We've all made stupid mistakes. Actually, it would be even stranger if you had never messed up or said the wrong thing or done a basic math equation wrong in your head. What matters is how you handled yourself afterwards. Did you admit your mistake? Did you apologize? Did you do everything you could to learn so you wouldn't make the same slip-up again?

Or were you like the people in the stories below?

Reddit user, u/Darth_Boot, posed the following question:

George Carlin said "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." What real life example have you seen that validates this view?

Well, Technically, He Was Right...Sort Of...


Knew a kid who drank bleach to prove it wouldn't kill you.

A week later he showed up at school after taking a shot.

He said he "proved his point" when the teacher asked why he was bragging about it.

Mr Hawk just said "But you cannot argue that without that medical treatment you'd have died though- you even said you have stomach damage and a burn esophagus yourself".

This kid was bragging about that. He was not mentally disabled or otherwise. He was just that kind of idiot.


Simple Slip Of The Apple

A classmate of mine, during biology class (we were 14 - 15 at the time), genuinely in total confidence, asked the teacher "Does the Adams apple or the heart pump blood?"

He had gotten the misconception after our teacher told us to check our pulse, and he checked by putting a finger on his throat...


No, No, That's Not The Girl...

I was in the Dominican Republic and did all the standard sight-seeing stuff. There was a church that had a grave. It was the grave of a 3-year-old. Next to the grave, there was an image of the Virgin Mary.

This highly perplexed an American tourist. She kept pointing at the Virgin Mary and saying "This girl died!?!? But she doesn't look 3! She looks sixteen!"


Just Look Up

I took my dog to the vet not that long ago. They now pick up your dog from your car instead of you going in, due to the recent coronavirus epidemic. They also put up these big signs in pink on the door that said, "please don't come on, wait for the worker to come to you."

So while we were waiting this women pulled up in her car and parked near the front. She got out and tried to open the door for a good 5 minutes straight. The sign was right there in her face too, in BRIGHT NEON PINK! I watched in amusement waiting for a nurse to come out and tell her to stop.


Socks To Be You

In high school I was over at one of my friends house and we were getting ready to go to the mall or something. We were almost ready to go and she sat down on the floor staring intently at her socks. She then commented on how she hated socks because it's so hard to tell the left from the right.We also once got into an argument about mixing colors. She was adamant that yellow and orange made red. I had to physically mix paint in front of her to show her that she was wrong.


Putting The Mom On Blast

My mom watches Fox News.


Doubly Wrong In The Right Way

In grade ten, we had a science test, and the teacher gave one point for putting a date on the paper, and one point for your name on the paper....and then there were 98 points for the rest of the test. A guy sitting in front of me got 0.5/100....didnt write the date and only wrote his first name....


Definitely One Of Those Problems Where If You Think About It For Two Seconds...

At the start of working from home due to the pandemix, I had a few users submit tickets for "connectivity issues". These tickets got through 2 lines of support before landing in my queue.

Turns out that the corporate WiFi doesn't follow you home and you need home internet in order to connect to the VPN.


We've All Got One In Our Lives

Just scroll down a webpage or Facebook feed and have a look at the ads. Things like "only 2% can solve this puzzle" sh-t like that. Those ads get posted so much because they actually work on a lot of people.


Ugh, these are the worst. "Only 5% of people are smart enough to get this right, can you?" and then it's usually some stupid grade school riddle that I've known the answer to since I was 7, or some "complicated" math equation that any middle schooler who remembers PEMDAS could easily solve.

I actually had people on my Facebook who would share their results for these tests, like "OMG look how smart I am, I knew the answer!" I mean, sure, there are probably people who wouldn't be able to answer these, but it's definitely not 95%, and if you're dumb enough to actually believe that only 5% of the people who read that post can solve it, and feel like knowing the answer somehow gives you bragging rights, you're definitely not winning any intelligence awards.


