Stupidist things youve heard people say

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maninahat:

canadamus_prime:

maninahat:

I still don't get it - how long does a video take to upload onto youtube?

Not sure if serious. In the event you are serious, anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the size of the video file and your Internet connection.

Is it a silly question? I mean, I can figure out for myself that bigger files obviously take longer, but I only wanted to know how much longer. If you don't happen to know what the upload rate of something is, or how long youtube takes to process an upload, then for all the layman knows, a thirty second video could take six hours.

That is kinda what I said. It's not a silly question.

Hmm.. Ton of things I've heard has been pretty stupid, but the most recent one I can remember would be, "just don't use periods." in the response of a kid complaining about sentences. It made me giggle, this is a Sohpmore in highschool, legitly believes periods are optional. His paper didn't use any grammar. I think the US education system isn't...very good..

MrCollins:

Grouchy Imp:
>snip<

Wow, I cannot believe that he can even function as a human being, he must just be some genius satirist, out to show the way society now holds up in admiration the stupid.

I hope so, I really do. Because if he is genuinely that challenged by simple things then we as a nation could be in serious bloody trouble.

I had a girl tell me evolution meant we where direct descendants from trees.

Yep, we're screwed.

Vault101:

SonOfVoorhees:
Anyone who uses the term "african american" to describe themselves eventhough they were born in America. Your just American regardless if your black. If your African born and come to America, then your an African American. Overall the term is stupid, in the UK we dont say a person is African British.

actually I thourght it was a completly valid way of identifying somones racial lineage, like white people being called "anglo saxon"

"black people" doesnt sound as good

Hey! Not every white is from one of the saxonian countries.

I have heard lots of stupid things from my family my grandmother believes the moon landing is causing natural disasters now, she also told me not to kick waves because it would make them angry and they would take me out to sea.

Vault101:
I dont mean this to be a hate thread...people both smart and dumb somtimes say the most hilarious things

my example is from my mum a couple of days ago....we were in the city and I met up with her and dad after visiting the comicbook store, I took one out while we were waiting for my brother and she casually asked

"do you read them?"

I had to pause and then say "no...I throw them in the trash" she then said "well I dont know mabye you just looked at the pictures" she then addmitted it was a pretty dumb thing to say

"Why does Shizune have glasses if she is deaf?"

This coming from a serious discussion about Katawa Shoujo.

I /facepalmed so hard.

Five years ago, in my Gr. 9 English class, we were doing Greek mythology. Yes, I'm serious. It's part of the school board's curriculum.
Anyways, we came to the God of war. As anyone with half a brain can tell you, it's Aries. Some moron put his hand in the air, waving it furiously like he wanted to show off his supreme incredible vast non-existent intellect and when the teacher called on him, he proudly proclaimed that the answer was "Kratos". Then people laughed at him and he looked really embarassed.

Mine isn't strictly a one sentence statement as a conversation that made no sense.

I'm sitting at a desk in my schools computer lab and the teacher who's a prick is sitting at his desk in the corner of the room, now the computer is a mac with no tower so everythings inside the monitor itself.

Can I see what you've done on the computer?

Yeah here. I turn the screen because it's a desktop he's sitting at his desk and hasn't gotten up and I can't move it because of the whole plugged in thing.

I can't see it.

I turn the brightness all the way up and tilt the screen.

He continues to stare at me so I ask him if he wants me to take the monitor and bring it to him.

After class he tells me he won't put up with me disturbing the rest of the class that has 3 other people in it.

I remember when I was in 5th grade we we're discussing colors and the light spectrum and a student asked "What about in the 1950s when everything was black & white?"

He actually thought that people WERE seen in grayscale in reality. The teacher had to gently explain that it was prior to the widespread usage of color film and not the way the world actually looked as the rest of the class snickered amongst themselves.

canadamus_prime:

maninahat:

canadamus_prime:

Not sure if serious. In the event you are serious, anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the size of the video file and your Internet connection.

Is it a silly question? I mean, I can figure out for myself that bigger files obviously take longer, but I only wanted to know how much longer. If you don't happen to know what the upload rate of something is, or how long youtube takes to process an upload, then for all the layman knows, a thirty second video could take six hours.

That is kinda what I said. It's not a silly question.

Ah okay. I guess it's like someone asking "how fast do cars go?" Though the answer is "depends on the car", a helpful answer is more like "well some race cars can go up to 250 mph, but many road cars can't get much beyond 100".

