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"The lights are on but nobody's home." What other sayings do we have that mean the same thing?

Asked by Skaggfacemutt (9785points) August 1st, 2014

I have heard some really creative ways to express this same idea – like “the wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.” When I heard this one, it made me laugh. I wondered what others might be out there that I haven’t heard before.

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ucme's avatar

Sandwich short of a picnic
Not playing with a full deck

cookieman's avatar

Sharp as a beach ball.
Dumb as a bag if hammers.
Not the brightest bulb.
Couple miles short of a marathon.
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

The elevator doesn’t reach the top floor.

majorrich's avatar

Dumb as a hoe handle.
couple of bricks short of a full load
sharp as a bowling ball
cognitively disadvantaged (for the PC folks)
12 volt bulb, 2 volt battery.
Hit too many times with the idiot stick.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

As useful as concrete slippers in a swimming pool.
As welcome as a bacon sandwich at a Bar Mitzvah.

janbb's avatar

Having him around is like two good men gone.

(I love all these too.)

bossob's avatar

One can short of a six-pack.

majorrich's avatar

Useful as Teats on a Boar.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

A few fries short of a happy meal.
Their trunk doesn’t reach the top branch.
When they passed out brains, he got in the wrong line.
I see blinking, I hear breathing, but it stops there.
He doesn’t realize his head is for more than holding hats.
If his hat wasn’t so tight, blood could get to that brain.
Ain’t got the brains god gave a mule.
Slick as sand, and nearly as smart.
You can dress ‘em, but you can’t make ‘em learn.

filmfann's avatar

He’s blinking 12:00

JLeslie's avatar

The elevator does not go all the way to the top.

Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Not working with all 8 cylinders.

No tiene pilas. (This means he doesn’t have batteries, but I only hear it in Spanish).

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Dumb as a box of rocks(that was my fathers favorite)

downtide's avatar

A few crayons short of a full box.

As thick as three short planks

If brains were gunpowder he wouldn’t have enough to blow his hat off.

cazzie's avatar

Couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the directions were written on the bottom.

AshlynM's avatar

The engine’s running but no one’s behind the wheel.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@downtide wrote: If brains were gunpowder he wouldn’t have enough to blow his hat off.
@filmfann wrote: He’s blinking 12:00
@janbb wrote: Having him around is like two good men gone.

Hahahahahahaha!!! These are great!

cazzie's avatar

We used to say this about Kiwis who moved out of New Zealand to live in Australia; “When they leave, they increase that average IQ in both counties.”

talljasperman's avatar

You are not as dumb as you look (My father called me that all my childhood and until I turned 21 and stopped talking to him.)

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