People With Disabilities Reveal The Stupidest Thing Someone Has Said To Them
Think before you speak please.
Disabled does not mean incapable or lacking. So everyone who thinks otherwise needs to check themselves real quick. Disabled people are just as capable as the rest of us when it comes to living a fulfilled, successful life. Listen to the old saying.... "If you have nothing nice to say then.... SHUT THE HELL UP!"
Redditor u/AutisticHelpsYou wanted to hear from everyone disabled and non about the obnoxious things said to those living with disability by asking.... Disabled and mentally ill people of Reddit; what is the stupidest thing someone has said to you about it?
Shut up Ashley!Giphy
I was diagnosed with PTSD at 15, and I'm currently 18. A constant reaction I get is, "But you're too young to have that!"
Thanks Ashley, you're too young to have 3 kids but look where we are. BihexualBun
Stand Still so I can run you over!
From a therapist : "I'm surprised you haven't tried to kill yourself before now." Thanks, that's encouraging that even you think my life sucks so much I should be suicidal.
I use a wheelchair due to a genetic disorder (mitochondrial disease). I have been asked more than once "Can you have kids if you wanted to? Like does it work? Is it normal?" That's getting all up in my business without even buying me dinner first!
I am an adult with all my cognitive abilities, but I use a wheelchair. While waiting for the bus at the mall this women comes up to me, pats me on the head, and asks in a loud and overly simple voice "where's your mommy at?"
More than once I have been asked "do you really need a wheelchair?" Nope, just lazy. Too many times "if only you had more faith, you'd be healed." Right. That's the cause, not my DNA but lack of faith. one_sock_wonder_
Great things come in small packages....
I have achondroplastic dwarfism. I had a woman once ask me, after I told her I was getting driving lessons "Do you need a smaller engine to drive?"
Not a smaller car (which makes... some sense) a smaller engine. What.
Also one dude online insisted I was lying about being a dwarf because "You wouldn't be able to type properly, let alone do programming." Dwarfs have functional fingers mate. Shocking, I know. Usidore_
Eat a candy dear.Giphy
"You don't have an eating disorder, you ate a piece of candy and anorexics don't eat sweets." Said to me by a nutritionist after I gave her my food log for the week. jayrambling
Throat Punch Her!
My sister actually said this to me, and it cut me to the bone. We were talking how she needs to learn to let things go and use her head a bit more and stop acting on her emotional gut reaction for everything:
"You're autistic, you don't have emotions so you wouldn't understand!" blast335
It's YOUR behavior that's a problem!
Not me but my son is. A lady once said "he's well behaved for a retard." I swear to god, I have never wanted to hit someone so bad in my whole life. Anberlin412
Holy s**t. I admire your strength in not handing her her butt in like 15 different ways. ChaoticForkingGood
YOU'RE gonna need crutches soon!
My mum has Multiple Sclerosis. Her neurologist told her 'you've been on this medication for a while, that's a concern, medication shouldn't be used as a crutch.'
Except for the bit where that specific medication is literally a preventative?? Yes she's been on it for 20 years. But also note that her MS has only marginally progressed in those same 20 years?? Hmmmm maybe those two things could possibly be related??
She read him the riot act, he eventually admitted he shouldn't have said that. Better to use the medication as a crutch than literally be on crutches which is where she could well be by now. AllyRose39
Eat to Live.
My dad clamped a hand on my shoulder and pointed around the hotel lawn and said, "Do you see how many fat people there are? What does that tell you? In America, there's so much food you'll get obese before you starve to death. So stop worrying about eating."
I have reactive hypoglycemia and was trying to warn him that my sugar levels were crashing and we had about 20 minutes before things got scary. Because HE had the meal tickets and I couldn't get food without mine. _Green_Kyanite_
"Depression... it's all in your head." Well duh. JesterFX
Or "cheer up." Yeah, thanks. Problem solved. tanew231
Didn't think of that!
"Can't you just be normal?" No, I literally cannot. That's the whole point. Bionicjoker
Just sigh, and go "I wish..." philipptheCat_new
Can I get a cure for you?
"Vaccines cause autism. And autism is a disease that needs a cure." Granted i would love to not have autism. But that's not what a disease is. highcaliberwit
Even if it was a disease, how does this person think we'll prevent it lol. moronicuniform
I wish it upon you then....Giphy
(For an eating disorder)
"Wow, you're so lucky! I wish I had that problem! Ha ha ha!"
