Dads know everything. Or do they?

Father and son playing

For Father’s Day – Sunday 18 June – Google asked Mumsnet users to share all the ways their dads demonstrate their extensive general knowledge. It turns out they really do know how to do (almost) anything – and that's why we love them

1. Who needs sat nav when you have dad nav?

1. Who needs sat nav when you have dad nav?

“My dad knows every B road in the country like the back of his hand, and loves discussing possible car journey options when doing long trips. “

“I have tried explaining to my dad that since the invention of the sat nav I do not need him to break down my journey into each individual road, but it just doesn’t go in. He loves his maps and has literally hundreds.”

2. Meet the meteorological dad

2. Meet the meteorological dad

“My dad, a 71-year-old farmer, swears he knows the weather forecast better than the professionals – and he’s right. Sometimes he’s even more accurate than Google!”

3. They don’t believe in impulsive decisions

3. They don’t believe in impulsive decisions

“My dad researches everything before he begins anything. I'm more like my mum in that we just get started and deal with any mishaps as they happen – but I admit, begrudgingly, he makes fewer mistakes than we do.”

“My dad is a beacon of knowledge and doggedly researches anything before making a decision. Anything he does is carefully considered, and he gives great advice about anything I ask him.”

…which can make for protracted purchases

“My dad drives me mad with research. He's been researching the best laptop to buy since before Windows 10 was launched!”

4. They never admit to any knowledge gaps

4. They never admit to any knowledge gaps

“My children think my dad knows everything. Any homework queries, ask grandad. He then nips upstairs to have a quick think before coming down with the perfect answer. Little do they know that the computer is kept upstairs!”

…which can sometimes be a little irritating

“My dad apparently knows everything. He’s been there, done it and bought the t-shirt! Good job we love him.”

5. Sometimes they can actually be plain wrong

5. Sometimes <whisper it> they can actually be plain wrong

“I once had a long discussion/argument with dad that the Greek dessert was NOT named after the Crimean battle. It's Baklava, not Balaclava.”

6. Others are prone to exaggeration

6. Others are prone to exaggeration

“We were enthralled by my dad’s stories as children and believed it all – that he’d built all the houses on our road and had spent a summer on Mars. They’re definitely being passed down to his grandchildren too.”

“My Dad used to entertain me with great stories. Problem was I thought they were all true and used to go into school and tell the teachers that Robin Hood was my great grandad!”

7. Dads are awesome at fixing things

7. Dads are awesome at fixing things

“My dad is really smart and he can fix anything. He used to cobble our furniture together out of random scraps of wood when I was a kid. He's also our first point of call whenever an appliance breaks down, as he knows just how to sort it out.”

“I remember my sister doing O level Economics in the 80s. She didn’t get it at all and her teacher was too scary to approach. My lovely dad, educated only at the university of life, patiently spent hours and hours explaining economic theory to her. Goodness knows where he learned it all, but she passed with flying colours and attributes it all to our dad.”

8. And if they don’t know how to do something, they’re always willing to give it a go

8. And if they don’t know how to do something, they’re always willing to give it a go

“My dad is a secondary school teacher and really does think he is the fountain of all knowledge. He decided to make a YouTube video instructing how to hang door blinds, complete with him stood explaining it in his tie and glasses, with teacher-style commentary. He was so proud of his 25 YouTube views.”

9. Some dads work magic. Literally

9. Some dads work magic. Literally

“My dad would always give me Skittles on my birthday and could make them change colour. He’d say 'urple, slurple, murple, durple. Change this yellow into a purple' and it always worked! No idea how he did it.”

10. But what’s really magic is their quest for more knowledge

10. But what’s really magic is their quest for more knowledge

“My dad definitely does know everything. He's a lifelong learner, interested in and engaged with the world. He embraces change, but values what works. I love my dad!”


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