What Have You Suddenly Discovered You Were Doing Wrong?

A great thread started up in the Ask MetaFilter community, asking members to share common things they've discovered they were doing wrong — but suddenly, unexpectedly, late in life. We hate to steal a great question, but we have to ask.

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The Ask MetaFilter thread is full of serious, funny and halfway between insights from members on things they've never known they were doing wrong until one shining moment. There are a lot of pronunciations, a few links to a similar-themed Rob Cockerham post, and a few great tidbits to be found, including:

Tying my shoes. No joke. I was nearly thirty years old before I learned that "right over left and left over right makes a bow that's tidy and tight." Thank you, Ian!

I was always taught (and believed) that putting salt into a pot of water will make it boil faster. Apparently that's not the case, which I learned about a week ago

Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine has several examples of this. The one that changed my life is tucking your undershirt into your underwear before tucking your dress shirt into your pants. Through some magic of friction, your shirt won't come untucked anymore.

We're wondering the same of you, Lifehacker readers. What types of things were you doing wrong for so long, then suddenly came to learn, whether on your own or through a great tip? Share your almost-too-late discoveries in the comments.

You were doing it wrong [Ask MetaFilter via @emiglio]


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    I've only just recently discovered that putting fresh herbs in at the last moment when cooking is better than throwing them in at the start.

      I’ve only just recently discovered that putting fresh herbs in at the last moment when cooking is better than throwing them in at the start.

        I’ve only just recently discovered that putting fresh herbs in at the last moment when cooking is better than throwing them in at the start.

      Well, that depends on the herb. Some herbs (rosemary, thyme, bay) you want to cook for a long time to extract the flavours. Some (parsley, coriander) work both ways - add overall flavour when cooked for a long time, and provide amazing aromatics when fresh.

    My big one was learning at 28 when flossing you need to go into the gum line.

    recycling...i was an adult when recycling was new and they 'taught' us how to do it...i only realised about a year ago that it is no longer ONLY for paper products :(

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