Fifty Shades of Stupid
If you are a Facebook follower you know that one of the more popular activities is to post people doing stupid stuff.
Trying stunts they are ill equipped to handle, driving, texting and other activities that can only lead to pain for the subjects but some mindless hilarity for the rest of us.
People also say things in front of cameras that they clearly should not and the media will certainly make them pay the price.
The list is endless of politicians saying really dumb things. Just Google Joe Biden.
Who Elects These People?
My all time topper for ridiculous comments by a politician comes from Hank Johnson, US Representative of Georgia’s fourth congressional district re-elected in 2010 with a staggering 74.67% of the vote.
Johnson’s amazing quote, "My fear is that the whole island (of Guam) will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize."
Johnson claimed afterward he was just joking but that doesn’t appear to be the case in this YouTube clip.
Entertainers Often Get a Pass Too
Some people are paid comedians and make big bucks doing their comedy bits. But singers are paid to sing and don’t necessarily have to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Kelly Pickler, who finished sixth on American Idol, clearly demonstrates her lack of world geography knowledge during an episode of, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”
Are You Smarter Than A Texas Tech College Student?
I don’t want to single out Texas Tech as having the market cornered on students being out of touch with history and politics. But not knowing who won the Civil War?
I think you could ask the same questions in this clip on any campus and you might get similar answers.
Some Final Thoughts
I am probably misusing the word “stupid” in my title when a more apt description would be “ignorant.” The absence of the knowledge of who won the Civil War doesn’t make someone stupid.
It simply means they are ignorant of that particular piece of information.
I’m not sure you need to know the end result of that war, or that islands do not normally tip over, to design a building or do a heart transplant.
It might make you appear to be a person with a well-rounded education but in the grand scheme of things — couldn’t you just look it up?
I did discover that a bed sheet doesn’t’ work exactly like a parachute when I jumped off the garage roof with one.
Now that was stupid, not ignorant. But all my friends got a good laugh and some education about aerodynamics.