Have you ever looked at someone after they've asked you a question and wondered,"How have you managed to live this long?" Or, even better: "Did I really just hear that?"
It hurts even more once you realize they're not pulling your leg.
I wish I could say this hasn't happened to me more times than I can count, but the human race has a way of disappointing me in ways nothing else can.
Sadly, we all run into these people (and their questions).
People shared their stories after Redditor Mylefthoof asked the online community:
"Even though there are no dumb questions, what is the dumbest question you've ever been asked?"
"What made it particularly weird..."
"Do you have Christmas in the UK?"
"What made it particularly weird was that we'd literally just been discussing the movie Love, Actually, which is both very British and very Christmas-y."
Did they not realize that Love Actually takes place in the UK? People really don't pay attention, do they?
"Where do I even begin?"
"I'm in IT management. Where do I even begin? 'There's an error on the screen that says I need to restart to complete the update, what should I do?'"
I think I would scream.
At some point, I would scream.
"A coworker of mine, without any context, asked me, 'Is Ash Wednesday this Friday?'"
Did you tell them to think about their question for a little longer?
Just... a... little... longer?
"During my exchange year in the US, I was sitting in my English class and we had a few minutes until class started, when one of the guys I spoke regularily to, suddenly turns and asks me if I could speak English since I'm from Germany."
"I calmly asked him in what language we had been speaking just a second ago. It was pretty hilarious and even our teacher had a good laugh with us."
"In short: Guy asked me if I could speak English, while we were talking in English."
Perhaps his brain short-circuited – let's cut him some slack.
"I was not able to convince her..."
"But why do you eat apples? You're a vegetarian, you can't eat that."
"I was not able to convince her that being vegetarian doesn't mean to only eat roots."
This implies that vegetarians give up everything that could possibly taste good in favor of roots.
This person really needs to expand their palate.
"Once when I was in a tech support group..."
"Once when I was in a tech support group I literally had a guy email me and ask for my email address."
But... but WHERE did they think they were sending their message?
"Being that I was in the aft galley..."
"I'm a flight attendant and while waiting to deplane a passenger in the back of the aircraft asked me if I worked the flight. Being that I was in the aft galley and literally had no way of magically appearing on the plane I was pretty confused."
Did they think that you were dressed in your flight attendant uniform for fun or what?
"Thankfully it was asked..."
"Are you a real black person? Your skin is too light."
"Thankfully it was asked by a little kid, but it was so stupid that I still laugh about that years later."
Imagine if this was an adult.
Actually, I don't need to imagine it.
Adults say dumb stuff like this all the time.
"I was talking to my nephew..."
"I was talking to my nephew about how Albert Einstein only started talking at the age of two. He then looked me in the eyes and asked me in an adorably serious manner, 'Did Albert Einstein invent words?' I forget how smart 11 year olds are meant to be, but it made me chuckle."
So what you're saying is... this kid isn't an Einstein.
"Once my mom..."
"Once my mom had to have part of a lung removed due to cancer. Afterwards, the doctor showed us the imaging that showed the remaining cancer spread through the rest of her lungs, which we already knew about. My dad asked him why they didn't remove all of her lungs."
Are you sure your dad wasn't going for a perfectly timed dad joke?
Did your brain explode reading these? We wouldn't blame you. Humans are so frustrating.
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