Part of the beauty of humankind is how imperfect we all actually are. Think of the level of naivety, false hopes, wrong assumptions and beliefs we all swear by, day by day, without questioning them twice. How on earth can we be so oblivious?

So this post serves as a tribute to all the headless selves who believe the craziest conspiracies, or things adults mockingly told us when we were little, or stuff we read on fishy forums. Inspired by a seemingly simple question posed on r/AskReddit “What's the dumbest thing you've ever heard someone say?” it offers a glimpse into the absurd wonderland of arguments that leave our mouths, making others cringe in return. Like, genuinely asking a flight attendant if you could open a window because it’s feeling really hot.

#1

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say some girl once told me that it was impossible for me to be vietnamese bc vietnam was a war and not a country. this happened while in college smh

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

Not vietnamese, but I have similar experience in my one country. I was told "you look so normal, you can not be part of that (my) nation"

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#2

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say A few years ago leading up to the great American eclipse a coworker overheard us discussing it and said "Y'all don't actually believe in that [stuff] do you?" I figured he misunderstood whatever we were talking about and thought we were talking about mysticism or something regarding the eclipse but no he followed up with "Don't you know if the moon went into the sun it would melt, that's why the eclipse can't be real."

I genuinely felt like humanity should probably start over from scratch after that.

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

So what did he say *after* the eclipse? That it was staged? That you were trying to prank him?

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#3

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Work at a hotel. Guest asked why there was no fourth of July parade or any fireworks in town. We were in Australia.

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Truth Monster
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4 months ago

Well that's just un-American!

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50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say When I was like 13 I told my friend that there was such a thing as a Liger. They had successfully mated a lion and a tiger. His response “you idiot, tigers ARE female lions”

....

We took the argument to his mother to settle it. She took his side

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Friday
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4 months ago

Stupid runs in the family.

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#5

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say "It's been proven that if you dream about falling and hit the ground in your dream you will die in your sleep."

Yeah? If someone dies in their sleep, how do you know what they were dreaming?

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Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

Thanks to summer camp stories, I believed that one for FAR TOO LONG! 🤣

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#6

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say A girl in my class asked why do farms exist if she gets her food from the supermarket.The teacher had such a disappointed face and everyone looked at her and wondered how did she pass the all the way through the 8th grade

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Luka Verheijen
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4 months ago

Yeah, there are kids tgat don't even know milk comes from cows. Commercialism took a wrong turn somewhere.

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#7

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say I worked retail as a summer job about 17 years ago. I was putting out coffee cups with a coworker.

"Why don't they make left handed coffee cups?"

I quietly turned one of the mugs 180 degrees without saying anything.

Last I heard she was the assistant manager of that department.

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Friday
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4 months ago

She was promoted when she introduced left handed teaspoons.

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#8

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say My sister panicked whilst on a plane and asked if she could open a window as she was feeling really hot - the guy in the seats across from her lost it, it made his day

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Giovanna
Community Member
4 months ago

I can relate to this one. Not the request of opening a plane window, but the panicking on a plane. I can't fly anymore because of this. I can guarantee you that when youre in the middle of that pure terror (panic attack) nothing you do or say is rational!

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#9

“Wait is it just me or do meteors always land in craters” said the smartest guy in my class

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Friday
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4 months ago

It’s just you mate

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#10

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say 22-year-old girlfriend, after having walked under some street lamps: “I just discovered that we have 2 shadows. I think the other one is only visible at night.”

I explained what shadows are and how they're dependent on the light source. There was visible brain processing strain on her face.

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Vic
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4 months ago

I bet there was a third shadow from the light you shed with this new information..

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#11

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say My friend once told me he wasn't too concerned about using birth control because everyone knows the girl can only get pregnant if they both come at the same time. His gf was pregnant 3 months later.

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Ryan Deschanel
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4 months ago

If it were true, life on earth would have been extinct for millions of years.

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#12

I remarked that it’s odd that we associate rabbits with EGGS for Easter. I jokingly said we should make it an Easter platypus because unlike rabbits they lay eggs.

Then someone overheard this and said “wait... no, rabbits DO lay eggs.”

This turned into a two minute argument over whether or not rabbits lay eggs. And then when she finally accepted that she was wrong, she was so irritated that she asked all of her coworkers if they thought the same as her.

To the best of my knowledge she’s the only one.

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Vasana Phong
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4 months ago

Wow, midway through reading I thought these were in elementary school kids

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#13

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say A customer came in today and apparently had a an excuse for not wearing a mask. We offered curbside pickup for their safety and the safety of others. They let us know that they work at a covid clinic, so they had "literally 0% chance of contracting it".

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Vic
Community Member
4 months ago

Kick them out.. kick them out right now..

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#14

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Co-worker at my last job during lunch:

Him: "The moon landings obviously didn't happen"

Me: "Thats awkward I was bouncing lasers off the mirrors we left there at Uni." (Physics Graduate)

Him after pausing: "Theres loads of ways they could have got there, aliens could have plonked them down"

Man literally believes in aliens but not the moon landings and is a manager at a large company

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Rod Egret
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4 months ago

Since when do you need to be smart and/or educated to be a manager?

