Stupid People Tricks

I once applied for a full time training position with a company and during the interview was asked if I ever taught a class where the students were difficult. I had to search my memory because I'm usually the trainer they hire to come in after another trainer failed with a difficult class. I couldn't remember a class that was out of control. It comes from being an experienced trainer, carrying myself in a professional manner, understanding people, keeping the class moving and providing quality information. Still, the interviewers seemed to want something so I mentioned a class I had once where the students were "rock stupid". Now obviously, I didn't mention this to the students. I taught the class professionally. But, let's face it, they obviously made an impression on me. Nevertheless, I lost the job. The training administrator told me they didn't consider people to be stupid, they just felt "some people had a different way of looking at things."

This page is dedicated to those people. They make life fun and interesting. Feel free to send me additional entries.


When I teach Excel, I show a feature called AutoFill where you can type "Qtr 1" and drag out the fill handle to produce these labels:

Qtr 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr 4 Qtr 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr 4

Since I have been teaching this feature, six times I've been asked, "How come it only goes to four?"


This entry is courtesy of Phil Proctor and his article "Planet Proctor" and one of his contributors, John Rice.

Counter Worker: "Do you know when Cinco de Mayo is this year?"

Rice (keeping a straight face): "I think it's on May 5th this year."

Counter Worker: "Are you sure?"

Rice: "Yeah, I'm positive now that I think about it."

Counter Worker: "Thanks. You know it's not on the calendar."


This entry is from a letter to the editor:

You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two.

This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they ?

Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.


 As you know, the mouse arrow always points up. In a beginning computer class, I told the class to click on something on the bottom of the screen and the student turned the mouse upside down to try to get the mouse to point downward.



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