Your Life in Gear

27 Embarrassing Things To Admit You Don't Know How To Do

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

At some point or another, everyone's missed that one day of school that taught fractions or the preamble to the Constitution, and that was that. The boat was missed and even now you can’t get further than "We the people in order to form a more perfect union." These are kind of like that, only way more embarrassing to own up to since knowing how to do all these things is basically how you get your adult card. Right?

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

1. Tell direction

​If we were stranded in the desert with no phone compass or map app to guide us, and a magical oracle told us that the way to salvation was west, we'd be dead.

2. Change your own oil

Where does one get oil? What kind? How do you buy it? How do you open the hood? So many questions, for something that just requires pouring liquid into a hole.

3. Fold a fitted sheet

The crumple-into-a-ball method has gotten us all this far in life.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

4. Iron a shirt

No one ever tells you that wrinkles in your face come from trying to get them out of your clothes. Collars, creases, cuffs... mom!!!

5. Whistle

Sounding like a strong breeze isn’t a great look. Or sound.

6. Snap your fingers

It makes “Just like that!” fall really flat.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

7. Write a check

Paying online and on your phone is the best thing to ever happen to us all, until that one time a year you have to write a check for some reason. Do you have to put in cents or nah? Is it weird to call your parents and ask?

8. Know how far to walk when someone says something is X miles away

Why can’t everything be divided into city blocks?

9. 401K stuff

How much are you supposed to set aside? Is it worth it if your employer doesn’t match it? What does it mean? What if you get fired/quit/die? Who does it go to?

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

10. Ride a bicycle

If pratfall SnapChats are to be believed, hoverboards are making bicycles obsolete anyway.

11. Send a fax, make a copy, or use any ancillary aspect of an office printer

No one tells you how it works but everyone expects you to know. And you’ll quietly panic print 12 copies incorrectly before you actually break down and ask.

12. Drive

Thanks, Uber.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

13. Flirt

Just be mean to them until it works, like a 3rd grader.

14. Eat certain kinds of fruit

How to eat a Kiwi might as well be astrophysics. Don't even start with Starfruit.

15. Throw a ball

Like any kind of ball, dude. A baseball, a basketball, a tennis ball. You don’t even need to be a ball savante, richly experienced in any and all ball-throwing, a ballaissance man, if you will. Some people are baffled by the basic mechanics of any and all throwing motions with a spherical or semi-spherical object.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

16. Roast… anything

There’s a reason you crash other people’s holiday dinners, and it’s not that your place is just too small.

17. Microwave popcorn

It burns. The fire alarm goes off. Every time.

18. Make a decent omelet

Not even a gourmet omelet -- those are hard! Just a decent omelet. Basically, pretty scrambled eggs.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

19. Build self-assembly furniture

Just admit it: all the pieces were there. And this thing you built is not what you ordered.

20. Parallel park

When you pass up a perfectly good spot close to where you’re going because you “could use a walk…”

21. Give a reasonably good massage

Punching someone in the back is neither sensual nor relaxing.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

22. Drive a stick-shift

If you didn’t learn as a teenager, you're never gonna learn. Timing is not for everyone.

23. Embed a gif

It’s way too late to ask someone. Years too late.

24. Sign your name like an adult

Blame your humility for never thinking that you’d be famous, or your parents for naming you, but wait staff are laughing at you.

Sean Cowie/Shutterstock

25. Make coffee

When someone casually asks you to throw on another pot, you break into cold sweats. Where does the filter thing go? How much water? How many grounds? There's a reason we spend a quarter of our paycheck on Starbucks.

26. Read a map

Sitting in the passenger seat of a car with a lost, stressed out person who asks you to look at a map “real quick,” is like being in Dante’s inferno.

27. Type properly

Why does everyone at work stare as you type as fast as humanly possible with two pointer fingers? 

Our Newsletter
By Signing Up, I Agree to the Terms and Privacy Policy.