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A conversation I had yesterday, while some mind-numbingly dull documentary about turkeys was on:

Narrator: "And when the turkeys hatch..."

Otherwise smart person: "Wait, turkeys hatch? They come from eggs?"

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I would really like to know where the otherwise smart person thought they came from, if they don't hatch.
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My boss needed network drivers for a customer. I can't email a 30 meg binary, so of course I sent her a link to download it back where she had internet. She got the email and headed onsite... where she asked "Wait, I need a network card to use a link?" ...
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A conversation I had yesterday, while some mind-numbingly dull documentary about turkeys was on:

Narrator: "And when the turkeys hatch..."

Otherwise smart person: "Wait, turkeys hatch? They come from eggs?"

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I literally laughed out loud. :lol: :tmlol: :lolfruits: :LOL:

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I would really like to know where the otherwise smart person thought they came from, if they don't hatch.
From the grocery store. I had a great uncle who was a farmer and used to tell the story about the city folk that came out to his farm one day. They spent the day looking at the animals but when it came time to have the fried chicken dinner they asked if it was from the same chickens they fed in the morning. When he told him that it was they passed on the chicken because they only eat the kind that comes in the packages from the store.
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Then there was Andrew Sullivan, who, after the Taliban were forced out of Khandahar, created the von Hoffman Award as a mockery of Nicholas von Hoffman's prediction that the US effort in Afghanistan would fail following the fall of Kabul.

Smart people say dumb stuff all the time. They, just like so many others, occasionally make declarations before clearly thinking through their comments.

Of course, it could well be that some of them are not nearly as smart as we'd thought.
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I would really like to know where the otherwise smart person thought they came from, if they don't hatch.
Live birth, apparently. :giggle:

When I gave him a "WTF, are you serious?" look and said, "Well, yeah, they're birds" he claimed that he didn't know because he didn't grow up on a farm or anything.

I was like, "But... they're birds!"
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I would really like to know where the otherwise smart person thought they came from, if they don't hatch.
From the grocery store.
That could be it. Maybe he thought they're carved out of butter.
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LOL, you have to grow up on a farm to know which animals are birds?
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The things some people don't know ...

I have, for example, had students express surprise to learn that Pine Cones come from trees, and that a Salmon is a fish.
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Did they say what their original ideas on those items were?
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Great thundering herds of salmon used to roam the pine cone studded prairies of North America, now they've been reduced to hiding in water.
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My boss needed network drivers for a customer. I can't email a 30 meg binary, so of course I sent her a link to download it back where she had internet. She got the email and headed onsite... where she asked "Wait, I need a network card to use a link?" ...
Network drivers are the pain in the assiest thing to fail. "No worries, I'll just get on the internet and downlo...fuck."
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Network drivers are the pain in the assiest thing to fail. "No worries, I'll just get on the internet and downlo...fuck."
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My boss needed network drivers for a customer. I can't email a 30 meg binary, so of course I sent her a link to download it back where she had internet. She got the email and headed onsite... where she asked "Wait, I need a network card to use a link?" ...
Network drivers are the pain in the assiest thing to fail. "No worries, I'll just get on the internet and downlo...fuck."
No joke. Only thing worse is needing CDROM drivers. (Ahh, Windows 98!) "hmm, the cdrom comes with a CD! All I need to do is get a shotgun, drive to Taiwan..."

But what's baffling is that my boss understood that the internet wouldn't work without a network card. The plan was for me to email her one to download to her flash drive, to use the next day. And she saved the link.
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Whenever anyone talks about people saying stupid things, I get VERY DEFENSIVE and assume that if you're not already talking about me, someone's going to bring me up eventually.

OK. So sometimes, there's just stuff you've never thought about before, or common knowledge things you've managed to miss entirely. My brother had a friend who made it to adulthood without ever hearing of the Three Stooges. I was in my 20s, I think, when some people started talking about tarps, and I was like, WHAT THE FUCK IS A 'TARP,' ASSHOLES?

Or sometimes, yeah, you've just never thought about something, and you might say something really stupid about that thing if you're not careful.

