4 in 10 Americans believe that humans were created in their present form about 10,000 years ago, showed this Gallup survey, a belief that will likely raise many eyebrows among the educated rest of the world.

Meanwhile, psychologists say that in order “to understand American anti-intellectualism, it’s important to realize that smart people can embrace dumb ideas.” But the truth is, it’s not only Americans in particular who fall victims to clearly fake bits of wisdom. Nobody is immune to that, but it doesn’t make it any less cringy.

So when someone on Reddit asked a seemingly basic question “who was the dumbest person you met?” the answers started flowing with each one overshadowing the previous one. And although we can’t jump to conclusions to determine someone’s sheer level of stupidity just from a single post, it doesn’t mean we can’t at least eye-roll on repeat.

#1

Dumbest-Person I know a woman who bragged on Facebook that she scored 84 on her IQ test.... She thought it was out of 100.

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Full of Giggles
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1 month ago

This is a goldmine of stupidity.

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#2

Dumbest-Person My neighbours taking the batteries out of the carbonmonoxide detector because it was making noise almost every day.

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mcborge1
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1 month ago

Oh no!

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#3

Dumbest-Person One of my classmates told me I was racist and reported me to the principle after I mentioned Nigeria in geography class

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

Oh, the Irony...

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#4

Dumbest-Person My old roommate. He put an electric kettle made of plastic on the stove. I came upstairs to black smoke as it melted. I threw it in the trash and yelled at him for nearly burning the house down. It has a cord sticking out of it and everything

An hour later I came back upstairs to the same thing. [He] went through the trash and put it back on the stove.

I get the first time if he's never seen an electric kettle before but a second time? With the same kettle? A melted kettle? The guy doesn't even do drugs.

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

What kind of moron doesn't know plastic melts?

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#5

Dumbest-Person Flat earthers

Anti vaxxer

People who think crystals can heal you

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Max
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1 month ago

My anti-stress crystal is very effective. I just pick it up and throw it at the person causing me stress and it all just goes away.

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#6

Dumbest-Person My former boss was worried that the island of Manhattan would sink with all the extra visitors for New Years and the ball dropping. She thought islands float and when she found out that wasn’t true she thought it was so funny that she told everyone the story.

She was later fired for withholding a pay raise from someone on her team because he didn’t accept her sexual advances. He had the texts to prove it.

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Phendrena
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1 month ago

Dark. Quickly. Much.

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#7

Dumbest-Person A friend’s partner said she was vegan. Another friend jokingly said ‘you’re not vegan, you eat corn on the cob, which is actually the spine of a cow’. Aforementioned friend’s partner started crying about how much she loved eating cow spine and was really upset, genuine tears of sorrow at how she wasn’t a vegan at all.

From that day forth, corn was known as Cow spine on the cob and their relationship didn’t last for too long, probably a week after she asked why Mel Gibson didn’t just phone the English King to negotiate in Braveheart.....

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Amy Smith
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1 month ago (edited)

My gfs sister had an ex who took the stupid cake. 1. Thought pasta grew on trees - dragged us around Harlow looking for the "Fusilli Tree" he swore he had seen. 2. Thought that cows couldn't produce milk unless they ate "milk grass" and that human women didn't produce milk. He couldn't provide an explanation for what he thought we breastfed babies. I'm not sure I'd want to hear it.

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#8

Dumbest-Person Ex-girlfriend. I once said out loud "I wonder how dolphins have sex?" She said, with conviction "There aren't boy dolphins and girl dolphins. They're just dolphins." You know, like magical.

And she argues with me for about 2 hours.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

You should see Unicorns have sex! It's majestic!

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#9

Dumbest-Person My ex-gf thought rhinoceroses were dinosaurs. Then, we were watching King Kong and toward the end of the movie she asked if it was based on a true story.

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Hooked
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1 month ago

Hence the "ex" in ex-gf

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#10

Dumbest-Person Met a dude sophomore year of college. I told him the story of the dumbest person I had ever met up to that point and his response was “well.. that’s understandable though... up until last year I didn’t know the U.S. and the United States were the same thing”

We went to college in the U.S. and again this was our sophomore year. Dude was an 19 year-old full blooded American.

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1 month ago

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#11

Dumbest-Person Girl in my high school history class thought mount Rushmore naturally grew like that

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Grew?

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#12

one of my coworkers once said “racism didn’t start until the early 2000s”. i almost fell in the floor after he said that.

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Anne
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1 month ago

Nah.. it started to end.. but we are still very much in the process of it ending.. we have some way to go.

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#13

Dumbest-Person Uncle telling us about a guy he worked with. Guy buys a nice, new car. Car comes with cruise control and built in GPS. Guy wrecks new car. Apparently he typed in an address and set the cruise control... He thought that he didn't have to drive after setting in where he wanted to go, the car would just take him where he wanted to go.

