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Frustration – dealing with morons who believe they are intelligent

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 29, 2010

Of late I have been forced to deal with a frustrating situation.  I am dealing with people who sincerely believe  they are intelligent but, in reality, are stupid, and cannot even grasp many elementary school concepts.

I know I am no “brain surgeon” but a person of average intelligence.

How do you argue with people when you have to bring the communication down to a 3rd grade level?

I was so frustrated, I went online to see if anyone had a great quote on the subject. Surely someone was quoted as saying “The most dangerous person is one who believes he is intelligent but really has no clue.”

Here’s the most relevant information I could find.

From SecretGeek.com

The problem is the people (like you, for instance) who don’t even begin to suspect that they are stupid. People who insist they’re God’s gift to intellectual discourse. But in reality: as thick as whale blubber.

Again from SecretGeek.com

  1. Forrest Gump: stupid, but he knows it.

  2. Homer Simpson: is actually dumb, but seems to think he’s the cleverest guy alive.

  3. Columbo: is actually smart, but comes across as quite a dope.

  4. Mr Spock: smart, and knows exactly how smart he is.

The people I am dealing with are Homer Simpsons.

Sorry this post is a pure vent but I needed it. Thanks for listening.

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The Baseball Triple Play – Mostly 5-4-3 ?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 11, 2010

After seeing The San Diego Padres pull a 5-4-3 triple play against the NY Mets, I wondered if that was a common triple play.

I sent this email to a few friends:baseball triple play

I assume you all saw last night’s triple play. How often does that type (5-4-3) of triple play happen? Often a triple play involves a line drive – sometimes with the runners going… It would be an interesting stat to see.

One response I received:

I would think more double plays would be turned 5-4-3- (I assume he meant triple play).

So I poked around and found some information on Wikipedia. (Major League Triple Plays).

Baseball Triple Plays for the years 2006 – 2010:

May 14, 2006 – Popped up bunt attempt, caught in the air, started the triple play
May 27, 2006 – Ground ball to second baseman, tags the runner going from first to second, started the triple play
June 11, 2006 – Fly ball caught by an outfielders started the triple play
September 2, 2006 – Strikeout and a pick off of a runner off second base, started the triple play
September 18, 2006 – Line out to third baseman started the triple play
April 21, 2007 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
April 29, 2007 – Line drive to the shortstop starts an unassisted triple play
August 27, 2007 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
May 30, 2008 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
April 12, 2009 – Line out to shortstop started the triple play
May 4, 2009 – Line out to shortstop started the triple play
May 20, 2009 – Lined drive to second baseman with the runners going, started the triple play
August 23, 2009 – Unassisted triple play started with line drive to second baseman
September 6, 2009 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
April 22, 2010 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play
May 19, 2010 – Line drive to centerfield started the triple play
June 10, 2010 – Ground ball to third, 5-4-3 triple play

That’s seventeen triple plays since 2006 .  Six of those triple plays were 5-4-3 triple plays…

That’s  35% of the triple plays since 2006 have been 5-4-3 triple plays.

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