It'd be too easy to write off everyone as stupid. Obviously, there are incredibly intelligent, critically-minded people in the world who are a pleasure to talk to, to gain insight, and to learn from. However, as we're all aware, not everyone is like this and there are some real dummies out there.

Just take a gander at the encounters below and count your blessings you haven't met anyone this stupid.


Reddit user, u/mememansand, wanted to know the dumbest of the dumb when they asked:

What's the most outright stupid thing somebody has said to you?

Isn't Space Wonderful?

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"Did you know the moon isn't the back of the sun"

From a 30ish year old woman who was also an assistant manager of where I worked at the time.

BrutalNutritionist

Yeah. Sure.

"You can't date a boy if you're bisexual, that would make you gay!"

Uhm, yeah sure.

Some_Guy_Does_Stuff

Just Find Better Friends

New York came before York,

same person said Jackie chan is Asian not Chinese.

Also have been asked "what language do you speak in England"

... yes I am British and schooled in the US

Dohjayveh

When Someone Denies Video Proof, You Can't Win

When I was a kid, we had this babysitter/nanny. Because her house was closer to the school than ours and she was kind of an old lady, we often went to her house after school rather than go home because it was easier. Her husband was retired, taught me and my siblings to play chess, sometimes made pancakes, fixed our bikes, really nice setting.

And then one day, we were talking about how this astronaut came home, André Kuipers. And I said something about how your muscles get weaker after spending years and years in a zero gravity environment because you arent using them as actively. He denied every single word. No, not because he thought they had artificial gravity, he didn't believe unused muscles get weaker. Despite video images of the astronaut after returning home, sitting in one of those wheelchairs that also support your head. He just kept repeating "no thats not true" without and kind of explanation of why he thought so.

And then when I said he heart is a muscle too he got angry and stormed out. Still don't know why.

ILikeLamas678

The Only Language That Matters Is American!

Do you speak Mexican ?

FormerAccident2292

This has the same energy as, "Oh you're Japanese? Ni hao!"

Lil_Cuddles

It's As If You Were Born Here

I got told once that I seemed like I was born in the United States and that my English was almost perfect. And she was very sure that I was one of the "good ones"

Plot twist: I'm Salvadoran, and I was born in the United States and my majors are criminal justice and accounting. English is my first language

thehottiewithabody

His Last Name Was Francesca?

In my grade 10 history class, the girl who sat next to me turned to me and asked "What was Hitler's last name?"

I thought she was just kidding so I laughed. She kept staring at me waiting for an answer.

"Oh, you're seriously asking."

kerensavanitas16

Guess He's An "Ex" For A Reason

An ex boyfriend was livid that I was spending a lot of time with my best friend from high school, who is a gay man. ExBF explained that all penises are really straight, but it's the brain that tells someone they're gay.

Also, that gay men who are nice to women can't possibly really be gay, since they have no use for women.

fireflyfly3

Sigh, Good Night Dad. Just, Good Night.

Last night my dad (who got all of this information from facebook) told me:

When the "vaccine" comes ot, dont get it. Trump and gates developed 'the current pandemic' to get people to buy the vaccine. But inside the vaccine is a skew number that will transmit your information, like your name, location, and what car you drive, ect, to the authorities. Thats why Gates invented 5G, cause the skew number will run off that

Me: W-Wha..... Ya know, its not even worth arguing, night dad

I really wish i was joking

ImSoSpiffy

That's Not...That's Not How That Works.

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"How aren't there more twins? Do pregnant women just stop banging?"

SlawStudent

No, No The Science Checks Out On That One

Before the quarantine, when the pandemic wasn't very severe where I live, someone told me they wouldn't get the virus because they don't have an immune system. According to them, only people with immune systems could get the virus.

Lucid-Memory

Get This Man A Ruler

When asked how tall he was he said "5 feet and 12 inches."

( For those of you in countries that use sensible measurement systems, this is kind of like saying "1 meter and 100 centimeters")

Once when asked how long something would take, he said "20 minutes... 15 at the most."

Salarian_American

Get This Man A Biology Book

A 20-something gamer dude I game online with once told me that women urinate out of their vaginas. He kept saying "What!?" while I laughed myself to death.

SeattlePunk

Yeesh, Stay Out Of This Internet Rabbit Hole

"The Earth is flat"

Jodejeto

Maybe The Answer Is More Obvious Than You Might Think

This is more a case of running stupidity than an instance of it:

My college roommate developed a habit of drinking at least 4 PBRs a day, or triple that plus shots if she was partying. After about 6 months of this, her stomach was (not surprisingly) always f-cked up. Never had a solid sh-t.

She spent another 2 months self diagnosing and cutting gluten and dairy from her diet, with no success. (Switched from PBR to all-day margaritas.) Went to doctors, no success. I eventually asked her if she thought her alcohol intake could be upsetting her stomach and she just stared at the ceiling for 10sec and matter-o-factly said "No."

Today (3yrs later) she still claims to have intolerance to lactose and gluten, but eats pizza once a week. Still has daily margs. She's learned to live with "her intolerances."

OverlordCatBug

Good. So Long As That Line Has Been Made Exceptionally Clear

My friend who I worked with and is ~40 thinks dinosaurs are fake. He also went on a legitimate "Squach-hunt" a few years back.

I'm trying to be clear here:

Dinosaur fossils are part of the museum/geologist agenda. Big Foot and Sasquatch are a present-day threat.

iBelieveInSpace

There's Two Here, And They're Both EQUALLY Dumb

"All bad stuff happen on Friday the 13th. 9/11 happened on Friday the 13th.."

"How much is 16-16?"

thisisfdup

Harrison Ford Is irradiating our testicles with microwave transmissions!

Vaccines are the mark of the beast and Bill Gates is trying to inject microchips in people. Or my neighbor who says sea level rise isn't real because ice occupies more volume than water, as if all the ice is currently in the water

Ike_Snopes

Born Is Born Is Born

Someone who will remain unidentified said that I didn't really give birth to my firstborn because c sections don't count, they're the easy way out.

It was an emergency c section because the umbilical cord was getting compressed with every push, after a 56 hour labour with inducing and back labour. 12 years later, the scar still aches if I exercise and my menstrual cramps focus along the scar line. Right. The easy way.

EverElusiveKudo

I...I...I Got Nothing.

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Happy Holocaust.

She thought it was Jewish Christmas.

Bornnothing1

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!