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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #825 on: March 16, 2013, 10:28:44 PM »
A woman I used to be friendly with insisted that the Catholic church had JFK assassinated, along with the other Kennedys that have died young.  I said "Oh I doubt that" (mind you I wasn't defending the Vatican, I just doubted the probability)  Now mind you this was last year.  I knew this woman was 49 so she was born in 63.  I was born in late 78. 

She says to me "OH you're too young to remember it!"  Yeah, I know I was born several years later but she would have been 6 months old when he was shot. I don't know anyone with memories from before they were a year old.

That reminds me of CKIA's online cousin, the "Everyone born after X year is ignorant of history" meme that goes around every so often.  Yes, I was born after the Vietnam War ended.  That doesn't mean I've never heard of it.  By that logic, no one in the world knows anything about the American Revolution, Socrates, or the Renaissance.  ::)

I've heard that before.  Someone laughed that I couldn't possibly know about JFK being shot because I only remembered Reagan.  Well lets see, if I had never picked up a history book I still would have noticed every single adult saying, "It's just like JFK!" that afternoon when I heard the news.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #826 on: March 16, 2013, 10:34:29 PM »
Or when people discuss where they were when JFK was shot.  Or insist you are too young to know of a certain singer/band.   Okay so I was born after the Beatles disbanded, after Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix unfortunately left this world, but my parents had records, alright? 

Heck, I listened to "Pearl" a lot more than they did and knew the words to "Mercedes Benz" by the time I was 9!
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #827 on: March 16, 2013, 10:46:18 PM »
DH grew up in a cult, and has always claimed he can spot people from that specific cult from miles away. 10 years ago I told him he was full of excrement, as people of any ethnicity/walk of life etc can and do join. Thing is he has not been wrong one single time in the whole ten years since that claim. He says it's posture among other things that tip him off. I just don't get it.

I assume is something similar to martial artists and the way they hold themselves. Military, ex or current, have a similar bearing when they move or stand. Some serious historical re-enactors have that same bearing.



A friend of mine claims he can recognize "the schizophrenic shuffle" - apparently there's a characteristic bearing and movement at a particular level. I give him a pass on CKIA status because he doesn't claim to recognize everyone with schizophrenia, every time - just those who are at a certain stage.

There are some meds for the condition which can cause schizophrenics to have a shuffle if it is not caught in time. I'll stop there, because any more info is too close to medical advice, for my taste.
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #828 on: March 17, 2013, 12:23:07 AM »
Or when people discuss where they were when JFK was shot.  Or insist you are too young to know of a certain singer/band.   Okay so I was born after the Beatles disbanded, after Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix unfortunately left this world, but my parents had records, alright? 

Heck, I listened to "Pearl" a lot more than they did and knew the words to "Mercedes Benz" by the time I was 9!

For future reference, though, the correct response to "Have you heard of X?" [where X is a famous singer/band the speaker is remembering fondly] is NOT "Ooh, we learned about him/her/them in our music history class!"

Yeah, just saying  :-[  (For what it's worth, I was the youngest one in the car by about twenty years and everyone else thought it was funny except for the woman who had been talking.  Definitely a brain-not-engaged moment!)

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #829 on: March 20, 2013, 11:04:01 AM »
I witnessed the clash of two CKIAs at work a few years ago. The rest of us suspected that either the two of them would loathe each other, or fall in love. They loathed each other. Thing is, they were both the type who did know stuff, but they either revealed it patronizingly/with shock that you didn't know, or thought that their (perfectly reasonable) way was the only sensible way.  ::)

If either was challenged they were also the type to spend hours looking up proof that they were correct and/or laying out in detail their entire logical thought process, so if you dared to have a different opinion you were bludgeoned into agreeing or at least deferring just to get them to stop talking about it. It was always about completely trivial things, too--they'd come back and be like, "See, Smith WAS the shortstop for the Cardinals in 1985!" and people would be like, "Dude, that conversation was three days ago, and it wasn't important to the story anyway."

And they liked to interrupt casual conversations to correct things--like someone's telling a story about a great baseball play they saw decades ago and they name Jones as the shortstop, who is completely incidental to the story, and CKIA has to interrupt and say, "No, you're wrong, it must have been Smith at that time." 1) Does it matter to the story? 2) Does it matter to the people listening? 3) Is it an appropriate place/time/relationship for you to say something?  ::) It's disheartening when you feel like they just want to poke holes in even casual comments, like they can't listen just for fun or to grasp the underlying meaning.

