Things That I Don’t Understand

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There are lots of things that I don’t understand.  In this post, I’m thinking about the everyday, mundane things that I don’t understand.  I’m not talking about things like genetic engineering.  That is something I don’t understand, but it is also something that I never encounter and have no reason to understand.  These are things that I feel like I should understand, but I don’t. I should also mention that these aren’t rhetorical.  I honestly don’t understand them.  If you understand them and can explain them to me, it would make me happy.

I don’t understand how a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar can be worlds better than a Nestles’ Chocolate Bar, yet a Krackle is garbage compared to a Nestles’ Crunch.  How different can crisped rice be?

I don’t understand how such small doses of medication can do anything.  According to the internet, I weigh approximately 86,182,550 milligrams.  My doctor prescribed me a medication where I only take 1 milligram.  How does 1 milligram do anything?  It doesn’t make sense to me.  It’s like trying to alter the ocean with a squirt gun.

I don’t understand why school causes such bad traffic.  How does something that happens between 7:00 and 3:30 impact me at 9:00 and then again at 5:00?  The vast majority of students stay within their towns, yet it gums up the highways.  Could it be that all teachers are bad drivers?

I don’t understand how functionality became a word.  Aside from being just plain ugly, it’s hard to say and it doesn’t have a distinct meaning.  Why on Earth would someone coin an ugly five syllable word to use in place of a simple two syllable word that is contained in the new word?  It doesn’t make any sense.

Speaking of words, I don’t understand how proactive become a word. It’s not as ugly and clunky as functionality, but it simply means active. Unless maybe it means professionally active. It’s weird.

I don’t understand why cats lick and chew on plastic. Plastic doesn’t seem anything at all like their food. It can’t possibly be good for them. Is it specifically to annoy their owners?

I don’t understand why fevers make a person feel cold. If your body temperature is high, shouldn’t it make you feel hot?

I don’t understand why two minutes when brushing your teeth or waiting for the microwave feels so long. Two minutes is two minutes. I’d say it’s the anticipation, but that can only be true of the microwave. And, most of the time, I’m not microwaving anything exciting.

Eight feels like enough for now. I will probably think of more later, so maybe I’ll do this again.

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