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Varieties of Stupid
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Some of the Many Varieties of Stupid


1. Book stupid

This one is pretty self-explanatory. These are the people who, although not technically illiterate, couldn’t comprehend something they read in a children’s book. For the most part, these are the people who spend way too much time in front of the boob tube or playing video games.They’ve never actually stimulated their brains in any intellectual fashion, so don’t expect them to be able to carry on an intelligent conversation.


2. Street stupid

Street stupid is arguably the most dangerous type. These are the people who don’t react quickly enough to things in their environment, either because they over-think things or because they’re afraid. If they hesitate to react in the wrong situation, they can get themselves and possibly you hurt or killed.


3. Naive stupid

Here you have one of the types of stupid that you can legitimately feel bad for when things go wrong. These are the people who, even though they’ve been screwed over many times before, choose to give people the benefit of the doubt. They believe everyone is good deep down inside, so they decide to trust them until the person proves they don’t deserve that trust. Unfortunately, they get hurt frequently, and it’s difficult to convince them that some people are just bad and will use and abuse them regardless of what they do.


4. Lazy stupid

The lazy stupid people are those that could potentially have a good point, but don’t feel like putting forth the effort to make a valid argument. For example, they would rather spew nonsense than actually research what they’re arguing about. You probably see this a lot on Facebook. Many times, they think that if it sounds good, people will just believe the stupid and inaccurate information they’re feeding them.



5. Hateful stupid


Fortunately, this isn’t quite as common as some other forms of stupid. When you run into hateful stupid, you know it. These are the folks who are so miserable with their lives that they will go out of their way to make other people cry. When a debate deteriorates into something that involves the person verbally eviscerating you instead of sticking with the topic, you may have found one of these hateful stupid people.They aren’t capable of convincing people or winning based upon facts, so they begin to attack you personally, because the worse you feel about yourself, the happier they are. If you find yourself curled up in the fetal position in tears, you’re probably the unfortunate victim of one of these horrid, unhappy, insecure people.


6. Loud & Obnoxious Stupid

Here is another one that’s self-explanatory. I’m sure you’ve seen them. That person yelling and cussing at someone in an effort to try to “resolve” a problem? That’s loud and obnoxious stupid. These people think that if they yell loud enough or insult the person they’re talking to enough, that they will somehow get the other person to agree that they were right. Not based on facts or logic. Based upon the fact that they’re skilled at carrying on like an idiot. This type of stupid doesn’t win you arguments and it doesn’t win you friends. It only makes you look like a moron.


7. Arrogant Stupid

Oh, this one’s fun! Smart/Dumb switch Arrogant stupid are the people who are so in love with what they see in the mirror that they believe their looks somehow make them smart too. Being hot doesn’t equate with being smart. Again, if you aren’t a person that researches things or is aware of what’s going on in the world, don’t act like you know everything. You may very well just be giving other hot people a bad rep by making people think you’re all arrogant stupid. People that are truly intelligent don’t usually feel the need to be arrogant about it.


8. “Stop eating the paste” stupid

I saw that term in a Gilmore Girls episode years ago, and it still makes me giggle. There are a couple reasons a person could fit this description. For some, it’s through no fault of their own. If they were born with a less than average mental capacity, then God bless them. Much love to them <3 However, if someone falls into this category through their own stupidity, they deserve to be made fun of. If you’ve fried your brain through years of excessive drug or alcohol use and are no longer functioning at normal capacity, sorry but you deserve what you get. All of us have rough periods throughout our lives, but drowning our problems in drugs & alcohol will never fix the situation. If you have a problem with substance abuse, I urge you to seek support before you end up one of these “stop eating the paste” kind of stupid people. You only get one mind and one body. Don’t waste them.


9. Highly-educated stupid


College educated people are supposed to be smart, right? If you work in an environment that contains a lot of people with graduate and PhDs, you’ll probably agree that isn’t true. From my observations, I’ve noticed that the more formal education a person has, the less common sense they possess. It’s kind of like a see-saw….when the “intelligence” side goes up, the common Man wearing a dunce capsense side of the see-saw goes down. Maybe there isn’t enough room in the human brain to juggle both kinds of intelligence. Or maybe these highly-educated people feel that they’re so smart that they shouldn’t waste time using common sense anymore. Either way, it’s an ugly trend….and one that has inspired me to stop with my Bachelor’s degree. I prefer having common sense, thank you very much.


