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Stupidity

Abdera
maritime city whose inhabitants were known proverbially for their stupidity. [Gk. Folklore: Benét, 2]
Boeotians
inhabitants of rural Greek district; considered by Athenians to be dolts. [Gk. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 124]
Chelm
mythical place inhabited by amiable simpletons. [Jew. Folklore: Rosten, 84]
donkey
chooses cuckoo’s singing over nightingale’s. [Ger. Folk-lore and Poetry: Brentano and Arnim, Des Knaben Wunderhorn; NCE, 363]
Dull, Anthony
archexample of stupidity. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Elbow
ignorant, blundering constable. [Br. Lit.: Measure for Measure]
Gimpel
a baker, foolish to the point of saintliness, is cuckolded and mocked, becomes a Wandering Jew. [Jewish Lit.: Singer Gimpel the Fool in Weiss, 174]
Mendel, Menachem
hopeless schlemiel who devises impossible enterprises. [Yid. Lit.: Sholem Aleichem in Haydn & Fuller, 685]
pomegranate
symbol of foolishness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Simple Simon
simpleton of bumptious ways. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 385]
Slender
“though well-landed, an idiot.” [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Smith, Knucklehead
dummy with self-referring name. [TV: “Winchell and Mahoney” in Terrace, II, 190–192]
Snerd, Mortimer
a real dummy. [Radio: “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show” in Buxton, 76–77]
Stephen
simpleton; made gapingstock by all. [Br. Lit.: Every Man in His Humour]
three wise men of Gotham
fools momentarily afloat in a light bowl. [Nuns. Rhyme: Opie, 193]
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Could there be masked Manson Family wannabes waiting in the dark while Mom Stupid ponders who smashed the cellphones in the kitchen?
Anne says You're not being stupid, you're being romantic and also quite determined.
Missing a stop on a train, or walking into a stationary object, because a person was enthralled by a book - we call that stupid, but surely it's something else, something more precise.
In one corner we have Stupid Girl, a catchy Top-40-style rockin' tale of unrequited love, with smart lyrics, a driving beat, a smooth but powerful guitar solo and a roaring female vocal.
Jol said: "I need to have a word with Berbatov, he was stupid.
That's their biggest danger really, looking stupid.
He is brave, he does have heart, but he will be there for me to KO because he is stupid - look at the way he fights," the Daily Mirror quoted Haye, as saying.
It's pretty clear that whoever said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" never worked the insurance industry.
One day Stupid, Trouble and Shut Up were driving along in their car when Trouble suddenly hurled himself out of the window.
Of the affair, he told Morgan: "It was stupid, I've got no excuse really.
Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" is a humorous attempt to show a child that his worst fears about being teased and rejected for being different may be nonexistent outside of his dreams.
IF I were to come across an American Republican at this moment in time, I'd want to grab them, shake them a little bit - and shout: "ARE YOU STUPID OR WHAT?