I often think about how many incredibly smart people there are out there in the world. People who figured out how to get us to space, how to craft self-driving vehicles, how to build houses and bake pies and train horses. It’s easy to feel intimidated by all these intelligent folks, and even a little bit dumb by comparison.
But you aren’t. You’re smart! If nothing else, you’re smarter than hundreds of thousands of people out there. Redditor u/Callmedave1 recently posed the following question on AskReddit: “What’s the most ‘are you really that stupid; thing you’ve ever heard?” The responses are…WOW.
Phone Customer: Can I pay with cash over the phone?
“Do girls in your country get their periods?”
Someone once asked me and my twin sister if we don’t mistake ourselves for the other one. I like to think she was joking but I don’t think she was.
I had a customer yell at me that their donuts were supposed to be buy-one-get-one-free instead of half price. I had to explain how 1/2 + 1/2 was 1. Never understood it and just sneered ‘whatever’ at me and had me cancel their order
I don’t even know how to begin, here we go:
I was a camp counselor for many years and periodically during the winter we would meet up for drinks/dinner to catch up. So I’m out to dinner with two girls I used to be on staff with and it’s raining pretty hard outside (relevant info).
And one of the girls who is staring outside, looks back at us, and says “isn’t it amazing that it’s raining around the world right now… I mean like, it’s raining in Rome right now.” Or something along those lines. It’s important to note, that we were nowhere fucking near Rome. And no way she somehow checked the weather in Rome before she came to meet us. My other friend probed her for more info in order to try to grasp what was happening and it became apparent.
She literally thought that when it rained in one place, it rained around the globe simultaneously. It’s mind-boggling. Local weather stations?: Nope never heard of it. Different climates?: Hell naw.
I lost contact with the weather-goddess a few years ago but I still see my other friend a couple times a year. No matter what the weather is, we reference this quote.
This middle-aged woman I work with at a fast food place was drinking a glass of superrrrr sweet tea when these words came out of her mouth:
“My doctor said that I may have diabetes. I don’t understand how, I never eat sugar”
A surprising amount of people in my life have thought that ham came from its own animal and had nothing to do with pigs. At least 2 of those people had this conversation while eating a ham sandwich after claiming not to eat pork.
Edit: To everyone telling me that they make ham out of turkey, too: These people thought there was some mystical animal out there that solely produced ham.
A few years ago I was traveling in Kenya and a few of us shelled out for a safari. Our guide was great and at one point said all the names for the animals in Swahili- simba is lion, for example.
An American then asked “did you always call them that, or did you decide to change it after The Lion King came out?” I really wanted to apologize to the tour guide in that moment who had to respond with respect to that guy.
Edit: yes, I’m sure he wasn’t joking.
Girl at uni didn’t know chips were made from potatoes. When asked if the huge potatoes on the bags didn’t give it away she said she thought it’s only for design and she never reads the ingredients list, she doesn’t have time for that.
My family and I were watching a program on TLC about cavemen. There were actors dressed up like Cavemen, doing cavemen things, as the narrator explained the scientific theory around what they thought their lives were like.
My Sister was just in awe watching this. Mouth slightly open, eyes open wide. During a commercial break she asked the room, “How did they get the cameras back there?”
We will never let her forget that she said that.
I was on a school trip to Germany and we visited the casino in Baden Baden. One kid asked “do the Native Americans run the casinos here too?”
I almost fell over.