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How Can Some People Be Sooo Stooopid?!


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#31 GAtkins

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:26

Bruce,

 

I literally laughed out loud when I read your post.  I had the same seller say 5 3/4 twice on the same pen when I asked the second time for them to remeasure.  I'm sure they didn't bother to break out the ruler the second time though.

 

Maybe you should link them to something like this.  They wouldn't get the subtle hint.

 

http://www.guzer.com...tures/findx.php

 

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#32 Parker51

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 03:41

Yes, people are in general, by definition, of average Intelligence. Most get by on a day to day basis by using a variety of heuristics, and often are so dependent on them that they are incapable of exercising even the most basic of problem solving.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 03:49

Remember there is an APP for everything now.......

All they have to do is click on & up/down load.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:05

How Can Some People Be Sooo Stooopid?!

 

It's a gift.

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:05

Bruce,

 

I literally laughed out loud when I read your post.  I had the same seller say 5 3/4 twice on the same pen when I asked the second time for them to remeasure.  I'm sure they didn't bother to break out the ruler the second time though.

 

Maybe you should link them to something like this.  They wouldn't get the subtle hint.

 

http://www.guzer.com...tures/findx.php

 

Glenn

 

 

Thanks Glenn, my wife and I had a good laugh...

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 13:16

A while back I was working for a small high end contractor who would hire College Students for summer "help". One of the kids, the owners' nephew who was i his last year of a very prestigious university had no clue on how to read a ruler. They would shout a measurement at him and his whole brain would go to a swirling bowl of alphabet soup staring at the tape measure.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 20:43

One does not need to be smart to use a ruler correctly.

I would like to make a guess that most incorrect measurements do not speak of lack of intelligence but lack of giving a (bleep).

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 00:00

I sure don't get it.  :unsure:

 

I distinctly remember about 50 years ago learning numbers in 2nd grade via a number line. Same principle.

 

MOST people have 10 fingers and 10 toes. That's twenty somethings to count on if you take your shoes off. Shirley Anyone could use their fingers and

toes to count the number of lines between inches and measure something.

 

It ain't Rocket Surgery.  ;)

 

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 00:14

I'm wondering what the school systems teaches the youngsters these days?



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 02:19

Been accused of not being able to count past ten with shoes and pants on.  ;)


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 02:19

I'm wondering what the school systems teaches the youngsters these days?

How to use a calculator, a keyboard, a spellcheck, and Google.  Also how to pass a state standardized test.

 

My district is returning to instruction in cursive handwriting this year.


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:07

In answer to the topic question, it is the same reason that Congress (the opposite of progress, as pro is to con) raises taxes; because they can. ;-0


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:30

At work when we have meetings we take quiz's for different safety topics and they just give

us the answers. Everyone passes even if the employees do not learn anything from the topic.

Just maintaining the paperwork I guess to keep the higher ups happy....



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:55

I recently asked such a question to a fellow Masshole on eBay and was told, "buy it and you can find the length of the pen yourself". Some things never change.


Edited by ninad, 27 July 2014 - 01:56.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:19

I wonder if any seller would respond appropriately if you asked for an updated picture next to a ruler. (assuming they placed both the pen and ruler in the correct orientation.) 

 

 

I recently asked such a question to a fellow Masshole on eBay and was told, "buy it and you can find the length of the pen yourself". Some things never change.

 
I've had a response somewhat like that when asking for updated pictures because the original was like a 20px gaussian blur filter was applied. 

Edited by KBeezie, 27 July 2014 - 06:22.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 16:39

I frequently have to ask if they could show us a pic of the nib.

 

You wouldn't believe the hostility I get back either.

 

Bruce I feel your pain.


Edited by Chrissy, 27 July 2014 - 16:39.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 15:47

I still remember some eBayers in the camera department.

 

One seller was offering a camera in original leather case. Needless to say he included pictures of the camera from all angles... with the camera still in the case.

 

Or one prospective buyer asking the seller offering a camera from the 1950s, if the original CD-ROM was included in the sale.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 17:08

My favorite is still the seller offering a copy of Edward G. Robinson's autobiography "All My Yesterdays" signed by Mr. Robinson.  The Buy It Now price reflected the value of the author's signature on the autograph market.  I pointed out to him that page 308 of the book mentions Mr. Robinson's death and that the copyright was owned by, "The estate of Edward G. Robinson," making it highly unlikely that the signature in a book published after Mr. Robinson's demise was authentic.  Would he, I asked, discount the Buy It Now price to something more reasonable for an unsigned volume.  His reply is not repeatable on a family friendly forum and he banned me from bidding on his items. 


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 20:01

No pride in customer service. For me when I send an item I think how I would feel if I received the item

damaged. One thing I have learned is that bad press spreads faster than good press.

We should find a moron on fleabay and spam them with emails about the item on their site.

That is what you should do Bruce, find an item that is labeled wrong,fuzzy photos etc,etc post the topic on FPN

and we will all spam email them with questions on the item and fill up their inbox.

 

Can you salvage the jewel or the clip?



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 20:21

Quoted material redacted

Bet I can fix it...



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 20:28

Believe it or not, it WAS Completely accidental that I left his name and address so clearly visible in that pic.  ;) No. Really.

 

In my message to him, I "Strongly Urged" him to Not make me have to pay My money to return it to him. It won't do Him any good as it is now. We'll see. The jewel and clip are in nice shape. But he also flunked Ruler 101 (seems a freaking epidemic on Fleabay these days) when I asked for measurements  and it's actually a Demi cap, Not the full size I Thought I was getting. (I actually know a FPNer who Could Have used the Demi cap Before it was ruined. I would have gladly tightened him up with this one were it undamamged.) 

 

I don't really forsee me having any use for a 51 Demi clip and jewel but I Will harvest them if I get to keep the cap.

 

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 20:31

Bet I can fix it...

 

I don't doubt that for a second.

 

You want me to shoot it to you at Spa Estie West if I get to keep it?

 

Bruce



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 23:26

Sounds like my experience with eBay sellers when asking about nib sizes when omitted.  After all, who cares what size nib a pen has, right?

 

The best response I recall from a few years ago was, "it's still sharp."

 

In the seller's defense their main business may have been selling blunt objects like butter knives and safety scissors for kindergarteners. It's been a while.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 16:16

Here is a pen set I saw in a antique shop in Princeton WI100_4201_zpse895fdba.jpg

Not too bright. Do not ask me what the price was. I did not ask.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 17:24

Here is a pen set I saw in a antique shop in Princeton WI100_4201_zpse895fdba.jpg

Not too bright. Do not ask me what the price was. I did not ask.

Well, it DOES say Parker 51 on the box!  :unsure:


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 21:54

Well, it DOES say Parker 51 on the box!  :unsure:

5 watt light bulbs are brighter than most people or they were trained just to read the box and not the pens.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 01:24

Your blood pressure boils, so the blood of your beneficiary of your generous effort does not.

Bruce, you are a prince !  


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 16:32

As the comedian Ron White says-

"You can't fix stupid".

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 05:37

It is not always the uninitiated or inexperienced sellers. I recently messaged two very experienced and well know here there and everywhere sellers of vintage pen parts. I am searching for a clip cap for a Waterman #7 which is fixed with two rivets and needed to know the hole centre distance on clips they were selling. So my question was, Please can you provide me with the distance between the centres of the holes in the clip. One seller replied asking me to clarify my question, the other did not reply. Clarify my question, how can it be much clearer. Anyway I clarified it as best I could but heard nothing back. So I am still searching.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:30

Wow. That's surprising. Seem's to be a completely sensible question to me.

 

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