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People share 20 things that are 'basic knowledge' but not many people know about them

Reddit users have shared a gazillion things that are true and things we should definitely make a note of because we know they'll come in handy.

People share 20 things that are 'basic knowledge' but not many people know about them
Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | Photo by Tim Samuel, (R) Reddit | u/cheridontllosethatno

There are some things in this world that can be done by following the obvious procedures but there are also many tasks for which we might think everyone has a basic knowledge but that might not be the case always. For example, while driving, we expect people to abide by the generic rule - maintain a gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. But in the real world, we see people following this rule not that often. The discussion around what is common sense and basic knowledge and how much 'common' is it has been going on for years.

So, when a Reddit user took to the subreddit, r/NoStupidQuestions, and asked: "What is some basic knowledge that a scary amount of people do not know?" people shared a gazillion things that are true (to what extent we don't know) and things we should definitely make a note of because we know they'll come in handy. The post has since been deleted but the tips are here to help you. So, what are you waiting for? Open your notepads and start scribbling! 

Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Markus Winkler
Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Markus Winkler

1. Antibiotics

"Different antibiotics work on different bacteria. You can’t take random antibiotics you’ve stocked up on at home and assume they will work for an infection." -u/Safe_Document_1140

2. Garbage disposal 

"If you own a garbage disposal you have to actually run it at least a few times a week or it will rust and stop working."- u/One_Faithlessness146

3. Dryer vent 

"Clean the dryer vent. Change furnace filter regularly."-u/knuckboy

4. Multiple personalities

"Schizophrenia has nothing to do with multiple personalities." -u/Hot-Ability7086

5. No water for babies

"Babies below 6 months shouldn’t drink water." -u/-DBZ-


6. How much OCD is too much OCD?

"OCD rarely has anything to do with being clean, tidy or orderly." -u/bertsdad

7. Cars need personal space too

"You need to leave room between you and the car in front of you when driving." -u/cheridontllosethatno

8. Propaganda

"You aren't immune to propaganda. If you get all of your news from one source/ one bias/ find sources that just confirm your own ideas, you probably have been subject and believe in propaganda. It's easier to fool people, than to convince them they've been fooled." -u/CosmicWondererTV

9. Fire

"DO NO try to put out a grease fire with water." -u/MaybeAWalrus

10. Not flushable

"Flushable wet wipes are absolutely not flushable" -u/Final-Carpenter-1591

11. Cleaning blood

"Salt will clean blood out of any fabric, even the whitest clothes or bedsheets."-u/shellie_badger

12. Missing report

"There is no minimum time. You don’t have to wait to file a missing persons report. You know your person better than the police, even if they tell you to wait, file one anyway." -u/immortalsauce

13. Not everything

"Being able to change your mind shows strength not weakness. If you can't simply explain something, you don't understand it. That's OK! No one can understand everything." -u/AlyAlyAlyAlyAly


14. Teeth

"Yellow teeth do not have to be a sign of bad hygiene! Genes as well as your diet, dark consumable items, excessive fluoride, and also the quality of consumable items in your environment + a lot more aspects can turn your teeth yellowish over time." -u/Shakira_120

15. Brush those pearly teeth

"Brushing daily and flossing will save you ALOT of money and stress." -u/Januaryfeb

16. Someone had to say it

"You can try to be as 'green' as you want, companies are responsible for the highest amount of damage when it comes to the environment and you can do almost nothing against it." -u/Esdeath79

17. No point racing

"In urban areas, speeding and racing to the next light will not save you any measurable amount of time. " -u/pullin2

18. Same thing.

"That England and the UK are not the same thing. That's like thinking that California and the US are the same thing." -u/BottyFlaps

19. Need some navigation

"Without navigation apps, many people are not familiar enough with their city or local landmarks to find their way home if lost or give directions to someone." -u/Specialist_Heron_986


20. Question your sources

"Question your sources, people! You most likely have no idea where that anonymous internet comment came from." -u/Nativemass

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