10. Vengeful stupid


Vengeful stupid is sort of like hateful stupid, but worse. In fact, they are a very special kind of stupid. The vengeful ones will go to the ends of the earth to destroy you if you make them mad. Although not always, this usually happens with someone you know on a very personal level. If you slight them, they will take it to the extreme, and set out to destroy your reputation, your livelihood, and possibly your life just to get revenge. They often don’t care what the consequences may be, even if it involves charges being filed. If you happen to run into someone that you think is a vengeful stupid, run away as fast as you can. You cannot reason with these people. Their out-of-control blind rage means they will stop at nothing to hurt you or destroy everything you’ve worked for.


11. “I’m above you in the hierarchy so I think I’m smart” stupid


These are the bosses that know less than their subordinates. They landed a management position, not necessarily because they deserved it, but possibly based upon the fact that the company had a need and weren’t quickly able to find someone better qualified. Everyone hates these kinds of managers. Since they’re in a management position, they feel that alone qualifies them as intelligent and all-knowing. They are always right, even though they’re usually wrong. Their way is the only way, even if you can prove that your way will yield better and faster results. These kinds of people make the workplace miserable, and quite often the company would be better off having no one fill that position than settling for stupid, arrogant, and incompetent.

http://www.vizfact.com/10-varieties-of-stupid/
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I totally fit in the naive stupid :[
Posted 8/7/12 , edited 8/7/12
You forgot the too-nice-and-cute stupid.

People who will go: d'awwwww sho kyuuuute, aI tAiPe lAiK dIs

Then they ask you a lot of really obvious questions, like the type that people would ask 3rd graders or something. It reminds me of the way people talk to puppies. I really hate being talked to like that.
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7. I'd say arrogant stupid includes more than just good-looking people. Arrogant stupid is anyone who thinks they know better, but they are actually hugely mistaken. Arguably the worst kind of stupid. Ignorance (not knowing) can be fixed, but arrogance (they think they already know) can't be touched. A lot like #11.

9. In the pursuit of learning, every day something is aquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped. ~ Lao Tsu
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I guess i'm just lazy stupid.

I don't really like to research points, but I'll spout out an opinion to get other people to research it for me, prove me wrong, and then provide reference links.
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I'm just going to simplify it and say I'm "just" stupid from time to time. On some days, more than others.
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Vengeful Stupid here.
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I'm my own unique brand of stupid. I would explain, but you know.. I'm stupid.
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Uhmmm...Uhmmmm....

I couldn't find my category of stooped, does that mean I win?

I've experienced and seen most of these, and I've learned from my mistakes.
Sure, I didn't learn from my first mistake, took me years of mental training. No, seriously, it took me about 7 years of honing my ninja skills.

I've learned to reason and rationalize before I act.
It highly decreases my chances of committing something I will regret later.

My friends actually call me the 'wise man', I have a goatee I stroke to prove it.
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Naive stupid definitely. I'm not stupid enough that I believe "gullible is written on the ceiling" but I'm pretty close to it

A bit of book stupid when it's science related (gah hate chemistry and physics) and street stupid.

Why not include "common sense stupid" I'm pretty sure there's people out there that are stupid because they lack it.
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I'd fall under naive stupid I think.
I tend to give others the benefit of the doubt even though it only ends up coming back to bite me in the end...
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I wish I wasn't naive.
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I've dabbled in a couple of these over my lifespan, but I'm fortunate enough that I don't think any of them specifically define me. I've met a lot of people though that fit some these to a T.
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How about the "I use big words and write long explanations so I sound smart" stupid? This doesn't fall under the Highly-educated stupid because most of the time you can tell education had nothing to do with their writing.

The point of communicating is the exchange of information. Anyone who has taken a journalism class knows that you are supposed to write simply and clearly at a 7th grade reading level. This makes the information understandable and readable. "Write as you talk" is also one of the lessons they teach in journalism.

I see way too many people write a long rant, with words they snagged from a thesaurus. These speeches are overflowing with redundance. The original concept gets lost in a sea of adjectives and you don't get your point across.

I would write more, but then I would be doing what I am bitching about. But I will leave off with a quote:

"I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words, and brief sentences. That is the way to write English—it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; and don't let the fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them—then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when close together. They give strength when they are wide apart."

—Mark Twain

Edit: I'm not sayig everyone who writes more than a few words is doing this. You can tell when you read something if someone is conveying their message or going around in circles.
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The moment you try to delineate varieties of stupid ; create categories into which dynamic, growing human beings are supposed to fit.... you have a small minority of people disagree with you

you know, I just had a thought that there's something to be said about the stupidity inherent in going off about how so many people out there can be stupid ,variously.
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