Today might be national Ask a Stupid Question Day. Then again, it might have been yesterday, or it could be Friday.
According to Boston.com, so-called experts place the commemoration on Sept. 27, Sept. 28, Sept. 30, or the last school day of the month.
For the sake of argument, let’s call it today. And for the sake of example, let me offer a couple of personal experiences.
Years ago I took a nighttime business trip to Cleveland with the company owner. As the plane made its final descent, I looked out the window and saw a smattering of lights, which became increasingly more plentiful, and then, bang, big-city lights as far as I could see.
The plane swung around on its approach and … whoa, pitch black. Being from Texas I’m accustomed to sprawling metro areas. I turned to the boss-man and asked, “Hmm, the lights just cut off abruptly at the city limits. Is that a northern city thing?”
He looked out the window, back at me and said, “That’s Lake Erie, you idiot.”
Yeah, we had a good working relationship.
A few years later my then-girlfriend-and-future-wife-ex-wife and I watched a Dallas Stars game on TV. During a commercial she made an astute observation. “The Stars, the Cowboys, and even the Rangers have a star in their logos. Why is that?”
The look on my face must have screamed, “Ya think maybe that’s because Texas is the Lone Star State, there, do ya, blondie?”
No wonder we’re divorced.
Anyway, in honor of the day, or yesterday, or Friday, use the comments section to share the dumbest question you’ve ever asked or been asked.
Teachers should have some beauties.
Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks this is proof that there are no stupid questions, only stupid people.
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