They say "There's no such thing as a stupid question." The phrase implies that the quest for knowledge includes failure and the fact that you know less than others must not prevent you from learning. But whether or not you think it's true, I think we can agree that sometimes people present their questions in such a funny way, you don't know if you should just laugh or answer them seriously.

Interested in these situations, Reddit user u/Yurtle_212 submitted the following question to the platform: "What was the stupidest thing someone has asked you 100% seriously?" And everyone immediately started replying with their stories. As of this article, the post has nearly 37K upvotes and 25K comments. Below are some of the best ones.

#1

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm The insurance company asked if there was a chance that my dad's amputated leg would grow back.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Of course. It's his secret power because he's half human, half salamander

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#2

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Waited on a woman who asked me what kind of meat was in our beef taco salad.

Lady: what kind of meat is in your beef taco salad?

Me : Beef

L: what kind of beef?

Me: Beef, ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning.

L: No, I mean is it pork or chicken?

Me: Ma’am, it’s beef, it’s from a cow. It’s beef.

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jaysko
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2 months ago

Yikes

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u/Yurtle_212 said they don't remember what exactly inspired them to make this post.

"Some people just don't think before they ask something, but I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing," the Redditor told Bored Panda.

"There definitely are stupid questions. But asking them doesn't make you stupid. [That is if we disregard the ones that are self-explanatory, like] 'What day of the week is Good Friday on?' or "What time is the 3 o'clock parade?'"

#3

My 21 year old sister once asked my entire family at dinner if Nuns don’t have sex where do they get more nuns. That takes the cake for me.

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2 months ago (edited)

Mitosis, like the rest of us asexual folks.

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#4

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm I'm a postpartum nurse. A patient asked me "when will the doctor be here to pierce my nipples so I can breastfeed?"

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JB Darré
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2 months ago

Nobody to tell her it's the baby who does the piercing?

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#5

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Because I am a dwarf I get a lot of hilarious ones, but one of my favourites was "do you need to get a smaller engine for your car?"

I really wish I could have seen your internal process that led to that question, lady.

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago (edited)

Internal process haha, remember those projects at school with 2 empty cans and a long bit of string and voila, you had a "phone". Yeah, that's the one.

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#6

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm People visiting Alaska on a cruise would walk onto the dock-- a dock portruding into the pacific ocean-- then look up at the mountains and ask what elevation we were at.

1 foot, ma'am. You are standing on a dock which is at sea level.

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure this was a brain fart.

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#7

It was me. I'm white, ended up dating a long time friend of mine, who is black.

We were talking about going to the beach the next day, and I mentioned that I needed to buy some sunscreen. GF tells me she has some, so no worries. I asked her why she had sunscreen.. She was puzzled, for a moment.

She then responded "Yes, black people get sunburned. Just because you haven't seen it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen."

And she was right, I just assumed, in all my whiteness, that black people didn't sunburn. She still makes fun of me for this. I am in my 30's..

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Dodo
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2 months ago

Alright, I'll be the idiot: I don't exactly think black people don't sunburn but it's harder for them to burn, right? The lighter your skin, the easier it is to burn?

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#8

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Someone was placing an order once at my family’s restaurant, and they had asked me for a side of French fries without the potatoes. I assumed she was joking, so I laughed...she wasn’t joking. She got offended and left the restaurant

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago (edited)

I'm still trying to find a cheese-bush but I'll see if I can find the frenchfriesfern. Maybe (and I hope) this was a brain fart.

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#9

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Do you think they're a little old to be lesbians?

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

that's "just a phase" ...

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#10

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm The Scene: Meeting some new people in a college class.

I introduce myself, "Hi, I'm LoveIsLegallyBlind."

New classmate: "Don't you mean DifferentNameThatSoundsALittleLikeMine?"

Me: "No..."

He thinks it's time to double down. "Are you sure? Why not?"

Me: "Because that's not what my parents named me..."

Like what? Who corrects someone on their own name? I have a somewhat unusual name. People misspell it or mispronounce it all the time, but this was special.

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Llewella
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2 months ago

My sister had a teacher constantly changing her name on her test's. He really thougt an 18 year old girl in Uni didn't know how to spell her own name...

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#11

I was asked how far the luggage plane usually flies behind the passenger plane. The person who asked me went to an Ivy league medical school.

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago (edited)

Sometimes i think that's what happens when i wait and wait and wait for my luggage to come out

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#12

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm While working as a butcher, I showed a deli clerk how to break down a whole chicken into pieces. I show her, "two breasts, two wings, two legs, two thighs." she looks at me and asks, "which part does the turkey come from?"

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Middle East?

Marcellus II
Community Member
2 months ago

Only if you're English! The French believe they come from India (d'inde!) as do the Dutch (Calcutta specifically). Actually the Pilgrim Fathers took them to America... carrying water to the sea.

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Metallic Geisha
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2 months ago

Duh, chickens turn into turkeys in November! s/

Robert T
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2 months ago

Bernard Matthews usually. ;-)

Id row
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2 months ago

Whoever hired her should be fired.

