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Saturday, October 01, 2005

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Did you know that the last school day in September is officially Ask a Stupid Question Day? I didn't know that. Did you know that? Why didn't I know that?

Well, I have a candidate. When stupid people ask me what I do and I tell them I'm a writer, they ask "what do you write about?" Another candidate: "What's up?" That's a totally stupid question as an opener.

The late Timothy Leary once told me that he was often astonished at the number of people who approached him in public and asked "Tim, do you remember me?" He'd usually reply, "is this an intelligence test?"
Ask a Stupid Question Day
From the Urban Dictionary: A holiday which falls on the last skool (sic) day in September, usually September 30th...self-explanatory; a day that is celebrated by asking a lot of stupid questions, mainly to your teachers/professors only funny if you get many people to participate, in which case it can be the most fun and looked-forward-to day of the year it is perfectly placed, in that it is soon enough after summer that everyone is still sad that summer's over and could use some laughs, yet it is late enough that you have already gotten to know your teachers fairly well, and know the limits to how many stupid questions you can ask them and not get into trouble.

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