Some Really Boneheaded People!

I miss those days of innocent reality tv shows like Love Connection when the worst you saw were two contestants sheepishly admitting having sex with one another on their first date.  At least back then, they and the host, Chuck Woolery, feigned embarrassment.  Now, you have the Jerry Springer/Maury Povich crowd who readily admit to situations like “I was artificially inseminated with my twin-sister’s boyfriend’s transgendered nephew’s sperm before his operation.  Should I tell my boyfriend he’s not the baby daddy?”  There seems to be no end to the number of people who are “worthy” to be Springer/Povich guests.

Some of the following range from ridiculous to outrageous to unbelievable.  I couldn’t even begin to rank them in terms of boneheaded-ness so I’ve listed these numbskulls in no particular order.  You make the call.

A man in Honolulu is suing a South Korean company, NCSoft Corp., for emotional distress and misrepresentation for developing its video game “Lineage II.”  He alleges the company failed to include a warning about the danger of addiction and that he wouldn’t have bought and played the game if he knew he would become addicted to it.  He claims his addiction to the game left him unable to function independently in his usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.

New Jersey residents, Heath and Deborah Campbell, found themselves in the dependency system when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son.  Why?  Because their son’s name was “Adolf Hitler Campbell” and his siblings were named “JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell” and “Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.”  As a prosecutor in the Los Angeles dependency courts, I, too, came across plenty of stupid names like “Female” pronounced “Fä mä lē” or “Vagina” pronounced “vä gee nä.”  Giving your children stupid names isn’t grounds to take them away from you.  There’s got to be a “risk of serious injury to their children” before the state intervenes.  Sometimes I think the law ought to be changed.

Earlier in the year, the FDA found it necessary to warn the public that swallowing an over-the-counter medication, meant to be rubbed on the skin, can have harmful effects.  There were reports that people were experiencing unconsciousness, hallucinations, and confusion after “mistakenly” swallowing Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel.  Apparently, the product didn’t carry a warning “for skin use only.”  I’ve always been amazed at the warnings I see on products and wonder why they’re necessary?  Now I know.

A woman in Bethlehem, PA, was cited for harassment after her 26-year old son called the police and reported his mother cleaned a bathroom in the house with his toothbrush and then returned it to its holder.  You decide who’s the bonehead.  While the story drew some mixed comments, many did not favor the son’s over-reaction:   “26-years old and still at home?” “You’re a bit too old to be living with mother and calling the cops on her just because she used your toothbrush to clean the toilet you wouldn’t clean!”  “Seriously dude, find a girlfriend, or a boyfriend, and……..move in with her/him.”  I’m surprised he didn’t complain to the police his mother stopped breastfeeding him.

There’s the mother of Zander, the 5-year old boy who’s a beauty pageant contestant.  I have a problem with children’s beauty pageants to begin with and the whole “Toddlers and Tiaras” thing gives me the creeps, but this little guy has, in his short life, been in at least 60 pageants and doesn’t like to lose because, “my mom might be sad.”  Need I say more?

Katherine Gundelfinger managed to gather enough signatures in western Massachusetts to put a measure on the ballot to allow females of any age to be unclothed from the waist up in public anywhere males are allowed to be similarly undressed.  I haven’t a clue what this woman was thinking, but seventy percent of the citizens of Pittsfield, MA thought this was a boneheaded idea and voted against it.

And, finally, the pro-abortion crowd, who apparently isn’t aware that abortion is legal in this country but are concerned, nonetheless, about the new conservatives in Congress, who took to Twitter under the hashtag “Ihadanabortion.”  So, while we’ve all heard abortion proponents scream about a woman’s right to privacy, these knuckleheads don’t feel at all inhibited about talking about their abortions on the internet for all to read.  Their rationale:  to dispel the stigma surrounding an abortion.  According to one report, a woman “live-tweeted” her abortion.  I haven’t a clue how that’s done but I don’t want to know.  Apparently she was not only applauded for her actions, but was told that women should thank her.  While some might say it’s empowering, I say it’s abominable.

I’m not sure if there are just more really dumb people out there, or more who crave attention and want their fifteen minutes of fame or more who are just plain clueless.  Perhaps it’s because the internet provides twenty-four hour coverage of stories like these.

All I know is that I sit in front of my computer day after day and shake my head and say, “I don’t get it,” but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
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  • Teddi

    Unbelievable stories! Yes, I think we have always had people who could not think, and the Internet is allowing us all to hear these stories at an astonishing rate. Aren’t we lucky!

  • Ron

    Luckily these are the exception and not the rule. Otherwise they would not be newsworth or on television. If it happened all the time there would be no reason to watch. I have no idea how many people watch reality tv shows but my guess is the same percentage of the population would be interested. It is just now on television. Before there was readily available pornography there were smokers. There used to be weird magazines like True. As for the pro abortion crowd screaming about a right to privacy and having an internet site, I do not see an ambiguity unless the people on the site are not voluntarily appearing on it.

  • CAB

    This makes me laugh!! I have a lot of “Are you KIDDING me?” moments. This is great!

  • Roger Ward

    Is it possible that people have always been so stupid …. but now, with the internet, it’s easier to put that stupidity on public view? I can think of quite a number of really dumb people and situations that did not reach the national consciousness back in the dark days (or good old days?) before the web. It seems now that every really dumb behavior has a good chance of going viral …. and if it doesn’t achieve that level of infamy, such behavior can become known to hundreds or thousands, or millions, who would not have known of it before the internet’s arrival. I suspect that modern day dunces have nothing on their predecessors, except the world-wide opportunity to exhibit their stupidity. Of course, not every dumb idea is really dumb, like Katherine Gundelfinger’s attempted measure in Massachusetts.

    • http://www.idontgetit.us Leona Salazar

      I just knew one of the male readers would think Katherine Gundelfinger’s measure was not so boneheaded and you proved me right!

  • JDO

    I was sitting in an emergency room one time, and the only thing on the tv was Maury Povich … or Montel Williams, I don’t remember (and what’s the difference?). The only reason I was even in a room with that trash on the tv is because I was very ill. Anyway, the subject was one of the (now infamous) “Who’s the Daddy?” segments. The woman they had on had fifteen men lined up that took DNA tests. Let me repeat that. Fifteen. 15! Now the fact that this woman had sex with fifteen men is amazing enough (not “amazing” in a good way, of course), but the fact that she had sex with fifteen men ALL IN A VERY LIMITED TIME PERIOD, short enough that, nine months later, all of them were candidates to be the father is just unbelievable. What was worse? She wasn’t alone, of course. There were others. I think she had the highest number of possible “dads,” though. Some only had eight or nine. Bless their self-control.