13 People Share ‘Oh Crap’ Moments Where They Realized They’d Been Doing Something Wrong Forever


Ever have an “Oh Crap” moment? You know, the one where you suddenly have an epiphany—and it isn’t a good one? The one where you realize that for the past however many years, you’ve been doing something completely wrong?

We’ve all been there. In fact, it’s such a common phenomenon that someone recently created a Reddit thread titled “What’s an ‘oh sh**’ moment where you realized you’ve been doing something the wrong way for years?” And the responses are gold. Here are 13 of our favorite things that people didn’t quite understand at first:

  1. Breadstick powder

    “When I was 5, a Pizza Hut employee told me that the powder on the breadsticks was called fairy dust. Ordered extra fairy dust on my breadsticks until I was around 14 when an employee said ‘do you mean garlic salt?’ It still devastates me to realize how obtuse I was.”

  2. “Rule of thumb”

    “When I was learning to drive my dad was explaining the rule of thumb regarding a safe distance to be behind the car in front of you. I thought it meant to hold your thumb up and if your thumb didn’t cover the entire car you were too close to it. When he caught me doing that he asked me what I was doing. When I explained he burst out laughing.”

  3. Putting silverware away

    “Since the dawn of time, I would pick up the silverware and utensils out of their tray in the dishwasher and put them away in their drawers then go back and pick up more out of the dishwasher. Then one day I saw my wife lift the tray out of the dishwasher and I legit stood there with my mouth open.”

  4. Tongs

    “I was at Crate and Barrel with my girlfriend talking about how it’s so weird they don’t make tongs so you open them up super wide and then press in; I thought it was odd that they only gave you a super tiny opening. In the middle of me saying this she just presses the button at the bottom of the tongs I was holding and I stop mid sentence in shame.”

  5. Filling a kettle

    “I used to fill the kettle by the spout… my parents have always done it this way, I thought the center part was mainly for decoration, but not functional. I don’t know why I never questioned this. One day I bought a new teakettle and my husband was like what is inside this, and with great ease, opened the center to pull out a manual with instructions and what not. I was drinking dirty paper water for like two weeks.”

  6. Tipping

    “When I first got a debit card and would go out to eat at restaurants with my friends, I would leave a cash tip on the table. When I got the receipt to put how much I was paying I would write down how much money I left on the table. For at least six months, I gave double tips to every waitress I had…”

  7. Cupcake wrappers

    “When I was a kid, I was told that the paper that came on cupcakes/muffins was edible. I would spend a decade eating them like this (paper and all), until a friend pointed it out.”

  8. Teeth brushing

    “I didn’t realize I had to brush the BACK of my teeth as well as the front (I was a dumb kid – I blame toothpaste adverts) unto I was 15. Had 9 filings and a root canal.”

  9. Urinals

    “I used to pull my pants down all the way at the urinal.”

  10. Certain phrases

    “When I realized, at 18, that the phrase is ‘up and at ‘em” not “up and Adam.’ I was always wondering who the hell Adam was. Thought it was a stupid phrase.” + “For 20+ years I’ve been saying ‘play it by year’ instead of ‘play it by ear.’ After a lengthy argument and a quick Google search, I was left with my tail between my legs.”

  11. Ponies

    “My girlfriend recently explained that a pony is, in fact, NOT a baby horse.”

  12. Deodorant

    “For years I would struggle to take the cap off new deodorant (the one under the lid). It always is so stuck down onto the deodorant stick. I had an “ah-ha” moment a year or so ago that I could simply crank the deodorant stick up until the cap could easily be removed. I’m 34. It took me until age 34 to realize this.”

  13. Mangoes

    “I ate mangoes with the skin on for a while before I learned you’re supposed to peel them.”

What “oh crap” moment have you experienced? Read the entire thread here!