Dumbfounded People Share Their Worst 'I'm Surrounded By Idiots' Moment.
People often say, if you're the smartest person in the room, then you're in the wrong room. Well, if you're in a room with any of the people discussed in this article, RUN!
Here are twenty-six of the best "I'm surrounded by idiots" people were willing to share.
Many thanks to the Redditors who posed these questions. You can check out more answers from the sources at the end of this article!
1/26. I had to explain that Halloween, in fact, can never be on Friday the 13th.
2/26. I was hanging around with my friends. One of my friends had just gotten his very own moped. It needed a fill up, so they went to get the jerry can with petrol in it. We were in the middle of an apartment building complex at the patio. My other friend wanted to see how much petrol there was, so he used his lighter to help him see.
I immediately said "stop that! It will catch fire." He did not believe me so they decided to test it by pouring the petrol on the ground and to try lighting it up. The person who was pouring the petrol scared and jumped once the petrol caught on fire and dropped the jerry can. The rest of it splashed to the ground and formed a 10 meter (32 ft) tall fire spiral.
3/26. That one time when I got lost by myself in a Hall of Mirrors.
4/26. Yearly, a local restaurant offers a meal for the price of $1 for their anniversary. They offer a fried chicken with sides or meatloaf with sides. Decided to go only to find a line stretching around the block. Hop in line, waited an hour and a half before I was pretty close. Employee walks out to say "Sorry, we ran out of Chicken. We only have meatloaf."
The mess that erupted after that was astounding. One lady in particular I remember for the amazing quote "Me and my dog have been for 2 hours and we both wanted chicken!". (continued...)
Further up, I hear a bigger commotion. Apparently, one guy got upset about there being no chicken, his friend tried to calm him down, someone else in line made a comment, and all out brawl ensues. Line scatters. Two cops nearby subdue the situation to the best of their ability. Restaurant shuts down for the day. No longer does $1 anniversary special.
That was a nice thing for a while. I miss $1 Fried Chicken day.
5/26. I tried to explain that the moon and sun were not the same size, then all of a sudden found myself having to explain that the sun and the moon were in fact different and not just one side fire one side rock. They all laughed at my crazy theories, then asked if the sun was so far away, why is it in the same sky during the day (on earth) as the moon was at night. They pissed themselves laughing, and I just laughed with them.
6/26. A girl I know once asked why anyone would donate blood. She said that you only got a certain amount for your entire life and giving it away didn't make sense.
7/26. First day of college, girl raises her hand and asks why there are two pacific oceans on the map.
8/26. Geography kid asks south African teacher what part of Afrikaans she's from.
Guy yells "you idiot she's not from Afrikaans she speaks English "
9/26. I was at a small social at my parents house and mentioned something about the National Space Center in Leicester. A girl pipes up and says:
"oh I love taking my son there, he loves it, I just find it amusing because I don't believe in space." (continued...)
I looked at her dumbfounded and asked if she meant she didn't believe in investing money in space exploration. No, she did not believe in space. She simply did not believe that anything existed above the sky, that pictures and videos were all fake and that all space agencies and anyone who claimed to have been to space was lying.
The other girls in the group started nodding in agreement saying things like "Now that you mention it, I've never really seen space".
I just went home.
10/26. Freshman year of college I'm in a math class and we had some random group project to do. A girl in my group informed us she wouldn't be at the next meeting as she was going to have eye surgery. I asked her why and she said "I have genital cataracts" and I said "you mean congenital?" and she gave me an confused looked and everyone backed her up that she really did mean genital and not congenital.
Even after I Google it and show everyone the difference between the two words they proceeded to tell me how you can't believe everything you read on the Internet. I was dumbfounded.
11/26. I met an american woman travelling that got aggressive trying to convince me that blueberry was a flavour and not "a real thing" while obsessively picking out all the little blue/purple "round things" from her blueberry ice cream.
12/26. I was at work and explaining to a co-worker how to put wrap on a cooking wrapping machine and I say "You have to pull it taut." And she just stopped and said "That isn't how you use that word. You can't teach a wrap." And my bosses come in and I had to convince them that taut was a word and they told me that I shouldn't use big words like that all the time. Taut.
13/26. In my exchange year in the USA.
I came from Germany, and in class we had this thing where I introduce myself and everyone asks their questions about me and my country. (continued...)
So this one girl raises her hand and seriously asks Do you have airplanes over there?".
I was completely stunned by this question and had to calmly explain that I actually flew there by plane... but to this day I'm not entirely sure if she maybe just trolled me, I mean, you can't be THAT uneducated?!
14/26. I once had 3 coworkers agree that I was a sucker for taking overtime (that amounted to, before taxes, almost doubling my income on a given day because of time-and-a-half for 3-5 hours) because "they take it all back in taxes".
