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The Story of Things I Didn't Know

The Story of Things I Didn't Know

2016-1015-haircutHi, it’s me, Jenn, also known as Cider.

Just back from a fun weekend away with college friends and it inspired me to tell you some ridiculous stories of things I didn’t know that were apparently obvious to everyone else. First of all, the story of how I got the nickname Cider.

I went to school in New England, the land of apple picking, and an intense love of fall and cozy things like, say, drinking hot chocolate or warm cider on a chilly day. Anytime apple cider would come up among friends at school I would insist I didn’t like cider. Now honestly, I don’t think I really remembered drinking cider ever, but I just had it in my head that I didn’t like it. For all I know the last time I tried it I was 4 and had no sense of taste and was a complete idiot, like most 4 year olds (BNev’s daughter excepted, obviously). Anyway, I was mocked mercilessly for refusing to drink cider.

We ate in small dining rooms on campus rather than a big cafeteria (you hush, it was part of the charm… they have changed the dining system a lot since I graduated and it makes me sad when I think about it). This was before every high school on earth had fountain soda machines in them – we also didn’t have them in our dining room. We had pitchers of whatever they were serving that day – sometimes some kind of punch or tea, etc., and of course there was water and milk available from some kind of contraption too.

One night at dinner I poured what I thought was some kind of punch or juice in my glass and sat down to dinner. I drank some and couldn’t tell what it was. I said, “Hey what is this, some kind of juice? It’s really good!” And my friends died laughing because it was cider. They thought I was joking at first and when they realized I wasn’t they laughed for basically the rest of the meal. I did, in fact, like cider. Then and there my nickname was born.

This weekend we made these pieces of art in memoriam to my ridiculousness:

Here are some other things I honestly didn’t know when I went to college which my friends “educated” me on while making quite a bit of fun of me. Please tell me if you also didn’t know any one or more of these, so I can feel like less of an idiot in retrospect. Thanks, friends!

  1. I didn’t know that you could get free refills of soda at fast food restaurants. I literally thought this was a prank when I was first told. I thought someone was trying to trick me into asking for more soda and that I would surely be laughed at. This was before most fountain soda machines were just freely accessible in the dining room of fast food eateries. I know, I know. Eyeroll.
  2. I didn’t know that “a dunkin donut” was a thing. I mean I knew the chain, but I didn’t know that plain cake donuts were called “Dunkin donuts”. Did you? I mean. I had no idea. This one was particularly amusing to my army brat roommate who pointed out that it’s not like she was a New England native (neither was I) so I should have known.
  3. I didn’t know that “have it your way” was the slogan at Burger King because at one point it was the first fast food place where you could actually request what condiments were on your burger, I guess McDonald’s et al would tell you to go jump in a lake if you didn’t want every single topping on your sandwich.
  4. I didn’t know Cindy was a nickname for Cynthia. I still claim this is insane; (a) it shouldn’t be and (b) why would I know it was? It makes no sense! I’m still about 30% convinced this is a trick that most of society is playing on me.

As you can probably tell from the prevalence of terrible foods involved in these facts, I did not have the healthiest eating habits in college. What are you gonna do? I think I made $2 an hour at my work study job. SIGH.

Tell me a story of something you didn’t know below so I can feel better.

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Jenn Martinelli

Don't let Acadia tell you he's the boss. I'm the real boss.

66 Comments

  1. Julie Maloney

    I actually still don’t trust that I can get a free drink refill unless they have an actual machine that is publicly accessible. I have too many fears of rejection.

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    • Cider

      Once in a while here in Boston they won’t refill for you and I’m always outraged. Like, I took so much heat for this, you’re supposed to refill it and now you’re not? Bastards.

      Reply
  2. MegOhKay

    I love stories about nickname generation! I’m always giving out the nicknames instead of getting my own. I love yours- and I super-love cider!

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    • Cider

      Ha! Thank you. I have some other funny ones but this is the oldest/most enduring one so far, with probably the funniest origin story. 🙂

      Reply
  3. jadoreledecor

    Girl, you are so funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times. And those pics! Awesome. I didn’t know about #’s 2 and 4, so don’t feel bad. Thanks for a great story.

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    • Cider

      Yay, thank you! I am glad I made you laugh and I feel better every time someone else doesn’t know one of these things!

      Reply
  4. Sheri

    Hahahahha, you are hilarious! I did not know 2,3,4 either. LOL. Also, I loved learning about you Cider, what a great story about your nickname! Love your writing style!

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    • Cider

      Thank you so much! People telling me that they didn’t know these things too makes me feel so much better. Ha ha ha.

      Reply
  5. Izabela

    You are not the one who didn’t know about free refills at fast food restaurants. I was shocked that it is possible to have unlimited soda.

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    • Cider

      Thank you!

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  6. jaycer123

    That’s pretty funny! I didn’t know they were “Dunkin” but thought it was just “plain” too!

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    • Cider

      I mean, that one was almost the silliest one to me. I was like “what do you mean it’s called a ‘dunkin donut’? That’s stupid.” LOL.

      Reply
  7. Shane

    This was far too entertaining! I’m not a huge fan of cider unless it’s hard 😉 too funny you didn’t know about free refills and such. Sounds like an enlightening college experience!

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    • Cider

      Is it sad that these are the things I remember most from college?

      Reply
  8. CJ | Thirty30Courtney.com

    Yeah… I never knew that about “Cynthia” either, granted I don’t know many either. And yay to cider! I’m allergic to apples so I have to be prepped but otherwise, I’m game!

