Top 10 Things You’d Be Surprised a Female Could Know


Japanese asked what topics they would be surprised a mere female could possibly know about supply what, for some at least, is likely to be a very depressing list.

The ranking, which asked both men and women “what things would would make you go ‘oh’ if a girl knew about them?”:

1. Cars & bikes

2. PCs

3. Stocks & investments

4. How to connect to a wireless LAN

5. Baseball

6. Politics

7. Jets/tanks/battleships, etc.

8. Internet jargon

9. iPhone/Android apps

10. The outdoors

Whilst a certain lack of familiarity with the tedious technical minutiae of cars and computers might reasonably be expected anywhere, that 58% of Japanese questioned regarded it as surprising for a woman to display any familiarity with politics is a slightly disquieting attitude.

However, this is perhaps not as disquieting as the prospect of half Japan’s electorate being no more informed about the workings of their government than they are the workings of an AEGIS cruiser…

There is however some hope – languishing at the very bottom of the list, alongside the likes of “western music,” “booze” and “Shinto,” was “shonen manga.”

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    Avatar of Manjix
    Comment by Manjix
    01:02 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    My classmate (girl) does not know what's the function of Ctrl + C & Ctrl + V (or copy pasta). Also yes, I'm a Computer Science student. Talk about irony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That's actually pretty common. Those of us that used computers with MS-DOS and other pre-WIMP interfaces tend to forget that most of the current generation didn't really use computers until the 95/98 era GUI's and as a result never got forced to learn the keyboard shortcuts.

    Case in point : Alt+F4 *still* catches people out in IM conversations the world over, and most people don't know they can press F1 for help. :)

    Avatar of Revanist
    Comment by Revanist
    09:13 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    man I can't remember the last time I closed a window "normally" by clicking on the little 'x' in the corner. I always use Alt+F4

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I don't understand how people don't know about keyboard shortcuts or why the people who do know about them don't use them. You can easily find some in the menu lists of Firefox. I myself was never forced to learn keyboard shortcuts. I just thought that highlighting, right-clicking, selecting copy, right-clicking, and selecting paste was a much more time-consuming and effort-consuming task than highlight, ctrl-c, ctrl-v.

    Avatar of Achiuakuna
    Comment by Achiuakuna
    11:21 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always double click the top left corner of the windows to close them. I'm a windows 3.1 fag.

    The day microsoft gets rid of this feature is the end of me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    at Achiuakuna:

    Fsck me, I had no idea you could do that! Went and opened a new window (the proper way, CTRL+N) just to double-click the left upper icon. Nice!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is just damned outright sexist!

    There is probably nothing that girls know that boys think they only knew.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 04/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My father is a double major Electric Engineering / Computer Science in the 80-90s. Yea I know computer came out in the early 90s. He started up his own small company and wrote the code for the companies entire customer database / billing database and I dont really know the specifics, but all our comptuers had a MSDos app that we use to pull up records etc. Considering that he could code in english, but was an immigrant and could barely read english, kinda amazing.

    But yea, he fails at computers; especially at windows and macs. He can't print a word document, let alone use keyboard shortcuts. I'm constantly asked to help him do retarded stuff like help him attach something to a email message. I try to teach him, but he never understands it.

    BTW I never use alt-f4. I always click on the X. And yes I'm familiar with alt-f4. I remember the old days in starcraft battlenet where ppl were like SPAM ALT-F4 TOO DL FASTER!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 05/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon:
    How many women do you know who can tear down and rebuild an engine or transmission?
    I'm going to wager not very many.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 04/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ the anon above the anon above Achiu:

    true. this girl knows more about ecchi than most boys her age XD

    Comment by zerofade
    09:20 04/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Shit, I still remember when 3.1 first hit and I forgot about that one.

    You just made my day.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:32 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I knew about the CTRL shortcuts before anybody else in a computer class way back when. Is that some kind of a freak incident? Also is it some freak incident that girls are graduating college with degrees at a much higher pace than boys in recent years?

    Avatar of TheBeast
    Comment by TheBeast
    00:48 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a list of male hobbies. i guess a women's hobby list would read like this. 1. knowing brands of clothes. 2. newest gossip on people you know and do not Know 3. putting on makeup

    ...boring crap.

