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What astonishingly stupid stuff have you overheard people saying? Tell us, and tell the world.

(, Thu 6 Jan 2005, 22:51)
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A Dance of Ignorance.
I have a coworker who was home-schooled and boasts of his superiority to the rest of us who received "mainstream education" every chance he gets.

The same fellow accused me of making up Helen Keller, said that hydrogen is not flammable "because it's the wet part of water", and when the movie "Goodbye, Lenin" premiered at the theatre across the street, he proudly announced "They spelled it wrong. It's L-E-N-N-O-N," and stood smugly with his arms folded while the rest of us shook our heads in disbelief. I needn’t add that he was highly disappointed when he watched it and none of his favorite songs were in it.

Also, my parents split and my father remarried a Christian evangelist when I was in junior high school. She brought with her a daughter from a previous marriage who was three years my junior. One day we were returning from a forced church excursion when my stepsister asked “Mommy, when the cats die, will they go to heaven?”
“No,” my stepmother replied cheerily, “because the bible says they have no souls. But there will be animals in heaven because the bible says that the lion and the lamb will lay down together.” To this, sullen twelve year old me spoke up.
“Doesn’t that just mean that the strong and the weak will be created equal?”
“NO!” My stepmother shrieked, flames curling at her nostrils “it means that there will be LIONS and LAMBS!”
Shortly thereafter, I decided to follow in my mother’s footsteps and became a Jew.
(, Thu 13 Jan 2005, 4:45, Reply)

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