It's so hard for me to bite my tongue and be nice because usually the people that say that are nice but just so misinformed. If they SERIOUSLY believe that starving yourself is better than having some chub, then you absolutely have a problem.
I always try to preach that all body types are beautiful and that healthy is beautiful, but my thoughts are always dismissed because, "oh, you don't get it. You're skinny." aaiko42
Disease is Gender Non-Conforming Fool....
"You can't be autistic, you're a girl!"
…Wow. I wasn't aware that having ovaries precluded my brain from being wired like a blind Amish dude tried to build a computer from scratch.
Second best was "but you don't look autistic! You look normal!" I've known you five minutes, Karen. These things take time. But I already know you're a terrible person. budlejari
Just be calm...
"You don't have panic attacks," as I was having a panic attack. ezreading
My narcissist mother tries to argue me out of anxious moments. Literally last night she started overwhelming me with things about my new job and I had to tell her to please stop, I was really anxious about it. She kept trying to "well just one more--" the subject and I had to tell her five times I was going to hang up if she didn't let it go. She finally changed topics and then kept trying to come back to it. She loves to tell me I'm too sensitive and I need to let people talk... "Hey lady, how about you respect my mental health condition and just let it the f**k go???"
The worst thing is she taught psych for fifteen years, you'd think she'd actually have an inkling of an idea how to de-escalate or at least accept her daughter's issues. When I was 22 she actually refused to allow me to go therapy but nope- "How would it look if MY daughter was in therapy?"
At least I can treat and manage my GAD and anxiety. Narcissists won't ever recognize their problems to begin with. BridgetteBane
Be a Zombie....
I don't have an eating disorder, but it's very hard for me to gain weight. A couple of years ago, I really had to put in effort to stay above 60 kg (132 lbs) while I'm 1m87 (6 ft 1). People always told me "I wish I could eat like you without gaining weight" and just laugh when I told them that, whenever I get sick, I look like a zombie and I lose even more weight. People always assume that being fat is the only weight problem people can experience. And pretty much laugh in your face when you tell them otherwise because they don't believe you. ISureDoLikePickles
Just kill me now!
I had an illness where I could not eat fat or drink alcohol.
A frequent comment from people when they learned this was: "I'd kill myself if I couldn't eat cheese!"
And actually, yes, that's what a lot of people with the condition do. It's chronic pancreatitis. Lilac1001
When are you gonna grow a brain?!
Boss with loud, non local, very distinguishable accent, once loudly BOOMED at me in changing rooms at work. At shift start time. The most crowded time of day in there. "So! When are you finally gonna be better from that medical condition of yours?!"
Place went silent. I was having a hard time at the time and snapped back. Very very not like me.
"Well considering its progressive and degenerative and I'm going to end up in a wheelchair. That'll be never. But thank you for reminding me and setting me up for an amazing day" I said. Then exited the room. Was a bundle of nerves after that. But colleagues came and told me they were shocked what she'd said and didn't blame me for my stunned response. It was never spoke of by the boss. TazzMoo
Was having a stupid amount of anxiety so I took a short leave to go to my home town. My dad is not a smart man book wise and asked why I was home. Told him I was just feeling anxious and his response was "well just get over it" and walked away. captainstan
"Why don't you try using essential oils." (instead of my antipsychotics) healthierlurker
Ah yes - like the person who suggested reiki for my brain tumor. shinyhappycat
I Promise to take you with Me!
I have Bi Polar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD.
Once a psychiatrist told me I wasn't really that depressed and when I told him I was having extremely strong suicidal ideations and I was fearful I would attempt suicide he told me "Lets not make promises we can't keep."
Yeah I ended up trying to kill myself. lil_Big_G
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Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?
You're not the only one.
u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.
I Know What I LikeGiphy
My wife and I once argued over whether or not I liked mustard on my hot dog. I was for me liking mustard, she was against me liking mustard.
The argument lasted way longer that you could ever imagine it would.
A Stair Step
My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.
My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.
My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.
We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.
I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.
My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.
With an ex:
"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."
She did not understand this.
I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.
"Now how much do you have in your hand?"
She still didn't understand.
She somehow has a college degree.
When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.
I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.
My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.
His answer was that I was being unfair.
How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."
To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.
A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.
A Non-Standard Ruler?
I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.
Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.
7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.
Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.
Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.
This Unusual Vegan Argument
Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.
He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.
That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."
Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.
Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.
In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.
It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.
