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(Jezebel)   Historical re-enactor playing a slave at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate recalls some of the stupidest questions she's received from tourists. Oh lawd   (jezebel.com) divider line 40
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2013-09-04 09:22:53 AM
That wasn't nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be.
 
2013-09-04 09:33:58 AM
I liked the second one better.  I thought they were great, Subby.  I hope she keeps going with those -- lots of material to work with given how vast human ignorance can be.

pooh you TruBlu
 
2013-09-04 09:40:49 AM

TruBluTroll: That wasn't nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be.


Sadly, that's exactly what I'm thinking.
 
2013-09-04 09:59:40 AM
Talking to 100s of people a day about what it was like to be black in 18th Century America. And then returning to the 21st Century and reflecting on what had and had not changed.


Oh ffs, if you're that stupid in your opening comments, you have no business whining about other people saying dumb things.

That's right, nothing's changed.
That's why we have black Senators, Representatives, Supreme court justices, Lawyers, Doctors, Physicists, blah blah blah

stop whining biatch. When you find a slave auction in a white nation, then you let me know. Till then, STFU.
 
2013-09-04 10:04:39 AM
Meh. Comedy skit or something.
 
2013-09-04 10:16:38 AM

OnlyM3: Talking to 100s of people a day about what it was like to be black in 18th Century America. And then returning to the 21st Century and reflecting on what had and had not

changed.

Oh ffs, if you're that stupid in your opening comments, you have no business whining about other people saying dumb things.

That's right, nothing's changed.
That's why we have black Senators, Representatives, Supreme court justices, Lawyers, Doctors, Physicists, blah blah blah

stop whining biatch. When you find a slave auction in a white nation, then you let me know. Till then, STFU.


+1/10 for not mentioning, "President." Otherwise, bad troll.
 
2013-09-04 10:21:08 AM

TruBluTroll: That wasn't nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be.


She was trying to do a video version of "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions."

On the job, she probably smiled politely and only thought about shaking her head and rolling her eyes while dealing with the public.

In this video she comes off as condescending and rude. I think it would've been funnier if she only presented the questions - leaving us to work out how silly they are.
 
2013-09-04 10:21:52 AM
That was funny and well-acted.
 
2013-09-04 10:58:33 AM

seelorq: OnlyM3: Talking to 100s of people a day about what it was like to be black in 18th Century America. And then returning to the 21st Century and reflecting on what had and had not changed.

Oh ffs, if you're that stupid in your opening comments, you have no business whining about other people saying dumb things.

That's right, nothing's changed.
That's why we have black Senators, Representatives, Supreme court justices, Lawyers, Doctors, Physicists, blah blah blah

stop whining biatch. When you find a slave auction in a white nation, then you let me know. Till then, STFU.

+1/10 for not mentioning, "President." Otherwise, bad troll.


no one was talking about half black
 
2013-09-04 11:10:13 AM

OnlyM3: Talking to 100s of people a day about what it was like to be black in 18th Century America. And then returning to the 21st Century and reflecting on what had and had not changed.

Oh ffs, if you're that stupid in your opening comments, you have no business whining about other people saying dumb things.

That's right, nothing's changed.
That's why we have black Senators, Representatives, Supreme court justices, Lawyers, Doctors, Physicists, blah blah blah

stop whining biatch. When you find a slave auction in a white nation, then you let me know. Till then, STFU.


It's almost as if you quoted her and then didn't even read the quote that you quoted. Well played, I hereby bestow upon you an unintelligence score of 8 out of 10. Time for you to get back to learning how to also breathe through your nose.
 
2013-09-04 11:13:50 AM
InfrasonicTom:

no one was talking about half black

You mean someones who's been touched with the tar brush, surely?

/why yes, I did watch the 2nd video.
 
2013-09-04 11:18:12 AM
I've done both museum education and professional reenactment, I can tell you that those questions barely scratch the surface of some peoples' ignorance and stupidity.
 
2013-09-04 11:32:25 AM
I would've asked if she uses tampons or pads.
 
2013-09-04 12:58:25 PM
That was well done.
Well, okay, medium.
Combined with the second video, Medium rare.
 
2013-09-04 01:34:30 PM
Quite an experience to live in fear. That's what it is to be a slave.
 
2013-09-04 02:11:33 PM

whither_apophis: Quite an experience to live in fear. That's what it is to be a slave.


metacdn.shoemoney.com
 
2013-09-04 02:32:19 PM

knight_on_the_rail

It's almost as if you quoted her and then didn't even read the quote that you quoted.
No, their (both her and the writer's) thesis is how put upon she was, and how little things have changed. Calling them fools for making such assertions is valid.
 
