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After learning how to pick locks with paperclips today, I'd say this is one. Any more ideas?

I would say changing your own oil in your car, but I feel like I really hope that's not an overlooked skill.
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As I learned how to build a house today I'd say this.
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I would say changing your own oil in your car, but I feel like I really hope that's not an overlooked skill.



I was going to say that actually. I know quite a few people that don't know how to do it.
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I would say changing your own oil in your car, but I feel like I really hope that's not an overlooked skill.



I've been sat in cars with people who have almost put diesel in petrol tanks until I screamed at them.
I wouldn't be surprised if most people couldn't change the oil.


For me, I'd say being able to cook. Like, actually cook meals and self sustain. Not just ready meals and take outs all the time. I hate staying with friends in Uni because that's all they do
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how to sew, how to fish, how to change a spare tire.
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#6
Being able to do basic maintenance on your vehicle (check/change oil, check/change tires).

Being able to do basic maintenance on house appliances. When something breaks the first time, I call someone out to fix it. Then I ask how they're fixing it. That way, I have an idea how to handle a similar problem without needing someone to do it for me.

Being able to cook healthy food for yourself.
#7
Quantum physics.

Seriously, if more people knew that, a lot less people would be tricked by health frauds etc that puts the word "quantum" before a bullshit product to make it sound more scientific.

It would safe a lot of lives.
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I've been sat in cars with people who have almost put diesel in petrol tanks until I screamed at them.
I wouldn't be surprised if most people couldn't change the oil.


Who are these people and why do they drive? I can actually kiiiiinda understand not doing your own oil. Some people probably see it the same as balancing your tires, something that's so easy you pay someone else to do it. Granted, that's stupid, but not as stupid as not knowing what kinda gas you put in your car.


For me, I'd say being able to cook. Like, actually cook meals and self sustain. Not just ready meals and take outs all the time. I hate staying with friends in Uni because that's all they do


OH GOD YES.

This is actually next on my list.
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Changing your oil is something that I feel is over looked as well. I feel that people should know how to do at least as well as other simple things with cars. Also cook a decent meal. Its not that hard.
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#15
Read. Nobody knows how to just sit down with a book, and block out everything else. Knowing the basics of chess, solitaire, and Egyptian Rat Screw is also pretty valuable.
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how to fish, disinfect water by boiling it, have protected sex and finger a giraffe
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#17
being able to distinguish between right and wrong. Although that's not really a skill, it's more of a form of common sense.
Also, common sense, again not really a skill. I'm pretty sure people just call it sense now, seeing as it's not all that common
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As I learned how to build a house today I'd say this.


As I missed this earlier, explain.
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#19
Easily overlooked skill or an easy skill that is overlooked??

Learning how to put a potential attacker on the ground with minimal effort would be the latter. I think everyone needs to be taught personal safety instead of carrying 'rape kits' and pepper spray
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I think fapping in public without getting caught is a good skill.


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#21
How to wire a plug. It's goddamn simple to do right and safely. And how to change a lightbulb.

How to cook a decent meal, and not resorting to takeaways (Someone near the start mentioned this - high five, it's all my uni friends ever do, then complain they have no money :/)

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#22
How to build a good desktop PC. Far too many people buy pre-built computers from big name brands that are built with crappy parts and inevitibly go wrong. Build your own, damnit.
#23
I can sew my own clothes.

And I'm awesome at keeping secrets. Only because I keep forgetting them afterwards.
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#24
Basic carpentry, cooking, sewing and properly setting up a tv system.
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+1 on cooking proper meals. When I got to uni I was pretty terrible at actually making something, usually relied on oven food. Wouldn't like to go back to that now.
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I'd say cooking is overlooked in education, it's no wonder people are living off of processed foods if they've never learnt to cook.
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#29
I'd say dancing. It's a lost art. I know maybe 1 or 2 people my age who can really dance. I really wanna learn.
#30
Cooking. Saves you money, and after a little experimenting you can easily make better food than take-away.
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#31
Ambidextrous masturbation.
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#32
Would you be able to lock pick in real life if you have lvl 80 lock picking in skyrim? I feel like I got the maneuvers and feel right.
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The universal truth - lefty loosy, righty tighty.


I used to adhere to this rule religiously. To me, nothing could ever be more truthful. Until one day I was repairing a wheelbarrow, and the screws just wouldn't turn. I stripped the heads, because it seemed so illogical that they wouldn't turn, so I just kept going at it. But then I realized they were reverse threaded, for no apparent reason at all. Now I follow a different rule: Always look both ways.
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Also, I feel schools should actually give examples of what a healthy, balanced diet looks like.

Job interview techniques and CV writing should also be focused on at school, not everyone wants to go to uni.
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being a Jedi is a pretty useful skill. If more people knew that... well I don't really know, may the force be with you.
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#36
Cooking is a big one. Personally like to take shortcuts and such in the kitchen, because I only cook for myself (Bacon in a sandwich press, omlette in a sandwich press, bacon and egg sandwich in a sandwich press, Baked Bean Pizza, etc)
but I can cook properly and quite well.

Depending on the sort of lifestyle you lead, knowing how to use a map and compass can be incredibly valuable. Lots of people are only going to visit historic cities if they travel abroad, but lost of others will need this knowledge for navigation.

How to tie a few simple, useful knots. Light a campfire without petrol (you'd be amazed).

Another one is Reading Aggressive Body Language. I honestly don't know why this isn't taught to teenagers before the legal drinking age, because too many drunken fights are because some kid didn't know they were pissing someone off.
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Would you be able to lock pick in real life if you have lvl 80 lock picking in skyrim? I feel like I got the maneuvers and feel right.


Have you ever tried? Its actually not that hard.

This thread has now become a resource. Let us help each other.

Step 0: Google directions, because I'm not great at explaining things.

Step 1: Get two paper clips. Size will depend on the keyhole you're wanting to pick. Standard size will probably work for your standard door lock.

Step 2: This is kinda hard to explain. Bend one paper clip all the way out into a straight line. Take one end, and make it into an L shape. This will be your torsion tool.

Step 3: Take the other paper clip and bend it out just once. This will be your pick.

Step 4: Put the straight end of the torsion tool into the side of the keyhole opposite the pins. Basically, whichever side of the keyhole that normally takes the ridged side of the key. You can usually tell just by looking in, but use a lighter if you're having trouble. You'll want to pull the interior cylinder in the direction you would turn the key to unlock it, usually to the left. Try and keep a constant pressure.

Step 5: Use the pick to kinda rake in and out of the keyhole, pushing tumblers up or down, depending on which way they're supposed to go. If there is enough torque from your torsion tool, they should set at different levels and let you get to the next one.

Step 6: Keep doing this, and abuse your right to trial and error. If it starts to hurt your hands, take a break, etc. Eventually, the interior cylinder will turn and you'll feel it unlock. Then you just have to open the door.
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I used to adhere to this rule religiously. To me, nothing could ever be more truthful. Until one day I was repairing a wheelbarrow, and the screws just wouldn't turn. I stripped the heads, because it seemed so illogical that they wouldn't turn, so I just kept going at it. But then I realized they were reverse threaded, for no apparent reason at all. Now I follow a different rule: Always look both ways.


Who makes screws with reverse threads

I would've taken the barrow back and said it ****ed with the laws of physics.
#39
Grocery shopping. So many people don't know what they need to buy

And everyone should know how to use a stove, even if they can't cook much.
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#40
Money management is often overlooked, I know loads of people who got into needless debt at uni because they couldn't budget properly.
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