The responses to many of these questions may seem self-explanatory, but for these poor individuals who chose to ask them anyway, that was not the case. The following list was created using the AskReddit thread: ‘What is the dumbest question who have ever been asked?’ Brace yourself, these are pretty brutal.
Source list available at the end.
“While watching Frozen with a group of friends, my brother’s girlfriend (30 minutes in) looked confused and upset. She looked me in my eyes and asked, ‘If their parents died, are they still sisters?’ She had been thinking about this for 30 minutes. I had to console her, and let her know that if her parents died then her sister would still be her sister.”
“A buddy of mine asked me, ‘How could there be so many pilots flying planes at the same time?’ Confused, I asked him, ‘What are you talking about?’ He then told me (with a dead serious face) that all of the little lights in the night sky were planes, but he was amazed at how many flights were going on at once. I informed him (much to his shock) that all of those little lights in the night sky were stars.”
“I used to work at Chipotle. We always had customers ask, ‘What’s the difference between a salad and a bowl?’
My response was, ‘Ummmm, the burrito is a burrito and the salad is a salad.” Apparently that was all that it took to make it click in her head because she nodded in agreement and said, ‘Oooooh, I see.'”
“I once had someone in my science class ask the teacher, ‘… Why fire wasn’t on the periodic table?’ Now, that wouldn’t be stupid except for the fact that he proceeded to argue his point that fire is an element until the teacher started to ignore him.”
“After being given a JPEG of a chair by a client, he asked me to rotate the chair so we could see the back of it. It took me 20 minutes to detail to him all of the reasons why I couldnt do that, and how he had to take a picture of the back himself.”
“While explaining that there was a job for just about everyone in the army, even for people who didn’t really have a job in mind, they can just go infantry. ‘You… You mean, I can have babies for the army?'”
“I overheard someone asking, ‘How many quarters are there in a dollar?’ I’m in college.”
“I used to be an astronomer. The amount of people that would ask me, ‘Can you tell me my horoscope?’ after finding out what I did for a living was mind-boggling. It wasn’t the reason that I quit, but not getting asked that question anymore was definitely a huge perk.”
“In middle/high school, a girl asked me: ‘Why are all of the sports awards on display only for girls?’ We went to an all-girls school.”
I told one of my classmates that I got Malaria when I was a baby and she was like, Oh my gosh… Did you survive?
“On a map, is the blue part the water or the sky?”
“This girl I knew was telling another girl how she was born at home rather than at the hospital. She looked shocked and genuinely asked (with no sarcasm whatsoever), ‘Was your mom there, too?’ I was flabbergasted to say the least. We were both around 15 at the time.”
“I was teaching someone the game Codenames. I explained to them that clues could only be one word and they said, ‘What if I want to use two words?’ … ‘ Well then, too bad? Do I need to explain to you not just the rules, but the concept of what rules are?'”
“While at work in my medical practice, someone once asked me, ‘Do babies come out of the belly button?'”
I was scheduling something for a client at work when she said, “Ninety minutes, how long is that? Is it an hour?”
“‘Did Rome exist during the time of Ancient Rome?’
‘No, Ashley. Rome didn’t exist when Rome existed.'”
“Someone once asked me, ‘What’s Obama’s last name?’ I think my hand hit the wall behind my face when I realized that she was actually being serious.”
“My wife once asked me if the clouds were behind the moon because there was light cloud cover, and you could see the moon through the clouds. She failed astronomy in high school just in case you were wondering.”
“Many years ago, I was asked, ‘How many languages do you speak?’
I answered, ‘Just one.’
The girl then asked me, ‘Which one?'”
“Is it yours?” … I was 7 months pregnant.
“In my last office (before I transferred), my assistant would constantly ask me really stupid questions. I mean I generally subscribe to the thinking that there are no such things as stupid questions, but these were just ridiculous.
I had an upcoming meeting with a municipality and a developer. She was coming along and wanted to know all of the details for the file, so I was filling her in. I advised her that the meeting was about doing a cost sharing agreement between the three parties and that this meeting was discussing what share each one would have in the agreement.
Her: ‘Can I get a copy of the cost sharing agreement to go over before the meeting?’
Me: ‘There is no cost sharing agreement. As discussed, that’s what we are meeting about today. The parameters of the agreement.’
Her: ‘So, can I get a copy of the cost sharing agreement?’
Me: *Hits head on desk.”
“What kind of a bird is Toucan Sam?”
When were the 1990s?
I… I dont know, 20 years ago? I was speechless.
“I once had a coworker ask me if we were allowed to serve ice cream sundaes on Saturdays, and she was being totally serious.”
“So… uh… is SmartWater smart because it’s full of electrocutes?”