That Moment When You Realize You Have It More Together Than The Boss

I worked at Little Caesars and we were proofing the dough for pizza. My boss said (at 7pm) that the dough needed to rise for 12 hours, and took out her calculator to do the math. So I said ummm that's gonna be 7am. Then she said the dough will expire in 48 hours and started doing the math again. I told her it would expire two days from now, and she said "that's kinda weird how that works out huh?"

I quit shortly after that.


The Parent Has Become The Student


I teach 6th grade. One time a parent came to me after trying to help their child with math homework and asked, "What number is x worth? It feels like it changes with every problem!"


Thank You, Captain Hindsight!

My mother-in-law thinks she's psychic because she has the "ability" to predict what has already happened. For example: A couple of years ago, there was a pretty major event near our hometown that claimed the a number of lives and left many seriously injured. It was all over the news and I don't just mean in our town - this was big news around the country and even got international response.

She later claimed she knew it was going to happen because, that night, each and every victim visited her in the night before leaving Earth. She claimed that this was proof of her psychic abilities because even though you couldn't get away from the news, she TOTALLY didn't know it happened until all the victims came to visit an old lady in bed. Smh


That's Not How Time Works

I remember a friend telling me her sisters were in America at the same time of Michael Jackson's death so they found out quicker than us in the UK. Within 2 hours apparently. I was like yeah but I mean it was all over the internet, news etc globally as it was happening but she thought just because her sisters were in America ( in NY by the way) they found out sooner.


Thinking You're Outside The Rules

Walked into a fast food joint this morning for breakfast. Signs everywhere saying "drive-thru, delivery, take-out", "Dining room closed", stickers on the floor at 6' gaps with lines marked out in tape through the dining area, chairs on top of tables, and on EVERY table - "We're sorry, our dining area is closed at this time."

Two 'gentlemen' just got their food as I walked in with my partner (EMS, we needed food for 12 hour shift), and then sat down at a table to begin eating. Once the front counter employee had taken mine and my partner's orders, she very politely reminded them that the dining area was closed.

"Oh, we didn't know." Bullsh-t, you entitled motherf-ckers. You felt the rules, signs, and social distancing didn't apply to you. My only regret was being in uniform myself, so I couldn't share my mind. I did congratulate the employee on her tact, though, after the idiots had left.


Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey

On 9/11 the General Manager called his daughter who was attending ASU to wake her up and make sure she saw what was going on. The customer service MANAGER said "It won't be on her TV yet, Arizona is 2 hours behind us"


It's All Breathing

One of my nieces had a cold as a toddler and was breathing through her mouth. My ex BIL flipped out because he didn't want her to get carbon monoxide poisoning from breathing through her mouth instead of her nose (the "normal" way)....... 😔


I read things like this and start asking myself, "why would anyone think this? How would this even work?"

And then I realize, this is the kind of stupid I don't want to understand.


1,000% Not How Science Works At All

A woman I used to work with who insisted that any animal could reproduce with any other animal. She believed that sperm from any animal was the same and that DNA was irrelevant.

She believed this because she once saw some sickly, possibly deformed puppies and decided that they must have been half dog and half rat.



I worked at a bank. Mobile depositing had just became a "thing". We received a picture of someones cash for deposit. Yea..


This Is Very Real. Do A Quick Search.

In the 80's, A&W attempted to compete with McDonald's "quarter-pounder" burger by selling a "third-pounder" for the same price. The operation failed tremendously, with virtually no one buying the burger. When they surveyed customers for an explanation, the majority of customers responded that they "didn't want to pay the same price for less meat."

Their customers genuinely believed that one third was less than one fourth and refused to try the new A&W burger because of it.


Saved By Florida!


The fact Florida had to tell people NOT to shoot at the hurricane.


Even better, the fact that NOAA even has to have a section on their site explaining why using nuclear weapons against hurricanes is far worse than the worst idea you can possibly imagine.


But at least nobody with actual access or the power to authorize the use of nuclear weapons would EVER have an idea that blindingly stupid.


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