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  • Writer's pictureRick Zumpano

A Good Answer

We’ve all heard this adage: “Engage brain before opening mouth.” We all know that it’s true, and we’ve all been embarrassed more than once for failing to do that! Here are some actual incidents of this taken from real life. I didn’t make these up.

Actress, model - “Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”

Miss America contestant, 1994 - Question: “If you could live forever, would you and why?” Answer: “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever; that is why I would not live forever.”

University of Kentucky basketball player - “I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.”

Then mayor of Washington, D.C. - “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”

Former Vice President - “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water ... doing it.”

Former Vice President - “I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.”

NFL quarterback & analyst - “The word “genius” isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

Australian Cabinet Minister - “Traditionally, most of Australia’s imports come from overseas.”

Wow. No comment necessary. Engage your brain.


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