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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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True innovators are at peace with feeling stupid. Hence, they are not afraid to try new things and fail.
If your God would listen to you, your God is stupid," he said.
The whole thing went on and on, with lip readers saying he did say it, while he dug his heels in, insisting he said "stupid people".
Brian Robinson, Salford NOT only was Jeremy Corbyn (allegedly) offensive to all women, he was offensive to stupid people, as well.
New Delhi [India], Dec 21 ( ANI ): Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday joined Congress President Rahul Gandhi in endorsing the idea of having a single rate in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), while criticising the BJP's initial idea of having 8 rates as 'stupid'.
Corbyn was forced to deny calling Theresa May a "stupid woman" in a muttered comment during prime minister's questions yesterday - insisting he used the phrase "stupid people".
The Labour leader insisted he had said "stupid people", referring to all Tory MPs rather than singling out Mrs May.
Footage of the "stupid" comment quickly went viral on social media, watched by MPs on their phones as they sat in the Commons chamber and one of them asked May what she thought.
When asked about the stupid things that she does, Rosemond answered, 'I make videos dancing and shaking my butt.
Let's begin by clarifying that he's not lamenting a stupid regulation against rare guns, but rather declaring that, while he rarely comes across a gun regulation that he disagrees with, he recently happened upon one that he thought was actually stupid.
The unfortunate students who were the recipients of this initiation were according to reports 'terrified ' prior to this stupid stunt by older students who should know better.