Attention! Tennessee and Alaska have Moved!

United States
February 19, 2010 5:39pm CST
Okay so I have this neighbor who is always spouting off about something even though he seldom knows what he is talking about. Quite often this neighbor brags about how intelligent he thinks he is about certain subjects. One subject that he claims to be practically a genius in is geography. Earlier today this geography genius of a neighbors of ours informed us that Tennessee is above Kentucky and it is not a southern state. Also, the state of Michigan has only two great lakes. Finally, it is possible to drive to Alaska without going through a big chuck of Canada first since Canada is not located between the continental U.S and Alaska, in fact, Alaska is part of the continental U.S, it borders Washington and Oregon.....Hmmm....I can do nothing but laugh, the ignorance is so overwhelming! Do you know anyone who claims to be an expert in a subject that they obviously have very little knowledge in?
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@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
20 Feb 10
First off if this is really obnoxious you should buy him a map book just to point out his stupidity, i may occasionally brag about non certain subjects but its usually subjects i know about i try not to point out other peoples wrong headedness if it doesn't effect me but if they were really bragging about there skills i must admit i would take more than my share of the joy in showing them up.. hey im human
• United States
20 Feb 10
Why would I want to waste my money to buy him a map book? He probably doesn't know how to read one!
@owlwings (40110)
• Cambridge, England
20 Feb 10
I am an expert at being an expert in things I know nothing about (or so I have been told). Actually, I pick up all sorts of odd information along the way and have the sort of mind that can generally find these odd scraps when needed and throw them into the conversation at appropriate times. On the whole I tend to keep quiet when there is something I'm not sure about ... but I will also go and check out some encyclopaedia or other pretty quickly and am (though I say it myself) quite good at finding facts fast. The net result of this strategy (or facility or tendency) is that one is perceived as being 98% right in things that one DOES say and 'a good listener' when one is simply letting other people dig themselves into holes of their own making. It is really weird how, by just saying very little at all, one can be credited with being full of wisdom! Yes, we surely all know those people who just open their mouths and rattle on regardless. Sometimes they are amusing but most often they are frustrating and annoying and, even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence (such as a map of the United States) back down with bad grace and futile 'excuses'. Sometimes (depending on the subject) they simply will not back down at all and one eventually has to sigh and give up trying to make them see that they are wrong.
• United States
20 Feb 10
I am actually kind of the same way. Most of the time I am quiet, but when I do speak I try to make it actually mean something, so therefore people think I am one of the smartest kids in my class, when really I'm only in the top 5-10% (out of 700, mind you). I won't say that they're wrong, because that would be stupid, but I'm certainly not as book smart as I make myself seem.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
19 Feb 10
lmao that was beautiful! I had a neighbor, I bet him that Thanksgiving would fall on a Thursday this year. He said it couldnt because it was on a Thursday last year. When he had to pay me 20 bucks, I tried to make a new bet that Easter would fall on a Sunday, he checked the calendar first :(
• United States
20 Feb 10
LOL! He checked the calendar first! Too funny!
• United States
19 Feb 10
Ohhhhhhh, I know tons of these people. I really hate it when they are your superior, though, because then you aren't allowed to talk back to them. I am almost always an extremely congenial person (at least I like to think I am) and try to not hurt anyone's feelings, but sometimes I just want to punch stupid, ignorant people in the face... that would relieve so much stress...
• United States
20 Feb 10
" but sometimes I just want to punch stupid, ignorant people in the face... that would relieve so much stress...".............I understand. I know the feeling!
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
22 Feb 10
Does he know Sara Palin? She says she can see Russia from her house. But seriously,there are a lot of ignorant people out there. And I really think our schools are not helping. How many kids can even read a map, name the states or their capitals?
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Is there a chance that he could be doing some kind of elaborate bit? I've known people who intentionally said things that were blatantly wrong on all levels. It's fun hanging out with them in public, and getting them started on all sorts of things they appear to know little about. Tell your neighbor to run for congress. If he has a way of being wrong, yet saying gibberish in a believable way, be may have success as a politician. You should also get him to say these things on camera, and upload it to YouTube for the sake of comedy.
• India
20 Feb 10
haha,even i know a couple of people like that.
• United States
20 Feb 10
*lol* we have a resident expert here as well. He knows everything about everything and anything. You'd think he was a human encyclopedia the way he acts... you know like when he's not at work he's studying under greats from Einstein to Bob Vila. Oh wait he's the cable guy & even told a group of neighbors he makes 120k & his own wife rolled her eyes. I dunno we take what he says with a grain of salt sometimes he's right others he's not. He's a nice guy but so full of confidence in too many topics.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Well, I don't really know him personally, but O'bama fits quite well in that category. He claims to know all kinds of stuff and has no clue what he is talking about.