Almost none so blind

Commenter Stretch added these gems to a Tamara K. thread about stupidity:

Congressional hearing ca. 1975 on toxic waste sites. Neighbor has a PhD in chemical engineering and is testifying that the pH levels at one site are down to 7.2. Congresscritter leans forward, removes glasses for dramatic effect and asks “And how soon will you have it down to zero?”

The stare he got from the expert was probably dripping with acid contempt.

07 or ’08 Detroit auto firms are in Lansing looking for help from state government. When asked about fuel efficiency an engineer said “We’ve taken the internal combustion engine as far as the laws of thermodynamics will allow.” Yes, a state legislator leaned forward, removed his glasses, and asked “What amendments can we make to these laws to improve mileage.”

The common thread: legislator removing glasses. Gather enough examples like this, and we’d be justified in mandating contact lenses for these yutzim. It’s not like they have any problem forcing us to do stuff.



  1. fillyjonk »

    1 April 2011 · 8:53 am

    Of course. Everyone who actually wears glasses knows you LOOK OVER THE TOPS OF THE FRAMES at a person you want to intimidate, and then you make your weighty, meaningful comment. (And for the love of God, you fact-check it first.)

  2. Jeffro »

    1 April 2011 · 1:13 pm

    That dramatic effect is also overused to the point of inanity by David Caruso. The better to see the smouldering glare, I suppose.

  3. Jeff Brokaw »

    1 April 2011 · 4:28 pm

    You’d almost think there were a few dim bulbs in Congress, or something.

    Who knew?

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    2 April 2011 · 5:29 am

    I know the old tale about a state legislature setting Pi equal to three is apocryphal, but…but…!

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 April 2011 · 7:01 am

    Trust me, I’ve had Poli Sci majors, ones with aspirations to be politicians, in my classes. As much as I try to beat some math/science understanding into their heads it doesn’t always take.

  6. Jay »

    4 April 2011 · 12:51 pm

    Contact lenses? Hell, put blindfolds on the lot of them. Then send them across the street for coffee.

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