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50 More Things Everyone Should Know

Updated on March 27, 2020
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Mary loves discovering new things and enjoys sharing these ideas with readers through her articles.

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If you have already read the first installment 50 things everyone should know , and were just waiting for the sequel, here it is.

Below I have highlighted 50 more necessary life skills. Which do you already possess?

Use this list for writing ideas and inspiration. If you do, please send me a link, I would love to read it.

1. How to reverse a trailer or caravan: If you have ever done this you may be asking yourself how many people were watching. It is true, a crowd will gather round to see people trying to reverse a trailer.

2. Send emails: Although second nature to some, this is a skill that many people still don't know how to do. Give them a hand if you are computer savvy.

3. How to make a smiley on the computer: They are called emoticons you can learn all about them and their meanings. (This is a shameless plug)

4. How to give someone change by counting backwards: Do you remember the days when a cash register didn't tell the cashier how much change to give? If so you are my age.

5. Make coffee: Do people other than myself make coffee at home? With a coffee boutique, who shall remain nameless as they aren't paying me to advertise for them, on every corner, how many people still brew up a pot of coffee?

6. Cook beans: A good old fashion pot of beans. Mmm I love them. Do you make them or open a can?

7. How to lay a table: How to properly set a table. Do you know your fish knife from a butter knife?

8. Blow bubbles with chewing gun: Some would say it is a dirty habit, others would say a rite of passage. Where do you stand?

9. Whistle: Can you whistle? There are many adults who can't. Some whistle by just puckering their lips and others insert their fingers into their mouths and emit a loud piercing whistle.

10. How to jump rope: This is such good exercise everyone should be jumping for joy!

11. Speak a second language: How many languages do you speak? If only one, perhaps it is time to begin your second.

12. How to say, you don't want another date without feeling guilty: You know that horrible feeling where you don't want to lie and say you will call the next day. Just say it was a pleasure and turn and leave.

13. How to serve wine: Are you a wine aficionado? Can you tell a claret from a Cabernet? Do you know the correct way to serve wine and which glasses to use?

14. How to use a washing machine: There will be some of you who say, "This is too easy". Trust me, to some, it is a square mystery box that just makes noise.

15.How to iron a shirt: Many years ago, I had a small ironing business. I was amazed how many people hated ironing. Do you know how to properly iron a shirt?

16. Remember birthdays:Nothing is more important to a person than being remembered on their birthday. They may say you shouldn't fuss, but they will be glad you did.

17. Buy meaningful presents for friends and family: When people receive gifts from you, what do they say? "It is just what I wanted" or "Oh, thanks, did you keep the receipt"? If you listen to the person, then you will know their likes and dislikes.

18. How to tip a waitress: Nothing is more embarrassing than sitting across the table from someone spilling change onto the table to tip their waitress. If your waitress worked hard, be generous. If he/she didn't, don't tip.

19. How to book a vacation or special outing: Where do you want to go? Booking a trip is easy with a skilled travel agent or online.

20. How to merge into traffic on a freeway: The first time someone merges onto a freeway can be nerve racking, especially for the passengers! Practice at a quiet time, 3am should suffice.

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21. How to tell time without a digital watch: You may know someone who is embarrassed about not being able to tell the time using an analog clock. Are you able to tell the time using both?

22. How to correctly use a shovel: This sounds so simple.There are those, and I apparently am included in this according to my husband, that don't use a shovel correctly. I simply choose the wrong shovel and usually wear flip flops whilst using it.

23. Understand the metric system: There is a large country, with a red, white and blue flag that for some reason refuses to go metric. The world is waiting for you to catch up.

24. Know how to paint a wall: Does your wall have streaks and brush marks? This is a learned skill.

25. Correctly eat soup: Tip the bowl away from you and using a soup spoon, sip from the side of the spoon.

26. Eat spaghetti correctly: This will depend where you are. The best advice is twirl it, with or without the aid of a spoon. If there are loose bits hanging, bite them off and let them fall onto your plate. The loose ends can also be twirled tighter. Don't suck your spaghetti this just sprays the people sitting next to you.

27. How to boil an egg: This is more difficult than you think. How do you prefer yours soft boiled or hard boiled? Can you make a perfect soft boiled egg?

28. How much does milk cost: This is always asked of politicians to see if they are in touch with the public. So how much does milk cost where you are?

29. How to sing the national anthem: Whichever country you are in, you should be able to sing the national anthem. It means so much to so many.

30. Use a cash machine: Many people find this intimidating. They are worried about being robbed, not remembering their number, or simply not understanding the method to use.

31. How to make a cake from scratch: Some make cakes and others make works of art

32. How to use a plunger: Oops, you have blocked the toilet at your friends house. What do you do. Don't stress, just ask them for a plunger.

33. How to perform simple maintenance on your computer: Do you defragment, clear your temporary files and cookies? If not, you should be doing these simple computer maintenance procedures weekly.

