What surprising discoveries have you made about things in your everyday life? Some long-held preference or belief that changed once you learned a little bit more? A type of food, or style of music, or any other subject... Two I can think of offhand: Sushi. For years, the thought of it kind of grossed me out. But that was because I didn't understand what sushi was. I thought it was just raw fish. Then, at a close friend's dinner party, he explained what sushi really was (seasoned rice) and asked me to watch him make maki rolls. I was surprised to learn that sushi could be made with vegetables only, or with steamed shrimp, or smoked salmon, or teriyaki-baked filet, or even grilled chicken or beef. Now, sushi is one of those foods I crave from time to time. Opera. I grew up on rock music (and some big-band music). All the opera music I heard really got on my nerves. Once I learned the basics of how to appreciate opera, it really grew on me. I realized that the "popular" pieces, the ones you hear all the time ad nauseum, aren't usually the best parts... just like the songs by any group that get the most radio play aren't always the best ones on the CD. And since it is actually musical drama, it's better to see an opera, rather than just listen to it. The story, plus the music, plus the sets, plus the costumes, makes for an amazing experience. Anyone else care to share?