What Is the Dumbest Question You've Ever Been Asked in Your Entire Life?
There are some questions that beggar belief, others asked in all innocence and some as a wind up. I was recently asked : Why They Don't Hold a Drug Addicts Olympics then there'll be no Controversy Over Doping?
My former sister-in-law, who was a bit of a dim bulb, was at my house one evening while I watched the 6 o'clock news. A report about a suicide bombing somewhere in the middle east came up and the anchor said "6 people were killed, including the bomber."
My sister in law, genuinely stunned, said "Wait...they blow THEMSELVES up too?"
I sez "Well, if they didn't, they wouldn't be called 'suicide' bombers, now would they?"
That would be a pretty poorly trained suicide bomber who wasn't blown up in a suicide bomb attack! Reminds me of a 70s Python book with the advert : London Suicide Club in need of new members. Please phone .....(not sure it's PC in current climate)
There are SO MANY questions which are totally self-explanatory to a person of modicum intelligence. However, there ARE people who simply persist in asking elementary/rudimentary questions because the mind does not stop at the top floor so to speak. I have been asked so many self-explanatory questions that are......beyond incredulous. The dumbest question asked of me was if the elevator was going up or down with the elevator sign pointing.......DOWN. I wanted to be snarky, telling the person that the elevator was going UP but I decided to be a nice person, answering honestly.
I think my favorite is dumb because of the time and place. I was in my oncologist's office, trying to explain to an endless array of bean counters how I would pay for my treatment without insurance. I filled out lots of forms, and listed my job as self-employed, because I'm an artist. When my copy of what was entered into the computer was printed out, it said I was unemployed, so we had to go three rounds about the fact that no insurance didn't mean no job.
Finally I get into the office to see the doctor, and his nurse started asking me the same questions I'd already answered on the forms, which were sitting right in front of her, and entering them into yet another computer. When she got to my job, she asked me what I did, and I said, "I'm an artist".
She looked at me like I had two heads, and asked, "Do you make money for that? I mean, do people pay you to do that?"
Yes, they do. But she just wouldn't believe it, and kept asking how that worked. Finally, I'd had enough of the quizzing, and said, "Listen. I own a house. I pay a mortgage and bills. I pay taxes. I have a retirement fund. I just have an unusual way of making the money that makes that happen. OK?"
End of discussion. Everyone in the office treated me much nicer after that.
OK.....My son would probably not be too happy to know I'm sharing this, but I doubt he'll ever see this. so what the hell.
Several years back when he & my DIL had 2 small kids, she & I were having a discussion about kids. She asked me how old Paul (my son HER husband) was when he first walked. I replied," he was 10 months." Apparently Paul was listening to us and he turned to me and said, "How do you know?"......Yes, he did. My DIL and I both sat there staring at him with our mouths open. I finally said, "Oh, I don't know Paul, I suppose the neighbors told me!" He still didn't seem to realize what he'd just asked me.....or, as my DIL said later on as we were laughing hysterically, "Hmmm, Gosh Mom, maybe he doesn't recognize you!" LMAO!!!
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