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Are we really this dumb?

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posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 02:38 PM
reply to post by mopusvindictus

Well good to see youve got yourself one heck of a sense of humour about yourself.

Instantly go snow blind you say? Really, man up here in Canada i have never heard of this instantanious snow blinding. Sure snowblindness is a real thing but instantly?

The temperature for any snow to show up is a minum of freezing, so "quite warm" may be by your standards but it is not "quite warm" if its snowing. Maybe in relation to much much colder.

There are 2,204 pounds in a metric ton of snow, so for you to "(shoveled several TON of snow btw that day) " i am not suprised you were hot. Several implies at leats three because 2 is a couple, so over 6,000 lbs in one day. You are a beasssstttt man.
Ohh also my half retarded self was able to figure out the correct spelling of ShoveLLing (two L's).

This is just a gem of a sentence here, ill post it for you:
you said
"Or maybe that this is Normal weather for me? And I just don't get very cold anymore... That i'm a guy who goes out for a cup of Tea at night and it's -10 F with no windchill and I do so in my PJ's and slippers and don't get particularly cold very fast?"

Well for started your minus 10 is like minus 25 for us (celcius) and where i live minus 25 is a daily thing and much much more. I was born and raised here, and i can tell yea that my tolerance is not to the point of you. So how is it that you go out for tea in the middle of the night? yet you do so in your slippers and PJ's?? and the temperature somehow has a factor in this.
From your statement we can only conclude that in the middle of the night you like to get up, go outside, and enjoy some tea? Why esle would you mention the windchill? And if you meant you have tea inside than what does the outside temp have to do with it? or the windchill?

Sure i have opinions who doesnt, but i also got a sense of humour so when i see a picture of a guy dressed like that im gonna make fun of him, and when he replies in some non sensical tirade im gonna make fun of that also.

heres my guess under that hat you got some seriously spikey gelled hair. Probably own a gold chain, i offended you by poking fun at the way you dressed in a snowstorm and you worked the classic jerk reaction by not laughing it off and going on a huge rant.

Im supposed to ask questions of you because you are vastly more intelligent than me, so my question is simple. How does one gain a sense of humour?

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:23 PM
Ive just reregistered for this thread.The other day while waiting at traffic lights a woman ahead had snow fall off of her roof onto her windscreen blocking her view.Instead of using her wipers she switched on her hazards,got out and used a snow scraper to remove the snow.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:28 PM
I love these posts - I read everything
how can such farts even think of to leading the world
there is no word yet to describe the stupidity of americans
maybe the encyclopedia should come up with a new word
for such an extra retarded nation

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:44 PM
I went to McDonald's one day after school way back with a couple of friends and after we finished our meals I peeled off a sticker on the cup and it said I had won a muffin. I walked up to the counter and the guy gave me a card that had a skill testing question for the muffin... it was something like "20 - 12 + 10" I said "easy" and wrote 18 and the guy started laughing and said I was wrong. All I said was "are you serious?" and asked for the manager, he came over, situation was explained and he looked at the card, looked at the employee and handed me the muffin.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:51 PM

Originally posted by macssam
I love these posts - I read everything
how can such farts even think of to leading the world
there is no word yet to describe the stupidity of americans
maybe the encyclopedia should come up with a new word
for such an extra retarded nation

Hey, just curious, where are YOU from? It's not just the American population that has it's fair share of "dumb" people....

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:51 PM

Originally posted by unityemissions
It's as easy as this. Half the population statistically has an IQ below 100. Many here on ATS have an above average IQ. Some are within the "gifted" & "genius" brackets. I've seen studies that show if the IQ differs more than 30 points between two people, they have a very hard time understanding each other. So, if your IQ is >130 , you're not going to be understanding most people around you. They won't understand you either. Why you think we find the need to go off into la-la land? We're incredibly bored and disgusted with what we see around us.

To the gifted/genius, people are retarded. To the average person, people are people.

To a certain extent, yes. My IQ is over 130 but I have worked with special needs people most of whom are way below 90, (Some are quite intelligent however.) I'm also quite good at teaching children.

But then I treat most adults I run into, or unfortunately are related to the same way I treat children. With respect and on their level.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:59 PM
reply to post by Gloster

That is a depressing video,

HOWEVER KFC does not come from Kentucky! The Colonel was from Kentucky, but the first KFC restaurant was in Utah!

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:09 PM
reply to post by MadameGuillotine

Stupid people are everywhere and i dont know why that guy went to the U.S to ask those questions, some people in Australia would have done the work ( i think he was from australia)...we all stupid dont worry

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:11 PM

Originally posted by neo5842
It is said that the MSM, and our governments have been and are in the process of dumbing us down, so we become good little workers and stay within the law.

Well I was sent an email from a good friend, headed they are all around us. So i had a good look, and well when i picked myself up off the floor from laughing at some of the comments posted, it started me thinking. Can people really be this dumb, or is it part of the dumbing down set by the MSM, and government. I will past them here and you can decide for your self, I hope this works as this is the first thread i have been able to post, fingers crossed. Have fun.