2013-09-04 02:33:37 PM

whither_apophis: Quite an experience to live in fear. That's what it is to be a slave.


So that's what Bryan Ferry was singing about .... it all makes sense to me now. Thanks
 
2013-09-04 02:40:51 PM
so much for staying  in character
 
2013-09-04 03:20:26 PM
Not one 'Choke' reference?  Farkers be slippin'
If I go to Mount Vernon(i've heard complaints that that & Monticello are boring, & not as cool as Colonial Williamsburg) I want to dance on the future grave of Dog The Bounty Hunter & see George's distillery
 
2013-09-04 03:35:59 PM

buckler: I've done both museum education and professional reenactment, I can tell you that those questions barely scratch the surface of some peoples' ignorance and stupidity.


Oh, I don't know.  I've been to a bevy of historical places, and many times, the reenactors are college or high school students who stick to the script.  At Fort Ticonderoga, one of the British "soldiers" had to stop and pull his script out of the pocket while the Native American guy rolled his eyes.

Of course, I've asked questions, and expected different answers.  In Virginia, there's a place called Endless Caverns.  When I asked how they arrived at the name, the guide said, "oh, that's because we haven't stopped blasting yet."  Hell, by that rubric, every cavern is endless....
 
2013-09-04 04:06:57 PM

OnlyM3: Talking to 100s of people a day about what it was like to be black in 18th Century America. And then returning to the 21st Century and reflecting on what had and had not changed.

Oh ffs, if you're that stupid in your opening comments, you have no business whining about other people saying dumb things.
That's right, nothing's changed.
That's why we have black Senators, Representatives, Supreme court justices, Lawyers, Doctors, Physicists, blah blah blah
stop whining biatch. When you find a slave auction in a white nation, then you let me know. Till then, STFU.


I'm just going to point out that this was OnlyM3's opening comment in this thread.
Comic gold.
 
2013-09-04 04:33:58 PM
I am surprised she had never heard of George's mother, Mary, for whom my school is named.
 
2013-09-04 04:36:35 PM

TruBluTroll: That wasn't nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be.


you expect something on Jizzable to be funny?
 
2013-09-04 04:37:36 PM

buckler: I've done both museum education and professional reenactment, I can tell you that those questions barely scratch the surface of some peoples' ignorance and stupidity.


Yup. Digging on a site we were showing some tourists the post-holes that would have been a 1,000 year old house and some of the associated garbage pits.

"Why did the Indians live underground?"

Took me 30 seconds to even realize what that question *meant* much less come up with an answer that was explanatory and not insulting.
 
2013-09-04 04:46:23 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: buckler: I've done both museum education and professional reenactment, I can tell you that those questions barely scratch the surface of some peoples' ignorance and stupidity.

Yup. Digging on a site we were showing some tourists the post-holes that would have been a 1,000 year old house and some of the associated garbage pits.

"Why did the Indians live underground?"

Took me 30 seconds to even realize what that question *meant* much less come up with an answer that was explanatory and not insulting.


Sometimes that's the hardest part. When I was a frog-keeper at the zoo, a kid and his dad came in, and the kid asked me a perfectly reasonable question about frog skeletons. Dad chimed in with "Frogs don't have bones, son,"

I boggled internally at that, and to prevent dad from looking like a moron in front of his son, I said "You know, you'd be surprised how many people think that." (actually, he'd be surprised to find that "how many" is pretty close to "none"). Then I went to a cabinet to retrieve a mounted bullfrog skeleton, and had a nice time showing it to the kid and answering his questions.
 
2013-09-04 05:16:30 PM
It kinda reminded me of a SNL skit.


/meh
 
2013-09-04 05:18:18 PM
Growing up in a tourist town in Southwestern Colorado, we used to get some really interesting (i.e., stupid) questions.  One memorable one was, "Who paints the top of the mountains white?"  After it was explained that it was, in fact, snow, the response was, "Oh come one, you can tell me, I'm not your average stupid tourist."  At least that last statement was true.
 
2013-09-04 07:27:48 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: "Why did the Indians live underground?"

Took me 30 seconds to even realize what that question *meant* much less come up with an answer that was explanatory and not insulting.


Okay, I'll bite. What did the question mean? I'm stumped.
 
2013-09-04 07:30:42 PM

MooseUpNorth: Tiberius Gracchus: "Why did the Indians live underground?"

Took me 30 seconds to even realize what that question *meant* much less come up with an answer that was explanatory and not insulting.

Okay, I'll bite. What did the question mean? I'm stumped.


They were excavating a structure that had been buried over time. The visitor thought that it was built underground to begin with.
 