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#15

The spork is "the devil's utensil" because it is the amalgamation of the masculine fork and the feminine spoon and is trying to blur gender lines in society.

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Truth Monster
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4 months ago

Beware! the Great Sporkening is upon ye!

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#16

Someone once said.

"But I don't want to put the bag of aquatic snails inside the fish tank, they might drown!"

That someone was me.

Past me is dumb.

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Lauren Caswell
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4 months ago

Aw but you cared for the snails, bless ^-^

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#17

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say someone tried to convince me that snakes don’t have bones. I showed him some pictures of snake skeletons and he said “yeah they have ribs, not bones”

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Brian Bennett
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4 months ago

I think some of the people who make these comments grow on trees, how's that for a conundrum?

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#18

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say It’s not cheating if you don’t love the person

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Luka Verheijen
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4 months ago

The person who you cheat with, or the person you cheat on? That's important

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#19

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say 'Can't we just exterminate all bacteria and viruses so we can't get sick anymore?'

Literally heard someone say this in Microbiology class. MICROBIOLOGY CLASS!

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Aman Varkkey
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4 months ago

I think this is someone who is tired of microbiology.

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#20

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say That chickens have no brains. Not that they are stupid. That a chicken literally does not have a brain.

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

On the other hand, you have people who are stupid, not without brain 😂

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#21

“Masks are for pussies” my moms friend three weeks ago who is now in intensive care.

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Sue Hazlewood
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4 months ago

For smart pussies

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#22

That you can't walk to the front of a plane because its moving faster than you can walk. This was a teacher

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Aman Varkkey
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4 months ago

Inside a plane or outside?

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#23

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Is the forth of July on the 14th or 15th?

My ex boyfriend asked me that. He has no excuse, he's from California.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Hehe, this reminds me of the kids from little rascals asking "what is the number for 911".

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#24

watching star wars in high school with some girl says, " when did this happen?" I said it was made in the 70s , confused on what she meant. she said " no, the space war, when did we have a space war?" me n my buddy almost died

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Bill
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4 months ago

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Sharon Dean
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4 months ago

But not that far, it's still in George Lucas studio in Marin, Ca!!!!

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Marianne
Community Member
4 months ago

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

Jon Steensen
Community Member
4 months ago

How can you be so stupid? It is clearly stated in the intro that it happened long time ago in galaxy far far away.

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 months ago

But, we have space wars even now! I saw one yesterday on tv, I swear

Brenda Burkemper
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder if she thinks every movie made is a documentary?

Marissa Taylor
Community Member
4 months ago

how... the actual hell..did we as a race survive this long?.-.

M O'Connell
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4 months ago

Intelligence is not a prerequisite for reproduction.

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Robert Carlton
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3 months ago

What's next, you're watching Halloween and then she's just like "Wha, when did a serial killer kill people in Haddonfield?"?

Ann Coffman
Community Member
4 months ago

1977, I was there, at the drive-in!

Bad Mole
Community Member
4 months ago

Same answer. '70's.

Michigan Guy
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4 months ago

and that woman is now a United States congressperson...

SuperChicken
Community Member
4 months ago

Ever since Marvin the Martian didn't hear his earth-shattering kaboom! That's when space war started.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
4 months ago

Notice this is "some girls" ??

Mysterious Panda
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4 months ago

what does that have to do with anything

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zovjraar
Community Member
4 months ago

way in the past, somewhere else

Henry Kuchner
Community Member
4 months ago

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there were people dumber than you. But not by much.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
4 months ago

My youngest brother and I went to the opening day at San Francisco’s largest theater, the late, great Coronet (where I also saw The Shining years later), and we had a blast!

Gogubaci
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4 months ago

I hope at least she was pretty

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#25

Oh I have one! I told my friend that I thought she may be an alcoholic and she should get some help. So she goes to a counselor. She was so proud to come and tell me that she wasn't an alcoholic, she had a substantial abuse disorder.

The substance? Alcohol

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Charlotte A.
Community Member
4 months ago

My mom once overheard her neighbour saying to a friend "They say you're an alcoholic if you drink one bottle of wine a day. Which is ridiculous as that would make me an alcoholic!" (Spoiler: She was.)

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#26

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Friend shared that he thought women were like chickens, one day a month we would sit on a toilet all day and lay an egg

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

that kinda sounds better than bleeding whole week :D

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#27

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say “Masks are dangerous because we shouldn’t be breathing in our own carbon monoxide.”

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Tim Pillinger
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4 months ago

If you're worried about brain damage from wearing a mask, don't. That ship sailed.

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#28

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say In 8th grade this girl, dead serious, asked, “how did people breathe before there was electricity?”

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Steve Barnett
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4 months ago

How did we walk before there was Bitcoin?

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#29

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say "China is it's own continent because the people who live there are called 'Chinese'." "... Uh... and we are Oklahomans. Did I miss the memo where we became a continent?"

