14 Straightforward Things That People Are Tired of Explaining

Portrait Of Two Confused Young Men Talking Isolated Over White

You would think that general knowledge doesn’t need explaining. These are concepts taught in school or just unspoken but understood by all. But the reality is that common sense is not common. Despite being self-explanatory, these 14 things still need spelling out for many people.

Antibiotics Do Not Work on a Virus

Close Up Doctor Holding Syringe And Using Cotton Before Make
Source: Shutterstock

If you’ve got a virus, don’t get antibiotics. Antibiotics clear and prevent bacterial infections.

Not to Pour Water Into Hot Oil

Red Fire Extinguisher Beside Cooktop On The Countertop Inside Kitchen
Source: Shutterstock

Oil and water do not mix. So, the minute you pour water into hot oil, water sinks into the bottom, instantly vaporizing and expelling hot oil. In short, it creates a fire hazard that most people are unaware of.     

How to Spot an Obvious Scam

Phone Call From Unknown Number Late At Night. Scam Fraud
Source: Shutterstock

Sadly, some people are still falling prey to scammers. In this era, identifying an obvious scam should be basic knowledge. For instance, if someone calls you claiming that you have an outstanding balance for a service you don’t use, it is crystal clear that they just want your money. 

Every Machine Needs Maintenance

Source: Shutterstock

Some people think maintenance only applies to big items, but this is not true. “Think dishwashers, washing machines, cars, mowers, etc.,” advises a user. “They aren’t magic boxes and will last longer if you know how to maintain them.”

Not to Eat Medium-Rare Chicken

Overhead View Of Man In Kitchen Preparing High Protein Meal
Photo by Monkey Business Images on Shutterstock

Eating medium-rare chicken increases the risk of salmonella, but some people are okay with ordering this at the restaurant. 

Wait for People to Get off the Elevator

Angry Freaked Out Disappointed Woman Frowning Grimacing Anger Distress Raise
Source: Shutterstock

It should also be common knowledge to let people get off the elevator or public transportation first before cramming themselves in. But as you’ve guessed, people don’t do this. 

Tax Brackets

Stressed Young Woman Calculating Monthly Home Expenses Tax Bank Account
Photo by kitzcorner on Shutterstock

When it comes to tax brackets, many people do not know that “you only pay the higher rate on the portion above the threshold amount.” 

Zipper Merging in Traffic

Zipper Merging Lane Road Caution Sign Standing By Busy Street
Source: Shutterstock

This technique helps merge two busy lanes into one, keeping the traffic moving. The lanes take turns merging, alternating between both lanes. As simple as this technique sounds, many drivers are terrible at it.  

How to Tell if Food Has Gone Bad

Charity Donation And Volunteering Concept Happy Smiling Male Volunteer
Source: Shutterstock

Other than your tongue, your eyes and nose can tell you when food has gone bad, sometimes days before the expiration date on the package. Some people, however, rely solely on their tongue and have to cook the food first to realize it has an odd taste.  

Natural Doesn’t Mean It Is Automatically Healthy

Photo by wavebreakmedia on Shutterstock

And the opposite is also true, “Just because something is artificial or synthetic doesn’t mean it is automatically bad for you.”

Don’t Dive in the Water to Save a Drowning Person

Photo by Andrei Armiagov on Shutterstock

Someone who is drowning is in panic mode and can easily push you under as they try to save themselves. “Wait until they are unconscious and dive in to retrieve them,” or “Punch them in the face to try and either knock some clarity into them or knock them out.”

The Difference Between There, Their, and They’re

Businessman Covers Face With Hand. Guy Facepalms Feeling Ashamed Of
Source: Shutterstock

These three words may have identical pronunciations, but they have different meanings. Sadly, not everyone knows how to use them in a sentence correctly. 

Mixing Bleach and Pine-Sol Creates Toxic Fumes

Person Cleaning The Hard Stains From Counter
Source: Shutterstock

Many people combine these toxic liquids, but it’s a big no-no. “Mixing bleach and pine-sol creates toxic fumes that can kill you if they build up too much in a room.” Bleach also contains high ammonia levels!  

Using Turn Signals

Car Accident : Car Was Driven By A Woman At
Source: Shutterstock

“They are not optional for cars. Use them,” writes one user. Another adds, “This drives me nuts! (Using turn signals) is not rocket science.” 

Source: Reddit
Featured Photo from Shutterstock

12 Unspoken Rules That Are Not Completely Obvious

Source: Shutterstock

12 Unspoken Rules That Are Not Completely Obvious

21 British Words That Are Confusing to Americans

Young Man In Detestation
Photo by SIphotography on Deposit Photos

21 British Phrases That Are Confusing to Americans

10 Worst Things About Owning an Electric Vehicle

Depositphotos 229829956 L
Photo by Prostock on Deposit Photos

10 Worst Things About Owning an Electric Vehicle

10 Words and Phrases That Make You Sound Stupid

Businessman Covers Face With Hand. Guy Facepalms Feeling Ashamed Of
Source: Shutterstock

10 Words and Phrases That Make You Sound Stupid


Dad Answers All