My grandmother is a fan of crossword puzzles. Since I have a lot of trivial knowledge, I often get requests for certain subjects. So when a computer question appeared recently, she had to ask me, even though she'd already worked out the answer via the other solved words.
Are you ready for this challenge, Slashdotters? The hint was: Move down a web page.
I'm not joking. That's what it said. Holding back laughter, I said, "Scroll down?"
She responded, "I can't believe you knew that!"
While this is an amusing story of course, I cannot help but feel a bit insulted. I don't think that was her intention, as she likely truly believed the question was challenging. Yet I've often attempted to explain to her that I assemble computers, and write code (or try to anyway, hehe). I've mentioned that there are thousands of lines of code in the open source programs I play with. I've attempted to explain concepts like Linux to her as well. All these attempts are met with rather bored, disinterested expressions.
But when I say "Scroll down?" she acts like I've invented cold fusion. I don't think I'll ever fully understand old people. Even when I become one, I don't think I'll be quite like that. I remember a teacher at the technical college I went to saying he enjoyed playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and was glad he was retiring so he could play more computer games. That's teh awesome. All old people should be like that.