They walk among us......................
My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a £5 note. Our total was £4.20, so I also handed her a twenty pence piece.
She said, 'you gave me too much money.'
I said,'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me £1 back.'
She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the 20 pence and said 'We're sorry but we don't do that kind of thing.'
The clerk then proceeded to give me back 80 pence in change..

Love the examples, I recall one when I was working at a Radio Station and the oik answering the phones took a request then got off the phone and said "the caller wanted "anything" by U2, when and what year did they do that?"

Had to explain the meaning of anything by U2.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by neo5842

clever thread NEO.


in your o.p.,
I think thi$ is the $ymbol you wanted to use.$$$$$$

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:23 PM
reply to post by neo5842

I once went to buy something at an office supply store. Turned out their power was out so the cash registers weren't working. Total came to something like $4.24, and I handed the cashier a five dollar bill.

She stopped.

She looked at it.

At first I considered simply telling her how much change to give me, but decided instead to simply watch. She opened the cash register, looked back and forth between it and the bill a few times, then asked me to wait and called in her manager.

The manager stepped in with an "in charge" attitude, apologized to me...and pulled out a piece of paper and started doing the math on the paper. I was amused she had to do it on paper, but figured that was the end of it.

And then she apologized again and left to fetch a calculator.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:27 PM
I have 2 professions, I run a fitness studio specializing in Vibration Training ( companies only 5 years old ) and am a mortician ( have been since 82 ). I could tell you some really stupid ways people die if you want, but for now I will keep it to basic logical errors.

At my fitness studio I get to see exactly how retarded and unco the average person really is. We have a machine called a Body Composition Analyzer , and people quite often look at it and ask " what is this " . I tell them its name and show them its written on it in big bold writing. And they automatically say " what does it do " .

Now I used to tell them but now I just answer back, OK what does the name say about it ?

Body ...........?? They point at their body
Composition....... ?? People answer " what its made up of "
Analyzer..........?? It analyzes it.

I then say, " you already knew the answer " In a tone that suggests they should maybe spend 3 seconds thinking before they open their stupid mouths.

I personally just think most stupidity is down to laziness, people cant be bothered thinking and want to be spoon feed information.

My mortuary work.....

The amount of time I have had to explain to people, including hospital staff over the years, that a family cant sit with a body ( straight after death ) for days on end, because it will decompose, is astounding.

I mean some people actually are surprised. I am not #ting you.

I am very much convinced that the 0.01% of the population that are inventors or thinkers keep the rest alive.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:29 PM
reply to post by president

I guess when looking at it, it could pretty much be any symbol, I would never point the finger at any one nation, to be honest i personally think that we are all born with more or less the same potential to have the same level of education/inelegance, i just think that its down the the individual nation and their agenda as to how much dumbing down of their population they do, with some though, it doesn't always work, as some do eventually come through the other side asking inelegant and inconvenient questions. That INHO is what they don't want, because it makes their agenda more difficult to put in to action, and even more so when people get together, Hence, United we stand, divided we fall. Thats not just true in America.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:34 PM

Police in Wichita, Kansas, arrested a 22-year-old man at an airport hotel after he tried to pass two (counterfeit) $16 bills.

A man in Johannesberg, South Africa, shot his 49-year-old friend in the face, seriously wounding him, while the two practiced shooting beer cans off each other's head.

The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.

Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.

When two service station attendants in Ionia, Michigan, refused to hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call the police. They still refused, so the robber called the police and was arrested.

A man spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" the doctor asked.
"No, you idiot!" the man shouted, "this is her husband!"

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert your course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert your course.

Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States' Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, that's one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Anne Kielland

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. A shame as he has merely been listening to his walkman.

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later they were both eaten by a killer whale.

A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that measured his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car. Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another picture ... of handcuffs.
The motorist promptly sent the money for the fine.
Lynn Fidler

Great Marketing Mistakes

1. Coors put its slogan, "Turn it loose," into Spanish, where it was read as "Suffer from diarrhea."

2. Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: Nothing sucks like an Electrolux.

3. Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into German only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the "manure stick."

4. When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the beautiful Caucasian baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the label of what's inside, since most people can't read.

5. Colgate introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a notorious porno magazine.

6. An American T-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish market which promoted the Pope's visit. Instead of "I saw the Pope" (el Papa), the shirts read "I saw the potato" (la papa).

7. Pepsi's "Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" translated into "Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave," in Chinese.

8. Frank Perdue's chicken slogan, "It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken" was translated into Spanish as "It takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate."

9. The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as "Ke-kou-ke-la," meaning "Bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax," depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent "Ko-kou- ko-le," translating into "happiness in the mouth."

