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Stupid Things People Do

Published by Diane Sands in Life
August 16th, 2008

Have you ever wondered why people do certain stupid things? Do these things get on your nerves? These are some of the things that seem to irk many of us, yet that we have all been guilty of at one time or another.

Why do some people do stupid things? I’m not talking about people who are learning disabled or people who are experiencing illness or some other situation where an err in judgment is through no fault of their own. I am talking about the things that perfectly able bodied people do everyday that either pisses us off or makes us laugh. Why do they do these things? Is it ignorance? Inexperience? Stubbornness? Who knows? I will attempt to take a humorous approach at the concept of stupidity. So, read on…..

It has often been stated that ignorance is bliss. Choosing to ignore a problem or situation in order to either avoid getting upset about it or to escape responsibility for it is something that we either learn by experience or something that we are just not aware of.

Think of Edith Bunker, the lovable dingbat from the seventies sitcom “All in the Family”. Her stupidity was more of the innocent type, and I doubt that her character was aware that things often went over her head, or that her elevator did not go to the top floor. Yet, she was able to run her household, raise a daughter who married a meathead, put up with a racist, ignorant, grouch of a husband, and manage to put food on the table each night, all the while keeping a smile on her face, and not having a mean bone in her body.

Then we have the Archie Bunker type (Edith’s husband), who insisted that he was always right when he obviously was not, and who was unfairly judgmental of people who were not like himself. He would often try to pronounce big words, and use them for the wrong purpose, and with the wrong spelling and made a fool of himself in the process.

We see people in our everyday life who seem to do things that really irk the heck out of us, and they either don’t seem aware that they are doing it, or they don’t give a damn. Like the family on line ahead of you in the supermarket whose kids are throwing candy all over the place, opening up packages to take one cookie and putting the rest back, while the mother or father doesn’t even seem to notice. Or the person who doesn’t look before pulling out of a parking space, and is then surprised that there was an accident. Or the person who doesn’t look before they turn a corner when they are walking out of the restroom in a restaurant and then gets angry at the poor waiter who is carrying a large tray of food, which crashes to the floor.

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  1. jo oliver
    Posted August 18, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Great job!

    Posted April 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    somethings are not really a big deal to write about it haha but good

  3. gevelyn
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 12:38 am


  4. Posted August 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Stupid is as stupid does. We all have our moments.

  5. Posted July 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    What actually worked so well with ‘Archie Bunker’ was that Carroll O’Connor was actually exactly the opposite! Fairly certain that Jean Stapleton was also, cast as opposite her real self.

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