So what I would like to know, all you non-Americans, is why you can't seem to understand that our sales tax system is just DIFFERENT. You realize how big America is right? You realize the huge disparity in cost of living right? You realize that not every city has the same public works projects right? The sales taxes are applied by county because every county has very different expenditures. Here's an example for my home state of California. Sales taxes range from 7.5% to 10%
http://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/pam71.htm
http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub71.pdf
http://www.boe.ca.gov/cgi-bin/rates.cgi
It would not be very economic for large retail companies to hire people just to calculate sales tax for each store location, especially when these retailers usually have several stores within a single county. And on top of that, if you live somewhere for any amount of time, you will inevitably know by heart how much sales tax is for where you live. It may not be what non Americans are used to, but this is our system, and it works a lot better than taxing the same across the board. So yea, if you go to another country and expect things to be exactly the same, then you are definitely going to be in for a surprise.

Morpheus71:
Couple of years ago I was in the local supermarket with my 3yo daughter. We were at the deli and I had just finished explaining to my youngun to be careful of the glass where the roast chickens etc are, as it is very hot. Anyhoo, a little old lady with little old lady wrinkley legs and soforth is standing beside us. My little girl, bless her soul, walks up to the senior citizen, gently grabs her by the hand, and, full of concern, says "Excuse me lady, you might want to step back from the glass. I think your legs are melting." Thankfully, the sweet old thing got as much of a giggle from this as i did.

This is the thread for stupid things you've heard, not for the most brilliant!

Anathrax:
News show about one of the 6 gazillion Egyptian Riots:

"I was standing at the gates of _______ and I found... sorry for the choice of words here... 300 pounds in someone's butt"

Seriously. It happened.

"Absurdist art installations rife across North Africa as unrest deepens."

AT God:
The first one that came to mind is more opinionated, I personally think it is stupid but it is technically an opinion.

Someone in my family believes that Obama is a Kenyan Muslim extremist who supports the Taliban and has a secret agenda to make the United States a completely socialist nation due to his jihadist beliefs.

I understand how some people may agree with parts of that statement, but to believe all that is pretty stupid.

To believe any of that is massively stupid. Have you considered telling that person the difference between socialism and jihad?

TizzytheTormentor:
"What weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?"
The answer is both weigh the same, but it you answer quickly, you will instinctively say bricks right? Well a friend answered with feathers, we asked him why and he said "well, feather weigh a lot when they are together" What?

You too, eh? My teacher asked the class about this one in fifth grade. I think 5 of them replied feathers (my class had 8 people so that's more than half). They even considered me stupid for saying they were just as heavy (I had heard it before).

Yopaz:

TizzytheTormentor:
"What weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?"
The answer is both weigh the same, but it you answer quickly, you will instinctively say bricks right? Well a friend answered with feathers, we asked him why and he said "well, feather weigh a lot when they are together" What?

You too, eh? My teacher asked the class about this one in fifth grade. I think 4 of them replied feathers (my class had 8 people so that's more than half). They even considered me stupid for saying they were just as heavy (I had heard it before).

... You sure about that?

The most inane, stupid thing my friend has ever said to me is:

"Hey, let's play Fire Emblem Thracia 776."

Fuck him.

TheDstryr9:

Yopaz:

TizzytheTormentor:
"What weighs more, a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?"
The answer is both weigh the same, but it you answer quickly, you will instinctively say bricks right? Well a friend answered with feathers, we asked him why and he said "well, feather weigh a lot when they are together" What?

You too, eh? My teacher asked the class about this one in fifth grade. I think 4 of them replied feathers (my class had 8 people so that's more than half). They even considered me stupid for saying they were just as heavy (I had heard it before).

... You sure about that?

Wow, that typo made my post among the more stupid ones in this thread. It was supposed to be 5. Well, I feel stupid.

"Y'know those oily thing you can get on a pizza? Er... Anchovies. Did you know they're fish!?"

That... Came from a pretty smart gal...

Honestly, I have so many really dumb things said to me on a day to day basis it's hard to keep up...

"Help! How do I know I'm the mother of my child?! What if my husband cheated on me and I had her kid?"

I don't know whether she was trolling or if she should remove herself from the gene pool.

Aaron Sylvester:
There are a number of people out there who firmly believe that the human eye cannot tell the difference between 30 fps, 60 fps or 120 fps (fps = frames per second or framerate) when it comes to watching videos or even playing videogames.

So I'll still keep this "30 fps myth" at the back of my mind as one of the stupidest things people can say, and one of the stupidest arguments one can make. Having used a 120hz monitor over the past year, the difference is so mind-blowingly obvious it's not even funny :P

To be fair, most people have to be actively looking to consciously notice a difference between those.

It's certainly there, but it's relatively subtle, and if you're not actively looking, it's very easy to think it appears the same.

a couple days ago i was sitting in my garage with my brother. eventually something in conversation that neither of us knew, requiring one of us to look it up on our smartphones.

as soon as i say we should look it up he says "that's what are for". i couldn't help but pause and look at him like he was retarded "no, that is not what they were made for. i highly doubt Alexander Grahambell designed the telephone with application of posting on twitter!". really shows how technological advance really changes how we think of things :P

One kid in a class talked about how he believed that the government caused 9/11, and how the government might be putting population control drugs in the water. I pretty much wanted to claw my ears out every time he opened his fucking mouth. FYI, this was a college class.

