Basically everyone needs to re-take geography and anatomy.
The comments on that last post are still pouring in and making my day. Nick and I have wept with laughter while reading them every night, and I'm not gonna lie, I learned maybe one or two things while reading them. (The Washington Redskins are not from Washington state, for example.) It got linked on MetaFilter and there are some pretty amazing comments there too (Godzilla Visits Mothra!).
It should be troubling instead of heartwarming to know that so many of you thought Alaska is an island, a woman pees through her clitoris, and that TLC wrote a song about a young Native American named Jason Waterfalls, but instead it's really made me a more pleasant person to be around. Also I'd like to say that the fact that we call just cucumbers "pickles" but all other pickled foods "pickled _____" is legitimately confusing.
Here are a few of my favorites:
"My brother used to think TicketMaster was, like, one guy -- the ticket master. He had all the tickets and you had to buy them from him." - Nothing But Bonfires
"My husband believed (still believes?) that limes are unripened lemons... Bless his heart." - Katie
"I was 7 years old when the Berlin Wall fell, and it's one of my first news-related memories. I was really surprised that the Berlin Wall was an actual wall. My dad was always telling me "it's just an expression" about everything, so I assumed "Berlin Wall" was an expression, not a literal wall. Naturally, as I got older and started learning about the cold war in history classes, I assumed that since the Berlin Wall had been a literal wall that the Iron Curtain must be an actual curtain. In my head it was just this big iron shower curtain-type thing that stretched across the countryside. I was almost an adult--like, late high school--before I realized that "Iron Curtain" actually WAS just an expression." - Ashley
"The phrase "panty soaker" meant that it was a really hot day and you had sweated through your underpants." - Tracie
"I thought Olivia Newton-John was Elton John's ex-wife." - Alice
"My boyfriend once told me that he jumped into his pants, two legs at a time, until he was ten because that's what people did in cartoons and that's how his mom put pants on his younger siblings." - Gretchen Alice
"When I was 3 or 4, I swallowed a penny, and my grandma told me a quarter would come out. I can't tell you how many times I contemplated how much money I could make. This went on until 5th grade probably?" - Sonya
But the one that makes me crack up every single time I remember it is from Lindsay, who thought that clowns were clowns because they were born that way. Tears are rolling down my face right now as I cut and paste this: "Until I was about 8, I thought that clowns were born that way--that there were black people, white people and clowns. I always wondered why I never saw any in my neighborhood."