How to Stop Being Stupid (Part 3: Back to Basics)

Back to Basics

Part 1 of How to Stop Being Stupid here

Part 2 here

A few basic tips. Congratulations on your journey so far. (And thanks for making this series so popular!)

Use your turn signals before you turn. That’s what they’re for.

Don’t double-click a hyperlink. Think of all the time you’ll save.

Cats are not vegans. Give them meat or watch them die.

Get your kids vaccinated. There is no debate, no doubt and no controversy.

Conspiracy theories may be intriguing, but they are invariably false. Except one.

Human beings have been genetically modifying food for tens of thousands of years. Get over it. (And ‘organic‘ food doesn’t mean what you think it means.)

Look up the just world fallacy and think your way through it. It will change your life.

Try to check your facts before you post or repost something.

Fireworks. No. They’re a stupid waste of money.

Don’t ask people for a favor before their second cup of coffee.

Read your emails. And reply when necessary.

Knock before you enter. If there is no answer, go away.

Backup important files.

Working with a spreadsheet? Remember the golden rule: select the cell you want to work in before you try to do anything else.

Don’t touch people if you don’t know them. (Even if your Management for Dummies book says that a firm and friendly elbow hold ‘breeds trust’.)

Subscribe with care.

If you can see the hinges, pull, if you can’t, push.

Leave introverts alone.

For the love of Cthulhu, learn how to create a ‘hack-proof’ password. And don’t use the same simple password for everything – including your online banking app.

If you think something magical and special is going to happen to you out of the blue on Valentine’s Day, you’re in for a bad time.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This includes unexpected lottery wins.

Don’t share clickbait on social media.

Don’t argue with an idiot… You know how the rest goes.

Preheat and defrost.

Check the toilet paper before you sit.

Check your shoes before you put them on. #becausespiders

Listen to the guy in red with the whistle at the beach.

Give ambulances right of way.

There’s a reason nobody eats rare chicken or pork.

Before you judge a book, read it.

Know the difference between there, their and they’re.

Apostrophes matter. Don’t leave them off because they scare you or, worse, add them because you think any word ending in an ‘s’ looks naked without an apostrophe somewhere in it. (Oh, and: there is a very real difference between it’s and its.)

Know the difference between irony and coincidence.


Don’t pet a stranger’s dog.

When someone shows you a photo on their phone, don’t flick to the next photo.

Don’t give your pin or password to anyone. Ever.

Learn to learn from failure. The most stupid thing isn’t making mistakes, it’s not learning from them.

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