I will just leave this here... seriously what a thicko.

"Get off the escapist and get back to work!" -- my boss. Ridiculous, right?

"I speak Braille!"

I could not stop laughing. It was just too much.

I've got two. First, my 5th grade teacher was wondering why she couldn't find "fridge" in the dictionary. I had to remind her that it was called a "refrigerator".

Secondly, I was in Hawaii and we got a lesson in how many acres of sugar cane it takes to make a packet of sugar. At this point, a woman asks how many pounds of coffee beans it takes to make a one pound bag of coffee beans.

Vault101:

SonOfVoorhees:
Anyone who uses the term "african american" to describe themselves eventhough they were born in America. Your just American regardless if your black. If your African born and come to America, then your an African American. Overall the term is stupid, in the UK we dont say a person is African British.

actually I thourght it was a completly valid way of identifying somones racial lineage, like white people being called "anglo saxon"

"black people" doesnt sound as good

I have never met an African American. I've met several black people though.

Just about any "Theory" (notice the quotes) people come up with on the fly. You know like "here is my theory if you like rap your selfish because most rap songs are selfish." Umm no. At best its a hypothesis, most likely it's a wild guess.

A few years ago at school a teacher asked if the students have ever been in a situation that after their friend has been bugging them to talk and the ONLY time they respond, the teacher punishes them. This led to quite a few students raising their hands and one of the girls who rose their hand to comment, "That happens to me all the time!"

Eddie the head:
Just about any "Theory" (notice the quotes) people come up with on the fly. You know like "here is my theory if you like rap your selfish because most rap songs are selfish." Umm no. At best its a hypothesis, most likely it's a wild guess.

Don't try to apply the scientific definition of theory to the everyday world. You just need to slap anyone who says "just a theory".

I would have to nominate myself for this thread

(in a serious chemistry discussion with my brother i have a mental blank and forget that water is H2O)

brother : (asking a question about Acetic acid)

Me: whats water again?

I meant it along the lines of "whats the chemical composition of water"

either way its still an incredibly dumb thing to ask.

VoidWanderer:

"Jesus is man's sin made manifest!"

im gonna use this from now! :D

OP:
one of my relatives:"pffft. Britain is not in Europe! its a totally different continent!."
i didn't know what to say. so i just stared at him for like 10 seconds.

one of my classmates argued for like 30 minutes that length can be negative. it was the dumbest argue with a teacher i have ever heard!

Morpheus71:
Couple of years ago I was in the local supermarket with my 3yo daughter. We were at the deli and I had just finished explaining to my youngun to be careful of the glass where the roast chickens etc are, as it is very hot. Anyhoo, a little old lady with little old lady wrinkley legs and soforth is standing beside us. My little girl, bless her soul, walks up to the senior citizen, gently grabs her by the hand, and, full of concern, says "Excuse me lady, you might want to step back from the glass. I think your legs are melting." Thankfully, the sweet old thing got as much of a giggle from this as i did.

That's precious. Similarly, my little brother when he was 3 or so had his first encounter with a black person when a black woman came to our door selling something. When my mother stepped away to get her purse or something, my brother just walked up to her and said, "Why are you black?" My other brother and I were old enough to have learned that this can be a taboo question, so we just cringed. Luckily she didn't miss a beat and just said, "Well, you know it's because God left me in the oven a little bit longer." That satisfied my brother and he happily walked away.

As for actual examples of idiocy (as opposed to wonderful childish naivety):

"The reason you should all be Christians is because our religion is unique. No other religion has someone who was resurrected."

Also, while a lot of silly things got said about the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown in Japan, a lot of that I can attribute to a combination of fear, concern, or just lack of information. But two real gems of idiocy stand out:

1) Someone on some forum (I think here actually) tried to insist to me that the entire country of Japan had been destroyed. The fact that I had lived there after the earthquake/tsunami/meltdown seemed to anger this person.

2) There's a contingent of bitter non-Japanese formerly living in Japan who buy into conspiracy theories about the nuclear danger from Fukushima being greater than it is because it satisfies their need to feel smarter than Japanese authorities and feeds their delusion that Japan would be a better country if they just did everything the way foreigners want them to. Anyway, during the height of this crazy, someone started a conspiracy theory that one of the contaminants released at Fukushima wasn't just radioactive, wasn't just toxic in the local area, but was going to imminently destroy all life on Earth.

Rastelin:

Res Plus:
You talk about the Holocaust at parties? Your parties sound different, maybe I am doing it wrong, it would explain a lot!

We know each others drinking stories already. So we are forced to dissect human history for topics to explore.

Don't get me wrong, not a criticism, sounds like my sort of party.

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