It all started when Abdul Dremali dropped this major piece of wisdom on the Twitter timeline: the division sign is actually a blank fraction.
i just found out that the division symbol (÷) is just a blank fraction with dots replacing the numerator and denominator. oh my god.
— abdul 🚀 (@Advil) September 11, 2017
You mean those dots aren’t just dots — they’re holding the places of actual numbers?
For those of us who just blindly accepted the division symbol’s existence without question, this information is shaking us to our very cores. Why didn’t we learn this in school? What other symbols have we been oblivious to this entire time??
Twitter collectively freaked out over this enlightening knowledge, and no one quite knew what to do with themselves.
— Kalley (Cali) (@Iovesickadore) September 11, 2017
MY LIFE IS A LIE
— Will (@tao_of_llama) September 11, 2017
How dare you put this on me right before bedtime
— HoosAGoodKitty (@MeAndHoo) September 11, 2017
My jaw actually dropped.
— Jill Scheyk (@TheRealYTJ) September 12, 2017
So I just finished my daily quota of introspection and ready to sleep. Now I have to do it all over again. Where do I even begin? 😱
— Vino (@starstuffonadot) September 12, 2017
Hardest knowledge thats been dropped on me this year. pic.twitter.com/4QpI8tp0Kb
— alex (@alexwoodsm) September 11, 2017
I can only imagine what might actually happened if any of us bothered to go back and review some of the lessons we learned in grade school, or stopped to question the existence of certain conventions.
Until then, we’ll just have to rely on Twitter for our major revelations about life, love and basic arithmetic.