A Charlotte, North Carolina man, having purchased a box of 24 rare and very expensive cigars, insured them against... fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of fabulous cigars, and having yet to make a single premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the man stated that he had lost the cigars in "a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in a normal fashion. The man sued, and won.

In delivering his ruling, the judge stated that the man held a policy from the company in which it was warranted that the cigars were insurable. The company, in the policy, had also guaranteed that it would insure the cigars against fire, without defining what it considered to be "unacceptable fire," and so, the company was obligated to compensate the insured for his loss. Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the judge's ruling and paid the man $15,000 for the rare cigars he had lost in "the fires."

However, shortly after the man cashed his check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson. With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case used as evidence against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning the rare cigars and sentenced to 24 consecutive one-year prison terms.

(not sure about the last one!)

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:41 PM
Just remember guys, even geniuses do quite bizarre and idiotic things. Van Gogh sliced his ear off, and was put in a loony bin. Which one was it that was so paranoid of being poisoned, that he died of starvation!

We're all idiots in someone else's eyes. I've been called it all. Psycho, crazy, schizo, dimwit, brite, gifted, genius. Just the other day got called rainman. I'm not sure it was a compliment, but I took it as one. Meh. I keep doing what I do.

[edit on 7-1-2010 by unityemissions]

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:47 PM
You don't have to look far for dumb people. Some of the threads being made right here are a prime example.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:49 PM
reply to post by pharaohmoan

I was audibly cackling, those are hilarious!!!! last one had me until the 24 years, they got greedy on that i would have believed a year max, even then id say 12 hours.

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:50 PM
reply to post by Hack28

Being able to laugh at oneself is a start.

Or so i'm told..

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:56 PM
This is great. Now, I have to share something that many of you have likely seen but it seems appropriate for this forum

The following quotations are taken from official court records across the nation, showing how funny and embarrassing it is that recorders operate at all times in courts of law, so that even the slightest inadvertence is preserved for posterity.

Lawyer: "Was that the same nose you broke as a child?"
Witness: "I only have one, you know."

Lawyer: "Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?"
Witness: "By death."
Lawyer: "And by whose death was it terminated?"

Accused, Defending His Own Case: "Did you get a good look at my face when I took your purse?"
The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in jail.

Lawyer: "What is your date of birth?"
Witness: "July 15th."
Lawyer: "What year?"
Witness: "Every year."

Lawyer: "Can you tell us what was stolen from your house?"
Witness: "There was a rifle that belonged to my father that was stolen from the hall closet."
Lawyer: "Can you identify the rifle?"
Witness: "Yes. There was something written on the side of it."
Lawyer: "And what did the writing say?"
Witness: "'Winchester'!"

Lawyer: "What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?"
Witness: "Gucci sweats and Reeboks."

Lawyer: "Can you describe what the person who attacked you looked like?"
Witness: "No. He was wearing a mask."
Lawyer: "What was he wearing under the mask?"
Witness: "Er...his face."

Lawyer: "This myasthenia gravis -- does it affect your memory at all?"
Witness: "Yes."
Lawyer: "And in what ways does it affect your memory?"
Witness: "I forget."
Lawyer: "You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?"

Lawyer: "How old is your son, the one living with you?"
Witness: "Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which."
Lawyer: "How long has he lived with you?"
Witness: "Forty-five years."

Lawyer: "What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?"
Witness: "He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'"
Lawyer: "And why did that upset you?"
Witness: "My name is Susan."

Lawyer: "Sir, what is your IQ?"
Witness: "Well, I can see pretty well, I think."

Lawyer: "Did you blow your horn or anything?"
Witness: "After the accident?"
Lawyer: "Before the accident."
Witness: "Sure, I played for ten years. I even went to school for it."

Lawyer: "Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?"
Witness: "Yes."
Lawyer: "Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?"
Witness: "Yes, sir."
Lawyer: "What did she say?"
Witness: "'What disco am I at?'"

Lawyer: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?"
Witness: "No."
Lawyer: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
Witness: "No."
Lawyer: "Did you check for breathing?"
Witness: "No."
Lawyer: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?"
Witness: "No."
Lawyer: "How can you be so sure, Doctor?"
Witness: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar."
Lawyer: "But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?"
Witness: "Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere."

Lawyer: "How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"

Lawyer: "And you check your radar unit frequently?"
Officer: "Yes, I do."
Lawyer: "And was your radar unit functioning correctly at the time you had the plaintiff on radar?"
Officer: "Yes, it was malfunctioning correctly."

Lawyer: "What happened then?"
Witness: "He told me, he says, 'I have to kill you because you can identify me.'"
Lawyer: "Did he kill you?"
Witness: "No."

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 04:58 PM
reply to post by unityemissions

Thing is the people you gave as examples...were actually mentally ill.

Not stupid, or retarded.

I'd guess VG was a paranoid schizophrenic, and the other guy with the food a severe case of OCD, and OCD induced paranoia.

Not that i'm an expert.

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