10 things we repeatedly do that make absolutely no sense

1. When someone asks us if we have a pen, we pat ourselves down to check, even though we know we don’t have one.

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2. When we are gesturing and mouthing to someone who can’t hear us, we talk aloud anyway.

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3. We have conversations with our pets, even though they have no idea what we’re saying.

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4. When we don’t know the lyrics to songs, we replace them with our own non-sensical gibberish.

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5. We criticise reality TV, but we watch it anyway.

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6. When we become frustrated with our inanimate objects, we shout at them.

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7. We remain friends with people who annoy us on Facebook despite constantly complaining about their status updates.

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8. We get into heated arguments with complete strangers on the Internet over seemingly trivial matters but will defend our opinion to the death.

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9. We keep paying to see Michael Bay films.

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10. When we’re drunk, dancing becomes a matter of great importance.

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22 thoughts on “10 things we repeatedly do that make absolutely no sense

  1. Julie the Workaholic says:

    OMG…!!!!!

    Is it wrong that I fell head over heels for your blog at first sight? THIS is a hoot…

    Ok…and let me add a “2a”…..Gesturing to people you are speaking to…on the phone…because it just doesn’t matter that they can’t see you.

    Alright…off to explore the rest of your posts, because …Yeah…โค

      • janeybgood says:

        Ha, you’ve just reminded me of a time I had “medieval day” and a student bought in an actual mace. I don’t know where he got it, I didn’t really think to ask questions as I was leaping through the air trying to confiscate it. Bad, bad day.

  2. PurplesShade says:

    Ah-haha. Excellently funny, I love it!๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh! I know why the inanimate objects one happens: The intentional mode.

    We evolved an ‘intentional mode’ to deal with two things: Non-human predators trying to eat us, and other humans trying to trick us.

    The first one can be called the assumptive startle effect. That’s when you see a coat or a bush and think it’s a man, or an animal, out of the corner of your eye and get startled.

    It was better to get scared than get killed, and predators had intent the *WANT* to eat, so our brain extends this, in a self-preservation sort of way to the idea that they *want* to eat *us* the individual. The reason for this being the default assumption is obvious if you think about what was at stake for most of our evolution:
    Assume a shadow is an animal- get scared feel silly.
    Don’t assume a shadow is an animal, and it really is a predator- get killed.
    The brain has no reason to get rid of that startle response because there’s no evolutionary pressure that makes it detrimental.

    This is why our brain thinks that every coat rack is secretly plotting to kill us. It assumes any shadow must be a thing waiting to capitalize on our unaware state and cause our downfall.

    But once the brain has a mechanism it sometimes gets sloppy. So we don’t just assume that the things that startle us are out to get us, no we also have this slosh over into all things that hurt us. It starts the same way though.
    We didn’t think we were that close to the table before we bumped into it, so we get hurt and startled at the same time. “The table jumped out at me, man!”
    It’s easier for our brain to place blame and assume the table *Wanted* to hurt us, because our brain already thinks that. Along with assuming every damn shadow is filled with *purposefully* lurking doom.

    This brings us to the social aspect of our assumed intend, and predator avoidance. Avoiding predation in the form of other humans tricking us.
    Humans cumulatively as a whole, lie a lot, trick each other a lot, and try to plot each others downfall a lot.
    Often enough we have used inanimate objects (like traps) to do that. But whether it was in games, or warfare, other humans really were plotting things.
    It’s easy to understand why we’d start seeing otherwise innocuous things as potential threats because we think there’s a human intent behind them.
    So the second thing our brain assumes is that objects which don’t behave as we’d expect them too, (like leaves lying weirdly over a pit trap) are trying to trick us.

    Once we have half a lifetime of our brain assuming coffee tables really *want* to eat our shins, and knowing that most things we have are made by other humans. We have a fair amount of ingrained reasons to yell at an object which isn’t co-operating with us.
    We assume intent. If it doesn’t work how we expect, surely it must be plotting something, it’s hiding something. Maybe it’s being used. Maybe the reason it was created in the first place was to destroy our psyche.

    None of that is of course true, but there you have it, those are our defaults. To assume everything is trying to eat us, lie to us, and frustrate us. Most importantly that all of those things are *on purpose*.
    The intentional mode, because if the vacuum “disagrees” with your plan to clean today, it’s clearly plotting your doom.๐Ÿ˜‰

    • janeybgood says:

      I just love this comment. I replied to you on your blog but I just wanted to say to anyone reading this that this is a prime example of why you should be reading PurplesShade’s blog: the posts are insightful, informative and incredibly intelligent. I just love it.

  3. Christopher Farley says:

    I’ve noticed another one: You ask someone the time and, even though they don’t carry a watch they’re still inclined to look at their wrist or pull up their sleeve and say “no, sorry I don’t.” Weird. Weirder still is that I’ve found myself doing it.

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