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It’s raining, just as I get ready to step outside, someone asks, “are you going out in the rain?”

My unspoken answer, “no, in the next downpour!”

Is it only me or our collective quest to becoming smarter has some people simply refusing to think, or worst succumb to being mental sluggards?

My lamentation is well-founded! Some questions are simply dim-witted or to put it bluntly just stupid. Have you encountered those kinds of questions lately?

Consider being awakened by a phone call at 2am in the morning (in the same time zone) and being asked, “are you sleeping?” To which I really want to answer, “No, I’m planting trees . . .”

How about standing in front of an Elevator on the (clearly labeled) Ground floor , someone walks up and asks, “Are you going up?” My answer, “no, I’m waiting for the second floor to come down to me!” Unspoken of course.

In case you think, I’m the only one presented with these not-so-thought-through questions, here is a recent hilarious account of a similar encounter.

“I’m at Wal-Mart buying a bag of Purina dog food for my dog. While in the check-out line, a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. Why else would I be buying all of this dog food, RIGHT?

So on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again, and that I probably shouldn’t because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in Intensive Care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IV’s in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and all you do is load your pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in Intensive Care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle’s butt and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.”

The person in the above story was a lot bolder than I have been. Note to myself: Come up with crazy things to say whenever I’m asked a question that falls under the category of stupid.

I wonder if this is what the wisest man who walked the face of the earth meant when he said,

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes”.

Have you ever been asked any thoughtless questions? Did you answer with an equally thoughtless answer? At least, in your head? 

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