aug-17 15:02:52

I agree with you, I'd be baffled that an adult wasn't aware of that.

I once knew a man, a graduate, who genuinely though the sun revolved the earth though. Ten people stood going shock while he indignantly said "what?"

This was before smart phones so we couldn't just google to prove him wrong, he just stood there shaking his head while we all drew diagrams on a blackboard and laughed at him.

MumIsRunningAMarathon Sat 19-Aug-17 15:03:27

Dear god, I wouldn't judge people not knowing either

I bet there's plenty you don't know op, that other people do!

TheHungryDonkey Sat 19-Aug-17 15:03:57

Perhaps that person knows different 'basic' stuff that you know?

Ulysses Sat 19-Aug-17 15:05:52

I know that there was an a relationship but having just googled it I couldn't have explained what it was. If it was taught at school I've long forgotten about it!

PoppyPopcorn Sat 19-Aug-17 15:06:26

I would judge, but then I'm not the sort of person who revels in celeb culture and reality TV where having zero intelligence and knowledge of the worl around you is celebrated.

So depressing.

Notknownatthisaddress Sat 19-Aug-17 15:07:02

It's amazing what people don't know. On a programme I have been watching called 'Make or break,' one lad (around 20-ish) is absolutely INSISTENT that the world is flat.

Yes really. grin And he will NOT accpet he is wrong.

I also used to know someone in her FORTIES (back in the 1990's,) who was 100% convinced that there was 13 months in the year.

Even when presented with the evidence that there is 12 MONTHS, she still wouldn't accept it. Dopey cow. wink

Kursk Sat 19-Aug-17 15:07:34

I feel that this is basic knowledge that everyone should have.

However I can see why city people wouldn't know about things like this

Notknownatthisaddress Sat 19-Aug-17 15:07:58

Perhaps that person knows different 'basic' stuff that you know?

I seriously doubt it very much.

MaidOfStars Sat 19-Aug-17 15:10:16

I think it's primary level education. I was talking with my friend's seven year old about it a couple of months ago.

TheHungryDonkey Sat 19-Aug-17 15:10:59

Why? I didn't know this until I was 16. That's when it was mentioned at school. I could have played any Mozart Sonata on the piano though. So my basic science knowledge was lacking due to it not being covered in primary school. It doesn't mean people can't do or know other things.

Sparklingbrook Sat 19-Aug-17 15:12:36

I got my Grade 5 violin in High School but I couldn't play a note now. You can't possibly remember everything you were taught.

Whisper23 Sat 19-Aug-17 15:13:20

It astonishes me sometimes, the things people don't know. I met someone this earlier this week who didn't know what a pickled onion was.

Floralnomad Sat 19-Aug-17 15:13:53

Apparently there are 11 year olds that still believe in Father Christmas and the tooth fairy according to posts on here so I can totally believe that a 10 year old would not know about the moon and tides .

PuppyMonkey Sat 19-Aug-17 15:16:40

"I worked with someone who thought the sun turned into the moon"


I'm sitting in a room full of ten year olds and one seven year old and none of them knew.

In fact, when I asked what controls the tides, the seven year old suggested "whales." grin

WindwardCircle Sat 19-Aug-17 15:16:51

I wouldn't be shocked at an adult not knowing the relationship between the moon and tides. For most people it's not necessary knowledge so even if they did learn it at school they may have forgotten.

I was rather shocked at a man I used to work with who, until I corrected him, thought women urinated from their vaginas. He was gay, but still...

BoredOnMatLeave Sat 19-Aug-17 15:22:24

I learnt it at school but couldn't remember what actually happened now I know after checking bbc bitesize I just hated science as a child I would say I'm thick because of that hmm

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