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People who perceive things in strange ways

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mrochester, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. mrochester


    Joined: Sep 29, 2003

    Posts: 5,082

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Hi all.

    Does anyone else know people who perceive things in strange ways that makes you think wtf when you hear about it?

    For instance I recently told my dad to flip the switch on the bottom of a wireless mouse to turn it on.

    He started looking for the switch on the part of the mouse at the opposite end of where you’d plug it in to charge.

    I couldn’t help but laugh.

    According to my dad the top of the mouse is where you’d plug a cable in to charge, the bottom is the opposite side of that. The domed part of the mouse that nestles in your palm is the front of the mouse and the side where the sensor is is the back of the mouse.

    It’s almost like he’s describing parts of a mouse in the same way as you would a piece of paper.

    If nothing else it amused me and my mum who both looked at each other in bewilderment.

    Does anyone know other people like this?

  2. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 6,918

    Location: La France

    Yes, Mrs. Terminal is exactly like that. Intelligent and a former nurse, she has a lose grasp of physics and anything mechanically more complex than a bicycle is like magic to her.

    Many “The thing that connects the other thing to the wassitcalled” conversations have been had.
  3. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 20,972

    Location: Northern England

    Oh you know, the thingy over on the side next to the other one.

    Standard convo with my mum.
  4. Freakbro


    Joined: Jul 29, 2010

    Posts: 15,400

    Location: Lincs

    Every time I read an mmj post
  5. ianh


    Joined: Jul 12, 2007

    Posts: 4,505

    Location: Saudi and occasionally Stoke.

    My mates wife, university degree in something non-tech (maybe art or similar) wouldn't believe us when we said 50% and 1/3 were the same when doing a maths problem ie 50 is 1/3 of 150 and 100 + 50% is 150 therefore 50% and 1/3 were the same if you think about it mathematically (I think we were splitting a bill between the 3 of us).
  6. edscdk


    Joined: Jul 17, 2008

    Posts: 6,661

    Not it related but our friend takes 1800 a month from his gf (all but 300 of her income) and has done for just over 12 years.. Their total outgoing are about £700.

    She has to buy all the food for both of them from her remaining £300

    Neither of them thought there was anything odd about that, now we mentioned to her that's not right she found out he has just shy of 500k in savings!

    When she asked why she has to put so much into the joint account he said "that's what you pay to live here"

    They also have slept in separate rooms for several years..!

    So they both perceived sleeping in different rooms and him taking all her money as normal! (until we told her otherwise) she is now seeking legal advice! (about they money not sleeping in different rooms)
  7. LuckyBenski


    Joined: Dec 28, 2017

    Posts: 3,183

    Location: London

    Either you've explained that terribly now, or you were explaining it terribly then and she was right.
  8. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 6,918

    Location: La France

    The worrying thing is that my 84 year old mother would correctly say “The cable that goes around the mounting bracket and into the housing.” I guess living with my mechanic and auto electrician father for 50 years may have been a factor.
  9. Kol


    Joined: Jan 8, 2003

    Posts: 13,543

    Location: London


    Edit - I had to ask my wife, you mean 50% increase on the £100?

    50% of £150 (£75) and 1/3rd of £150 (£50) are two entirely different things to a 50% increase on £100, no wonder she didn't believe you. You explained it terribly as suggested above.
  10. Thekwango


    Joined: Feb 5, 2009

    Posts: 11,211

    Location: Northern Ireland

    Ironic post,maybe?
  11. arctine


    Joined: Oct 7, 2009

    Posts: 3,862


    I feel sorry for your friend's wife. She is right by the way, 50% is not the same as 1/3 in any maths problem.
  12. mmj_uk


    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 22,994


    I agree it's pretty strange these days for people to use their own brains rather than just saying whatever is popular because they're too scared to have their own opinions, let alone be brave enough to voice them. The amount of cowardice and self-censorship today is tragic.

    As for this thread, people are different, misunderstandings happen. It's life. People like Freakbro will be demanding the government pass a law to designate the areas of a computer mouse and anyone who gets it wrong will be sent to the gulag for wrongthink because a simple misunderstanding over a mouse is emotionally upsetting to them.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019
  13. [FnG]magnolia


    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 25,919

    Location: Bees.

    That's a pretty hot take right there :D
  14. Amnesia


    Joined: Jun 22, 2007

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    Location: Buckingham Palace

    1/2 and 1/3 are not the same, you seem to have confused yourself a little.
    At first you are using the number 50 and then you replace it with 50%....
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019
  15. HungryHippos


    Joined: Mar 25, 2004

    Posts: 7,299

    Location: Fareham

    Sometimes I take things too literally, so at times this kind of thing could totally be me.

    For example, my driving instructor asked me to beep the horn without taking my hands off the wheel. I paused for a moment, and said to him "I know that this would be dangerous so I would not do it, but my first thought was to headbutt the steering wheel".

    I think he meant I could use my thumbs or something :p
  16. Jasoncmor


    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

    Posts: 420

    That is seriously messed up.
  17. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 20,972

    Location: Northern England

    That's really freaking weird. WTF is wrong with the guy and how thick is she?!
  18. Hades


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 22,728

    Location: Surrey and London

    It does sound douchey. But there might be more to it. Does the 700 outgoings include mortgage/rent and car costs?
  19. EVH


    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

    Posts: 26,793

    Psychological abuse tbh.
  20. dowie


    Joined: Jan 29, 2008

    Posts: 41,858

    That makes no sense at all, she didn't believe you because you're talking nonsense. 50% literally is equivalent to 1/2... you need to re-read the above and have a re-think.

    lets look at your claims:

    "we said 50% and 1/3 were the same" - this is false, are you forgetting that 50% simply means 50/100? This is clearly not equivalent to 1/3.

    "50 is 1/3 of 150" - this is true

    "100 + 50% is 150" - this is false, I think you mean to say 100 + (100 * 50%) = 150 i.e. 100 plus 50% of 100 = 150

    note also 100 + (100 * 1/2) = 150. i.e. 100 plus half of 100 = 150

    Now try the above with 1/3

    100 + (100 * 1/3) = 133.33

    unsurprisingly that doesn't work out.. since 1/3 is not equivalent to 50%