25 Things Every Fully Functioning Adult Should Know


Dog and puppy

If you have an exceptional dog that is well behaved and smart, get a puppy before your dog gets too old to get around. The adult dog will teach the new puppy how he should act in your home.

Google drive app

You can search movies on Google by typing “google drive (insert movie title)” and the movie will pop up. You can narrow the search by typing “site:drive.google.com” to remove the other results and only restrict to that domain.

YouTube ads

You can actually skip unskippable ads on YouTube. In the lower-left corner of the ad, next to the ad time remaining, there is an information symbol (an “i” inside a circle) which you can click on and select the option “Stop seeing this ad”, where three options are given after. You can choose any of those options and it will stop playing the ad.

King Arthur Flour

If you are baking and you have questions, King Arthur Flour has a Hotline where you can speak to a Baker free of charge. Their hotline is 855 371 2253. You can talk directly to a Baker and get all your questions answered.

Banana peels

Tossing food waste (like banana or orange peels) in nature is often detrimental to the environment and should be disposed of properly. Tossing food waste onto the ground, even if it’s “biodegradable” can be really bad for the environment and defies Leave No Trace practices. Even food that breaks down quickly doesn’t usually break down fast enough for a critter to get to and can attract wildlife to areas they aren’t accustomed to (or feed them things they’re not supposed to have).

YouTube video

If you pause a video on YouTube, you can advance it a single frame with the period and rewind it a single frame with the comma.

House smell

The smell of your house from when you come back from a trip is what others always smell when they meet you. This will be helpful when inviting guests over or keeping your house clean.


If you use FaceApp, you give the company the irrevocable right to use your face, likeness, and name commercially.

Refrigerated food

If you leave refrigerated food out of place in most grocery stores, it will be thrown out and wasted. Even if it still feels cold to the touch, employees are instructed to throw it out to avoid the possibility of food poisoning. Even if you’ve carried something around for a while and decide not to buy something (let’s say, milk) put it back where you found it if you don’t want to waste it. Even if you put it in a different refrigerated area, it could be trashed.

Dump trucks

In the US the signs on the backs of dump trucks that say “stay back x distance, not responsible for broken windshields” are absolutely false. They are still liable for everything that is on their truck. The sign is just a scare tactic and holds no legal meaning.

Hole digging

Before you or your contractor dig a hole on your property; dial 811 (USA& Canada only). Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries and costly repairs.

Industrial freezer

If you are ever locked in an industrial freezer, you can disable the fans, thus stopping the freezer from staying cold and possibly saving your life. You can disable any fan by turning the switch from on to off. Most switches are located directly below the fans.


In the UK, if you call 911 for emergency services (instead of 999) you will be directed to the emergency services anyway.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton offers free books for children under the age of 5. From birth till 5 years her organization will send a book a day for free. It’s called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Laptop donation

If you have an old or just idle laptop lying around and if your electricity bill can alow it, you can “donate” the processing power to help cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

Boarding pass

If someone has ‘GTE’ [for “gate”] on their boarding pass, it means they don’t have a seat.”

Poison Control

If you are unsure what medications do and don’t work together, you can always call Poison Control and ask them what is safe to take or avoid. Never feel bad about this, as their stated purpose is to be a proactive measure as much as a reactive aid.

Lower back pain

If you are experiencing lower back pain from standing up too long, you can gently squeeze the muscles in your butt to relieve the pain. By squeezing (like you’re squeezing your cheeks together.) your butt, you rotate your hips forward out of a position that might have too much anterior pelvic tilt. This will flatten your back, and relieve the uneven pressure on your lumbar vertebrae that is likely causing the pain. This can also help if your experience non-specific knee pain when sitting down, or climbing up stairs. Squeeze your butt before beginning to climb, or sit, and concentrate on maintaining the squeeze throughout.

Fraud call

If you get a call reporting fraud on your credit card, and you are asked to put in your card #, then it is the call that is the fraud.


Photos sent via iMessage include the geo-location information by default, giving out your location to the receiver.


Starbucks gives you a discount when you bring your own mug.


If you get a headache that hurts mostly in the front of your head, or behind your eyes, oftentimes this may indicate dehydration. Behind your eyes headache can also be your sinuses, which is not mutually exclusive with dehydration, but it could be both. But if neither drinking more water nor Tylenol helps, try a decongestant and some ibuprofen.

Apple peeling

Peeling an apple will remove 50% of its total fiber and around 30% of its vitamin C.


Pet animals

If you ever see your pet putting itself in ‘time-out’ by pressing its head into a wall or corner, it’s time for an emergency vet visit. Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamus parts of the brain are damaged) or toxic poisoning.


Lilies are highly toxic to cats. Even a small amount of leaves or pollen can quickly result in kidney failure and be fatal.


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