"Damn I used to be stupid."

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I'm sure most of you have felt this way at one point or another. You have a sudden flashback to childhood/teenage years and think "Was I really stupid enough to do/believe that?" So, why not share the things that, looking back, were really, REALLY dumb.


So, what have you done/said in the past that you think is exceptionally dumb.

That...doesn't seem like a stupid thing to do.

I put a staple through my thumb in grade 5 because I wondered what it would feel like. I also used to walk along the dividing wall between a playground and a car park. The drop on the car park side was about 20 feet down to solid concrete.

I also used to believe that girls did not any play video games at all, because they would never be interested in such a pursuit. Just couldn't wrap my little brain around it.

I only had one console as a kid and the was the original Playstation.
Anytime I wanted to rent a Sonic game my dad would see the word Sega on the box and tell me that I can't play it because we didn't have a Sega console, and I believed him.
Took me a few years to realize that he didn't know what he was talking about; they were most definitely Playstation games and they MOST DEFINITELY would have played on it too.

Back in my freshman year in High School, I was ignorant of the fact that Alaska was actually part of the United States. I learned this the hard way when discussing Sarah Pallin in History class. X(

It's funny really, I knew Hawaii was a part of the U.S. despite the fact that it isn't part of the mainland. Why I didn't know or remember that Alaska was part of the U.S. I'll never know.

I was a teenage girl. Doesn't that say it all? Especially in the late 90's when the internet was ramping up. ... Yeah. We'll leave it there.

(No, there is no porn.)

Oh boy, I'm constantly having embarrassing flashbacks. Mainly about asking girls out. I'm glad that's over with.

uchytjes:
OP

If I were that girl my response to this topic would be "Damn I used to be stupid, referring to myself in 3rd person".
But since I am not her OR AM I? DUN DUN DUN, my response is... Hmm, I can't seem to thing of something really stupid that can't be dismissed by "I was really young". I remember saying a long time ago that winter came because the sun got colder, but honestly, I think the vast majority of people thought it was that way at some point.

Well, most people would like to think they are constantly learning and improving themselves, right?

So, they'd forever be looking back at themselves X years ago and thinking how foolish they were.

scorptatious:
Back in my freshman year in High School, I was ignorant of the fact that Alaska was actually part of the United States. I learned this the hard way when discussing Sarah Pallin in History class. X(

It's funny really, I knew Hawaii was a part of the U.S. despite the fact that it isn't part of the mainland. Why I didn't know or remember that Alaska was part of the U.S. I'll never know.

It is likely because it is attached to the Yukon while Hawaii isn't attached to anything.

OP: My old sensai used to threaten to hang me upside down by my ankles from the chains on the ceiling if I didn't do my situps properly and I used to believe him XD. I can't believe I actually believed he would.

Nope I have the opposite. Damn I used to be clever. Inexperienced sure, but clever. Now I have the experience my brain is too wrecked to do anything with it.

Damn, I used to be stupid.

That's something I just recently thought...about something I had recently done.

It's all in the past now! Because I experience time in a linear fashion, always moving forward.

There's always tomorrow! Time enough to regret something I say today. Not this post though, that's a bit too meta.

torno:
I only had one console as a kid and the was the original Playstation.
Anytime I wanted to rent a Sonic game my dad would see the word Sega on the box and tell me that I can't play it because we didn't have a Sega console, and I believed him.
Took me a few years to realize that he didn't know what he was talking about; they were most definitely Playstation games and they MOST DEFINITELY would have played on it too.

Wait, wait, wait... if they were Sonic games and all you had was an original Playstation, your dad was right. Sonic games were never made for a non-Sega system (excluding PC) until after the Dreamcast died.

OT: The only thing that sticks out for me at the moment was how when I recently was reading an old fanfiction I wrote years ago, I realized how stupid I was in the realm of guns. Particularly how I didn't realize that games like 007 Nightfire didn't call guns by their real names at all, or how I thought it was perfectly reasonable for someone to dual-wield a pistol in one hand and an assault rifle in another... stupid crap like that.

Well, considering at one point of my life I believed I could fly and proceeded to test my belief... yes, I used to be quite the dumb kid.

It was a very painful lesson. That I had to learn twice.

At 19 I decided that I was pretty tough and took a bet with a mate that I could beat a kangaroo in a fight.

Woke up in hospital a day later with several broken ribs and a nasty gash on my stomach lesson learned.

Someone referring to themselves in the third person to tell you they like you is not a stupid thing to look. Because that's just stupid in the first place.

OT: I used to think that women legally weren't allowed to smoke, and that people on TV weren't real. But then I was 3, so nur.

