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Judi's avatar

How stupid can people be?

Asked by Judi (39826points) October 1st, 2013

I just saw this Jimmy Kimmel man on the street survey
Are people really this ignorant? I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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JLeslie's avatar

Gotta love it. I couldn’t watch the video, it wasn’t loading for me, my internet connection has been slooowww for a few days now. But, from what was written I can guess what it is like. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. To give a little bit of a benefit of the doubt, being asked something on camera with no prep can be nerve racking, and your mind can blank out. However, most likely a lot of people don’t know the two things are the same thing. A lot of people hate ObamaCare, because it has Obama in the word. They have all sorts of misconceptions about it and misinformation. Basically, I would say people are that ignorant, and the stupidity comes from thinking you know something, or trying to act like you do when you don’t. I’d rather say, “I don’t know.”

janbb's avatar

Just as an aside, I find that people calling it ObamaCare is generally in derision. It will be great if it really succeeds and the name gives him a lasting honor.

drhat77's avatar

This phenomenon is big factor in polls. The wording of polls by biased conductors can swing the results by very wide margins. That’s why its important to look at the wording of questions and seeing poll results.

Katniss's avatar

They played that on the radio this morning. I was cracking up!
People say I’m stupid? Ha! lol

Judi's avatar

@drhat77, the video SHOWS the wording in the polls. That’s what it’s all about!

tinyfaery's avatar

As stupid as they can get.

Blondesjon's avatar

<- This stupid @Judi. This stupid.

Kardamom's avatar

Yes, unfortunately in this country due to the Fox News mentality, and the anti-science mentality, yes, people in the You Nighted States of ‘Merica, are this stupid.

I’m sure people from England and Canada and France just laugh at us.

drhat77's avatar

@Judi I claim demonstrating an example of stupidity of hastily made comments

gailcalled's avatar

Let me count the ways.

Blondesjon's avatar

@Kardamom . . . folks in france consider jerry lewis the height of humor, the english drink tea instead of coffee, and canadians are only giggling because they are stoned. let them all laugh.

go packers

Neodarwinian's avatar

Yes, people are that ignorant on average in the US.

The real question is what are we going to do about it?

gailcalled's avatar

@Blondesjon: I had my last cup of real coffee in May of 1984.

Blondesjon's avatar

@gailcalled . . . you’re going to have to give me a little time to wrap my head around this . . .

gondwanalon's avatar

That reminds me of “Waters’ World” interviews. Here’s an example.

SavoirFaire's avatar

You ask this question as I’m finishing my first round of grading for the semester. All I can say is “very stupid indeed.”

DWW25921's avatar

Leno does that from time to time too. Yes, people really are that stupid.

filmfann's avatar

Q: How stupid can people be?

A: Plenty stupid.

ETpro's avatar

America started deliberately dumbing down education about 40 years ago. I link to this often. Forgive me if you’ve seen it so often that it’s boring you, but it so eloquently tells you why Americans are getting more stupid by the year.

The British Governor of the Royal Colony of Virginia explained the idea eloquently in 1671 when he wrote: “I thank God there are no free schools nor printing and I hope we shall not have them these next hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy, and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them and libels against the best government. God keep us from both.”

He was the owner back then.

Pandora's avatar

Extremely stupid. It is how the tea party is able to survive. They count on ignorant fools to support their causes, like Ted Cruz and his cronies.
I know I’m not laughing. I never find stupidity funny. Just sad.

AshLeigh's avatar

The two most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

blueiiznh's avatar

Infinately stupid.

jungle_girl's avatar

meet my roomate… sad but true… she does have a heart of gold

jungle_girl's avatar

Very very stupid.. You gotta love them, ahhh people… aren’t they a hoot!

Coloma's avatar

Well..if it is true that 50% of the population is of below average intelligence, well…..not too difficult to find the one out of two that sport the stupid hat. haha
Of course we then must account for all the myriad variations of dumb and dumber.

dxs's avatar

Someone just posted this on Facebook and it was hilarious. My favorite one is when he asks the lady if a good citizen is one who is informed and she agrees.

Coloma's avatar

The best citizens don’t give a flying fuck, they are the rebels and innovators not the sheeple people. lol

Katniss's avatar

One of my coworkers was helping me re-tag the Post It isle at work. He was just standing there and I asked him what’s up, he said that he couldn’t find the canary colored Post It’s. I said Ummmm Zach, they’re right in front of you, and he said, but those are yellow….... lol
I asked him what color he thought canary was, he said….... pink.

He’s the sweetest kid, but jeebus, really??

ETpro's avatar

Surveys show over 50% of Americans currently think that the Sun moves across the sky on its own each day. They don’t know that the Earth is round, and rotates causing the appearance of the Sun moving across the sky.

gailcalled's avatar

^^ Only because it is 2:15 AM, my knee really hurts, the nurse is mean and the pain meds haven’t kicked in, do I feel compelled to mention that the earth is actually an oblate spheroid. (This also gives me the opportunity to use “actually” accurately.)

whitenoise's avatar

@gailcalled
An oblate spheroid is elliptical when viewed from the side, but round when viewed from above. (Or other way around, depending where you start.)

I hope you can now find the piece that you need to go to sleep.

i wish you a good night sleep and a great rising in the morning. :-)

Judi's avatar

Poor @gailcalled. Hubby fell off a truck and broke his knee in a bunch of pieces and the doctor tried to puzzle it back together. He was on so much morphine that he was calling the nuns in to tell them what a wonderful place it was. Once the morphine stopped that angelic nun was Satan’s spawn and he was calling me at 3:00 in the morning begging me to get him out of there.
A year later he had to get it replaced but we did our research and found the doctor that invented the minimally invasive knee replacement and the tools to do it. Although he couldn’t do the minimally invasive because they had to remove a bunch of hardware from the previous surgery the operation was still done in an hour and he was in a hotel bed in two days and his own bed in three. I don’t think he had any morphine.
He was in his 50’s so his recovery was good.
Give that mean old nurse a raspberry for me.
Get well friend.

talljasperman's avatar

Futurama calls this age the age of stupid…. or the stupid ages.

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