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ChanandlerBongsLeftShoe Mon 11-Mar-19 16:35:18

I feel like a completely ridiculous excuse for an adult but the other day I found out the difference between cottage pie and shepherds pie.

I am in my 30s and gobsmacked (also feel a bit stupid now it's so obvious). I genuinely thought they were the same thing.

Is there anything you discovered as an adult that was just common knowledge to everyone else? Or perhaps there's a phrase you've found out you have been saying wrong all this time etc...!

Help me feel a bit better.

Justmuddlingalong Mon 11-Mar-19 16:38:05

That ABBA are the initials of the first names of each of the members.

Happyhusband Mon 11-Mar-19 16:38:59

I really never understood why a pink rabbit was used to advertise a brand of batteries until quite late in life.

RubyWho Mon 11-Mar-19 16:40:05

They’re called Daffodills. Not Dafilldills.
Found this out yesterday. I’m 33.

A Scape Goat. Not an escaped goat. I was 29 when I found that out.

Moot point. Not mute point. Ashamed to say I didn’t find that out until I did my BPTC. THE SHAME.

ChanandlerBongsLeftShoe Mon 11-Mar-19 16:42:54

RubyWho an escaped goat grin okay, that made me feel better!

I didn't know the ABBA one!

WinterHeatWave Mon 11-Mar-19 16:44:16

Had to smile at that, Chanandaler. I wonder what happened at school today, because my kids came hone saying "Mummy, is cottage pie made from cottages and Sheperds pie made from Sheperds?"

Slowknitter Mon 11-Mar-19 16:44:38

I can't think of any, but I looove these threads grin.

SabineUndine Mon 11-Mar-19 16:44:47

That Arabic is written from right to left.

SabineUndine Mon 11-Mar-19 16:45:31

BTW I make my shepherd's pie with beef mince, whatever anyone says.

Undies1990 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:46:18

That we never see the other side of the moon! I just assumed it rotated, like the earth 🤯

Imfinehowareyou Mon 11-Mar-19 16:46:30

I thought guest ales in a hotel bar were just for the guests and the local customers couldn't order them.

Huntawaymama Mon 11-Mar-19 16:46:54

That's the whole point it's not shepherd pie then

ChanandlerBongsLeftShoe Mon 11-Mar-19 16:47:24

WinterHeatWave clearly they really need to start teaching the important stuff in schools!

Houseonahill Mon 11-Mar-19 16:48:02

Until very recently I thought a fire blanket was something you wore to protect you as you fled the fire, like a magic fire shield so you could run right through fire and be fine blush

DianaPrincessOfThemyscira Mon 11-Mar-19 16:48:08

@Happyhusband the energiser Bunny predates the vibrator

Magenta82 Mon 11-Mar-19 16:48:35

That the main characters in "Fried Green Tomatoes" were in a romantic relationship.

I first watched it when I was about 11 or 12 and thought they were best friends. It is one of my favourite movies and I watched it regularly, at least a dozen times before I twigged in my late 20s.

I was watching it with a friend when I suddenly exclaimed "OH THEY'RE LESBIANS!!!" She gave me a very withering look and I felt very naïve!

DianaPrincessOfThemyscira Mon 11-Mar-19 16:48:45

Oops too soon - I meant to add, assuming that’s what you’re getting at?! grin

Houseonahill Mon 11-Mar-19 16:49:23

imfinehowareyou That made me laugh 😂

SemperIdem Mon 11-Mar-19 16:51:08

I was in my 20’s before it dawned on me that Australia had time zones. blush

In my defence, I think learning that China had only one official time zone may have muddied the water there.

boomfloom Mon 11-Mar-19 16:51:44

Undies1990 The Moon does rotate around its own axis. It's just that it rotates at the same pace as it orbits the earth so we always see the same side.

burritofan Mon 11-Mar-19 16:54:41

Omg Magenta82, same! It's like when you realise Penny has an abortion in Dirty Dancing and isn't just a bit poorly.

I still picture the Elgin marbles as spherical and the Underground Railroad as, well, an Underground Railroad – despite knowing better, it's just ingrained.

ChanandlerBongsLeftShoe Mon 11-Mar-19 16:54:54

Well this is going to be educational!!

MamaLovesMango Mon 11-Mar-19 16:56:33

The clocks going backwards and forwards. I’m not saying anymore. It’s too embarrassing blush

CabbageHippy Mon 11-Mar-19 16:57:46

not to stick something metal into a toaster - yep only found out as an adult!

ShirleyPhallus Mon 11-Mar-19 16:59:08

That we never see the other side of the moon! I just assumed it rotated, like the earth

Wait, what?!

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