Well since hindsight is 20/20 we say this too ourselves most of our lives. Just try not to let it get ya down too much ;P

As for me going away to college has left me with plenty of time to think about stupid stuff I've done in the past. I'll just leave the most innocent one of how i quit playing the piano in the 5th grade due to what I felt like was extreme pressure. Now I'm like.... 4 trophies and if I stayed I could be semi-professional..... Damnnit >.>

I write as a hobby, and i'm no exception to the old adage that a writer is his worst critic. Any time i go back and read any of my old stories, I groan at how bad it is.

I would share some with you guys, but you can't exactly unburn paper.

I think it every 6-8 months when I look back on things I wrote, or worked on. It's a combination of the expression,refinement of opinions or knowledge, and methodology.

uchytjes:
I'm sure most of you have felt this way at one point or another. You have a sudden flashback to childhood/teenage years and think "Was I really stupid enough to do/believe that?" So, why not share the things that, looking back, were really, REALLY dumb.


So, what have you done/said in the past that you think is exceptionally dumb.

When precisely did you realize this? Was it already too late, or more a "the moment has passed" thing?

i was going to water my garden with a hose pipe. Told my mum to turn the water on...i had the hose.......i decided to test my reflexes....so I looked down the hose end. I thought I could see the water coming and move super quick like..

Didn't work...hit me in the eye and i was on the floor in pain. Could of been worse...could of caused actual damage

Pretty much everything that happened in my life between the ages of 14-24 falls into this category. Like the saying goes: "Old enough to have an opinion on everything but too young to know about anything."

Lonewolfm16:

When precisely did you realize this? Was it already too late, or more a "the moment has passed" thing?

I realized it about a year after the fact. It was too late, so oh well.

any programmer can tell you how stupid they feel when they look at anything they wrote more than a month back.

I still am stupid. Wat.

I used to be a weeaboo, and then I stopped being that stupid, though.

I once genuinely believed that 'Water World' was a good movie and thought that Pokemon (original version, first to hit America) was anything but utter crap solely designed to sell cheaply made, crappy toys and card games.

Skywolf09:

torno:
I only had one console as a kid and the was the original Playstation.
Anytime I wanted to rent a Sonic game my dad would see the word Sega on the box and tell me that I can't play it because we didn't have a Sega console, and I believed him.
Took me a few years to realize that he didn't know what he was talking about; they were most definitely Playstation games and they MOST DEFINITELY would have played on it too.

Wait, wait, wait... if they were Sonic games and all you had was an original Playstation, your dad was right. Sonic games were never made for a non-Sega system (excluding PC) until after the Dreamcast died.

Whoops, I guess I'm still just as stupid. I could swear it said "playstation" on the box but I guess I'm just remembering things wrong.

uchytjes:
I'm sure most of you have felt this way at one point or another. You have a sudden flashback to childhood/teenage years and think "Was I really stupid enough to do/believe that?" So, why not share the things that, looking back, were really, REALLY dumb.


So, what have you done/said in the past that you think is exceptionally dumb.

When I was 12, I thought I would act stupidly in the future (during puberty). When I was 14, I realized that I was stupid the past two years. When I was 16, I realized I was stupid two years prior. Here at 19, I have finally realized...

That I was stupid two years prior and that I will continue to be stupid as I am a human and humans are stupid.

I never said stupid that much in such quick succession. It doesn't even sound like a word anymore.

God I am stupid.

CoffeeJack:
I also used to walk along the dividing wall between a playground and a car park. The drop on the car park side was about 20 feet down to solid concrete.

used to do something similar, me and my friends growing up used to love climbing trees, and back behind my friends neighborhood was this random odd forest with shit tons of em really close together, so we would get close to the tops of most of them (30ish feet in the air) and sway back and forth and try to grab two trees at once, or jumping from tree top to tree top, hell once in the winter (yes, we were that stupid) we got towards the top and i slipped and fell a solid 10 feet then was magically caught by a "hand of god" tree branch filled to the brim with snow for a nice cushion.

you'd think i'd have been hit with common sense and have gotten down...nope, went right back up and kept fooling around.

mmm another fun one i like to remind myself of.

playing soccer in my backyard with my brothers, was probably 14 at the time, they were quite smaller than me so i could physically move them out of the way just by using my weight or position, so it was pretty easy and i was basically an unstoppable force when i chose to push them out of the way (not with my arms, just using my shoulders or hips), and we had about 8 trees in our backyard that we used as defenders on the field,(gerthy motherfuckers too, 2.5 foot diameter on a few of them at least), and for some reason my brain thought "hm..that tree is gonna block our shot to the goal, if we move fast enough, we can move it out of the way", which as you can imagine, i proceed to sprint full on into this tree (chest open, not like i braced myself) and bounce off like a ball hitting a brick wall, in which i proceeded to gasp out for air as i got the shit knocked right out of me, not to mention i was bleeding all over my chest (that fucking bark scratched the hell out of me) and was woozy as hell.

pants.on.head.retarded.

