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originally posted by: szino9
I think common sense is disappearing slowly. There always were and will be stupidity but I don't think it has anything to do with education. I know several people who are academically super smart but can't get a glass of water on their own.
originally posted by: MysterX
What do you all think? Any truth to this do you reckon?
I've often seen this question asked on this board over the years, mainly as a result of some weird or frustrating interaction a member has encountered in his or her travels through their lives, but does anyone think there is some actual substance to the assertions that Humans really are getting denser?
Not necessarily in terms of educational standards, but of course this would also be included...i say this, because i have met and conversed with people, who on paper at least are thought of as rather bright...but in reality, after speaking with them, are rather less bright than their qualifications would suggest.
A couple of examples of what i would call out and out stupidity, which i have personally experienced follow;
Canada, Victoria Island, Downtown McDonalds 1996;
Whilst standing in a queue waiting to be served at this McDonalds, my Wife and I happened to overhear the exchange between a middle aged Man, who was being served by a young Woman.
The Man asked the Woman; "How much are the 99c cones"....(!) The Woman appeared confused momentarily, then replied quite casually that "the 99c cones were in fact, unsurprisingly...99 cents!" The Man replied; "Oh really? Well in that case, i'll take one"...true story.
I still remember that all this time later...the Man was well dressed, appeared to be relatively affluent and one would have thought, from his appearence alone, he would have been intelligent enough to know that 99 cents actually meant 99 cents.
Last week, Kent, England. My Wife and I were out shopping for Christmas gifts (to give to Father Christmas of course) and happened to go in to a branch of 'The Body Shop'.
My Wife selected the products she wanted and handed them to the Young, smartly dressed Woman serving behind the counter.
"Thank you, and did you manage to find everything you were looking for today?" Asked the Woman serving.
Feeling a bit mischievous, i quipped back at her "No...where do you keep all the bodies?"
The Woman smiled a little, screwed up her eyes and meakly said; "I...don't...understand..."
I mean...come on?
I know these are only a couple of examples, but i'm sure you all have some more to share too.
Let's have them!