24 Things Most People Pretend To Understand But Don’t

“I mean, I know the gist of it…”

1. Modern Art

Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

“This piece really captures the essence of…sharks.”

ID: 1406781

2. Bitcoins


“These two things are basically the same, right?”

ID: 1407041

3. New Yorker Cartoons

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“Uh…it’s funny because they’re rich?”

ID: 1406563

4. The Actual Meaning of the Word “Irony”

“I’m just gonna keep using it as a synonym for ‘funny.’”

ID: 1407143

5. Fine Wines

“Ah, yes, I believe I’m getting an oaky hint of…alcohol.”

ID: 1408358

6. Fantasy Sports

“You mean that thing where you control these little imaginary players and use them to fight against your friends every week? Yes, I’ve heard of it.”

ID: 1407508

7. Artsy Movies

“It’s like, um…a metaphor…for our modern society…”

ID: 1406130

8. Investing

“Let’s see, I need some stocks, some bonds, a 401(k), and…a pool of gold coins?”

ID: 1406437

9. Buddhism

“It’s basically a religion based on chillaxing.”

ID: 1406723

10. Obamacare

“Yay! We all get free health care now…maybe?”

ID: 1407643

11. Trendy New Music Genres

“Nu gaze? Yeah, totally! Witch house? Sure, awesome! Seapunk? OK…that one sounds made-up.”

ID: 1406059

12. Computer Viruses

“Pretty sure I got this virus because of a chain mail I didn’t forward to 10 of my friends.”

ID: 1406228

13. Super PACs

“It’s an organization, right? Or a person? Or…a law?”

ID: 1410622

14. How Cars Work

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“The carburetor is connected to the accelerator, which is connected to the…flux capacitor?”

ID: 1406330

15. Doing Taxes

“I’ll let TurboTax worry about it.”

ID: 1407858

16. Beer

“If I keep talking about hops and barley maybe no one will realize how drunk I am.”

ID: 1411145

17. Fracking

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“I’m not sure what it is, but I know it sucks.”

ID: 1407590

18. Monsanto

“Pretty sure this also sucks.”

ID: 1407624

19. BioShock Infinite

“It’s like Super Mario Bros. but…bigger.”

ID: 1410818

20. Sigmund Freud

“You are feeling all these feelings because sex.”

ID: 1406949

21. Higgs Boson

“I’ll just nod and say ‘I mean, it’s the God particle…’ over and over and over.”

ID: 1406496

22. CrossFit

“Oh, that’s that cult where everyone jumps around and throws medicine balls at each other, right?”

ID: 1408166

23. The Economy

“The economy would be fine if those clowns in Washington would just make some more jobs and we balanced our supply and demand and…freakonomics…”

ID: 1406170

24. How the Internet Works

“To be fair, I don’t know if my answer would’ve been any better.”

ID: 1405980

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