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
4 months ago

Some americans think like america is the entire world and the states are countries. That doesn't excuse this though.

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#30

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Yall really gonna make me remember the time my coworker thought willy Wonka was a real person and wondered how much money he was making on Nerds and Gobstoppers

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N G
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4 months ago

W***y Wonka is legally a separate entity from the W***y Wonka brand that actually does the manufacturing and selling. 🤪

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#31

That 2% milk and 2% milk made 4% milk. Proceed to try and prove his point by saying "if (half black friend) and I (half black) had a baby, the baby would be full black". This guy also asked me if the Queen was the president of Canada, soo...

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im.bored.person
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4 months ago

The queen is not the president of canada. I hear this all the time from Americans

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#32

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say "if Japanese people suffer so much from tsunamis, why don't they hide behind the Great Wall of China?"

8th grade geography class

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Ryan Deschanel
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4 months ago

Because Japan is... Like... another country, and... and stuff...

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#33

The moon is much better than the sun because it's up at night illuminating while the sun is up during the day when it's allready bright.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Bet they were shocked to find out the moon is illuminated by the sun.

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#34

A Canadian asking me, an Englishman, where I learnt to speak English.

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Vasana Phong
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4 months ago (edited)

Once had a coworker tell our supervisor “ wow your English is so good for someone being in the states for only a year “

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#35

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say I dont believe in evolution cause if we did evolve then why aren't we still evolving?

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Katie Lutesinger
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4 months ago

There's a theory that one way we're noticeably evolving is that it's becoming more common for someone to be born without a full set of wisdom teeth, or no wisdom teeth at all. We're evolving to have fewer teeth because our jaws have gotten smaller to make room for more brain (plus we now live off softer foods).

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#36

"If you could adopt a child from a third world country, which country would you choose and why?" "I would choose Alaska, because it's really cold there." -A member of the prom court being asked a random question on our school's live news show that was being broadcasted out to every homeroom.

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Zebwe
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4 months ago

weird question though

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#37

After watching a movie in 3D they said “that was amazing, I wish real life was in 3D too”

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Roger Haywood
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4 months ago

Facepalm moment.

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#38

We were in class and this girl was so confused at how a flight from America to Russia could be quick, because the world map shows America being at the far left and Russia on the right. The teacher said, 'Look at the map.' She replies, 'Yeah, they're so far away.' A moment of silence. Teacher: 'The world is round; it isn't flat like a map.'

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Laura Mende (Human)
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4 months ago

A real flat eather!

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#39

Mate of mine told me Reindeer weren’t real animals. They were mythical creatures...

We live in Australia, but still.

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Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

Reindeers are better than people…

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#40

"masks don't work that's why they told us not to wear them at first. they want us to wear them now because they realized the lack of oxygen will make us dumb and we'll listen to wherever they say."

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Christian Homuth
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4 months ago

If only oxygen helped against stupidity

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#41

When I pointed out to a coworker that a person who actually was modest wouldn't brag about how modest they are: "How would people know that I'm modest if I don't tell them?"

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Vic
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4 months ago

How will people know I'm not talking if I don't tell them..

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#42

A colleague who saw me eating some tomatoes for lunch and made the comment “isn’t all that sugar in the tomatoes bad for you?” as she ate her McDonald’s....

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Eric Law
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4 months ago

Actually a McDonald's cheeseburger has 7 grams of sugar and a tomato has 3.2. So if you ate two tomatoes, you'd be eating about the same amount of sugar as in the cheeseburger.

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#43

I’m a veterinarian. I once had the owner of a pregnant three legged dog ask if the puppies would be born with three legs or four.

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Toxxa
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4 months ago

im just gonna say, i kinda get where this is coming from IF the dog was born with 3 legs

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#44

"If you're an atheist, that means you're not allowed to use the Roman calendar because it was invented by Christians."

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Lauren Caswell
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4 months ago

If you don't believe in evolution then get back up that tree 🤷‍♀️

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#45

Why don't vegans eat fish? They aren't animals.

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Prilsy
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4 months ago

As a vegan I get asked "but you do eat chicken then?"

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#46

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Why is there a deer Xing sign it’s too dangerous for deer to cross the road

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Truth Monster
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4 months ago

Oh deer

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#47

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say “How do they know which moon to put out?”

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

They check what moon the neighbours have put out.

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#48

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say Just because math is in a book, doesn't make it true... she was a college student.

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Truth Monster
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4 months ago

She's not all wrong. Math textbooks have been wrong. Being in a book doesn't make it infallible.

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#49

That Japan was the capital of Australia.

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Vic
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4 months ago

Pfft! Every one knows the capital of Australia is 'A'

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#50

50 Of The Dumbest Things People Have Overheard Someone Say My mom said her new mac was a waste of money because it didn’t have internet explorer so “how is she supposed to do anything?”

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Lauren Caswell
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4 months ago

That's just someone who's never had a mac, only a pc im thinking? In any case argh internet explorer is evil

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