Until January 9, 2012, I had no idea an animal called a “narwhal” existed. A unicorn whale? Are you kidding me? How in the world did I miss learning about this should-be mythical wonder of nature? (Also, why aren’t more people talking about these creatures on a regular basis? I mean, really.)
The 5-year-old version of myself is so upset that I never had a narwhal-themed birthday party. Sigh.
This discovery (thanks again, Kevin!) got me thinking: What else is out there that I don’t know about? Lots, sure, about the intricacies of international conflicts and theology and, you know, welding. But I’m talking about things I feel like I should know about — like the narwhal. Facts and know-how that I should have accumulated and absorbed over the years.
For 50-Cent, it was the existence of the grapefruit. For me, the narwhal — and…what? What do I not know that, to countless other people, is very common knowledge?
Has anyone else experienced a similar discovery? Please share — I might have missed that fact, too!