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Posted: 8/20/2005 3:48:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/22/2005 6:40:33 AM EDT by Jon3]
Today I saw somebody actually standing by the road watching a tow truck change a flat tire. It looks like he had a full size spare right there. WTF? Who can't change a tire? I'm sure you guys have pet peeves when you find out somebody doesn't know how to do something you consider normal.

So, I want to make a list. A list of everything any able bodied adult should be able to do. Have at it!

Rule: Only 1 item per person!

1.) Change a tire.

OK!

I trimmed some that were dupes, silly, or dumb, but I tried to keep as much as possible! I credited the first person to post with the idea, so if you're not on the list, you should have read the post first.

Change A Tire Jon3
Fire a Pistol sherrick13
Shoot a Rifle motown_steve
Feed their kids without Govt assistance AvengeR15
Mind their own business NoHarmNoFAL-01
clean and dress an animal chadintx
operate a manual transmission distributor_of_pain
Say "please" and "thank you" GabbasaurusRex
order a pizza captainpooby
Keep their pets under control Taffy223
Bring their partner to orgasm Balming
Shoot under 1MOA Greenhorn
Start a fire Balming
Read a tape measure/ruler accurately codyXdeath
Make coffee Raven
Prove a point Balming
Cook a meal ThatGuy00
Find or make Drinkable Water MK4Mod0
Kill their own food, wash it down with homemade beer Gravity_Tester
Do basic Algebra and Trigonometry Sniper_Wolfe
Know when to shutup and then shut up. Carbine_Man
Navigate with map and compass GimpyPaw
Basic Vehicle Maintenance and Repair DanM
Use Proper Grammar and Spelling LoginName
Type > 35 WPM -brass-
Read 1Andy2
Change a diaper pighelmet
Remain faithful to their spouse JHMC79
Do a pullup Tanam
survive in their local environment w minimal tools Tactical Penguin
Fix a toilet SixgunsBlazing
Manage their finanaces SWS
Flush the toilet when done. twonami
Run a mile in 10 minutes Justa_TXGuy
Kill an attacker with a pen or pencil CbtEngr1
Be able to find a business or residence with an address tc6969
Obey Proper Hygiene VoodooChile
Drive Paul
Be able to admit when wrong. PlaymoreMinds
Know their rights and be capable of defending them. PattyMcn
Know correct American and World history. doublewielder
Spell correctly when posting. Cold_Warrior
Speak English (when living in the US) MachinegunManiac
Calculate Change in their own currency glock23carry
Basic Computer Use rvogster
Use their turn signal CJan_NH
Jump Star a Car CJan_NH
Throw a punch Kal_El
Swim 22Bad
Tie their Shoes Yekimak
Know how to defend yourself RABIDFOX50
understand basic Economics/Civics/Gov't dvr9
Kill C5TT
Perform CPR dawg_killer
Think for Themselves DWFAN
Get out of other people's way sysops666
find the clitoris JavaMan
read the entire thread before posting zpo
Excercise compassion towards his fellow human. 4v50
Take responsibility for their own actions. lambchops
Plan ahead and accept the consequences jp_72
Change a lightbulb Phantom_Piney
Live Free 82ndABN
Drink a pint of the black stuff lefthandblack
Balance their checkbook Hroark
Understand why the seasons change on the earth Arkansas_Rocketman
Say "Thanks" to a veteran Stevieh46360
Vote properly billy_bob
Care for their bodies Searcherfortruth
Ride a bicycle/motorcycle CZ75_9MM
Give up their seat for women or the elderly Belfry_Express
Milk a Cow D348
show proper respect during the National Anthem -Absolut-
Deliver a Baby TheFreepster
Pump their own gas falconfire
Utilize Common Sense Skald
Save for Retirement simple_in_seattle
Pass a Marine Corps PFT. Sigurd
Read the instructions madmann135
Keep a promise ATNT
Basic Math Q3131A
Work for a living Rob78
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:50:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:51:23 PM EDT
Kick a hippy.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:51:38 PM EDT
Shoot a rifle.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:51:41 PM EDT


Feed their kids without .gov assistance.

Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:51:44 PM EDT
Mind their own business.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:51:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jon3:
So, I want to make a list. A list of everything any able bodied adult should be able to do.



SIHPAPP
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:52:32 PM EDT
clean and dress an animal.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:53:53 PM EDT
Operate a manual transmission!

car, truck, motorcycle....
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:54:03 PM EDT
Say "please" and "thank you". Good god.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:54:11 PM EDT
Order a pizza.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:55:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By distributor_of_pain:
Operate a manual transmission!

car, truck, motorcycle....



I can/have done it on a dirt bike but I'm ashamed to say I can't really do it in a car. I did it in my dad's truck once though.

I have been meaning to learn to though.

I will add:

Run a mile in under 10 minutes.

I'm sure some of you here will disagree with me, but come on, it's 10 minutes.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:56:52 PM EDT
# Keep their kids and pets under control

Taffyl
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:57:11 PM EDT
Bring their partner to orgasam.