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    • Cider

      ???????????? Yes, I actually like cider a lot.

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  9. Mihaela Echols

    That’s a really funny story and great way to get a nickname.

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    • Cider

      ????

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  10. Amber Myers

    I had no idea about that dunkin donut thing either. Interesting!

    Now I want some cider.

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    • Cider

      Ha, sorry!

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  11. crystal

    This was fun to read, I definitely learned a new thing about dunkin donuts!

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    • Cider

      ????????????

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  12. RunningInHeels

    Oh my gosh I am Dunkin Donuts obsessed! I had the opposite problem and I moved to a city and can’t find it now!

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    • Cider

      ????

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  13. Abigail

    Haha, that is so funny! I love sharing old stories with my friends. There are some crazy but fun things that you would be surprised to recall.

    Abigail of GlobalGirlTravels.com

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    • Cider

      Yes, we also played Cards Against Humanity which was so so so hilarious. ????

      Reply
  14. Bethanny Sudibyo

    Aw I love this post. And I definitely did not know that Cindy is short from Cynthia. I had a friend named Cynthia but her FB was cindy and I really didn’t get it. But now it makes sense. haha!

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    • Cider

      Right? Because it MAKES NO SENSE. ????????????

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  15. Leena Kapadia

    ha ha! brought smile on my face. when i first visited U.S few years back, I didn’t know lot of these things about refilling free soda and Dunkin Donuts. It’s always fun to get to know new things.

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    • Cider

      ????????????

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  16. Elizabeth O.

    This post is hilarious! Not that I like laughing at the things that you didn’t know. It’s just that I also had no idea that the BK’s slogan was because of that and well, about Cindy being short for Cynthia. Congratulations about liking apple cider, lol!

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    • Cider

      Haaaaaaaa. Thanks! ????

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  17. Laura

    I didn’t know about dunkin donuts either. We just call them cinnamon donuts.

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    • Cider

      I am still a little suspicious of the dunkin donuts story to be honest. ????

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  18. webgal147

    Funny post. What I disn’t know is that pumpkin pie is actually not actually pumpkin filling it’s really different squashes not pumpkin really. I did not know this until last year.

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    • Cider

      OMG! I didn’t know that! I googled it and now I’m outraged! Ha ha ha. 100% pumpkin is actually squash?

      Reply
  19. Tasheena@OurDelightfulHome

    Great post! I had no idea that plain cake donuts were called “Dunkin donuts”.

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    • Cider

      I am so happy that so many other people didn’t know some of these things!

      Reply
  20. Hey Sharonoox

    I didn’t know about dunkin donuts! I didn’t go to dunkin donuts that often. We get ciders fresh from the orchard especially at this time of the year.

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    • Cider

      Fresh from the orchard is the best. Mmmmmmmm.

      Reply
  21. Bigscrod wants cake

    I did not eat a corn dog or cotton candy until I was almost 40, true story. I can’t say that I have become a raging fan of either, but not horrible. Clearly, I was poor and deprived as a child.
    Also, the original ‘dunkin donut’ hand a little handle on it so you could hold it and dunk down to the last little piece.

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    • Cider

      I don’t think I’ve ever had a corn dog but that’s by choice. Ha. I have also been informed of this handled-donut phenomenon, though I’ve never seen it.

      Reply
  22. Shining Thoughts Blog

    I wish we had a dunkin donuts, this blog really just makes me hungry and thirsty hahaha

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    • Cider

      Depending on where you live, I bet there are better donut options. Despite being in Boston for almost 20 years I’m really not a fan of Dunkin Donuts’ actual donuts. There are better local options here too.

      Reply
  23. ohmummymia

    haha its really funny and lovely to read post

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    • Cider

      ????

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  24. Chei Pangan

    This looks great and so funny! I enjoyed reading it. 🙂

    Reply
    • Cider

      ????

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    • Cider

      No! I didn’t know such a thing existed!

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  25. Happily Simple Mama (@simplemama2013)

    I actually didn’t know until now about the free drink refills. If someone were to tell me this I would never have believed them. It is so funny because there were times when I could have used that second refill.

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    • Cider

      Now you know! Put it into action!

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  26. Ourfamilyworld

    I’ll try it! 🙂

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    • Cider

      ???? ???? ????

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  27. Garf

    This is entertaining. I am not a huge fan of apple cider but my hubby is.

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  28. Hali @daytoday MOMents

    I just read many blog posts today, and this was such a fun refreshing one! 😀
    AND I will always remember you Cider..hehe..I just love the story.

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    • Cider

      Ha ha ha thanks!

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  29. CourtneyLynne

    Hehehehe I still question free refills at fast foods restaurants and my hubby laughs at me about it!

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    • Cider

      Ha! That’s pretty great. I still feel weird about it when the machine is behind the counter and you have to ask them and can’t just do it yourself.

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    • Cider

      Ha ha ha ha ha. I feel your pain!

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  30. akauf24

    hahaha omg your writing is amazing. It makes me laugh. I knew about the refills, normally the cups are so big I don’t need a refill.

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    • Cider

      Yay, thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll come back and read more! ????

      Reply
  31. Carol Cassara

    Well, what can you say! Apple cider is really good! I enjoyed reading this post of yours, thanks for the good laugh. I needed that today!

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    • Cider

      Yay, I’m glad!

      Reply
  32. Jason Young

    Haha. Funny story. Maybe you should do a post on how famous people got their nicknames…

    Reply
  33. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    I like the story behind your name. And believe me, I’ve had funnier things with realization and that mostly involves fastfood too!

    Reply

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