May 26th, 2006

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03:06 am - I'm gonna build a castle in the clouds - not to get closer to God, but to get farther from y'all
Nate and I went to see the midnight showing of X-Men III. It was okay - nothing like as spectacularly good as the second one or, in my opinion, even as solidly exciting as the first one.

Frankly, the high-school-age-or-just-past-it idiots who sat behind us made more of an impression on me. Among the conversational tidbits I couldn't, no matter how desperately I tried, fail to catch:

"And then he took like, one of those fire things, you know that you stir stuff around with? And he was totally poking at stuff with it!"

"Hahaha, yeah, and like this was my last final EVER, and it was all true false, and I totally just marked every single thing on it 'true.' It was crazy though, I still totally got a 32! I couldn't believe I did that good just marking everything true!" (The guy retold this story, word for word, at least four times.)

The thing that really killed me about this - besides, you know, being subjected to it for 20 minutes before the movie started - is that this was a group of five or six kids, all clean, all clearly middle class, all speaking with clear diction. And I'm wondering, how the fuck is it that we have a bottom rung of society that barely scrapes by - and these abysmally and willfully ignorant schmucks aren't perched on it? How on earth can somebody with that many environmental advantages and no obvious genetic defects manage to stay that stupid?

I don't know the answer. I wish I didn't even know the question.

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[User Picture] From: wanton_bliss
Date: May 26th, 2006 - 12:52 pm
How on earth can somebody with that many environmental advantages and no obvious genetic defects manage to stay that stupid?

Ask the President.

[User Picture] From: freakout
Date: May 26th, 2006 - 02:01 pm
If he had marked everything false, he'd have gotten a 68.

[User Picture] From: herbaliser
Date: May 26th, 2006 - 04:31 pm
yeah, dumbass.

[User Picture] From: zeldappa
Date: May 26th, 2006 - 02:34 pm
I think that maybe these kids aren't actually this stupid (i.e. their brains are capable of more) but that our culture/society/times/whatever no longer views intelligence as an asset. People are rewarded for being dumb all the time. And I don't guess that it's anything new that smart kids are made fun of in school, but I think it might be harder for them to keep fighting back. ... I don't know what the solution is, but I blame the parents. (haha)

[User Picture] From: billyfleetwood
Date: May 26th, 2006 - 03:31 pm
My theory is this... 60% of all people are flaming morons. Always have been, and always will be. male, female, rich, poor, black, white, straight,gay, mexican, whatever. This is why racism, sexism, discrimiantion, etc. will never die. You can always point at any group of people, and the majority of them are fucking idiots.

From: (Anonymous)
Date: May 27th, 2006 - 07:00 am

[User Picture] From: clme
Date: May 29th, 2006 - 07:36 am
Well, how much of what is left is functionally literate? You know, the ones that can at least read a price tag, a road sign, or a national enquirer if they sound out the words.

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