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    Default Who hates talking to stupid people?

    Conversation I had with a clerk at a drug store recently (while buying Coke Zero).

    Clerk: I don't understand how you like this. I can't stand it.

    Me: I think it might be genetic. People with different genes sometimes taste things differently. I think this tastes 99% like coke. My girlfriend thinks it tastes like sewage.

    Clerk: Oh, I get it! You're saying that if you taste something a lot, you'll learn to taste it differently?

    Me: No, genes don't change in this regard. It means that you have genes that I don't and taste chemicals I don't.

    Clerk: Oh, so you mean with time, how you taste things change?

    Me: Actually, no, it's an inborn trait. It's set from birth.

    Clerk: Oh, ok. So you're saying that if I drink Coke Zero a lot, it'll taste better after a long time?

    Me: ...yea

    The guy was in his mid-20s. I'm guessing that CVS cashier is likely to be his job for a while still.

    Anyone else have good stories?

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    Butterfly Mage

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    I know what you mean about stupid people. I have a friend who actually isn't stupid but he believes something that is incredibly stupid.

    Me: You know the world isn't really 6,000 years old, right?

    Friend: The Bible says it is, therefore it must be.

    Me: But Carbon-14 dating puts a lot of fossils in the "millions of years old" to "hundreds of millions of years old" age range.

    Friend: I don't believe in Carbon-14 dating. It's a made-up science.

    Me: How do you explain fossil fuels? That's really old dino-juice underground.

    Friend: It's not old. The Earth is only 6,000 years old. So dinosaurs must have coexisted with humanity at some point before dying out in the Great Flood.

    Me: How do you explain continental drift then? A billion years ago, South America, Africa, and Australia were all part of the same land mass.

    Friend: There's no REAL proof that continental drift is happening. It's all just a theory.

    Me: How do you then explain astronomy? If creation occurred only 6,000 years ago, how is it possible that astronomers can see objects that are father away than 6,000 light years?

    Friend: I think the speed light was probably faster during the first week of Creation. Light could travel farther in a short period of time, so that's what astronomers are seeing.

    Me: There are religions older than Christianity/Judaism. How do you explain how there were civilizations that existed longer than 6,000 years ago?

    Friend: Those other religions have defective calendars. Christianity is the oldest religion because the Bible is the first book ever written, because it was written by God.

    :: Sigh::

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    i work in a call center. so to say I have talked to a stupid person would be an understatement

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightFox View Post
    Conversation I had with a clerk at a drug store recently (while buying Coke Zero). <snip>
    Well, he made an admirable effort to understand.

    Next time you bring him a case of Coke Zero, he'll wrinkle his nose and say, "Well, <NightFox's real name> said that if your mom made you wear jeans when you were a baby, you'd probably like this." And then you'll realize how screwed you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly Mage View Post
    But Carbon-14 dating puts a lot of fossils in the "millions of years old" to "hundreds of millions of years old" age range.
    This actually isn't true. I'm pretty sure carbon dating is only good for things in the 10,000 to 100,000 year range. Old than that requires other radioisotopes. I think dinosaur bones are aged by selenium dating.

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    Butterfly Mage

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    Thanks for the correction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightFox View Post
    Conversation I had with a clerk at a drug store recently (while buying Coke Zero).

    Clerk: I don't understand how you like this. I can't stand it.

    Me: I think it might be genetic. People with different genes sometimes taste things differently. I think this tastes 99% like coke. My girlfriend thinks it tastes like sewage.

    Clerk: Oh, I get it! You're saying that if you taste something a lot, you'll learn to taste it differently?

    Me: No, genes don't change in this regard. It means that you have genes that I don't and taste chemicals I don't.

    Clerk: Oh, so you mean with time, how you taste things change?

    Me: Actually, no, it's an inborn trait. It's set from birth.

    Clerk: Oh, ok. So you're saying that if I drink Coke Zero a lot, it'll taste better after a long time?

    Me: ...yea

    The guy was in his mid-20s. I'm guessing that CVS cashier is likely to be his job for a while still.

    Anyone else have good stories?
    Whoever neutral repped me, I'm not looking down on someone for being a cashier. I'm looking down on them for being dumb and unable to follow a straightforward even if abstract concept. And 'cashier,' a job which once again I don't look down on, is quite frankly a job well suited for a person who doesn't have a lot of processing power upstairs.

    If you include your name in neutral rep in the future, I can respond to you individually via PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly Mage View Post
    Thanks for the correction!
    No prob. The idea is that they break down at different rates. If you look at something that formed too recently, then you won't see too much separation in concentrations of the two isotopes. On the other hand, you stop seeing a change in separation if you wait long enough (eg, the difference between carbon-12 and carbon-14 stops changing after about 100k years). The range for carbon dating generally limits it to the range of human history.

    Wikipedia has a good page on different methods if you're interested. Radiometric dating - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightFox View Post
    Conversation I had with a clerk at a drug store recently (while buying Coke Zero).

    Clerk: I don't understand how you like this. I can't stand it.

    Me: I think it might be genetic. People with different genes sometimes taste things differently. I think this tastes 99% like coke. My girlfriend thinks it tastes like sewage.
    It sounds like this was just a simple misunderstanding. To be fair, the clerk wasn't expecting the topic of genetics to be revealed within the then-simple conversation about a soda. Give the guy a break haha! He probably felt like an idiot.

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    two things are infinitely .. the human stupidity and the universe .. by universe im still not sure ( free to alber einstein ) lol

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    Butterfly Mage

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    My other annoyance includes people who think "Democrat", "Liberal", "Left", "Socialist", "Communist", and "Marxist" are identical terms.

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