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Fifteen Of The Dumbest Things People Were Actually Told

It's amazing how long people can go believing a 'fun fact' they heard once, without ever actually looking into it. My parents used to tell me that drinking soda would stunt my growth, and I thought, "Oh sh*t, okay, thanks for the heads-up," and then proceeded to avoid soda at all costs and silently judge anyone who dared take a sip. It wasn't until I was much older, and had already completely stopped growing vertically, that I realized this was straight-up BS. Though this is what parents do, lying is easier than explaining.

Though it is important to note that not all of the dumb things we say come from our parents. There are some things we need to take responsibility for, like being airheads.

If you've ever come across someone with a lot of questionable 'knowledge,' you'll probably enjoy this Reddit thread.

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    Font - r/AskReddit u/ZakLorinator · 1y What's the dumbest thing someone has told you? 29.4k 18.3k Share
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    Reddit user u/ZakLorinator asked people to share the dumbest thing anyone has ever told them. It seems clear now that people are spewing BS all over the world since there are over 18k responses. It was reassuring to know that not all of these dumbest comments were from Americans... So it's not just an American thing! yay!


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    Font - robertbreadford · 1y "Pumpkins aren't natural, because they last too long" I then explained the concept of skin and how long jack-o-lanterns last compared to an unbroken pumpkin, and you should should have seen the look on her face 469 ... 2 MORE REPLIES
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    I'm going to guess this one is actually from an American considering the mention of jack-o-lanterns. But still, I would consider this comment to be 'light dumb' because perhaps the pumpkins she came across in her day-to-day had a lot of chemicals pumped into them. Or maybe they were even plastic! See? We don't know the whole story.


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    Rectangle - Portarossa • 1y A blowjob doesn't count as cheating because, and I quote, 'it doesn't include the genitals.' 1 5.4k ...
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    Font - ivazour • 1y 3 1 Award "I don't want to swim in the ocean because I might get pregnant by a sperm whale" the person who said this? F18. What the actual fuck. 4 4.5k ...
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    Rectangle - besterluca • 1y I sat next to a girl in bio who got 40% on our first test. She seemed quite pleased and said that now she only needed to get 40% again to have an average of 80%. 3.5k ...
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    Rectangle - dosta1322 · 1y 1 Award Watching a sunset on the ocean one day when a late teens person asked me why the ocean doesn't put the sun's fire out. 3.3k ...
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    Rectangle - Paras529 · 1y S 2 Awards Are the Greeks from Ireland? 8.1k ...
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    Font - ManEEEFaces • 1y "I don't have to wear a condom because I smoke weed and it makes me sterile." He was a 15 year old kid that had a job cleaning houseboats. 4.3k ...
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    Rectangle - JugOfVoodoo • 1y 3 3 Awards That birds are mammals because they have meat. 19.0k ...
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    Rectangle - Dame_Mort · 1y 3 1 Award That John Lennon was in fact the first president to be assassinated 11.4k ...
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    Rectangle - idontknowimlost • 1y A girl from Florida once told me 'because Australia is upside down, left is right and right is left'. I am Australian and told her she was right and not many people know that! 6.2k ...
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    Font - Stiffmeister24 · ly S 1 Award A girl in my geology class once said that the oceans were so polluted because the dirty animals wash themselves in it, that was in 8th grade 5.5k ...
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    Rectangle - sithwonder • 1y 31 Award "Why are people Canadian?" 14.1k ... +B
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    Rectangle - itti-bitti-kitti • 1y 3 2 Awards My step sister told me we should see the PG13 movie because PG meant "pretty good." I wish I were joking.
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    Font - hrm326 • 1y Coworker over the summer told us with all seriousness if he had sex with a girl in the shower the water would wash everything out and she wouldn't get pregnant. We all just looked at him in bewilderment and he was shocked to hear the truth. 482 4 MORE REPLIES
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    Rectangle - marchese51 • 1y If you swallow your chewing gum, your lungs will stick together. 935 ... 22 MORE REPLIES
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