50 Things I Don’t Know

Usually what I write on this blog centers around what I know. But I don’t know everything, in fact, there’s a whole lot I don’t know. Surprised to hear me admit that? As much as I enjoying telling anyone who will read or listen about everything I know, there is plenty I don’t know or understand. Some things are easy to find out and learn, from life experience, formal education, or learning from observation. But many others seem to be part of the “eternal mysteries of life”.

50 Things I Don't Know

Today I’m going to share with you some of those mysteries, at least from my point of view:

  1. I don’t know how to predict the weather, and apparently, the meteorologists and weather reporters don’t have much of a clue either!
  2. I have no idea who will be our next President, but I’m guessing whomever it is will have to compromise quite a bit if they want any of their programs and policies to see the light of day.
  3. I don’t know who will be in the World Series this year, and no matter how much the MLB TV network talking heads tell me about it, I still don’t have a clue. Well, maybe one clue…looks like my beloved Atlanta Braves won’t be participating.
  4. I can’t ever figure out why the television shows I love get cancelled and the ones I hate are on for years and years. You would think that a show called Forever would last, you know, forever or at least more than one season.
  5. I’ll never understand why companies that pollute our air continue to do so. Don’t they breathe the same air I do?
  6. I don’t get the reason why there’s a Dunkin Donuts on almost every corner.
  7. Why does the price of gasoline drop so slowly when the price of oil goes down, and rise so quickly when oil prices rise even slightly?
  8. I don’t understand why the cost of a movie ticket is the same as the cost of a popcorn and a drink.
  9. Why do I have to “ask my doctor” about medicines I should be taking and “tell my doctor” about my medical conditions? Shouldn’t they know?
  10. I can’t figure out why a bottle of water costs the same as a bottle of soda.
  11. Why do people who live in the city need to drive SUV’s?
  12. It baffles me as to why celebrities are paid a fortune when they do voiceover commercials and aren’t even identified. I’ll do it for half the price!
  13. Why is reality TV so popular? I couldn’t care less about Gene Simmons and the Kardashians.
  14. How can there be such a thing as “religious war”?
  15. I don’t understand why everyone hasn’t been convinced yet that we have global warming!
  16. Why is Gordon Ramsey so popular? I know how to curse, too (although I usually don’t).
    Gordon Ramsay
  17. I don’t know why people fail to use their turn signals.
  18. How can a tuna sandwich cost as much as a roast beef sandwich?
  19. Why is political correctness such a huge issue?
  20. I don’t understand why the word “like” is so like used so often when people like talk to each other.
  21. I don’t get why people are posting pictures of their meals on social media all the time.
  22. Why do gas stations charge to let you put air in your tires? Didn’t that used to be free?
  23. I don’t understand why people text while dining out, and to each other at the same table!
  24. I can’t fathom how the “Sunglass Hut” stays in business all year round.
  25. Why do I get so many solicitations on my phone when I’m on the “do not call” list?
  26. I don’t know who 50 Cent is. Could he not afford the “s” at the end of cents?
  27. How can there be no inflation according to the government? Do they buy their food at the supermarket like I do?
  28. I’ll never know why we don’t value and honor our elders while we still have them around!
  29. Why did Alex Trebek shave off his mustache and yet he still continues to threaten to grow it back?
  30. Why did my town hold its 4th of July celebration on July 2nd?
  31. I don’t understand why the news reporters always tell us “what they don’t know”. I can do that, too. Oh wait, I’m doing that now!
  32. Why do we have speed limits and stop signs when no one seems to use them when they drive?
  33. Why do people continue to smoke tobacco?
  34. I don’t understand why people complain about politics and then don’t vote in our elections.
  35. I have no idea what the stock market will do, but then neither does anyone else for that matter!
  36. Why are there over 400 channels on my cable system and yet still not much to watch?
  37. Can you explain to me why some retirement communities offer five-bedroom homes?
  38. Why does it seem like if it didn’t happen in New York, it didn’t happen?
  39. Why did North Korea create its own time zone?
  40. I don’t understand why the nightly news broadcasts contain so little real news.
  41. How can some people actually spend a billion dollars? I wouldn’t mind trying to find out though.
  42. I don’t know why it seems that people are always in a hurry.
  43. Why do people seem to want a new mobile phone all the time?
  44. Why is there always a sock missing after drying the laundry?
  45. I don’t get why people start every sentence with the word “so”.
  46. Why don’t ball players and other athletes see themselves as role models to kids?
    Kids enjoying Phillies spring training baseball
  47. Why are there are so many advertisements for cars and trucks on television? How many do you buy in a year?
  48. Why do back-to-school sales begin in June now?
  49. I don’t understand why my smartphone is smarter than I am. Maybe it can explain it to me.
  50. I don’t know why I don’t know everything. I really should!

So…I have confessed. If I have left some things I don’t know off the list, well it’s probably just that they’re too embarrassing to actually admit. But maybe someday I will feel I can do just that. I just don’t know when that day will come!

What is it that you don’t know? I’ll bet there are at least a few things. Are you brave enough to admit them?

Top image courtesy of artur84 at freedigitalphotos.net (with changes)
Bottom image courtesy of Flickr, copyright 2009 Nick Collura, uploaded by Visit St Pete/Clearwater


  1. lol, great list Gary. When I read the title I thought only 50? There are plenty of things I don’t know. Why starting next month everything will be flavored pumpkin spice? Why we drive on parkways and park in driveways? This is starting o sound like a Jerry Seinfield rant.

  2. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank

    Gary, those 50 things are very interesting! I like the one about the price of tuna sandwich as much as that of a roast beef sandwich, which makes me curious. I think it’s because of its nutritional value.

  3. hehe…there is a whole lot of things that we don’t know out there and are beyond our understanding. We do share some of the things in common on the list, but perhaps the one that caught my attention is why there is always a missing sock after doing the laundry. where does it go? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. I’m not sure myself, but my guess is they’re studying subjects like “The Renaissance and Its Impact on Cooking” or some such important subject, rather than the practical skills in life. The education process for basic finances should really occur earlier in a child’s schooling and reinforced at home, but sadly, these subjects tend to be neglected.

  4. Jack

    Given all the noise around the new Common Core math techniques, I hope schools aren’t sacrificing the ability to do basic math quickly for a better understanding of conceptual math. Otherwise, the trend will only get worse.

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