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It may not be rocket science, but why can't you cope?

Asked by mazingerz88 (25926points) October 25th, 2011

Ever had a rather simple thing to do in life that for some reason you keep bungling up? And why do you think that is?

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blueiiznh's avatar

If it is a simple task, then I sleep on it and do it after I rest. Somedays, the focus may not be there.

rebbel's avatar

I am Dutch, and as you might well know, we ride bicycles, a lot.
There are 16 or 17 million ‘Nederlanders’ and 19 million bikes, so one would think that bike repair is in our genes, but I can’t seem to repair a puncture in my bike’s tyre…..

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Toast bread and cook light fluffy rice. I burn both and though I kind of like the smell of burnt toast, no one else I share the house with does. You’d think in 25 years of cooking that I’d learned to get one of these not-rocket science tasks right.


Probably because it’s so routine and boring we take the task for granted and do it carelessly. That’s when I take a step back, and do it methodically again, like I was doing it for the first time. That way I don’t make a mistake.

saint's avatar

It happens. It is part of the program. Move on to the next challenge

tinyfaery's avatar

Cooking. It causes me stress just to think about it.

lillycoyote's avatar

I can’t seem to make coffee, though in my defense, it’s something I have to do before I’ve had my coffee, but I can find a million ways to screw it up. I forget to put the filter in, or I put the filter right in the well, without the cone, I forget to put the water in… I forgot to put the pot on and it just dribble onto the burner and down the counter. I used to have a single cup maker and I would sometimes put the cup on upside down. That made a mess too.

digitalimpression's avatar

Anything that has to do with mechanics. Even if I learn it properly, I will forget it within minutes afterward.

thesparrow's avatar

I was like that with baking for quite some time, which is weird because I’m a girl and apparently I’m supposed to be some kind of cupcake wizard.

Berserker's avatar

@tinyfaery Same here. All I can do is heat stuff, or make basic meals. My grandmother makes all these epic things, but if I tried that, I think the place would blow up lol.

john65pennington's avatar

Just one day out of each month, I have my “dropsy day”. This means i knock over bottles, things fall from my hands and its just like I have a short circuit that defies my well-being. I never know when that day is coming. It has not hit me in October, yet. So, I am overdue.

Who knows why these things occur in humans? I do not have a clue..

laineybug's avatar

Writing evenly. I try, but my letters are never the same style or size as any other one in a sentence. Sometimes they just come out as mush. I always go back and erase them, trying to make them look somewhat normal. There’s a good reason for this though. I had small motor skills when I was younger and learned how to write that way. I mostly grew out of it, but sometimes I still have trouble.

Berserker's avatar

@laineybug I have that problem, I write like a doctor. Don’t know if it could help you, but I learned to ’‘draw’’ my writing instead of just writing it. Looks a bit egocentric, but at least people can tell what it says lol.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline Big deal you write like a doctor, well I write like a chicken! Lol.

Berserker's avatar

@mazingerz88 Can’t be worse than writing like fly legs. A teacher said that to some kid in school in grade three…I don’t really get it, but I’m glad she didn’t say that to me. :/

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline Lol. It was a high school teacher that called my penmanship chicken scratches too! Darn critical of them. : )

Berserker's avatar

@mazingerz88 Those fuckers. Hooray for keyboards lol.

Aethelwine's avatar

Drive a stick shift.

I tried several times and had a terrible experience the last time I tried it. The bad experience is stuck there in my mind, forever telling me (and my body) I can’t do it. :/

linguaphile's avatar

Many things… I’m not good at going to bed on time, following a schedule, documenting incidents, predicting time needed to finish a task or get somewhere, keeping track of time, keeping track of and filing papers——my mind just doesn’t work well in those areas.

A big pet peeve is all these uber-organized people who just roll their eyes and me and say, “All you need to do is make a list, and manage your time.” I make lists constantly, but manage to lose those too! Fortunately, I’m damn good in other areas so I get by!

lillycoyote's avatar

@jonsblond I’ll teach you how to drive a stick. I’m pretty good at it. It’s not really all that hard; you just have to remove that mental block from your mind. I just won’t teach you using my car. :-)

Aethelwine's avatar

@lillycoyote ugh. I just got stressed thinking about it. lol

lillycoyote's avatar


Here’s some instruction on how to drive a stick from the funniest guys on the radio, the guys at Car Talk.Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers. There’s a little humor in their instructions so maybe that will help. You, or someone, will probably need the barf bags they suggest you carry along.


linguaphile's avatar

@jonsblond I learned in Utah. I had a choice between figuring it our or sliding down the mountain backwards. Don’t worry, though, I figure it will be an obscure skill in about 10 years, much like being able to crank a car to life from the front end, churning butter and tatting.

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