Have you ever had one of those moments when you realized something that should've been obvious? Like that the little arrow on your gas gauge tells you which side of the car the tank is on?
Well, you're not alone. Redditor TheLunaLunatic asked people what "super obvious thing" they only realized very recently. Here are the best responses...some obvious, some just a little mind-blowing:
"VERY LATE BUT it's called the alphabet because the Greek 'alphabet' starts with the letters alpha, beta..."
"In order to properly use a hand dryer, you have to rub your hands.
I used to just put my hands under it and question why it was taking so long, but then I saw one of my friends rubbing their hands, and I felt stupid."
"I was playing Monopoly, and someone owned a load of properties all clustered together. I said, 'You’ve got a bit of a monopoly on that part of the board. Hey that’s funny, because we’re playing Monopoly, and you got a...oh, I see now.'"
"I just finished reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. At the end of the book, there was a little blurb about the author, Abraham Stoker. Bram is short for Abraham. I didn't know that."
"A chef is called a chef in a restaurant because restaurants originated in France and ‘chef’ just means 'boss' in French."
"Raincoats typically have bright colours so you're easier to spot during heavy rain, not because raincoat designers have bad taste."
"I always found it funny how ABBA songs fit the movie Mamma Mia so well...it took me years to figure out the movie was made around the songs."
"When people said 'it's a double-edged sword,' I thought the sword's hilt was also a sword. Only until yesterday, it was explained to me by my brother that it was just sharp on both sides of the blade."
"A screensaver has a purpose and it literally saves your screen from an image being burned into it. I'm 37."
"The piggy in 'This Little Piggy' didn’t go to the market to go shopping. ... I’m still horrified."
"The mommy in that Christmas song wasn't cheating with Santa but instead, it's the dad dressed in a Santa Claus costume. That's why 'I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus.'"
"Breakfast is named so because you're breaking the fast from when you were sleeping."
Are there any super obvious things you only realized late in life? Let me know in the comments! This is a safe space, we're all dummies here.
Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.