I tried to clarify and no, they believed it ALL got taken back in taxes. Like, 3 grown men believed that if I worked 4 extra hours in a day at $18 an hour on top of the 10 @ $12 an hour (or however the math worked), my year end income would stay the same because taxes. WHAT.
15/26. I once had an argument that rain was "new water" bestowed to us by the Earth. My friend truly believed that water did not recycle, and the consuming it meant that it never saw the Earth again. Also believed that anything flushed down a toilet or drained was burned and evaporated into nothingness.
16/26. The morning after the EU referendum in the UK. People around me in work: "So, as we're leaving Europe, does that mean there will be eight continents now?"
17/26. Some people in my class thought The Boston Tea Party and The Attack On Pearl Harbor was the same thing.
Note: This was my high school class...
18/26. I'm an American and grew up overseas, and my dad warehoused me (10) and my sister (12) in a boarding school in the UK (Sussex) for a while. We had most recently been living in Isfahan, Iran, and before that Morocco and Lebanon, so were naturally blown away by merry old (green) England.
Other students refused to believe there was a place that was brown all the time, with little/no green. They flat-out told us we were making it up. (continued...)
They insisted that every child in America had a pony and lived on a ranch.
To be fair, they had to tell me that Oklahoma was a state and not just a song, and the reason the Great Lakes didn't fall into the ocean was because of Canada (I'd never seen a map of the continent, just the US). So I guess we were really all kind of idiotic.
19/26. I was a TA in high school for a regular High School, I think it was World History course. So not Honors, not "Academically Enriched", but not quite eating your own feces either.
Anyways, get to class and the power is out so of course everyone is going nuts cause... its dark, I guess? So the teacher still wants to lecture and the kids all groan. That is until one yells out, "Let's watch TV!"
Everyone starts chanting, "TV! TV! TV!" I'll never forget the teacher's face as he looked at me. His eyes filled with disappointment about the future of our country. Unable to realize that no electricity also meant no television. Sad.
20/26. Earth Science, 9th grade. A girl starts asking the teacher about how your Halo works. She explained that it's your body's energy reserve that swirls around you in ultraviolet light. Her question was about how your body keeps it from floating away.
Half the class seemed to actually take her seriously.
21/26. Just yesterday I had to explain to 3 coworkers that humans are animals...
22/26. One time when I was about 15, I was out with a group of my mates, and somehow the conversation got onto the Royal Family (I'm from England). I said something (can't remember what) about the Queen, and then my best friend says to me: "Didn't the Queen die?" and then someone else says "Yeah, she did." Uh... No, she's still alive. (continued...)
I explain this to them, and then my best friends sister says: "No, she's dead, I know she is." So we're all stood there for like 10 minutes arguing over whether the Queen is dead or not, when I eventually say: "Ok, if she's dead, when did she die?" To which my best friend replies: "In 1997, in a car crash I think." I just stare at her and say: "That wasn't the Queen, that was Princess Diana." And then another girl says: "Oh, so it was the Queen's daughter that died?" And after that I just gave up.
23/26. Was on a job site and we had to pump out a dam to do some maintenance on some pipework. Supervisor gets a pump organized, it gets dropped off, we are good to go.
So the guys get all the poly line in place, fire up the pump aaaaandd... no water is moving. Supervisor declares the pump to be faulty. I ask if anybody primed it. I get a blank look. After explaining to him that it would need to be primed, he decides to humour me. I tip a bucket of water in the wet end. And another. And another. This thing is not filling up. I enquired as to whether there was a gate valve fitted to the intake pipe. More blank looks. And this time they refused to believe anything more I said.
They ran that pump for a good 3hrs expecting it to build pressure somehow. I sat in the truck and smoked cigarettes while they proceeded to burn out the wet end of a very expensive pump.
Biggest bunch of idiots I've ever had to work with.
24/26. Grew up in the UK and moved to the US and had the following conversation.
Her: What language do you speak where you come from?
Her: No, I mean what actual language did you speak as you grew up?
Me: I grew up in England and they speak English there
Her: You don't understand we speak English in America, what language did you speak before moving here?
25/26. Story 1:
I'm in America on a train.
Woman: "Are you British?"
Woman: "Do you know Prince Harry and that lot?"
Do you know Barack Obama?
I told Story 1 on an AskReddit post, and countless people started replying with "No American said "that lot"." Have you guys ever heard of paraphrasing? I really am surrounded by idiots!
26/26. Someone came into the shop and asked to change out the air in her tires from "summer air" to "winter air".
Whoops. That snip was just a hair too far....
Your first bad haircut probably made you want to die a little when you looked in the mirror. Imagine how the person cutting your hair must have felt. Although, maybe they didn't care at all, as evidenced by the bs excuse they gave you when you finished in the barber chair.