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    12:25 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've noticed that group assignments that are done with a computer are excellent for teaching neat tricks for other people (if you consider ctrl-z a neat trick). I believe I've learned something myself watching someone else do it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    sure is 1920's in here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    ah times were good before equality now's bs, no?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Girl Classmate asks "where is the the ANY key?"

    Avatar of O-Jin
    Comment by O-Jin
    02:20 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That one is classic!

    Comment by Anonymous

    a homer simpson joke lasting tooooooooo long

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That joke was around LONG before The Simpsons...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The... outdoors

    Did I spell it right?

    Surveyed guys going sarcastic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    By "outdoors" they most likely mean something along the lines of the "great outdoors," as in wilderness, forests. Perhaps things like hiking or camping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My kind of woman.

    Maybe a bit on the huge side, but will stand by you for better or worse.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    01:02 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Top 10 Things You’d Be Surprised a Hikikimori Could Know

    #1 The Outdoors

    Avatar of Castian
    Comment by Castian
    02:38 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    #2 Building a Curriculum Vitae

    Avatar of Moo
    Comment by Moo
    07:38 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    he's talking about hikkimoris, not women jackass

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    actually women can make a curriculum vitae :o

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Top 10 Things You’d Be Surprised a Hikikimori Could Know

    #1 The Outdoors"

    #2 Love

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    4. How to connect to a wireless LAN
    7. Jets/tanks/battleships, etc.


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    #3 latest fashion trend

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    07:45 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Victorique doesn't fall on that category.

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    01:12 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are currently imagining otakus or other less social types, but -judging by the result- they're more likely the outgoing sort. Then again, when you think of normal 'women', you might be ignoring the fact that your average woman doesn't go out that often...

    Avatar of Nin
    Comment by Nin
    23:50 01/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    My sister knows how to set up her wireless LAN, but not how to use a can opener. Useless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    @Nin Hey, those can openers can be bitchy at times.

    Avatar of Nin
    Comment by Nin
    05:02 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    True that.

    Avatar of Yuki
    Comment by Yuki
    00:05 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In my case, having someone who doesn't even understand the concept of copy and paste is simply *facepalm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I'm doing an ICT study, specializing in Game Design. One of my female class mates knows how to program, but didn't know the effect of CTRL+A and similar simply hotkeys.

    The world is a strange place indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    As a female, I thought it was quite common knowledge of how to establish a LAN connection?

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    00:51 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    If you know "everything there is to know about PCs", understanding headphones shouldn't be a problem... fundamentally they apply similar technology.

    Avatar of Tiax Anderson
    Comment by Tiax Anderson
    00:31 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    (Ok, crashing of the edit function finally convinced me to make an account.)Haha, I'm more of a jack of all trades since I haven't finished a study yet. Though I'm very specific in what I want to learn and what not, often in disagreement with my teachers about that too :P

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    01:27 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's better to master one thing than to be a jack of all trades.

    But that's just me making myself feel better. I know everything there is about PCs, yet give me the latest handphones and I'll be scratching my head for weeks.

    Avatar of Nin
    Comment by Nin
    05:02 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @shirayuki619 Yes, seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Any Tom, Dick and Jane can specialize. A true master of skill can do it all.

    Also, what are you, a Republican? Expand your horizons.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:47 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    If they could power a computer with NOT a single mention of "Where's the power button?" or something similar, I'm in awe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not that surprised

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 02/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    My wife knows how to make love, but now how to make babies

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Of course not. You're hand cannot possibly make babies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Protip: Stop coming in her ass fool.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I mean not*

    Avatar of Denryuu
    Comment by Denryuu
    00:05 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hahaha. Lol'd Hard at the Wireless LAN thing. Too Specific :P

    Avatar of Naison
    Comment by Naison
    03:31 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    4. How to connect to a wireless LAN

    agreed, made me seriously lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 04/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    On the first day of skoo in college, when we got into dorms. That was the number 1 ice breaker. Girl - I don't know how to connect my macbook pro to the the skoo's wireless network. Guy - I'll help you out. Which floor and room number?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    as an IT guy, it would make me go "oh" if your average person, male OR female, knew how to hook up a wireless LAN.

    god knows in my experience that appears to be something that boggles most people regardless of gender.

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