Category: Extra Stupid


A Catalog Of Errors

, | Canada | Extra Stupid, History, Technology

(One of our classmates is a ditz, and very aware of it. We all like her very much, and she provides great entertainment for the class. Our teacher is explaining a book classification system, telling us it was created in 1933 in India.)

Teacher: “We don’t use it here much, but the theory on which it was based has been used to create search engines online, like Google.”

Classmate: “Wow, I didn’t think they had the Internet back then!”


The Advertisers’ Job Here Is Done

| IN, USA | Extra Stupid, Students

(It’s tornado season. We have been on tornado lockdown since around 3:30. It’s now 5:15. We have gotten word that there have been funnel clouds sighted nearby. We are instructed to get the kids silent and back into cover position.)

Me: “[Student], turn around, put your head down, and get your hands over your head.”

Student: “Miss, I don’t want to crease my sneakers!”

Me: “Your shoes are not worth more than your life. Get your head down!”

Student: “Nuh-uh, these shoes were, like, $200.”


Need To Re-Sequence Your Answer

| MD, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science

(We are discussing conspiracy theories about the deaths of celebrities. We get to the part about the autopsies.)

Teacher: “Technology wasn’t very advanced back then so we couldn’t be certain about what actually caused the death of people.”

Student: “When did they invent DNA?”


Failed The Math

| IL, USA | Extra Stupid, Family & Kids, Popular

(I am about to start my first year of college, and have signed up for a first-year seminar on the Swiss mathematician Euler and his work. I find out at the same time that only six other people are in the class. This was the discussion I had with my mom after finding out.)

Me: “Hmm, I wonder if I’ll be the only girl. At least, the class will be mostly guys. Not a lot of girls like math.”

Mom: “[My Name], think about what you just said.”

Me: “What? I mean, it’s not that I think girls can’t do math. They just don’t very often. You know I’m the nerdy exception.”

Mom: “[My Name]. For being so smart, sometimes you can be really stupid.”

(Key detail: the college I’m about to begin attending is a women’s college.)


Shouldn’t They Just Be Called ‘Pools’?

| Manheim Township, PA, USA | Extra Stupid

(I am in an honors physical science class and we are looking at nuclear reactors as part of our nuclear unit. We are discussing where they store the waste.)

Teacher: “…And they store the waste in giant sized swimming pools.”

Student: “Wait, do they go swimming in the pools?”

Me: “Yeah, [Student], they go swimming in those pools.”

Student: “Wouldn’t that be dangerous?”

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