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People Reveal The Stupidest Question Anyone's Ever Asked Them

They say there are no stupid questions, but many would disagree. Every now and then, someone whom, by all accounts, seemed to be well put together––that is, until they opened their mouth––before they surprised the hell out of you with their ridiculous question. (And we haven't even gotten to the people who seem to have been born already thieving oxygen from the rest of us.

These people shared the stupidest questions they've ever been asked. Prepare to roll your eyes... significantly.


(1/25)

I work in a candy store, where we sell a lot of stuff with nuts.

Someone told me they didn't want peanuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, or macadamia. They just asked if we had Regular Nuts.

CaptainUnusual

(2/25)

A friend called me the other day while filing for unemployment. Her question was "have I been an elected official in the past two years?"

I taught her something, while i gently explained, no you have not.

RuXpin69

(3/25)

My cousin asked me how our moms knew each other.

This is a cousin from my mother's side. He was 16.

bteati

(4/25)

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During a high school assembly where a man told us about his time in Auschwitz and the deaths of his parents and siblings, one of my classmates asked if he "was sad that his whole family was killed"

spellingwithdicks

(5/25)

A girl at my high school once asked "If a mom and dad go to China and have a baby will it look Chinese?"

The look the teacher gave was amazing.

Sundaydinobot1

(6/25)

"how do we survive with our ovaries exploding every month?" she literally thought her period was caused by her eggs exploding in her ovaries. Like they self detonate if not used.

VicariousMulct

(7/25)

"Was this based on a true story?"

-my wife, after we watched The Martian.

SanErino

(8/25)

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I work at a McDonalds, and someone comes through the drive through. "Can I have a quesadilla?" "No." "But why not? Did you discontinue them?" "Sir, we've never had quesadillas." "I'm pulling up to the window. Get your manager." calls a manager up while the guy pulls up to the window "why don't you guys have quesadillas?" "Why aren't you at Taco Bell?" "This isn't Taco Bell?" "Taco Bell is down the street. This is McDonalds." "Fine. I will have a McChicken."

Pondwater29

(9/25)

I used to have a mild allergy to whey and couldn't consume any cow's milk or by-products, and when I was pregnant with my first kid, my friend's sister asked me, "but if you can't drink it, then how are you going to have milk for your baby?"

Cue my best Fry from Futurama narrowed-eyes face. This nearly 30yo woman not only didn't realize that breast milk comes from your blood supply (somewhat understandable), but she thought it ONLY came from when you actively drank milk from a cow.

birdred

(10/25)

"Can I use your scanner? I want to scan some pictures from my digital camera and your scanner is big enough for my camera screen to fit on it face down."

This was clearly some years ago, and the guy thought he had to place the viewing screen of the camera directly on to the scanner to scan pictures off it.

Thankfully, my brother managed to keep a straight face whilst explaining how that was not the case, as I made up and excuse and ran away to giggle.

viralplant

(11/25)

An ex friend, after asking about and being told about labor my c section- you know, the thing where they cut you open and remove an infant from your body?

"So like... did you adopt her, or...?"

Yeah. I adopted her and had a c section for funsies.

Ianthina

(12/25)

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(13/25)

"You know when someone is kind hearted? If they donated their heart to someone else when they died, would that person become kind hearted too?"

PrettyInteraction62

(14/25)

Not me, but a New Zealand acquaintance of mine who lives here in the US was asked "what's it like there? Y'know, with all the little people?" referring to hobbits. We all stared incredulously at this idiot who was legit waiting for an answer. As an American I have never been more embarrassed in my life.

114vxlr

(15/25)

How do people live on the lower half of the Earth?

She was a graduate student in my Masters program.

Sach-S

(16/25)

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(17/25)

I got my cervical screening letter through last year and opened it in front of my ex.

My ex "Wait, I'm 27 why didn't I get one of these when I was 25?!" (Starts to panic)

I had to explain to my 27 year old then boyfriend what a cervix was.

