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August
14
2008
3:51 pm
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Last night was so funny.

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Before our pool league, we were discussing “rumors” or “facts” about this teacher or that teacher at our daughter’s new high school.  She was saying what she heard about teacher X or teacher Y and we (my wife and I) challenged her on whether or not she should believe other students, or at least not completely believe everything she hears.

My 14yr old daughter cocked her head, put on a faux-insulted smirk and said “Dad, I’m not that gullible…” and our niece Kaili said “What’s ‘gullible’?”  And you KNOW that as soon as someone asks THAT QUESTION, they’re in for a little ride.

I was too slow to respond (yeah, I know! impossible, right?!!?).  Caitlin pointed up at a patch of ceiling right above our niece’s head and said “There’s a gullible right up there.” 

I was barely able to contain my shock that my daughter knew a NEW way of pulling “the gullible trick” on someone.  So we went along with it and looked, pushing Kaili to look as well.  And look she did.

Wait, where?” Kaili inquired.

Right up there.  There’s a gullible right above you,” Caitlin responded.  She was reveling in her enjoyment of verbally torturing Kaili with her superior vocabulary.  She glanced over at mom and me, with her all-knowing eyes saying “look at me, I can trick her!”

At this point I needed to chime in.  I told both of them in a severely matter-of-fact manner, “you know, they removed the word ‘gullible’ from the dictionary a couple of months ago…” and Caitlin, who had been the instigator and predator in this particular word battle, opened her eyes wiiiiide and said “they did?!?!  Why did they do that?!!!!”

Oh, we had some fun with that response for the three seconds it took for her to realize she had been had.  Her expression went from the look of sheer elitist contentment to awe and surprise at having a word removed, to indignant mock offense at being taken.  In the same way she was taking someone else just a moment ago.

A quick shout of “DAD!!!!” and a playful slap to the shoulder let me know she knew her place, and was appreciative of the lesson.  Then she looked over to Kaili and said “being gullible means you’ll believe anything” and smiled all the bigger, probably thinking to herself “yeah, even stuff your dad tells you.”

What’s YOUR favorite gullible story?

Speaking of gullible, I’m being anxiously impressed by the more recent spam comments.  They’re really starting to look real!  It seems they’re taking information from the blog article and submitting a comment that actually seems related to the content.

Take a look at this one, put on a post of mine about XP

The comment has decent english, is related to the post, has vernacular such as btw and a smiley, and the only thing that makes it suspicious is the name and email.  ARGH!  Why are they improving!

I’m just glad I have my blog set up to approve all new commenters.  You don’t get in unlessI approve, but once I approve you, you’re good to go from then on.  Not only does it help cut down on the annoying comments like the above, but it also lets me welcome new readers.

And lo, the people did comment thus:

13 Comments

  1. Dave2 says:

    You wouldn’t happen to be interested in some beautiful waterfront property in Florida, would you?

    Dave2s last blog post..Thunder

  2. Avitable says:

    As someone who fools gullible people all of the time, I’m extremely susceptible myself.

    Avitables last blog post..Dirty poems by Adam

  3. Karl says:

    I love the ol’ dictionary trick. That’s how *I* learned the word myself. Your daughter is pretty smart. I’m gonna use that ceiling gag in the future. Bet on it.

  4. whall says:

    Dave2, I’m always interested in waterfront property! Do you has some?

    Avi, am I supposed to believe that?

    Karl, you know, I’ve never known anyone to actually go look it up, but that would be the ultimate. “They removed that word from the dictionary – go look it up for yourself!” and then they do… and then… ULTIMATE WIN!

  5. Tug says:

    Your daughter is an awesome student of dad’s…NICE. The last tiem I remember being gullible was when I was 8. We were moving from Nebraska to Eastern MT (I know, I was born gullible, right) My dad told me where we were moving all streets were dirt – they had no paved roads, and all they ate was raw fish.

    I ran away from home. (They found me)

    Tugs last blog post..Outside, looking in…

  6. Janna says:

    Like the other day when I said “Look over there, it’s a naked lady selling breakfast tacos!”
    You were SO happy at first.
    🙂

    Jannas last blog post..Here, try some!

  7. metalmom says:

    While driving, my mom pointed out “that squirrel all curled up sleeping on the side of the road.” I looked. The fact that I was 17 when she did that made it sting just a bit more!

    big breasts….free porn….toe sucking…all this and more….click here…

    metalmoms last blog post..It Sucks

  8. Nick Danger says:

    My sister was letting bread rise in the oven in plastic dishpan rather then a metal pan. She took the pan out and it was all deformed and melty. My brother screamed “Haven’t you ever heard of plastic explosives?!” and she threw everything out the back door and ran from the ‘explosion’. Years later her daughter went hiking with my sister, my older brother and me. We told her shoe snakes hide in the rocks and steal your shoes. She delivered a report in school about it (2nd grade?). I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  9. martymankins says:

    I used to pull the gullible trick on my daughter, but as she gets older, it doesn’t work as much as it used to.

    martymankinss last blog post..Green With Electric Envy

  10. Winter says:

    I’ve had the more intelligent spammers at my site too… oh wait. Those are my friends. Heh. Sorry, bad joke. 😉 Seriously, the spammers are getting smarter at their comments. What a waste of time!

    Winters last blog post..Manga Sunday

  11. Dragon says:

    Ah, a proud moment for the Whall family. 🙂 Your daughter is a smart cookie.

    Dragons last blog post..Citrus Sunrise Punch

  12. Robin says:

    I have SO many, I’m as gullible as they come.

  13. whall says:

    Tug, I was around 8 when some of my parent’s friends visited from New Jersey and told my brother and I all about the “purple dippah”, a monster who would jump out from the bushes.

    Janna, I see where you get your LOLwhall inspiration.

    metalmom, I’ve not heard that one before – and it’s a good one. And about all that adult stuff? was it supposed to link to something fine and tasty? So far I guess I’m missing out (which is ok)

    Nick, didn’t you know apples aren’t grown on trees anymore? Doofus….

    martymankins, maybe she’s just good at acting.

    winter, heh, you too?

    Dragon, leave it to the “hope you’re hungry” person to call her a cookie.

    robin, that gives me some ideas… (evil grin)

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