34. How to send a text message: Love them or hate them, they are here to stay. So how fast can you send a text message?

35. How to perform CPR and the Heimlich manoeuvre: If your skills are a bit rusty, sign up for a refresher course. You could save someone's life.

36. How to put up shelves: If the only person who possesses this skill in your house never gets around to doing it. Pick up the power drill, a hammer, some brackets and walk in front of the TV. Say, "I'm just going to put those shelves up". The thought that the repair work will be greater than just the shelves should get them out of their Lazy Boy.

37. How to hang pictures straight: Use the method above. Or simply make them staggered, and say it is the effect you were going for.

38. How to get published online for free:You can write articles here on Hubpages for free. You can even earn money from it. Use this list as inspiration.

39. How to change a diaper: Never pleasant but necessary. Some say it is a bonding time between baby and care giver.

40. How to parallel park: Can you parallel park? Backing into a car parking space between two cars next to the curb.

How to parallel park

41. Cellular phone etiquette: Don't you hate it when someone answers a phone whilst standing in a line? They are loud obnoxious and rude. Don't do it.

42. How to extinguish an fire in a frying pan: What would you do if you had a fire in a frying pan. Don't use water. Cover it.

43. How to roller skate: When was the last time you had skates on? Bring back roller derby!

44. How to discipline a child: To correctly discipline a child without losing your temper is a necessity. The punishment should be age specific, of course.

45. How to make a cup of tea: If you only drink iced tea, you don't know what you are missing. A nice cup or mug of tea beats coffee hands down.

46. Know your alcohol limits and don't drink and drive: If you think it doesn't matter, think again. Do you want to stand in line for the bus every morning or want to have cell mates?

47. Treat your elders with respect: It shouldn't need to be mentioned but unfortunately it does. There is an age where some people are disrespectful, I once traveled with my mother, then in her 70's aboard a train. No one got out of their seat to offer it to her. I had to ask a teenager to move.

48. Type: Who knew that everyone was going to need this as a skill. It was once thought that if you weren't going to be a secretary, you didn't need this. Surprise!

49. Allow another person to speak without interruption: Don't you hate when this happens? It is rude, obnoxious and ill mannered on so many levels. It simply negates what the other person was trying to say. If this is a habit you have, stop it now.

50. Clear handwriting: Although I have listed typing as a necessary skill, the ability to write clearly, cleanly and concisely is still a must have skill. Handwriting can speak volumes about someone.

There you have it, 50 more things everyone should know. If you would like to leave a comment about other life skills you think are important, please do so.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mary Wickison


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    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Annart,

      I had forgotten about blowing bubbles in the bath with soap. I loved that. My children are in their 20's so it has been awhile.

      The only way I can whistle loudly, is to squeeze my lower lip together and suck air through. Different, yes- ladylike -no.

      Thanks for the vote up.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 years ago from SW England

      Great amusing & inspiring list! I loved skipping (jumping rope) and whistling (though we were taught that girls 'don't do that'!). The best whistle is with the tip of the tongue curled back, first 2 fingers of each hand pressed on it, and blow; great satisfaction!

      Blowing soap bubbles in the bath is another one - definite knack that has to be practised; plenty of soap and blow on a soapy film between finger and thumb in an O shape. Great for entertaining grandchildren when giving them a bath.

      The old courtesies are so important too. Metric - can't get my head round that one, sorry! Voted up etc.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Mhatter99,

      Hmm, another 50, who knows? I dare say I could give it another go. On this current list, there are still some I can't do. Painting and parallel parking (not at the same time you understand). :-) I am in awe of anyone who can put their car into a tight spot, I need plenty of space. My husband is great at it.

      When painting, there is usually more on me than the object being painted.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Teaches12345,

      My husband won't let me near a paint brush, unless it is at some far flung corner of the garden. Painting is definitely difficult.

      Thank you for the vote.

      Great to hear from you.

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      You go... I would laugh had I not been witness to most of these. Want to try for another 50? You're good!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Another great 50 list! I am one of those who didn't know how to iron a shirt until late in life.. didn't want to know. Also, I had to learn how to paint -- hard to do. Voted up.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Flashmakeit,

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      If you can do half of things, you are way ahead of some people.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      8 years ago from usa

      Enjoyed reading your list and I can do half the things on your list. I need to learn what all the smileys mean :)

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      8 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Alecia,

      Blowing bubbles can be tricky.

      I am still struggling to cook the perfect soft boiled egg. I love them. Apparently Prince Charles is so picky about his, the servants will boil seven different to ensure he has one to his liking.

      Wonderful to hear from you.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Another list of good old common knowledge and sense! I tried so hard as a kid to learn how to blow a bubble from my dad and never could pick it up. I should just go to YouTube and try to do it- I'm sure there's a video on it.

      I also love how you include ways to prepare food. I'm a pretty adept cook but there are some things I'm still trying to master.


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