I think of myself as a relatively intelligent person. I’m college educated. I stay up on current events. However, there are a number of subjects that I simply don’t care to be informed about. These subjects include science fiction, cartography, geography, and oceanography. Actually, anything that ends in “-graphy” is likely on my list of subjects to ignore. Believe it or not, I had to take oceanography four times in college. I could grasp sediment flow and the general chain of fish life…but frankly my dear, I didn’t give a damn.
This lack of knowledge enthusiasm about certain subjects occasionally puts me in an awkward position (particularly when it’s coupled with my tendency to blurt out whatever random thought enters my mind). I once contemplated aloud, at work, whether the Mississippi River is east or west of Texas. And then there was that time when I admonished a friend for wanting to drive to Alaska. “You can’t DRIVE to Alaska. It’s an island!” Um, have you ever seen those United States maps that leave Canada out entirely and have Alaska just floating out there by itself? Yeah. I blame the map people for this mishap.
The worst one by far, however, involved one of those damn Star Wars movies. My boyfriend in high school made me watch Episode I on DVD and then dragged me out to the theater to see Episode II on opening night. Yeah, THIS is my idea of a good time. I did my best to feign interest and was succeeding pretty well until Anakin and Padmé had their secret marriage ceremony. I leaned over with shock to my intensely-focused companion and asked one of the dumbest questions in the history of the world. “Woah, woah, wait a minute…didn’t this guy later fall in love with his sister, Princess Leia? They never mentioned he was married. What the hell is going on here?”
I’m pretty sure it was that precise moment that my high school boyfriend fell out of love with me.
So help me out here. I can’t be the ONLY one who has a tendency to put my foot in my mouth. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve said or the dumbest question you’ve asked?