MarynotPoppins

(18/25)

Person calls on Tuesday with sick dog.

They tell me the symptoms over phone.

I recognize this as an emergency and tell them they need to go to clinic immediately, as I'm overbooked and can't get there and dog could very well die within 24 hours. I give them the number of two other vets.

"Oh, but I prefer you. Can you come Friday?"

*facepalm*

OzzieBloke777

(19/25)

Waiting for a train at a commuter station. On one side of the station building was a waiting area by the road for buses, on the other side by the railroad tracks was a waiting area for trains.

Mother went out the wrong door and waited by the road for the train. I told her the train was coming on the other side of the building, she said how do you know that, I said because that is where the tracks are.

Ganaraska-Rivers

(20/25)

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I worked at a pharmacy a while ago. I've had many stupid questions from that line of work, but the best one was when a lady asked me which brand of tea tree oil has the best flavour because she was making some 'organic' toothpaste for her 5 year old.

I told her none, because they're all poisonous if ingested. She refused to believe me even after I showed her the poison warning labels on every tea tree product, and then asked me "how the hell did you get your job here?"

fractalligaments

(21/25)

My sister was watching the fireworks at the lake with us and frowned.

'What's wrong?'

'I feel bad for those guys on the other side, they have to watch the back of the fireworks.'

She gets FURIOUS when I tell this story.

Pyrrhic_Song

(22/25)

While working at a lodge in Alaska a tourist asked me "At what elevation do deer turn into moose?"

oglach

(23/25)

"Can you test your digital control panels and sensors without power?"

"No. That's not how digital systems work."

Browncoat2015

(24/25)

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Teaching a younger team member in retail and she was dumb. Beautiful but dumb which I think is why she was hired by the boss.

She gets given cash by the customer at the register, and asks what's she was supposed to do with it.

She gets given a broom and told to sweep, stops to ask how do you sweep.

She was told, and I quote, "stay on the registers and serve customers'. A customer comes to the register, she says she doesn't know what to do, so she walks off. When we find out the register is empty, and the customer angry, she is shopping in store.

We finally got her to stick to a register, it was because a friend of hers was in line. She talks with her friend and gives the items away. When pulled up on it, she asks "what's the point of a job if you've got all these rules you have to follow?"

tmama1

(25/25)

I am a mailman and it was pouring, there was nowhere to shelter from the rain and I was too far away from my bycicle to save the mail so decided to deliver it as quick as possible

one woman came out of her house: "why is my mail wet!?"

he could see the f**cking rain, I managed to hold back a: "gee I wonder why its wet"

Riganthor

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What is the strongest opinion you once held but no longer hold, and what make you change your mind?

Jade-Colored Glasses

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nanaimo

Cant' Have A Conversation With A Parrot

I used to be a conspiracy theorist. Believed that 9/11 was committed by the US government and that we never landed on the moon.

Once I started looking outside of the echo chamber I was in and started looking at alternate explanations, theories and listening to different viewpoints I soon realized how ridiculous those notions were.

Not-A-Real-Subreddit

A Big, Mysterious Universe

I used to be a strict, hardline atheist. I was the kind of bastard that would bring the subject up for no reason, just to argue. I don't know what the hell my problem was. Now I feel like, the universe is big, I don't know what all might be out there, I don't really care. I live as if there is no afterlife, because that makes sense to me. But if you don't, and you believe in one, that's perfectly fine, and maybe you're right. Who knows?

CDC_

Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man

I used to believe anyone can be a successful artist if they just put the time and effort into it. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work.