Sapna Sarfare
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2 months ago

I will only reveal if you tell me what came first - the chicken or the egg

Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
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2 months ago

Egg bc dinosaurs

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Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

🤬🤬🤬🤬

Riley Quinn
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2 months ago

She's gonna be blown away when the butcher shows her a goose or a duck.

April Pickett
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2 months ago

I guess she didn't last too long in the deli.

Sam rice
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2 months ago

Get out

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#13

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm If it was possible to even land a plane on Japan because it's so small.

Because, you know, maps are a 1:1 description of the world

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Sapna Sarfare
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2 months ago

Okay.. this is hilarious...

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#14

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm "What time is the 3 O'clock parade?"

I worked at Disney World. This is the #1 most common question you'll get asked as a Cast Member in the Magic Kingdom.

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Libstak
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2 months ago

It will start 1 hour afterc2pm

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#15

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm First day working a tech support job, I answer a phone call from a woman whose laptop won't turn on. She's at the airport trying to get some work done and is very frustrated because she had been working for several hours during a layover and the laptop suddenly shut off. I asked her if she had the laptop plugged in when it shut off, or if she was just running it on the battery. "It can be plugged in? I thought it was supposed to be wireless."

I honestly thought I was being pranked because I was the new guy. After a lengthy pause to decide if this was a serious call, I advised her to try plugging it in. Laptop turned on, she was amazed that it didn't just recharge itself when she wasn't using it.

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Marcellus II
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2 months ago

Why did she bring a charger if she didn't think it needs charging? Doesn't add up.

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#16

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm “Do we have the ability to open digital files?”

This is the guy who would print PDFs from our server then scan the print to his email so he could save them to his desktop...

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Laura Jones
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2 months ago

technology passing him by

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#17

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm In high school, we were warming up before a baseball game one evening and some really ominous ,dark clouds started rolling in. One of my teammates very seriously asked “Is that a storm or is that just night coming?”. I will never forget that.

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V33333P
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2 months ago

It's time for the Cullen family to play baseball

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#18

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Did your grandpa ever have any kids?

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LuckyL
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2 months ago

Marry a woman with kids, kids have babys - boom grandpa without kids

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#19

Not me, but our safari guide in South Africa said he once heard a woman ask her husband, “Honey, is that the same moon we see in Texas?”

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Steve Wilson
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2 months ago

Ah, Texas….😏

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#20

For context, I work in a phone shop.

Customer: What is this? (Hands me his bill)

Me: This is your bill.

Customer: But I already paid it.

Me: Well then, don't worry about it.

Customer: No, I mean I paid it last month.

Me: Oh, this is just your second bill then.

Customer: BUT I ALREADY PAID IT!

Me: Last month's bill, yes. This is your next bill.

Customer: YOU MEAN THEY KEEP SENDING THESE EVERY MONTH?

Me: ... yes ... that's what a phone contract is. You signed a contract for 2 years didn't you?

Customer: Yeah.

Me: So you will get a bill each month for 2 years then.

Customer: WHAT A RIP OFF!!!

He legit thought he would only get a single $90 bill for his brand new iPhone over the entire 2 years of his contract...

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Vasana Phong
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2 months ago

Might be first time paying own bills, imagine when he finds out electricity and water aren’t free

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#21

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Was a Mac Genius for 7 years, customer asked if her iPod would get heavier as she puts more music on it.

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Fat Harry
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2 months ago

Actually it will. Data has a weight, albeit miniscule, because maintaining a binary 1 in memory requires electrons and electrons have mass.

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#22

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm What day of the week is good Friday on?

Do you mean what date?

No, what day of the week. It was on a Thursday last year.

No

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V33333P
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2 months ago

Wednesday has been postponed to Friday due to scheduling conflicts.

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#23

I work in a toll booth and was working on the westbound side. A lady drove up to my booth really mad, which is par for the course but I digress. She told me that every day she takes this route home from work, and every. single. day. the sun is directly in her eyes... Well of course, shes driving westbound at 6 pm. When I mentioned this she brushed it off and asked "well can't you change the direction of the road or at least put a cover over it?! I can't be the only person who is bothered by this!"

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Pa4040
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2 months ago

Should we move the Sun as well, so you aren't inconvenienced?

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#24

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm I am an identical twin and one time a girl asked me if we get each other confused.

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Lance LaRocque
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Legitimate question regarding photos. Who knows with baby photos?

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#25

My grandpa left my place, immediately called me to ask if he left his cell phone at my place.

"How are you talking to me?"

".........bye."

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s cute, he gets a pass, like looking for your glasses that’s on your head or face already

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#26

I live in a high-altitude town in the mountains. Every week, I hear this question:

"At what elevation do the deer turn into elk?"

WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE THINK THIS!? WHY!?