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Anne
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1 month ago

He was just ahead of his time!

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#14

Dumbest-Person A girl I used to work with in a call centre. She used to ask me stuff like “why do trees grow upwards?” or “the sun goes round the earth doesn’t it?” Then one day she asked me “does the earth spin and clouds stay still, or does the earth stay still and the clouds move?”

I miss you Ria!

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Anne
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1 month ago

At least she asked

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#15

Dumbest-Person in third grade, i was talking with another kid about kiwi birds and she proceeded to tell me that those birds laid kiwi fruit instead of eggs

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

This is cute.

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#16

Dumbest-Person In college a girl told me she had SIDS when she was a baby.

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TahNisha Hutcherson
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1 month ago

Surprisingly I'm Dumb Syndrome

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#17

Dumbest-Person Friend thought syphilis was what you got from eating raw chicken. He told our whole economics class he got syphilis one time.

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Kristof De Smet
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1 month ago

The question is: did he really get syphilis? Or did he eat raw chicken?

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#18

In high school, there was this one girl in my history class. She went for an IQ test once. We wrote a history test in class, and a week later we get our tests back. This girl failed miserably and she decided it would be a smart idea to tell the teacher he can't give her an F because "she scored 70 on an IQ test so she's not allowed to fail." The worst part is, she genuinely believed an IQ test would give her a pass on failing tests, so she failed EVERY SUBJECT that year. I still talk to her on Twitter now and then, turns out she's a flat-earther now.

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MauKini
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1 month ago

Figures.

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#19

Dumbest-Person A customer who thought he should be able to get the Jordan Bred 11s for 90% off because of 2 "coupons" he had. One of these coupons was a print out of a 70% off clearance promotion from Nike's website and the other was a 20% off coupon from Payless that expired in 2017. I've never been more confused, frustrated, and exasperated than I was during the 10 minute interaction where myself, two managers and a customer tried to explain to this man why this wasn't going to happen.

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Jenny Rosbach
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1 month ago

I actually kind of feel sorry for this guy, this has probably happened to him before.

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#20

Dumbest-Person Let me tell you about this woman that my uncle dated for a while. She was really a special kind of dumb. I'm just gonna go ahead and list the top 3 that I can remember, but I'm sure there's more. These were all relayed to me years later as I wasn't around at the time. It's a running joke between some family members.

•Thought pork chops came from horses.

•Met a guy who had lost a portion of his ear in some kind of accident. Upon meeting she just asked him with no class at all: "Hey, what happened to your ear?" His response: "I turned my head too fast and bit my earlobe off." She was totally cool with that answer.

•Went grocery shopping and assumed that whatever number of chicken legs came in a pack was how many legs that chicken must have had.

There was also something to do with a moose, but I can't remember the specifics on that.

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Phendrena
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1 month ago

Moose? There's a Moose Loose about this hoose ;)

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#21

In fourth grade we had a motivational speaker come in and talk to us who was completely blind since birth. At the end they had time for questions and a girl asked why they didn't just wear super thick glasses. When the person replied that they cannot see ANYTHING, so there would be nothing to magnify, the girl said "No like SUPER thick glasses." We were only in fourth grade but we all were looking at her like how do you not get this. The blind dude just shook his head.

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Philly Bob Squires
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1 month ago

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

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#22

Dumbest-Person Had a friend in HS that could predict rain by looking at the stars....if the big dipper was upside down "the water would pour out and it would rain tomorrow" She was 17

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LuckyL
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1 month ago

But the main question here is - was she right? ;)

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#23

Dumbest-Person Worked at a bank for a (blessedly) short time. Had a 60 year old woman that asked, “What do you mean my account balance is negative?? I still have checks, so I still have money!”

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I want cake
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1 month ago

Hoo boy, you'd think someone would have explained that to her sooner.

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#24

Dumbest-Person My first girlfriend, about 20 years, I showed her one of those newspapers at the time that had made up stories about alien abductions etc, Weekly World News I think it was. One of the headlines was "Belgium Destroyed By Giant Asteroid And No One Noticed For 2 Months" and she thought it was real. Thing was she wasn't actually dumb, just really innocent and naive

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I want cake
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1 month ago

There is that, but it can also be insecurity or social fear/anxiety. In my case it definitely was. I've accepted stories from people because I was scared that if I took it as a joke or pushed back and it was actually true, they'd be offended or get angry at me. I'm sure that a fair few people in my past think I'm gullible or dumb, but the truth is I'm just terrified of saying or doing the wrong thing. I'd rather be seen as stupid than cause offence.

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#25

Dated a girl from work first year of college. On first "date", we decide to just make something simple at her place. Being rich college students, we settled with Mac and cheese and wine.