What changed my mind: Art school. There were quite a few people that tried hard, but just weren't able to achieve professional level art.

berfica

You're Not Your Emotions

For the longest time, I thought my emotions were in a sense the most "real" part of me. I was always a very emotional person and I didn't make a real effort to control it as I thought it was a good thing, that I was just being honest with myself. Over time though, I started to become very depressed and the negative emotions just keep adding on and on. I thought "this is just how I am I guess". Unfortunately it started hurting other relationships I had, and everything changed when my girlfriend broke up with me. After a lot of reading I found that emotions are not who we are at all. They're just reactions and there's nothing that requires us to act on them or feed them. I'm learning to let it go through me instead of hanging on like I used to.

inca829

Don't Forget Big Willie Style

I used to think that hip hop was bland, repetitive, and all about clubbing and sh*t. Then one of my friends pointed me towards people like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas and Run The Jewels, who all have great songs and clever lyrics, and I realized that Hip Hop is pretty great.

6quid

The A**holes Will Always Find A Way

I used to think that the catholic church was responsible for all of the hateful people in it. I gave people the chance to challenge my opinion and someone explained it very nicely to me. Basically, the hateful people use the church as an excuse, if you remove the church they will gladly find another excuse.

TianaLeFong

High Times

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I used to tell myself that I would never stop smoking weed, and that I'd be happy if my kids grew up to be pot smokers... Now I have a kid, don't smoke, and realize what an idiot I was when all I did was smoke all day. I could probably be in a much better position if I hadn't smoked all through college.

But I mean, I still think pot's okay... Just in moderation.

edgar__allan__bro

The Road Less Traveled

"All taxation is theft, man! I made my money without any help from public institutions or the infrastructure they support, I should be able to keep every last dime of it!"

Naturally that was when I was 18, living at home rent free, and working at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver who relied upon public roads for pretty much every cent I made.

ExtremelyLongButtock

All Those PSA's Didn't Do Much

The whole D.A.R.E anti-drugs. Yes crack and heroin is bad, but they over dramatized what happens when you do smaller drugs. Weed isn't even a gateway drug, alcohol is more of a gateway drug. When I saw weed for the first time I thought it was tobacco (This was after all the D.A.R.E training too). Letting the government teach you your morales and philosophy is a thing that sheep do. Don't be a sheep.

PlantTreesForToday

Where Would We Be Without The Kindness Of Strangers

I used to think people on welfare and state assistance just weren't trying hard enough. I grew up spoiled and entitled and it seemed like any kind of charity was a stigma.

Then, my husband became chronically ill, and the economy took a shit. My family has been close to homelessness more than once, and have relied on state insurance and assistance off and on throughout the past few years. There are definitely people out there who abuse the system, but some just get stuck in a horrible cycle of poverty.

I also work in a school that has a high number low income and refugee families. It has really opened my eyes to the struggles that some people face.

BuffyandtheHellcats

He's Still There For You, The Best He Can Be

I could go through life and could seek meaningful advice from my Dad who has always been there for me.

Now he has been reduced to a feeble condition, I am starting to understand I'm out there on my own, and even what he's sure of is suspect given his mental and physical facilities have been rapidly deteriorating in his late seventies. I feel horrible that I have noticed this long before he did - or at least admitted as much.

june606

Clear Your Mind

This was before I received an ADHD diagnosis. When my doctor referred me to an ADHD specialist, first of all I refused to believe him and was kind of slighted that he even suggested that I could possibly have ADHD.

I had a very strong opinion that if I get a diagnosis that I would refuse to take prescribed amphetamines because they are "bad" and "addictive" and that they would ruin my life.

Then I actually tried the prescription and it was like magic.

Xingua92

Going Through The Whole Spectrum

Used to be fairly open with my views on immigration policy. Then I worked for a while down near Corpus Christie doing immigration work. I'd say one out if every hundred people that came through our office was going to somebody who actually wanted to work and try to make a living here. So many people simply wanted to exist enough to get welfare. Many were young men who we would later defend against exportation as a result of their criminal activity. I began to despise the work of defending these men and wished they would be deported.

Now, I'm dating a foreign girl and we are in the legal immigration process. She has advanced degrees and skills, so that makes things a little easier. But it does make me resent people who just bypass the system. We can't bypass the system because I imagine my participation in immigration fraud could get me disbarred.

RogerDeanVenture



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