This episode covers those little gaps in knowledge that persist far later into life than they maybe ought to. Mispronounced common words, imaginary animals you think are real, basic info that most people have that you somehow missed out on.
Years ago, one of my favorite bloggers had a great conversation about this in her comments section, and I still think about a lot of the admissions people made there. (Someone thought limes and lemons were the same fruit at different stages of ripeness, for example.)
Anyway, here’s mine: I was out on maybe my fourth date with a guy and we were still in that deciding-if-you’re-cool-enough-for-long-term stage, when we happened to be waiting on a train and decided to buy drinks from a vending machine. He put in the money and selected his soda and nothing happened. He sort of looked around and muttered, “Is there something else I’m supposed to do?” “Nope,” I said. “You. End.” He scrunched up his eyebrows and looked at me the way you do a toddler who has just uttered total gibberish. “What?” “Look at the screen. See? U. End. Your part is over. The machine is just thinking.” He paused long and hard, looking at me and then the readout on the machine and then back at me. He burst out laughing. “You mean VEND? V-E-N-D!?! That says vend, not U End!”
I was 26 years old and I had always thought that the vending machine was telling me, “Okay, you’re done. You put the money in. It’s my turn to do stuff now. You. End.” It’s those damn squared-off radio-alarm-clock letters. They’re hard to read! I still chuckle every time I use a vending machine with one of those readouts.