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People Are All Kinds of Dumb #4…

I have a PlayStation 4, along with over 90 million others. It’s a few years old now, but it’s a cool piece of kit, still very much sought after. So much so, in fact, that this guy in France couldn’t resist trying to pick one up for a little over £8.

Now, full disclosure, sometimes The Girlfriend© will buy half a dozen loose Granny Smith apples from Tesco (other supermarket chains are available) and bag them as onions, so I appreciate that my horse is not particularly high here, but this kid has balls like grapefruits to think his idea of retail thievery would work.

In defence of my own indiscretions, I’m never there when she does it. But I shouldn’t be surprised: she is from Fife after all.

People Are All Kinds of Dumb #2…

Couples on the precipice of marriage can be strange beasts indeed. Maybe it’s the suffocating thought that they will soon (officially) be a we instead of just an I, or maybe it’s something a lot less tangible than that, but once that date looms on the calendar all of those not-so-perfect traits come out like cream from a freshly-baked profiterole.

It’s a long way down from that cliff-edge, so you have to forgive a little silliness along the way, but these guys are just asking for trouble.

For example, at the dinner, guests will be required to answer a mathematical question in order to find out where they sit. Every guest/couple will be presented with a unique, bespoke question: its difficulty and subject matter drawn directly from what we know their mathematical background to be.

So says the Facebook post.

All right, fine – maybe most of their guests play on a similar field and it will all be a bit of a laugh, but surely not everyone on their list has quadratic equations coursing through their veins. What about cousin Johnny who dropped out of college to pursue a career in the fast food industry; or that one friend who hasn’t put down his guitar since second grade because he always knew he was going to be the next Hendrix? What question do they get?

Everyone wants to feel clever, and absolutely nobody wants to be have their intelligence questioned, especially by people they would count as their friends and family…

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…and I’m damn sure nobody wants to have to put in a study session before they shine their shoes and head off to the church.

People Are All Kinds of Dumb #1…

Bird Box is a new Sandra Bullock movie, distributed by Netflix which you can find on the streaming platform right now. It’s an enjoyable take on the end of the world zombie trope that has been passé for longer than I have been around to document it.

In the film, people are forced to live out their days blind, as death comes to all those who see the virus or the thing that has arrived to destroy the species. Spoiler… there never is an explanation as to what it is, or why it’s here, but you know, that’s a minor plot quibble.

So it was, of course, only a matter of time before some bright spark landed on the idea of the Bird Box Challenge – a stupendously silly and irresponsible idea, where the object is to film yourself performing everyday tasks while blindfolded. It’s mostly harmless stuff like walking around the house and banging into your sofa, but then there are people driving cars or walking on top of buildings to balance things out at the crazy end of the scale.

Netflix even had to take to Twitter on the second day of 2019:

Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.

I can’t believe they had to say it either.

Fortunately there have been no recorded deaths as a result of this idiocy, but it’s only a matter of time. On second thoughts, I say fortunately, but perhaps these are exactly the kind of people the world could do with culling.

Natural selection and all that.