Albert or ArnoldGiphy
Whether Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger would be more useful to have around during a Zombie apocalypse. How on earth would Albert Einstein come in handy!?
Below Sea Level
I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.
I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.
This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.
Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.
Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.
An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.
I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.
Whales Are Mammals
I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.
Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.
My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.
No Balloons For Grandma
My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.
He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.
He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.
Spontaneous Dolphin ExistenceGiphy
How dolphins reproduced. It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence. The argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures.
Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day.
I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.
Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.
But ... Ice Floats
Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.
Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.
Time Zones Exist
Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"
"no, it's red"
"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)
The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.
The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.
It was stupid.
Stars Like Our Sun
I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.
I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.
I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.
Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.
Balloon to Heaven
My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky. He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space.
And he got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.
I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.
He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.
It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.
Once got accused of faking being Jewish. Why? I have no clue. We argued over the course of a month, any time I'd bring it up and she heard about it, she'd begin going after me for "faking it".
My mother's side is ethnically Jewish. Grandparents were practicing.
3 friends and I once got into an argument about how to pronounce Nutella. It lasted for about 3-4 months. It was hilarious how serious we took it, it'd get heated but never for real serious.
I think someone even called the company that made it to check, or that may have been for the Cheetos company. We were really bored in high school.
Late to the party, but there it is.
I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.
Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.
Wicked Witch of the West
I almost got into an argument with an old girlfriend over Glinda the good witch from Oz. She insisted that Glinda was manipulating Dorothy to assassinate the Wicked Witch of the West and convince the Wizard to leave to create a political void she could fill.
I conceded the issue when I heard the whole premise because I thought it was too damn stupid to get worked up over.
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Just the other day I legit got in an argument with my co-workers on why I don't like my butt being grabbed by anyone (I'm a guy). Seriously.
They went on about "I don't mind it. Mike and I do it all the time and we don't care." Yeah, that's nice dude, but I'm not you, and there's something called "Keep your hands to yourself" (which was taught to a good portion of us growing up). Just like how Karen wouldn't like it if I touched her boobs or her grabbing your crotch or frankly ANY area you wouldn't like being grabbed, keep away. In general, you should not be touching me in any areas after I've told you not to several times before.
So unless you're sleeping me or dating me, keep your damn hands off my toosh.
My best friend and I argued over whether or not telekinesis was possible. Her argument was that humans don't yet know what the human brain at 100% usage was capable of, and that telekinesis was inside the possibilities.
I said the brain does use 100%, just at different times.
We didn't speak to each other for four days.
How dolphins reproduced and whether or not ghost existed (back to back with the same person). It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence (the argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures).
How it shifted to the existence of ghosts is a solid and reasonable question to ask (I don't remember why). I had to then proceed to tell her that ghost hunting TV shows do not constitute as undeniable evidence.
Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day. This was in high school SO... hopefully she was kidding.
Dogs and ChocolateGiphy
I told this stupid woman that chocolate is toxic to dogs. She went on to tell me how a little bit will just make them hyper and then they will calm down. I told her to google it. Her and her bf shut right up. Now they have a kid. Good luck, Jeremy and Andrea. morons.
I should also add that this argument started because Jeremy was giving his tiny dog chocolate and I told him it was toxic.
Is water wet?
My roommate and I have a recurring argument over whether or not water is wet l, and whether or not a person is considered wet underwater.
For the record, it is no to both questions.
A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.
He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.
One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.
It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.
Green Or Yellow?
When I was about 15 or so my mother and I spent about 20-30 minutes arguing about the color of a shirt. We agreed it was blue/green, but to me it was just a shade more blue, while to her it was just a bit more green.
Turns out, your eyeballs yellow as you age and hers were 24 years yellower than mine, so I think that skewed her color vision.
Stars In Their MultitudeGiphy
I once got in an argument over whether or not a line from the song "Stars" in Les Mis says "...but mine is the way of the lord" or "mine is the way of the law".
I didn't even really care what he thought but he was so adamant and cocky that it got me heated. By the end of it we were shouting at each other and I had to apologize, which I think is what he wanted the whole time.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?" "that's orange" "no, it's red" "orange" "YOU CANT EVEN KNOW".
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.
She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.
We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.
I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"
I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.
I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...
Solid Or Liquid?
Some classmates and I got into a heated debate as to whether or not the human body could count as a soup, salad, or sandwich. The teacher got mad at us, but hey! All we were doing was watching a movie.
For the record, my logic lays with soup- Liquid contained within a solid, at a hot temperature.