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What Was Something You Didn’t Learn Until Embarrassingly Late?

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You’re Kidding, Right?

Everybody grows up at their own speed, and as you probably remember from school, some people learn faster than others. Were you ahead of your class? In the middle? Behind?

One of the funniest parts of growing up is all of the big moments of realization we have while transition into adulthood: finally understanding truths about our families, ourselves, and the world around us. Often, these realizations can make us laugh (how didn’t we understand that at the time?), but sometimes, they can make us feel just plain stupid.

Redditors were asked to share facts they didn’t learn until an embarrassingly late age, and these stories will crack you up!

late learner woman shocked

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How could anybody have not known these things for so long?!

Rainbow’s Secret

late learner goldfish


I re-named a goldfish “rainbow” when I was 7 because it kept changing color every few months. I told friends about this fish for years like it was some mystical kaleidoscope fish. It hit me in the face a couple months ago that the fish wasn’t changing color…my parents were just replacing it when it died without telling me. (christinaorr)

Mom: “Shouldn’t we buy a fish that’s at least the same color?”
Dad: “Na, kids aren’t that bright.” (JahanFODY)


late learner venus de milo


i thought that when people lose a body part their organism could regenerate the missing part until i was 13+-. if i saw someone with a half of an arm missing i thought “good shit, his arm is almost complete” (BetterCallMyJungler)