Get to the kitchen, and she says, "OK honest question. When boiling water, do you get the pot hot first, then add the water, or the other way around?"

Yup, she didn't know how to boil water. I just... don't know how someone makes it through life not knowing how to boil water on the stove.

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Premislaus de Colo
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1 month ago

I blame this on overprotective parents doing everything for her, including boiling water

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

Nearly everything comes down to parents not teaching their kids basic stuff, doesn't it?

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe she was used to an electric kettle - boiling water on a stove would seem like a really backwards step to me, purely because I've grown up with electric kettles and thought everybody had them.

Dodo
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, this one made me feel dumb because I never boil water on the stove, just add boiling water to a pot.

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Philly Bob Squires
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1 month ago

My ex could burn the salad, so yeah!

Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn't say that someone is "dumb" for being sheltered and asking abut something that they were not taught.

HelpdeskFrog
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm totally fine with people asking how to do simple stuff later in life than most. They're miles away from the pompous type of stupid who blame others when they make mistakes or cause some misshap.

Uncommon Boston
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1 month ago

Yeah, working at a help desk teaches you the difference between not knowing and stupid

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Bella, Your Kitty-Loving Queen
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1 month ago

This is an example of a parenting fail. Her parents should’ve taught her this. Instead, they did everything for her which is a mistake.

Uncommon Boston
Community Member
1 month ago

Microwave

magnadar
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't forget put the rest in the freezer for later -_-

The_tattered_hippie
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s not “making it through life” First year of college??!! Her life has barely started. 🙄

Yort
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a bad idea to leave the empty pot on the stove for too long but allegedly it does help to heat the pot up a bit before you put water in.

Hodor! Hodor?
Community Member
1 month ago

Use a kettle

Remus-Alexandru Simion
Community Member
1 month ago

From a physics perspective, it boils down (pun intended) to: heat capacity of the material the pot is made of, mass of the pot, mass of water you wish to boil, how hot you can make the pot without melting it. It is perfectly possible, under certain circumstances, to boil water by heating the pot first.

Deb Johnston
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1 month ago

My mother grew up really poor. She was never taught to cook anything, because they couldn't take a chance on ruining or wasting food. She use to joke that she didn't even know how to boil water when she married my father.

Mindy Keys
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3 weeks ago

I guess it's not that stupid when you have been doing it your whole life/have seen it done. Sounds like she may have been raised on takeaway or microwave chow (don't call it food).

Dave Taylor
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3 weeks ago

She burned the water once and since has been very traumitized....

Richard Henderson
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3 weeks ago

I want to know how to do it “the other way around”.

Dodo
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3 weeks ago

Put the water in and then heat it up

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Hollysmom
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1 month ago

A spoiled and entitled person

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

in my process of learning to cook through experimentation, I burned through the bottom of three pots trying to learn how to boil water. Side note: I successfully made Boeuf Bourguignon a couple weeks ago.

backatya
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1 month ago

how did she get into college

Rebecca Buchanan
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1 month ago

I That's a great gig if you can get it!

Romery Wells
Community Member
1 month ago

honestly. i knew how to boil water before i was even 8. and this 20 y/o girl cant.

Keegi Tundmatu
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s quite simple, really: you first heat the pot until it gets a healthy red glow, then slowly add water and macaroni at the same time, stirring gently to ensure they mix up good and don’t clot

Dariusz M. D.
Community Member
1 month ago

I assume you did not go to her place to teach her how to boil water, did you?

gpc1965
Community Member
1 month ago

As the guy with the car up there, I'm pretty sure she's rich by now.

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

I blame this on education majors.

nope_not_today
Community Member
1 month ago

How does a college student not know how to make a boiling pot of water? I learned how to do that when I was eight

MargyB
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1 month ago

I boil my water in an electric kettle first and then add to the pot.

Timmy Pillinger
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1 month ago

In some towns in Northern England this was used as a test of competence to allow people the vote before 1832.

Jeff Christensen
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1 month ago

I remember a TV ad years ago when a teenager, obviously unfamiliar with the culinary arts, calling out to his mother "Where do we keep the boiling water?"

niki.bordeaux
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1 month ago

I had a workmate of almost 50 years who told everyone (proudly!) he doesn't even know how to make scrambled eggs. But that guy was special in a lot of ways. Was always broke and then told me he bought vinyls for 200 Euro. One time he started telling everyone he fell in love with a much younger woman he met online. Never met her, but was convinced it's love and looked forward to meeting her, though the meetings were cancelled again and again on her behalf. I told him it must be a scam of some sort, he was adamant, it isn't. At some point he stopped mentioning her completely and I never found out what happened.

Caroline Glass
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think I've ever boiled water on a stove. My dad taught me to boil it in the electric jug and the pour it into the saucepan, and that's what I assumed everyone did

Vicky Z
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1 month ago

You'll be surprised how many people don't know how to boil water

s. vitkovitsky
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1 month ago

You fill an electric kettle and place it on a hot burner, obvs.