So, you know, what if you just never thought much about turkeys and the fact that they are, in fact, birds? Like you would know if you thought about it, and you'd probably never TYPE such a thing, but maybe you'd blurt it out before you could stop yourself.

Also, while it wouldn't apply in this case, sometimes people have areas in which they are just not innately intelligent. I used to be kind of embarassed about these until recently, when my bebe brother mentioned that he has the same kinds of stupid. They are:

I don't know left from right, and have to stop and think about it. So, for example, if I'm not wearing my watch (which I have memorized is on my LEFT), I have to do pantomime writing to see which hand I use (RIGHT). And if I'm walking along and a bicyclist comes up behind and yells "ON YOUR LEFT!" I don't move to the side, because if I try to on such short notice, I have a 50% chance of jumping in front of them.

Also, I cannot follow visual information easily. So signs and stuff made for children and people who cannot read a given language: I do not understand those. I have to consciously translate the picture into words. So you know that children's comic strip Tiger? I never could understand half of those.

And know why I hate the show Heroes super hard? Because I watched several episodes of it before I realized that that white guy with the dark hair was actually three different characters played by three different white guys with dark hair, and I was really confused until I saw some scene with them all together, and then I just got mad.

So yeah. This is because I am stupid. But those specific instances of stupid I share with my brother, Dr. Stupid the Scientist!

And also not directly applicable to the OP, but some people mix up words randomly. Like say, if someone said they didn't know turkeys laid eggs, because they were getting the word 'turkey' mixed up with the word 'chipmunk.' Or, you know, hypothetically, if some poor hapless person got the words for 'Vermont' and 'Oregon' mixed up a lot for no discernable reason, and would thus sometimes think that other people were saying wrong things about the wrong oceans and local cultures. But hypothetically, that person would probably eventually know to keep her mouth shut for a minute and sort things out before saying anything about Oregon or Vermont.
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I have the left/right kinda stupid, too.

I have to make an "L" with my thumb and forefinger to remind me.
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I count on my fingers when I add and subtract.
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Even kiddo knows how to make the L with his thumb and forefinger. Did nobody ever teach you that trick lisarea?

I suck at directions. Since leaving Colorado, where I had the mountains to guide me, I can't tell you if I am facing N, S, E, or W unless I imagine standing on a big map of the US and only then if I have a landmark in sight, like the ocean.

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Yeah what liserea said. Ignorance, even when it's surprising, is not the same as stupidity.

Surprisingly, lots of people seem not to know that...
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I occasionally get Left - Right mixed up, so I do the Thumb finger L in my head.
I also get blue and green mixed up and recently its been happening with purple and red as well.

But I never say stupid things. :D
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Did they say what their original ideas on those items were?
Not that I recall. In the case of Pine Cones, I was teaching an Introductory Biology class and when we got to the subject of Gymnosperms, I brought in some pine cones, to illustrate the differences between male cones and female cones. A student blurted out that he'd always wondered what those things were, and where they came from. (This was in North Carolina, where Pine Trees are a dime a dozen.)

In a different Introductory Biology class, I made mention of Salmon when talking about Osteichthyians (Bony Fishes) and showed a picture of one. A student expressed his surprise at learning that a salmon is a fish, and he seemed to have been completely serious. And this was in Washington State, no less.


In both cases, I discovered, the students in question were city kids who had spent little or no time in the outdoors. Apparently, it had never occured to the first one to wonder what pine cones were or where they came from. Somehow, the second one had managed to grow up in Washington without ever going fishing or otherwise encountering salmon in any form other than processed meat.


There's a big difference between ignorance and stupidity, as lisarea notes. These kids were shockingly-ignorant of things that seem to most of us as if they should have been common knowledge, but neither of them was stupid, so far as I could tell.

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I used to have the East-West thing down when I was a kid, but at some point after becoming an adult I forgot it, and now I have to stop and think about it every time.
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If I turn twice I really have no idea what direction I'm going, and figuring out compass points takes me a while and a lot of thinking. I'm like a rat in that I have little trails to get from point a to point b and don't have a larger map, unless I've gone that other way enough times to memorize it.

I guess that's basically the internet and computer use for me too.
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