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

People are stupid. Everyone knows they turn at full moon :-)

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#27

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm I was at my cottage looking at the stars at night with a friend and she turned to me and asked: "are there countries in the sky?" I didn't know what she meant so I asked her to explain and then she said: "Well, are there any countries in the world that are just kind of, in the sky?" I was so confused that I just sat there in silence but eventually she says "I mean, is there land on the earth in the sky where people live that are countries?" At that point I just gave up and said "no" and she replied "oh, okay" so reassuringly

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Rikke Visby Wickberg
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2 months ago

I had a classmate from the big city. At a school trip we went outside at night. She was surprised to see stars. She thought it was special effects in movies and ig pictures to make it look less dark.

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#28

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Work in retail. Guy comes in. He looks pretty average. Has a nice suit, nice glasses, well kept hair. Above average I guess.
He's looking for a particular stock pot that the store carries and I bring him over to where they're kept.
He begins to stare at the box, a deeply troubled look emerges slowly on his face as he places his hand on his chin.
The box art depicts the pot in use, with some photoshopped water and a corn cob bobbing out of it (this is relevant, trust me).
After about 10 seconds of him staring perplexedly at the box I ask, "Anything else I can help you with?"
He replies, sounding confused, "So... this thing can only be used to cook corn?"

I stared blankly at him. Was he fucking with me? His vexed demeanor told me no, he was indeed concerned about the product's potentially limited use.

I honestly have no idea how long I was speechless. It felt like minutes. I couldn't speak. No one is that dumb, right?

He eventually says, "It's ok, I'll figure it out from here", and continued to gaze at the box in hopes of gleaning the answers to the troubles he had encountered.

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

Oh no, need to shop for stock pot, soup pan, corn pan, spud pan, etc.

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#29

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm A girlfriend of a friend of mine asked. “ I wonder what it was like before color”. This chick thought the WORLD WAS BLACK AND WHITE not film.

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Xottel
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2 months ago

Props to all painters in history.

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#30

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Working for a rafting company I’m asked far too often at the end of the float if we are back at the start. Rivers don’t flow in god damn circles!

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Daniel Marsh
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2 months ago

There ARE rafting rides in amusement parks where people are taken around in almost a complete circle, with MASSIVE water pumps to recirculate the water and belts to take the raft back uphill.

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#31

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm My current boss asked me to "make the pages smaller" so she can see all of them" she had excel zoomed in to 200% and thought I was just sending things in font 46. This person has been in her position for 12 years. Ugh.

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alex mitchell
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2 months ago

My old boss got upset with me, as the spreadsheet I sent him didn't have all the data on it that I had assured him it had. I then had to teach him to scroll down. He did the same thing a week later

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#32

I worked in a pizza restaurant when I was 16. They had a pizza they called a UFO pizza. It was just another slab of dough on top of a regular pizza, and it made it look like an orb, hence the name.

One day a guy that worked there was writing down a telephone order, turns around and says "hey guys, how do you spell UFO??" The owner looked mortified and just repeated "youuu eefff ohhh!!". He stared back in silence for a few moments before it hit him.

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RaroaRaroa
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2 months ago

Youefoh?

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#33

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm My twenty-something daughter asked why we never see squirrel eggs. Us parent types responded that's because squirrels are mammals and don't lay eggs like birds do. To which she responded, then show me an infant squirrel / "breastfeeding" squirrel.

This led to a conversation that was much longer than needed to be.

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Lance LaRocque
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2 months ago

The platypus and echidna are mammals that lay eggs.

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#34

A woman asked me if gorilla glue was made from real gorillas. I laughed at first, but she was serious. She told me she was vegan and wouldn't use the product if it was made with real gorillas.

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S.
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2 months ago

Yes. The glue is just bajillions of tiny, miniscule gorillas working tirelessly day and night to keep things stuck together.

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#35

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm How did we know that they were called dinosaurs?

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Birgit M
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2 months ago

They left sauroglyphics.

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#36

Had a lady insist that "the lights outside that you don't plug in and don't have batteries" were not solar lights. She got furious when she asked two more employees who both said solar lights. She then described the solar panel on top of those decorative garden lights, and demanded a manager. Who also told her solar lights.
Yes- she meant solar lights. She came back later, clearly embarrassed and bought some.

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A B C
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2 months ago

At least she had the dignity to feel embarrassed.

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#37

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm Literally had a guy ask me yesterday “if I hit the cash back button, does the money come out of my account?”

Dude was like 30 and he thought cash back was just...free money I guess?

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Laura Jones
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2 months ago

wherever that machine is I want to use it!

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#38

People waking other people and asking if they were sleeping. Widespread stupidity this.

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Moosy Girl
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2 months ago

Coworker woke me up at 8 this morning to tell me to enjoy my day off. >.<

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#39

People Share 40 Stupid Questions They Got Asked For Real That Made Them Facepalm I have a buzz cut. A guy at work recently asked, dead seriously “Do you cut your hair? Or does it only grow that long?”

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Łukasz Markuszewski
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2 months ago

This pic is beautiful, or model is beautiful or both.

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#40

In 8th grade science class, the girl sitting next to me asked - “How do we get into outer space if we have to break through the Earth’s crust?”

She thought we lived in the mantle.

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Dodo
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2 months ago

Age 13-14, for those who don't have 8th grade in their country

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