25 Things that People Have a Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again

This post was inspired Nora Ephron’s article of the same title. What are 25 Things that continue to surprise you?

1. That there are actually people who believe that gay marriage, the RH bill, or contraceptives caused a natural disaster, such as flood, a typhoon, or an earthquake.

2. The cast of Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives, and Honey Boo-Boo are now wealthier, more successful, and have access to more opportunities that you or any other talented but struggling artist, writer, singer, teacher, and activist will ever have.

3. That no matter how challenging the trip, there will always be at least one moment while traveling that will make the whole journey worthwhile.

4. That people in the East go to extreme lengths to lighten their skin, while those in the West take excessive measures to darken theirs.

5. There are obese pets. (Which is sad on so many levels.)

6. How you can have so much information at your fingertips, but it’s still easy (or even easier) to make mistakes.

7. Not everything on Wikipedia is 100% accurate.

8. That technology isn’t always helpful.

9. Some schools require students to bring an iPad for their schoolwork.

10. That more young girls cite Kim Kardishan as their role model than Rachel Maddow, Alex Wagner, or even Audrey Hepburn.

11. A good mojito should not include soda.

12. Bigotry, racism, and prejudice continue to exist.

13. Sometimes, some breaks are all about being lucky.

14. How addicting the Internet can be. And that there was a time when cellphones didn’t exist. (I had a beeper, and before then, a telephone with an actual cord.)

15. That the best and only solution is to deal with the issue head on.

16. How beautiful and inspiring graffiti can be.

17. That no matter what you do, there will always be people who won’t like you. And that’s ok.

18. That sometimes, the harder you try to make others like you, the less likely they will.

19. That the Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant’s kissing scene in Notorious is still infinitely hotter than any other kissing or sex scene from any other modern movie.

20. That I still haven’t found all of Hitchcock’s cameos.

21. That David Lynch will never explain what his films really mean. Or if your assessments are correct. Or if he’s merely yanking your chain.

22. That David Foster Wallace wrote the manifesto “This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life”, yet took his own life a few years later.

23. That November is also known as Movember—a month for men to grow out their beards. (But it’s for a good cause: The goal of Movember is to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.)

24. Beethoven was a freelance musician (and had syphilis). Also, that Benjamin Franklin wasn’t flying the kite when he discovered electricity (his had his illegitimate son fly the kite while he stood on lard to protect himself from being electrocuted). And that he was a ladies man. (Guess you didn’t have look like Brad Pitt to get ladies back then!)

25. That the ‘90s are over.

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