JayWantsACat
Community Member
1 month ago

Shouldve told her you boil water in an electric kettle on the stove.

Owen Salmon2028
Community Member
1 month ago

i know how to do it

Charlotte A.
Community Member
1 month ago

I suggest she starts with the water and tries to add the pot once the water is boiling on the stove. See how that goes. (And I heard a girl explain to her boyfriend, over the phone, how to boil water...)

K O
Community Member
1 month ago

plenty of uni students don't know basic things like this - lack of parenting - they ask so they can learn. That's not dumb. People don't come out of the womb knowing how to boil water

Shadow4523
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1 month ago

ight ima head out now

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#26

Ex-friend. Got in to an massive, almost physically violent argument and told her to leave my apartment and get out of the complex since she didn't live there. She said "I don't have to! This is government property!" I was like... no...just no...

The police came and informed her opposite

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El muerto
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1 month ago

like people that goes to "public" places, like stores and restaurant and actually think that they are own by the state...because they are " a public place".

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#27

Everday I have people on the phone that redefine the words dumb, stupid and ignorant.

For example one customer had trouble sending back a sack of birdseed. He outright refused to send it back himself, because he feared the big sack would kill him if he was caught in a car accident. So he demanded that we personally sent someone to him to take the bird seeds away. That isnt something we do so when this "request" was denied, he, and Im not kidding, set the fucking sack on fire, sent us the the pictures of it per mail and still had the audacity to demand a refund plus a fee for bothering him so much.

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Susan
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1 month ago

Thanks for the laughter!

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#28

Dumbest-Person We were in history class, taking a pop quiz. one of the questions was "where is pearl harbor?" someone raised their hand and asked "who is pearl harbor? and why would I know where he is?" it's me. I had trouble focusing in school and thought pearl harbor was a person

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Melanee Upton
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1 month ago

My last name is Upton and in history class someone told me I must be related to Upton Sinclair. How cool!

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#29

watching star wars with friends in high school. some girl we knew said " when did this happen?" I said the movie was made in the 70s . she said " no, the space fight?! when did we get into a space fight?!" she was dead serious, thought star wars actually happened.

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

Well, it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

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#30

Dumbest-Person For months, I've been dealing with a client who doesn't get their bills.

Every month, they call and ask where it is, we confirm their address and the expected arrival date, I manually generate a new invoice, and e-mail it over.

Today, when confirming the address for like the 6th time, they said "oh, no, that's not my town or zip" and submitted an address change.

How the hell do you not know where you live?

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Carrie Laughs
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1 month ago

I've seen that quite a lot. People getting their UK postcode or even their Post Town wrong.

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#31

A girl I was friends with purposely disagreed with legit facts because it 'made her different'

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Bill
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1 month ago

She has a bright future in the GOP.

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#32

Dumbest-Person Had a guy tell me that he could write with his left and right hand equally well. He said that he was “amphibious”.

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Premislaus de Colo
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1 month ago

ambidextrous - just a mistake...

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#33

“I’m on a soup and water diet”

“Tonight’s soup is creamy bacon potato”

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IzzieM
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1 month ago

My kind of soup diet!

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Dumbest-Person When I was in middle-school (like age 12-14ish), we went to the local college. I stopped by the college bookstore and bought a pack of gum. The gum was like $0.96 after tax.

The clerk, a college-age girl, entered the gum in the cash register, and I gave her a dollar for the gum. She proceeded to count out $0.96 in change to me. I was so embarrassed for the girl, I didn't dare say anything, so I took the money. But then I felt bad and thought she might get in trouble, so I went back and asked her if maybe the gum cost $0.96 and she only owed me $0.04 in change.

I mean, hard to judge a person for one interaction. Maybe she was thinking hard about quantum mechanics and just couldn't devote enough mental energy to the Gum-Dollar Exchange Deficit Function. But it definitely lowered my opinion of college students at the time.

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Dynein
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1 month ago

Oh, I can totally see myself doing that, and I'm a PhD student. I tend to switch to a sort of automatic mode when doing tasks that don't require creativity or deeper understanding, and it's definitely caused me to miss steps on occasion. She probably forgot to enter the sum you gave her and jumped to the next step, hand out the amount of money that's shown on the display. Since 0.96 is the kind of small sum you normally return as change, it wouldn't slap her out of automatic thinking.

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Dumbest-Person I remember when I was little my brother continued to have many strange misconceptions, but I can’t remember any except the one where he said “Martin Luther King Jr. was one president of the U.S. Otherwise, how could he have stood on a podium?”

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I want cake
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1 month ago (edited)

Isn't that just kid logic though? I know I thought some very weird things when I was little.

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