Stoopid, stewpid, stuepid

  1. What is the DUMBEST thing you've ever seen someone do?

    While pumping gas into my vehicle the other day I actually saw a woman try to "defrost" her gas cap with a bic lighter!

    I hollered over at her to knock it off, that I am an RN, and I'm not allowed to call off even if I'm killed in an explosion. Boy, did her face turn red.

  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   aimeee
    Furball-Geez! That is STUPID! Glad you yelled at her.

    I'll have to think on this for a while. I tend to forget the dumb things others do and remember my own stupid mistakes. And I'm not about to admit to the dumbest of those here!
  4. by   nicola
    Ok... I have one for ya, but bear with me since my story telling isn't that great...

    I was in the office early one AM. Office is located in midtown Manhattan. My agency was having an open house that day in the Bronx - several miles away. I got a call from an RN stating that she was going to the open house and wanted to know if the building was open yet. I asked her where she was. Her answer... IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING!!! I stifled my urge to tell her that if the door was locked, the building probably wasn't open yet and that she was too dumb to work for us!
  5. by   NurseDennie
    This doesn't rate up there with your incident, but it couldn't have happened if two VERY stupid people were not driving. I didn't actually see this - I got it from a passenger in the back seat of the first car.

    Guy is driving down the street and "doesn't see" the light turn red. People in the car YELL at him, so he stops - IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION and sits there and waits for the light to turn green. He's made a decision, and he's not going to get out fo the intersection until the light turns, even though the people in the car continue to yell at him, only now for being in the intersection.

    Another car is being driven by a woman, driving on the cross street that now has the green light, but the other car is blocking the intersection. The other car has been sitting there for a bit, it hasn't just driven into the intersection at the same time. She drove RIGHT into it. My friend in the back seat wasn't even sure she'd even attempted to put her brakes on. Thank heaven she was going fairly slowly - nobody was hurt.

    When the police were interviewing everyone, and asked the lady why she drove into the perfectly motionless car, she said "I assumed he was going to get out of my way.

    One of my favorite quotes was from a sci-fi writer, but I can't remember his name: The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity.


  6. by   WashYaHands
    I hollered over at her to knock it off, that I am an RN, and I'm not allowed to call off even if I'm killed in an explosion. Boy, did her face turn red.
    LOL! Not laughing at the safety issue, but your response to the person with the lighter.
  7. by   NurseDennie

    I agree with WashYaHands - that was the coolest, wittiest thing you could have said to that common-sense impaired individual.


  8. by   Zee_RN
    I like the lady who wrote a letter to the editor complaining about Daylight Savings Time. Man had no right to mess with the natural order of time. Besides that, the extra hour of sunlight was burning up her yard! LOL!

    Or the man who left a canister of gasoline in the garage but needed to run his snowblower. He decided the gasoline was too cold to put in the snowblower so he decided to heat it up on the stove. Burn Unit!

    400-lb patient who put a potato in the microwave and baked it. Took it out, bit off half of it--right outta the microwave. Too hot! Couldn't decide to spit it out or swallow it so.....of course he swallowed out. Got stuck and burned right through. 2 weeks in ICU, intubated. And his brother, also not the brightest crayon in the box, said "They ought to put warnings on them microwave ovens!" (I told my fellow nurses while they were at it, they should put warnings on potatoes, too ).
  9. by   kids
    New Grad (sorry) had never started an IV. I spent many sticks showing her how to do it, then talking her through as she did it...

    Goes down and does her very first on her own stick...comes back a while later and says I got really great flash, theres even blood going up the tubing but it won't run...

    I took off down the hall thinking OH S**T...


    got there just in time to see the blood pulse into the bag on a heart beat.

    You guessed it...RADIAL ARTERY STICK.

    Funny thing is Respiratory had a helluva time drawing gasses on the guy 'cuz of his crummy arteries...

  10. by   donmurray
    A dimly remembered patient from my student days in psychiatry was admitted from the Burns unit for treatment of his depression. He was in the burns unit after a failed suicide attempt. It seemed he decided to end it all by sticking his head in the gas oven, but as his supply was non-toxic natural gas, it got too uncomfortable lying on the kitchen floor for 30 mins. He stood up, walked over to the sink to get some water, lit a cigarette, and blew himself out the window into the back garden!
  11. by   pkmom
    wow, that's funny.
    We tease my pa in law because he said he made a mistake once in 1953. One day he wanted to shoot his new gun but didn't want to go to the firing range. He decided that he would shoot it into a mop bucket in his garage. My husband called him right before he did it and convinced him otherwise
    my family provides many stupid stories, but I can't recall any more right now.
  12. by   thisnurse
    i was just getting the hang of the baxter pumps on one of my clinicals. i was so proud of myself for being able to hook it all up and program it. i hit the start button and it actually started without beeping. i was walking out of the room when my preceptor might want to hook that up to the
    fluid was running alright. all over the floor.
    boy did i feel like an idiot
  13. by   NurseDennie
    Not scraping the ice and frost off your windshield, and DRIVING by opening the door and sticking your head out!

    I saw it this morning!!!!!!!!!!


  14. by   thisnurse
    oh that reminds

    i was working at a mall and it had snowed. everything was icy. i COULD NOT get my car doors open. i tried heating up the key. nope
    i tried heating up the locks. nope.
    i tried for over half an hour and just COULDNT GET IN MY DAMN CAR.

    it wasnt my car.