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Chthonic confesses: "Only last year did I discover why the lids of things in tubes have a recessed pointy bit built into them." Tell us about the facepalm moment when you realised you were doing something wrong.

(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 13:23)
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I guess I am doing it wrong after all
When our hospital first started using e-mail, I could never sign myself in. The computer refused to recognize me and I swore it knew and refused to work for me. Other people had to log in for me and only then could I read my email.

This went on for a year, calling the IT people every other day, begging for help, having them remotely log me in. One day, one of the (now familiar) IT guys said, "Let me come over and watch you, maybe you're doing it wrong." I was grossly insulted at the thought I couldn't type my own damn name and almost refused. However, I relented and he arrived to look over my shoulder.

Originally I had watched someone show me how to get my email. In order to get to my login, they hit the space bar. I had not realized that was their own idiosyncrasy and was smacking the spacebar after putting the cursor in the right space. I was typing "[space]tdub" instead of "tdub".

I had no idea the two phrases were different. The IT guy facepalmed and put me to rights. I never lived it down; I was 36 at the time. ALL of the IT guys after that knew me by my first name.

Ok, at the risk of being flamed as Americanly stupid, why DO the lids of things in tubes have a recessed pointy bit built into them?
(, Sat 17 Jul 2010, 22:53, 1 reply)
To pierce the foil the first time you use it of course.
Usually found on toothpaste and tomato puree in my house!
(, Sat 17 Jul 2010, 23:08, closed)
Oh duh
When I saw "tubes" I was thinking test tubes. Smack me.
(, Sat 17 Jul 2010, 23:25, closed)

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