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GingerBiscuit
03-03-2009, 03:25 PM
I have 'Are you smarter than a ten year old' on right now, and the woman is the STUPIDEST THING IN THE WORLD.
She is giggling like it's the funniest thing in the world to not know: That Noah had sons "I thought Noah had the Arc, I didn't know he had sons!", That the russians went to space "Oh yeah, they have russians that go to space don't they!"

SO DUMB.

GingerBiscuit
03-03-2009, 03:36 PM
arrrgh.
"Is it Shakespeare? He had a beard!"
"They didn't have Cameras when Shakespeare was around."
"Oh. Didn't they?"

God please let me put her out of my misery.
She wants to TEACH, and she chose 'Astronomy' because it was a 'pretty word'.

"What Did Epius Build for the Greeks."
"Was it that thing with pillars!"

GingerBiscuit
03-03-2009, 03:37 PM
She doesn't know what a carpenter is.

GingerBiscuit
03-03-2009, 03:38 PM
Britain today. The presenter just said 'it's amazing you got this far, really.'.
Ok, so they just asked a question I don't know the answer to, as I'm not up on the geography of Australia.

Greenday
03-03-2009, 03:48 PM
This definitely wasn't going where I thought it was. I thought you were talking to Becky, telling her to check out someone's butt that's as big as a rap star's girlfriend's.

Yea, those shows never cease to amuse me. I think you have to fail an IQ test to show up on there.

Becks
03-03-2009, 03:49 PM
There's a reason I don't watch a lot of stuff on TV.

Stupidity causes me great pain.

LibraryLady
03-03-2009, 05:02 PM
Dumb, Da, Dumb, Dumb!

Gingerbiscuit, doesn't it make you want to reach into the TV set and throttle some of those contestants?

They don't seem to have a clue, do they?

On the US version of that show I've seen a Principal of a school who couldn't find Peru on a map.

I remember teachers in the Museum who were there for an 'elite' Summer program. I hate to say it but many of them were dumb as dirt. The rest of them never said anything.

In one of the sessions, the term 'literary conceit' was mentioned by one of the Curators. Immediately, a hand went up from one of the teachers. She was incensed!

"How dare you say this man was conceited?"

"I didn't say he was conceited. I spoke about a literary conceit that he used. Do you understand the difference, Ma'am?"

"There's no difference! Conceited and conceit are the same thing! I don't care if I have to forfeit the money I spent to come here, I will speak the truth!

(Teachers were well paid to attend this week-long workshop. They didn't have to spend a penny.)

"Akhnaten was a King and needs to be respected as the African King he was. If you don't want to do that, we'll all just leave!"

Well, the teachers didn't leave after that tirade but they didn't hang around to spend some time in the Library either. After all, the session ended at three and that's when some teachers end their work-day.

They came back for the next day's sessions but never really even tried to get what we wanted to present. The teachers had their own agenda. It was going to be totally African and anything said be a person who was not of African heritage would be discounted out of hand.

How can you teach Ancient Egypt?

GingerBiscuit
03-03-2009, 05:09 PM
I can't even... wha, buh...

You broke my braaaaaaaain,
Seriously, I don't know everything in the world, but I know when I have gaps in my awareness and am happy to have others fill them in if necessary. And how can people get through education...

I probably couldn't locate Peru on a map without a struggle. Geography was never my best subject, but I think I could find it eventually.

Oh, and it took her a lot of stupidity and hints from the presenters to answer this question. Admittedly word problems in maths make a lot of people panic, but it's very simple.

Madonna runs 8 miles an hour for 3 and a quarter hours. How many miles does she run?

Irving Patrick Freleigh
03-03-2009, 08:52 PM
Madonna runs 8 miles an hour for 3 and a quarter hours. How many miles does she run?

26 miles.

It is probably a good thing for GB that Street Smarts doesn't seem to be on TV anymore. Some of the people on that show are so dumb, you wonder how they manage to keep breathing.

Geek King
03-03-2009, 08:57 PM
26 miles.

It is probably a good thing for GB that Street Smarts doesn't seem to be on TV anymore. Some of the people on that show are so dumb, you wonder how they manage to keep breathing.

Except Street Smarts only used drunk people, from what I saw. Drunks are a special kind of stupid: temporarily chemically-induced stupid. Many brighten up when sober. Sadly, some do not. :rolleyes:

Rapscallion
03-03-2009, 09:09 PM
Um, isn't that thirty miles?

Rapscallion

Irving Patrick Freleigh
03-03-2009, 09:21 PM
Um, isn't that thirty miles?

Rapscallion

8 miles an hour for 3 hours=24.

One-quarter of 8 is 2.

So 8 MPH for 3 1/4 hours is 26, I think. It's been years since I had a math class.

Rapscallion
03-03-2009, 09:32 PM
Bugger - I read that as three and three-quarter miles.

Will teach me to read it properly next time.

Rapscallion

Nurian
03-03-2009, 09:38 PM
Math is powerful magic that makes my head hurt. I would have failed that question. I try not to watch stuff like that because it makes me want to go there and show them what's what.. But then again, I know they choose questions that may be out of the person's expertise. As such, I would be upstaged by 5th graders and their mad math skillz. :ashamed:

dalesys
03-03-2009, 09:51 PM
When they passed out drains she thought they said brains and asked for two?:p

Irving Patrick Freleigh
03-03-2009, 10:42 PM
When they passed out drains she thought they said brains and asked for two?:p

More like when they were passing out brains, she thought they said "trains," and ran like hell to get out of the way. :lol:

BookstoreEscapee
03-03-2009, 11:27 PM
I remember an episode (US version) where the contestant was a fifth grade teacher. And they had her daughter, who was in fifth grade herself, as the surprise classmate. She wasn't completely dumb, at least, but she still lost, I believe.

Kheldarson
03-04-2009, 01:33 AM
I keep thinking I should go on and try my hand...but some of the stuff they end up asking is rather obscure depending on your interests. Like sure I'm a history major and absolutely adore world history, but there was a question one time on something with a Meso-American culture and Lord help me if I knew it without guessing.

I think the funniest epidsode I saw was the one where the newlywed bride was trying her hand. Not the best start to a honeymoon I believe.