By way of Laura Olin’s newsletter, here’s a delightful Twitter thread of people revealing the life facts they couldn’t believe they hadn’t realized. Or as writer Shannon Proudfoot originally requested:
The whole thing is wonderful, but here are some highlights:
The first one that came to mind for me was the “hidden” arrow in the FedEx sign, but this revelation about stovetops …
… Reminded me that it wasn’t until my 30s that I realized the seemingly pointless “ropes” inside the corners of comforter covers were actually for attaching to the comforter itself, to keep it from sliding around — and that that’s what the comforter’s corner loops were there for, too. The world is always a step ahead.
Proudfoot complied her own favorite responses in a post for Maclean’s. I like this one:
Which reminds me that I’ve always heard NPR host Steve Inskeep’s name as a sort of diminutive, “I’m Steve-inski.”