Age 15. I got word that a friend of mine (female mind you) was being name called behind her back. Now, instead of just leaving it alone, I told her over text. Doesn't sound that stupid, until I stated in the text the name being called on her... she was piiiiiiised at me. At that moment I felt like face palming, head desking, and self pile driving my ass straight to Hell GODDAMN WHY DID I SAY THAT OVER TEXT!!! Worst part was the guilt, I didn't talk to her for 4 MONTHS after that over text conversation. I literally had no courage to face her ever again. Eventually I got the courage, and had to make such a heartfelt apology. She even put me down a notch with a rant on my stupidity, but what can I do? She was right...

Goddamn Teenage IQ of 6....

When I was in high school I used to have some pretty fucked up right wing views (even though I never considered myself right wing) because of my father. Looking back some of the shit I used to say disgusts me now, like saying the government shouldn't have to apologise to the Aboriginals because all that "happened in the past and we're not responsible for it". Ugh. I feel so ashamed when I think back on it.

was stupid, am stupid, will always be stupid, I can easily forgive myself that way

Maybe nothing too dumb but

In 5th grade or so, had the thinking out loud moment of "I thought only girls had blues eyes and blond hair" thankfully the chum (?) behind me, who was nearly double my size in muscle and height, who had blonde hair and blue eyes was cool, and just glared like I was dumb...I think he became one of my best friends the year after that, heh.

I wanted to 'remodel' my Ghostbusters firehouse to fit in more so with my Aliens toys, so I figured melting the roof open would be good, set it on fire, and a bit of my bed. The worst part was I didn't want to be caught, so as I ran out of my room I swung the door quickly shut behind me, to fetch water, run back, swing the door, splash a cup of water, need more water, fan the flames a bit more with door, return with more water, splash, fan the flames, return with more water, splash, fan the flames, some how the fire just kept getting a bit bigger each time I returned to my room, hmm. Thankfully (?) the fire alarm went off.

Another time playing with fire, I set my thumb on fire.

ooh, Girl tells me she likes me story, thanks OP you just reminded me. So, at a point when I'm not really interested in girls too much, thought they were cute but the whole having to pay attention to someone else sounded dumb, and I didn't see the point of boyfriend/girlfriend -ing in 2nd, or 3rd grade or so? So I'm playing outside my home, with my cousin, a neighbor girl and her younger brother, we're all like, "we X-Men!" they pick first, typical picks like Wolverine, and Beast or whatever, she picks Jean Grey and Rogue, I pick Gambit (cause Gambit's awesome) and Cyclops (cause screw you Cyclops is also awesome), she then pulls me aside and tells me she picked Jean Grey and Rogue in hopes that I'd pick at least Gambit or Cyclops because she liked me - total panic, brain fart, stutter, what do I do asks my brain. Run around have fun for a while, then my mother comes by later, and we're all walking across the street, and my brain goes "I got it!" and I go, "okay brain, take the lead" and I shout out, because I didn't want to hurt her feelings, cause if I said something like, I don't like you, that would be mean, so "I'm Gay!" seemed like the best response. "No you're not." replies my mother mockingly...damn think fast, "Uh huh, I saw a penis, and I liked it!" says I. That's making me blush of stupidity even now, also it took me a few years to figure out she was pretty cool too.

My family was at a Christmas Party several years ago. I was probably 10 years old and I was bored from listening to old people. I wanted to get down off of my Dad's lap to walk around, but he wouldn't let me. He was being playful about it sayin' "nope, not gonna let you down" and whatnot, he was in a pretty good mood. I was known for having a rock hard head because I tended to get hit in the head...a lot. A. LOT. So I figured I'd bonk my dad's forehead with the back of my head so he'd let me down. I was obviously a lot shorter than him so when I swung my head back...I smacked him right in the nose. He didn't need to go to the hospital, but he would've spanked me so hard if we hadn't been in public. I'd never been so scared.

Moral of the story: If you try to jokingly hurt someone, you might just hurt them reeeeeeeally badly. Rock hard skull-to-the-nose badly.

I used to be a Christian.

I used to be a 'nice guy'.

I used to think homosexuals were freaks.

I used to think keeping my opinion to myself would help me in the long run.

I used to think the ends wouldn't justify the means.

I often look as at a random highs school kid on the street and get reminded of how dumb I was and have flashbacks.
But better to be dumb when you are young than dumb when you are older.

I once wanted to have Dinosaur toys, but haven't got any, so I went and cut some from one Encyclopedia I found laying in our house, the glued them on cardboard and proceeded to play with them. My mom wasn't exactly happy when she found out.

Or me and my friends used to play games like, who will climb 8 stories big building the fastest and so forth.
God I was dumb one.

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