Balming
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:57:29 PM EDT
Robert A. Heinlein: The Man Who Knew How


A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
--Lazarus Long
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:57:37 PM EDT
Shoot under 1 MOA
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:57:43 PM EDT
Start a fire.


Balming
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:58:39 PM EDT
Read a ruler/tape measure accurately.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:59:16 PM EDT
Make coffee
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 3:59:26 PM EDT
Prove a point.


Balming
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:00:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/20/2005 4:01:52 PM EDT by angry_walkin_dude]
.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:00:21 PM EDT
Cook a meal
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:00:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By codyXdeath:
Read a ruler/tape measure accurately.



Are you serious?
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:03:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By distributor_of_pain:

Originally Posted By codyXdeath:
Read a ruler/tape measure accurately.



Are you serious?



Yes? I was framing up a garage a while ago with a few guys and this one dude just couldn't figure out what a measurement was unless it was printed on the friggin' tape. We made a lot of double cuts that day.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:05:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By distributor_of_pain:

Originally Posted By codyXdeath:
Read a ruler/tape measure accurately.



Are you serious?



You would be amazed how many cannot.

Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:07:22 PM EDT
Find and or make drinkable water
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:08:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/20/2005 4:09:54 PM EDT by Gravity_Tester]
Kill their own food...

And wash it down with beer they made themselves...
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:09:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/22/2005 2:23:48 AM EDT by Sniper_Wolfe]
Do basic algebra and trigonometry.

Edit for spelling.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:10:46 PM EDT
Know when to shutup, and then shutup.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:11:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:
Do basic algebra and trigenometry.



why
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:12:18 PM EDT
Navigate from point A to point B using a compas AND perform simple triangulations with said compas and a map.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:13:54 PM EDT
Do basic repair/maintenance to a vehicle.

So far, of the skills listed I am good to go except for
one skill. I'm too ashamed to say which, but hope to
remedy my deficiency soon.

DanM
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:16:05 PM EDT
Spel corektly and use properly grammir.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:18:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:18:58 PM EDT
Read.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:20:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DanM:
Do basic repair/maintenance to a vehicle.

So far, of the skills listed I am good to go except for
one skill. I'm too ashamed to say which, but hope to
remedy my deficiency soon.

DanM



YOU CAN'T DRIVE A STICK!!!!


Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:22:23 PM EDT
Provide food and shelter for themselves and offspring. There should be no need to mooch off the working to provide what you should should be able to provide for yourself.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:23:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
Read.



My vote for the best so far is 1Andy2. It is amazing
how those of us that can read take it for granted, and
forget that there are still adults that can't read, any
language.

With the ability to read, most of the other skills can
be learned, maybe not learned well, but learned.

Good thread idea Jon3. I'm gonna enjoy this one.

DanM
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:27:07 PM EDT
Change a diaper.

Administer c.p.r.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:27:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/20/2005 4:31:38 PM EDT by napalm]

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Say "please" and "thank you". Good god.




NO......JOKE.....



Hell, I've noticed lately when I say please and thank you to people that they're almost taken aback. These days, if you give a sincere thanks to someone most of the time they'll be genuinely pleased.

Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:30:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By armac:

Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:
Do basic algebra and trigenometry.



why



Ever try to build something?
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:35:33 PM EDT
Remain faithfull to their spouse.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:38:54 PM EDT
Do a pull up.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:39:26 PM EDT
So far I can do everything listed (Except the Trig, I never have needed to use Trig or I would know it, and I build stuff for a living)


I think everyone should know how to survive in their local environment with minimal tools....

It always amazes me how many people from the City go hiking and get lost. Then get themselves found three to five days later almost dead. There was a hunter that got lost for a month last year, when they foundhim he was in better shape than when he started out.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:46:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/20/2005 4:47:17 PM EDT by stormwalker]
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Originally Posted By armac:


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Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:
Do basic algebra and trigenometry.
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why
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Ever try to build something?

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did it for 13 years and never needed anything more than basic math, add ,subtract multiply, and divide.

but then I was building houses not jet aircraft

my vote is to drive according to the law.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:51:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/20/2005 4:52:10 PM EDT by 4xys2xxs]

Originally Posted By ThatGuy00:
Cook a meal



+1

eta: +1 on Read as well
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:51:49 PM EDT
I bet you folks that "build" things do use trig, and maybe not
even know it...

How do you make sure something is square - measure distance between
the two diagonal corners - if they are the same you have a square.

90 degree angles, 45 degree angles, pitch and run on a roof.
It is all trig, it is all good.

DanM
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:55:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By out-a-ammo:

Originally Posted By distributor_of_pain:

Originally Posted By codyXdeath:
Read a ruler/tape measure accurately.



Are you serious?



You would be amazed how many cannot.




I'm not, there's just too many. It's one thign though to read a measure correct, it's another to apply it to what you are doing.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:55:57 PM EDT
fix a toilet
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 4:59:00 PM EDT
Manage their finances.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 5:00:14 PM EDT
flush the damn toliet when they're done
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