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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S.
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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?

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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
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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

Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

Was your boss 182 years old?

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Wheeskers
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2 months ago

My Walgreens has copies of all my prescriptions. They know they do, I know they do, my doctor knows they do. There are 5. On multiple, multiple occasions, they have had to call the doctor to verify that I have these prescriptions. Why? Because they refuse to turn the page on the computer. Which shows, as we have seen, I have seen it, all of my scripts, how long they last etc. But, as last time, they choose to call the doc instead of simply turning the page.

Laura Dean
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2 months ago (edited)

I had an office manager who chastised me for doing unapproved overtime when I didn't work beyond 40 hours. Turns out he was adding horizontally rather than vertically on a timekeeping spreadsheet THAT HE CREATED. This happened more than once and the guy is still the office manager of a law firm.

Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

OOF!

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Bobert Robertson
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2 months ago

Lol we had to train a lady how to use a mouse. She seriously asked "what do I do when my mouse gets to the edge of my desk but I need to move the cursor further down on the screen?" She literally thought she needed enough desk space for her to cover the entire screen and couldn't lift the mouse

Jon Steensen
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2 months ago

my mouse is set to be hyper sensitive as I hate running out of space and having to lift it twice to get from on side of the screen to the other. It takes some time getting used to, but is way more effective when you master the technic. However using other peoples PC after that feels like everything runs in slow motion.

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Douglas Mock
Community Member
2 months ago

My old boss destroyed my carefully built Excel files with his 'formatting' bs. Wild colors (each denoting a 'specific function') were used, but all the 'maths' were erased. He did this every month like he had a schedule of irritating me to maintain.

Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Did you start sending copies at any point, or were you using a shared drive?

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DogMom
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2 months ago

Mine likes to complain that I leave my excel sheets zoomed out too far. Like it’s so much effort to just zoom in as much as you need to.

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
2 months ago

I once worked in a pet shop where the the boss was surprised by me telling her that ponies were NOT baby horses. I once had a similar conversation with my dad

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

And these people are bosses!!!!😡😡😡

tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

She's not the boss because she can do it. She's the boss because she can get you to do it.

Chich
Community Member
2 months ago

I had a new job and a fellow I supervised asked for help with a document. It was a duty roster and routes that he produced several times a week. Discovered he did not know how to save and edit. He was re-typing it every time he needed a new one. He had been working there for a few years. I initially was going to blame his previous supervisor but even after showing him how he would forget by the next day.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

He should see a doctor about this...it could be his thyroid isn’t working properly.

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Jeffrey Diehl
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1 month ago

People get promoted to their level of incompetence and then stay there.

Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

They always promote the dummies who don't question their boss!

Riley Quinn
Community Member
1 month ago

I volunteered at an office and ended up being the go-to person for similar issues. I found it incredible that the office functioned at all before I got there (and I'm NOT tech savvy).

Fluffy Griffin
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2 months ago

My boss (Company owner) used to have me print out the spreadsheets (on the long paper) and then had to use a magnifying glass to read it. 🙄

Seanette Blaylock
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2 months ago

I once had to explain to an adult, who was theoretically tech-savvy enough to be helping his mom, what the difference was between Shift and CapsLock.

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
2 months ago

Promoted to the Point of Incompetence. It's frighteningly common in businesses ...

Kanga9ine
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2 months ago

How often us grunts save the butts that sit in the more comfortable chairs. If we're really good, we can actually not roll them in that chair out of a third story window.

Scarlett O'Hara's Ghost
Community Member
2 months ago

I've actually had the same question many times as well

Jenni Irving
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg my former boss did this. Useless twat has a freaking PhD but can't talk her way out of a paper bag. She was also a c**t but that's another conversation. Academic smarts is not common sense by a long shot.

Michael Sanders
Community Member
2 months ago

Eh. no biggie

SBW71
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2 months ago

And then you wonder how these people managed to even hold a job for that long.

Minnie-me
Community Member
2 months ago

time to retire

Jojo's Terrible Aesthetics
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2 months ago

Maybe before they used to write all things down. She might be new to technology.

Jo Choto
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2 months ago

oh jesus. How do THOSE people get to be the boss of anything?!

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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.
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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