2013-09-04 08:16:32 PM
Tourists are inherently stupid.

Was once asked while working at a coastal resort by a inlet to a river what time did we "empty the bay" every day...

/tides, how do they farking work?
 
2013-09-04 08:19:37 PM

ABQGOD: TruBluTroll: That wasn't nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be.

She was trying to do a video version of "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions."

On the job, she probably smiled politely and only thought about shaking her head and rolling her eyes while dealing with the public.

In this video she comes off as condescending and rude. I think it would've been funnier if she only presented the questions - leaving us to work out how silly they are.


Why don't you go to Massachusetts and get an education?
 
2013-09-04 08:20:36 PM
Worked at the Ontario Science Centre for 3 years and tourists ask the dumbest things. It was a life lesson that most of the people you interact with everyday are idiots.
 
2013-09-04 09:09:40 PM

orezona: Tourists are inherently stupid.

Was once asked while working at a coastal resort by a inlet to a river what time did we "empty the bay" every day...

/tides, how do they farking work?


When I was in college, I worked at a historical site that bordered a coastal marsh. Had one tourist inform me that the marsh would look so much better if we would get someone out there to mow it.

My other favorite was the one who asked me "What kind of trees are those with the big white flowers that look like magnolias?". . . And then argue with me that they weren't magnolias.

/if its tourist season, why can't we shoot them?
 
2013-09-04 09:15:21 PM

buckler: MooseUpNorth: Tiberius Gracchus: "Why did the Indians live underground?"

Took me 30 seconds to even realize what that question *meant* much less come up with an answer that was explanatory and not insulting.

Okay, I'll bite. What did the question mean? I'm stumped.

They were excavating a structure that had been buried over time. The visitor thought that it was built underground to begin with.


Oh, *lol*, yeah, that makes sense.
 
2013-09-04 11:31:03 PM
The road from Ankh-Morpork to Chrim is high, white and winding, a thirty-league stretch of potholes and half-buried rocks that spirals around mountains and dips into cool green valleys of citrus trees, crosses liana-webbed gorges on creaking rope bridges and is generally more picturesque than useful.

Picturesque.  That was a new word to Rincewind the wizard (BMgc, Unseen University [failed]).  It was one of a number he had picked up since leaving the charred ruins of Ankh-Morpork.  Quaint was another one.  Picturesque meant -- he decided after careful observation of the scenery that inspired Twoflower to use the word -- that the landscape was horribly precipitous.  Quaint, when used to describe the occasional village through which they passed, meant fever-ridden and tumbledown.

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld.  Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant "idiot".

    -- Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic
 
2013-09-05 01:56:55 AM
Part 2 was much better, but mostly because the slave actor can't really hold her own against a camera and stage.
 
2013-09-05 09:38:41 AM

MooseUpNorth: buckler: MooseUpNorth: Tiberius Gracchus: "Why did the Indians live underground?"

Took me 30 seconds to even realize what that question *meant* much less come up with an answer that was explanatory and not insulting.

Okay, I'll bite. What did the question mean? I'm stumped.

They were excavating a structure that had been buried over time. The visitor thought that it was built underground to begin with.

Oh, *lol*, yeah, that makes sense.


Yup. I was just picturing their imagined view of mole people living under ground - coming blinking to the surface from time to time, then burrowing back down into their underground houses. (Based on the tone - I'm pretty sure this is what she was thinking)

Had to explain - they lived on the surface, these have been partially buried, but mostly we're looking at the parts which were dug into the ground even back then - so the foundation/pits/etc. that were dug out. Stuck with the tried and true "think of your house ... all we'd see over time is what you dug into the ground - your basement, deck foundations, etc." My advice for teaching public/outreach, is to appeal to our egomania - put it in terms of *them* whenever possible.
 
2013-09-05 11:24:12 AM

Tiberius Gracchus: My advice for teaching public/outreach, is to appeal to our egomania - put it in terms of *them* whenever possible.


Yup, that's a sound principle of teaching. You have to help them see how things relate to the familiar, preferably themselves.
 
2013-09-05 11:32:13 AM

Tiberius Gracchus: (Based on the tone - I'm pretty sure this is what she was thinking)


Actually, you just reminded me of a CSB along this theme. We'd been talking about WWI, and our teacher was projecting photos from the war. One photo was of soldiers crossing a bog on a board-walk build by engineers. One of my classmates was clearly having trouble wrapping her mind around what she was seeing. After a few tries to articulate her confusion, she blurts out: "But where did they get the nails?"

/  (Classroom wiseass quips: "Home Hardware".)
 
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