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Category: Extra Stupid

Maybe He’ll Be A Late Bloomer

| Staffordshire, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Geography, Staff, Students, Theme Of The Month

(I work in my students’ union as a receptionist. The university has two main campuses in a city and a town about 20 miles apart. I’m sat at work and a prospective student walks in.)

Prospective Student: “Hi. Where’s the… Oh, it starts with a ‘B?’”

Me: “Brindley?”

Prospective Student: “No, it’s not that.”

Me: “That’s the only academic building on this campus that starts with a ‘B.’ What are you here for?”

Prospective Student: “I’ve got an admissions Interview. I’ve got the letter here.”

(He hands the letter over. Sure enough he’s supposed to be at the other campus, 20 miles away, in half an hour. At the top of the letter it has the full address of the department including the town. Further down it has the time of the interview, the building, and the town the campus is in. At the bottom of the letter in bold capital letters it says ‘please note your interview is at [town campus] not [city campus]‘.)

Me: “Okay, so you’re at the wrong campus. You need to go to [Town]. Did you drive here?”

Prospective Student: “No. How do I get there?”

Me: “Well, you can get the train and then a bus which will be at least 40 minutes or the bus which will take an hour but drops you off right at the campus. The next bus is due in a couple of minutes though.”

Prospective Student: “But I’ll be late.”

Me: “Give me your name and the interviewer’s name and I’ll ring and let them know.”

(The guy says thanks and runs for the bus stop. I ring the other campus and try to explain the guy would be late without blaming him too much.)

Interviewer: “Let me stop you there. This guy went to the wrong campus, right?”

Me: “Yup.”

Interviewer: “I don’t know why we bother telling them the.campus in the letter. They don’t pay attention. Oh, well. I’ll see him but if he can’t follow simple instructions written multiple times then he better hope he’s some sort of genius at coding if he wants a hope in hell of getting an offer here.”

Do You Hear Yourself, Part 2

| ME, USA | Extra Stupid, Health & Body, Theme Of The Month

(A friend and I are talking about taking ASL classes, and I am curious about the material.)

Friend: “I have a lot of fun in the class. She tries to submerge us into the deaf culture.”

Me: “Do you learn Braille?”

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You’d Think It Would Be ‘A Foregone Conclusion’

| New Westminster, BC, Canada | Extra Stupid, History, Language & Words, Theme Of The Month

(Every year, my acting class performs a play by William Shakespeare. This year, we are doing ‘Othello,’ and our instructor has just handed us our scripts. As we’re reading aloud the parts, one of my classmates raises their hand.)

Classmate: “Did you write this?!”

Instructor: “If I did, do you think I would be teaching this class?”

(For the next two years, my classmate told everyone that they were taught by William Shakespeare!)

The God Of Misunderstandings

| Las Vegas, NV, USA | Extra Stupid, Language & Words, Religion

Student #1: “What’s an anarchist again? I forgot.”

Student #2: “Someone who doesn’t believe in god, dumb-a**.”

A Human Perspective On A Bird’s Eye View

| Winston-Salem, NC, USA | Extra Stupid, Pets & Animals, Students, Theme Of The Month

(We are talking about the cons of wind turbines, one of which would be killing birds who fly into them.)

Student: “Wouldn’t the bird look down and say ‘Oh, my brother got killed. Maybe I shouldn’t fly into that’?”

Professor: “I think you are assuming a level of reasoning birds do not possess.”


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