10 Things You Should Know but Are Too Embarrassed to Ask

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Admit it. There are some things that are just so basic you should probably know but don’t. And at this age, you’re feeling like it’s just too embarrassing to ask simple questions. Do you turn the air down and the heat up to defrost the windows in your car? I don’t know, and I’m sure there are other questions just as basic that others have, too.

What things do you feel like you should know but don’t?

1. How Do You Unclog a Toilet?

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If you don’t already know how to use a plunger, there’s no good time to ask this. It’s not something that comes up in casual conversation, and asking at the time it’s needed might be mortifying. Might as well go ahead and ask now so you’ll be prepared when you actually need to use one.

2. How Do You Jump-Start a Car?

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There are a lot of people who have jumper cables in their car, which is a good thing, but a lot don’t know how to use them, which is not. The good news is that you don’t have to risk feeling dumb by asking a stranger how to use your own jumper cables; most have a very easy-to-follow diagram attached to them.

3. Is it “Could” or “Couldn’t” Care Less?

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Asking whether you should say you could or couldn’t care less might incite the wrath of the grammar police. The expression is meant to convey that you don’t care about something at all, but if you say you could care less, you’re actually saying other things are less important and that you actually do care, at least a bit.

4. Do Antibiotics Work Against Viruses?

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Antibiotics work against bacteria, which are living things. Despite intense debate about it, viruses aren’t classified as organisms, and the next time you get a cold, that leftover penicillin or other antibiotic from a previous malady won’t help.

5. Does the First Amendment Mean You Can Say Anything You Want?

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We Americans are big on free speech and the First Amendment, but a lot of people have serious misconceptions about them. Regarding speech, the First Amendment says that the government cannot prohibit or punish speech (there are some exceptions).

It doesn’t say there are no consequences for speech, so your employer can fire you for speech that doesn’t represent the company well, a website moderator can delete your post if it violates site rules, etc.

6. Is a Tomato a Fruit or a Veggie?

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Perhaps because tomatoes are often served with vegetables like onions, or maybe because they’re green before they ripen, many people think tomatoes are vegetables. Fruit forms from a flower and contains seeds, so botanically, tomatoes are fruits.

However, you don’t see people biting into them like an apple or a pear. Because of how we eat tomatoes and prepare them in meals, nutritionists consider them to be vegetables. So have fun the next time someone wants to argue about this!

7. Is Blood Blue Inside the Body?

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Many people mistakenly believe that blood inside the veins is blue and that it’s only red when exposed to air or when it goes back through the heart and into arteries. This is probably based on the fact that veins often look blue, but that’s just how the light interacts with our skin. In reality, blood is always red.

8. Which Side of the Car Is the Gas Tank On?

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If you’re renting or borrowing a car, you don’t have to feel silly by getting out to check where the gas tank is, and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself by pulling up to the pump on the wrong side. By the gas gauge in most cars is an arrow that points right or left, indicating which side the gas tank is on.

9. Wasn’t Frankenstein the Monster?

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When you think of Frankenstein, you might picture the huge, freakishly strong, lumbering monster made of parts from dead bodies. Actually, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is the name of the scientist who created the monster and gave it life. The monster is usually referred to as just that or as “the creature.” I know. We’ve all been wrong on that one all along.

10. Is a Pony a Baby Horse?

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A baby horse is called a foal. A pony is a small horse that typically has shorter legs and a thicker coat, mane, and tail. Now you know!

9 Signs You’re Smarter Than Average and Three Signs You’re Not

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Do you think you’re smarter than most of the population? Check out these signs to see if you make the cut or if you should go back to school. 

9 Signs You’re Smarter Than Average and Three Signs You’re Not

10 Places You Should Never Use Your Debit Card

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Debit cards are a convenient way to pay for things without carrying a lot of cash around and without piling up credit card debt. However, debit cards can place you more at risk of identity theft and fraud. That’s because most debit cards don’t come with the same protections major credit cards do. If someone hacks your debit card, they can drain real money from your personal account, and that money might be gone for good.

Here are some places where it’s safer for you to use a credit card than a debit card.

10 Places You Should Never Use Your Debit Card

People Reveal What Their Secret Dream Jobs Would Be if They Had the Chance

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It could be due to fate or money, but many people stick to jobs they don’t like. If money was not a problem, many people would quit their jobs and do something they find more fulfilling. If money was not a problem, which job would you do? Here are some dream jobs Reddit users would do if they were not after money. 

People Reveal What Their Secret Dream Jobs Would Be if They Had the Chance

Cheapest Vacation Destinations if You Want to Stay More Than a Week

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When you go on vacation for more than a week, the costs can really start to add up. If you’ve been saving up your vacation days so you can take a nice, lengthy break, you want to get your money’s worth. You’ll want to check out these 12 locations where you’ll get more bang for your buck, letting you vacation for more than a week compared to what you’d spend in other cities.

Cheapest Vacation Destinations if You Want to Stay More Than a Week

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Demi Michele is a seasoned traveler, turned freelance writer. Having explored most states and ventured internationally, her love for outdoor cafes, new cuisines, and cultural immersion shines through her wide range of articles. Based in Texas with her family and two Scottish Terriers, Demi turns her adventures into captivating travel narratives to share with readers.