Buckle up, here we go!
Example 4 - Gaps in Your Passport Country's History.
I'm a bright girl. I received a great education, overseas and here for high school. I felt quite ready for college. I was sitting in my very first class, brand new notebook, a multitude of colored pens, the idealistic hopes and dreams that only an 18 year old possesses, when reality hit. My teacher did a quick introduction and hit the ground running. No syllabus day (the blasphemy! Syllabus day is the BEST day!), no ice breakers, just a deluge of information.
About two minutes into the lecture I realized that everyone else is taking notes and nodding and I'm staring blankly at my teacher. I had no idea what he was saying. He was using words I'd never heard of.
Articles of Confederation? Nope. Never heard of them. Constitution? I mean, I've heard that word. I think. George Washington? Oh! I know this one! First President!
Needless to say my total of one year of American History before college did not prepare me for this class. My roommate use to make fun of me because my textbook for that class was highlighted. I mean the whole thing was highlighted. Every word. They wouldn't buy it back at the end of the semester.
Example 5 - Gaps in Your Passport Country's Food.
I was three and a half when we first visited the States. My parents, realizing what a shock I was in for, packed a whole suit case of Japanese snacks for me. Smart people, my parents.
(As a note, I do not remember this story, yet being the storyteller I am, shall tell it like I do)
Our first morning at my grandparents' house they served us doughnuts. My grandfather had been horrified to learn I had never had a doughnut and everyone was excited to see my response to my very first chocolate doughnut.
They placed it in front of me. The excitement was palpable. I stared at the doughnut. I got up and left the table.
I walked back with something in my hot little hand. Seaweed. It was seaweed. I put it on the chocolate doughnut. The seaweed. On the doughnut. The chocolate doughnut. And I ate it.
Yes, Shocked Doughnut, it's true.
Example 6 - Gaps in Your Passport Country's Pop Culture.
I saw most of my movies growing up recorded from American TV on to VHS. I watched Apollo 13 approximately a billion times. And then some. I can't remember what movie I was watching later that also had the line, that many space movies have, "Houston, we have a problem." I was probably around 10 years-old, and I was stunned. Like Shocked Doughnut up there.
What are the chances that the person at NASA in this movie is also named Houston? There's no way! Hm. There must be a different explanation. Oh! I've got it! It must be the position title, so they always know how to address the person listening. 'The Houston' job.
Yup. I thought I had it figure out and went on my merry way. For almost a decade longer.
Fast forward, I'm 19 years-old and driving through Houston, Texas and my friend points out the direction NASA is.
"Oh, I didn't know NASA was in Houston."
"HOUSTON, TEXAS. OH!!!"
"HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM."
Which, apparently is an alarming thing to yell while driving a car. Lesson learned.
Also, I haven't ever seen any of the Indiana Jones movies
Yes, Shocked Astronaut, it's true.