Stupid question of the year award Blog Discussion

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This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's 'Stupid question of the year blog?' blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.
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  • bubbles0169bubbles0169 Forumite
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    forgive me if this isnt the right place but id like to reply to 'stupid question of the year award'
    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
    as they didnt have a hint of irony do you think they didnt know it was a coffee shop and thought it just another trendy bar:confused:
    still made me giggle though thanks:rotfl:
    I am not bossy I just have better ideas:p
  • divadeedivadee Forumite
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    it wasnt my mum was it????

    this coming from the mad old lovable woman that is my mum. Calls up AIRPORT CARS and asks if they do trips to the airport.

    Another one was she was expecting a new pc at work, so when she got in she saw her new shiny monitor and got excited!!! as they have to leave their pcs on overnight for updates etc... she just turned on the screen!!

    nothing happened

    she tries again...................nothing happens.

    one third go again nothing happens.

    so she calls her it dept. and tells them that her new pc doesnt work, he then says with apparantly no hint of laughter or sarcasm in his voice (which i would of found very hard to do) well it wont cos its here next to me now. i was just about to bring it up

    she looks down and theirs no base unit!!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:

    And my all time favourite

    i was watching the one show when the phone rings :mad:

    i answer it and its my mum going 'oohh turn on bbc1 now'

    i say 'im watching bbc1 already'

    she says 'your martins on the tv!!'

    i say 'i know he his mum thats why im watching it but hes not my martin'

    she then replies 'do you think you should tape it for him, incase he doesnt know hes on' :confused: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
  • Paul_HerringPaul_Herring Forumite
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    Martin wrote:
    and overhear someone walk in and, without any attempt at irony, ask “do you serve coffee?”
    Having patronised Starbucks before, I have eternal hope that they will indeed start serving coffee. The stuff they serve currently tastes like mud!
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  • fermifermi Forumite
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    Slightly off at a tangent, but when I was trying to explain something relatively mundane to someone the other day I had the response:

    "What are you? A nuclear physicist?"

    Well, err...... yes...... I am/was.....

    I had to avoid spitting out my Starbucks/coffee.;)
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  • Rage_in_EdenRage_in_Eden Forumite
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    OOoh I could go on and on about both my Late Mum and my MIL on this one but my fave has to be MIL. We live quite near the Kellogs factory in Manchester. It has a huge red K on the side of it. We were all driving past and DH points out the K sign and says "look that's Kellogs" (they don't live near us) to which his Mother says "no I'll be fine with tea and toast in the morning" - it took about 3 further attempts to explain that that big red K was for Kellogs.......
    But I'm going to say this once, and once only, Gene. Stay out of Camberwick Green :D
  • toadyfrogtoadyfrog Forumite
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    I always remember my brothers girlfriend, we were going out for a day when we stopped for petrol, in the garage we met our uncle george who was just about to go off pigeon racing. Anyway back in the car we were explaining to the girlfriend that our uncle takes the pigeons somewhere lets them go and they race back. She thought about this for a while and then she said

    "who wins uncle george or the pigeons"

    Another time my brother lost his car keys and asked her if she had seen them and she said "yeah there lovely"
  • seven-day-weekendseven-day-weekend Forumite
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    My husband used to play guitar for a Christian youth group event called 'Sunday Night at Eight' (for obvious reasons).

    He rang the worship leader and asked him 'When's Sunday Night at Eight?'.:confused:
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  • MothballsWalletMothballsWallet Forumite
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    Confucius is supposed to have said: He who asks is a fool for 5 minutes while he who doesn't ask is a fool forever.

    Honestly, do we think everybody knows what Starbucks sells? Besides, I think their mixed berry juice is nice. Their tea's not so nice.
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  • FatherAbrahamFatherAbraham Forumite
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    MSE_Archna wrote: »
    I’m sitting between meetings working in Starbucks (free plugs for my laptop charger) and overhear someone walk in and, without any attempt at irony, ask “do you serve coffee?”

    Does Starbucks serve coffee? It's not such a stupid question -- there's nothing on the menu simply called "coffee", is there? It's all cappucini and lattes, which is fine for someone like Martin who lives in the big city, but not everyone's as cosmopolitan as he is.

    The first time I went to a Starbucks was in Seattle, USA, some years ago, when I was training some folk at Boeing. I walked in, and there was a monstrous array of double-tall-latte nonsense, which is fine if you like drinking chilling your coffee by drinking it through cold milk scum in a huge paper bucket. However, I asked for "just an espresso, please", in other words, nothing more than a short black coffee.

    The server looked confused, and turned to his boss, to ask "are we allowed to serve just an esperesso?"!

    Starbucks doesn't really sell coffee, it sells some complicated metropolitan, latter-day, value-added customer experience. If you like that sort of thing. It's pretty hard to just get a coffee there.
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  • Hi
    Just to say I'm fairly certain that the person concerned was a mystery shopper, one of the questions they often have to ask is 'do you sell coffee' to note down how the member of staff answers - something sarcastic, or laughing is frowned upon.
    Another question is to ask what a certain coffee e.g cappucino tastes like, there are certain key words that are meant to given in the reply, like smooth or creamy.
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