Maybe it was because we spent part of our childhood greasing and flouring cooking pans; I can still remember trying to get the yucky sticky stuff off my hands. Not even using dish towels worked!
One of my kitchen must-have's now is Baker's Joy non-stick baking spray. Shake it, then spray cupcake pans.Takes maybe 5 seconds for 6 cupcakes.
Pour in batter. Cupcakes will easily pop out, no papers - or hand-cleaning - required.