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This "Week" The suggestion comes from Kroney who muses

"Whilst I was passing through Miami airport at the tender age of 21, I fancied a beer. "ID" said the charming Southerner behind the desk, so I got out my passport and showed it to her.

"You have to be 21," she said. Now this confused me slightly as I had been 21 for several months by this point and my date of birth was staring her in my face.

"I am 21," I replied helpfully "it says so there, look"

"You have to be 21", she said getting angry.

Cut a long story short, I argued, the manager came out, I argued with him before I finally realised that they weren't looking at the date of birth at all. They were looking at the date of *issue*

That would have made me an annoyingly precocious four year old. What examples of unsurpassed mental genius have you experienced?"""""""

(, Mon 21 Nov 2016, 9:24)
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Tropical fish shop
I asked for six feet of air tubing, and was told they only sold it by the yard.
(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 12:35, 8 replies)
I can't fathom this out.

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:29, closed)
Are there no depths you won't go to?

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:59, closed)
he's in a different league

(, Wed 23 Nov 2016, 2:08, closed)
Perhaps he was in the wrong plaice

(, Wed 23 Nov 2016, 12:45, closed)
Cod this get any worse?

(, Sat 26 Nov 2016, 6:10, closed)

But given they were probably under 50 years old they probably thought a yard was an old persons name for a meter or just a funny funny name and definitely not some sort of measurement.
(, Sat 26 Nov 2016, 3:20, closed)

You have my first click in this qotw for brevity and outstanding stupidity. Did you settle for two yards of tubing or were you really afraid to conduct any further business at that point?
(, Sun 27 Nov 2016, 0:42, closed)
I politely said "Oh dear. I think I can manage with just two yards please."
The assistant happily measured out two yards on a brass ruler fixed to the counter top, which was clearly marked in feet and inches, but not yards.
(, Tue 6 Dec 2016, 21:03, closed)

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