I’m not going to mince words. Some people are stupid. Let me re-phrase that–some people are really stupid. How stupid? I’m glad you asked.
One of my new co-workers, who I will assume isn’t a member of MENSA, made an interesting statement yesterday. One that made me scratch my head and wonder how she ever got out of 4th grade.
I had to make a call to someone in South Dakota regarding a personal matter that they allowed to become delinquent several years ago. I left a message for this upstanding citizen, and then when I hung up the phone, I made a comment to my neighbor (a woman in her early 20′s). I said something along the line of, “People in South Dakota probably have a crappy enough existence without dealing with stuff like this.”
She looked at me with a look of complete sincerity and asked, “Is South Dakota a state?” I paused a moment, then said, “Uh. Yeah. It’s an actual state.” She proceeded to explain to me that she thought it was part of North Dakota.
I informed her that as far as I know, South Dakota has a governor , a flag and everything. She looked at me with a very innocent look and said, “Oh. I was never very good at history.” Allow me to pause a moment so that last comment can seep all the way in.
For the record, South Dakota being a state is something you would learn in geography, not history. In fact, it’s something you learn in third or fourth grade geography. If you don’t know that South Dakota is a state, you have no business having a job anywhere. Even the fry guy at McDonalds knows South Dakota is a state I’m not saying you have to be able to point to it on a map, but the knowledge that it exists as a state isn’t too much to ask. Is it?
I’d like to say that she’s the exception to the rule, but she’s not. The world is full of people who don’t know shit about anything. I don’t mind someone who knows they don’t know shit, but when they think they know shit and they don’t, it gets really, really annoying.
I went out with a girl once (and only once) who told me her goal was to visit all 52 states before she died. I paused for a moment and said, “52? You mean 50, right?” Her answer? “Silly. You forgot about Alaska and Hawaii.”
She then went on to ask if Hawaii was an island before it became a state. “I looked at her with a completely straight face and said, “No, actually. That was part of the treaty when they became a state. We blew up the land that connected it to California, so it would seem like a tropical island paradise.”
If this girl was really hot, I could have possibly ignored her stupidity, but she wasn’t nearly hot enough to be that dumb. I weep for the future of America. If these are our potential future leaders, the United States is going to be one fucked up place to live. Not as bad as I imagine South Dakota to be, but pretty bad.
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