10 Things You Should Know but Are Too Embarrassed to Ask

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. Here are some answers for you.

How Do You Unclog a Toilet?

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.

How Do You Jump-Start a Car?

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.

It’s “Couldn’t Care Less.”

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.

Antibiotics Don’t Work Against Viruses.

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.

The First Amendment Doesn’t Mean You Can Say Anything You Want.

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.

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