It sticks out like a flaming tree in the middle of a forest. There's something about the person who you're talking with that's a little off. Their hair? No, that's not it. Their face? Maybe. Their intelligence? Yeah, that's what it is. Hard to forget someone who's so dumb you remember them for years and then write about it on the internet.
Reddit user, u/aspiringmaga, wanted to hear about the dumbest of the dumb when they asked:
So Abe Lincoln Was #5?Giphy
I had a guy at work tell me that Benjamin Franklin was the hundredth president because he's on the hundred dollar bill
No. They Do Have Different Suns, Though.
Girl in my class asked the professor if other countries have moons, too.
Don't Tell Ben Shapiro This
I went to school with a girl that legitimately thought 9/11 was done by German Nazis.
A Rumor Spun Into Madness
I had a boss who told me that she never kept leftovers from a meal because that's how polio got started.
So, Where's Hawaii Then?
A girl in an AP US history class laughed at me when I was talking about driving to Alaska from Oregon.
She insisted Alaska was an island because of how it is separated out on maps like this.
I don't know if she was the dumbest person I met overall, but it was certainly the dumbest thing someone insisted they were right about.
Just Move That Decimal Place Over
I asked a temp at work to weigh a couple of lever arch files for postage. She came back and told me they were 65kg. I asked if it were possible that it was 6.5kg but she insisted it wasn't. We argued about it for a good 5 minutes. It wasn't until I asked her how much she weighed (59kg) that it finally twigged that these two small folders couldn't possibly weigh more than her.
A Map. Does Anyone Own A Map??
I live in southern Spain. I once met a girl from the U.S. who was here on some kind of exchange programme. When I asked her how did she like Spain so far she said "Im loving it. I just don't know why the plane took so long to get here, I mean we are just a bit BELOW MEXICO, I don't know why the flight was soo long".
Then I told her that we were in Europe. And she didn't believe me. Her reply was "Europe? It can't be. Everyone speaks Spanish so we must be somewhere near Mexico for sure!"
She was in uni. I still don't know how or why.
Study Your History, People
A guy at a jobsite said this to me in all seriousness, I am quoting,
"If Hitler had put all the Jews on the Titanic he coulda saved hiself a lotta trouble"
I felt like I had a stroke.
No, No, The Science Checks Out On That One
A girl in my class in middle school genuinely thought people had landed on the sun.
Her explanation for this belief was to insist that the Moon and Sun are made of the same stuff.
Bringing Up The Awful PastGiphy
I was working in a French company. We were working with a dev team in Vietnam on some IT project. The project manager they report to in HQ is French ; they didn't like him and he knew it. The Vietnamese team did a great job. He wanted to find the correct words to congratulate them, hoping to smoothen the future relationship. He sent that incredible "thank you" email :
"When we see the quality of your work, we can only realize how sad it is that we lost you guys as a colony".
The French expats in the Vietnam office told me they were hiding in shame for a full week.
Just A Series Of Dumb Dumb Moves
We hired a girl a couple years ago. I told her where the manager's office was her first day. Second day, she asked me where the manager's office was, so I walked her to the door. Third day, she asks me where it is again.
Our manager chewed out the girl who trained our new recruit for not teaching the job properly. The trainer pulled out her phone and showed the manager a picture of the girl wearing the uniform backwards and said "Look at this. This is untrainable."
New girl got fired about three weeks later for stealing the product because she thought she got it for free because she was an employee.
The Science Checks Out
I know a guy who thinks the special tea he drinks negates the negative health effects of his pack a day smoking habit.
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There are some things that are pretty much universally irritating: self important people, someone cutting you off in traffic, or those scam robocalls, for example.
Sometimes things that seem like they are only mildly irritating or inconvenient for others drive us up the wall, though.