My dad likes to be CKIA about personal history--the other day he was telling stories about my mom's roommates in college, which were wrong. Drives my mom up the wall. It's not just the story, it's the tone of relating smirky, insidery knowledge... and getting it wrong. Or at least, acting like it's way more important, interesting, and relevant to the audience than it really is.
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #830 on: March 20, 2013, 11:33:04 AM »
Or when people discuss where they were when JFK was shot.  Or insist you are too young to know of a certain singer/band.   Okay so I was born after the Beatles disbanded, after Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix unfortunately left this world, but my parents had records, alright? 

Heck, I listened to "Pearl" a lot more than they did and knew the words to "Mercedes Benz" by the time I was 9!

For future reference, though, the correct response to "Have you heard of X?" [where X is a famous singer/band the speaker is remembering fondly] is NOT "Ooh, we learned about him/her/them in our music history class!"

Yeah, just saying  :-[  (For what it's worth, I was the youngest one in the car by about twenty years and everyone else thought it was funny except for the woman who had been talking.  Definitely a brain-not-engaged moment!)

Also, "my parents/grandparents were big fans" doesn't help...

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #831 on: March 20, 2013, 01:58:02 PM »
Not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but Know it Alls have their own TV show: http://www.discovery.ca/Showpage.aspx?sid=37462

I've actually watched both seasons.  :P

Putting a bunch of CKIA's on teams together is....interesting, to say the least!
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #832 on: March 20, 2013, 05:51:13 PM »


And they liked to interrupt casual conversations to correct things--like someone's telling a story about a great baseball play they saw decades ago and they name Jones as the shortstop, who is completely incidental to the story, and CKIA has to interrupt and say, "No, you're wrong, it must have been Smith at that time." 1) Does it matter to the story? 2) Does it matter to the people listening? 3) Is it an appropriate place/time/relationship for you to say something?  ::) It's disheartening when you feel like they just want to poke holes in even casual comments, like they can't listen just for fun or to grasp the underlying meaning.



People like that make me lose my train of thought. Whatever I was saying gets blown right out of my head, it's pretty aggravating.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #833 on: March 20, 2013, 09:17:20 PM »


And they liked to interrupt casual conversations to correct things--like someone's telling a story about a great baseball play they saw decades ago and they name Jones as the shortstop, who is completely incidental to the story, and CKIA has to interrupt and say, "No, you're wrong, it must have been Smith at that time." 1) Does it matter to the story? 2) Does it matter to the people listening? 3) Is it an appropriate place/time/relationship for you to say something?  ::) It's disheartening when you feel like they just want to poke holes in even casual comments, like they can't listen just for fun or to grasp the underlying meaning.



People like that make me lose my train of thought. Whatever I was saying gets blown right out of my head, it's pretty aggravating.

My kids do that to me sometimes, or DH.  Like you, my train of thought derails and then they get annoyed that I won't/can't finish the story. Gah!
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #834 on: March 21, 2013, 04:18:19 PM »


And they liked to interrupt casual conversations to correct things--like someone's telling a story about a great baseball play they saw decades ago and they name Jones as the shortstop, who is completely incidental to the story, and CKIA has to interrupt and say, "No, you're wrong, it must have been Smith at that time." 1) Does it matter to the story? 2) Does it matter to the people listening? 3) Is it an appropriate place/time/relationship for you to say something?  ::) It's disheartening when you feel like they just want to poke holes in even casual comments, like they can't listen just for fun or to grasp the underlying meaning.



People like that make me lose my train of thought. Whatever I was saying gets blown right out of my head, it's pretty aggravating.

My kids do that to me sometimes, or DH.  Like you, my train of thought derails and then they get annoyed that I won't/can't finish the story. Gah!
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #835 on: March 22, 2013, 01:43:08 AM »
Not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but Know it Alls have their own TV show: http://www.discovery.ca/Showpage.aspx?sid=37462

I've actually watched both seasons.  :P

Putting a bunch of CKIA's on teams together is....interesting, to say the least!

Ha! I was thinking about that show too! I have to say that I think the season 2 winner, Andrew, epitomizes the know-it-all, especially with that question about the astronauts.

For those who haven't seen it, Andrew was watching a challenge between two other people, not even taking part in it. The question was "how many men have walked on the moon?" After the question was answered, Andrew said, "actually, that's not true, because of the gravity of the moon, it's impossible to walk on the moon, so the answer is zero." 

I do have to admit to having a huge nerd crush on him, though.  :-[  ;D

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #836 on: March 22, 2013, 02:17:54 AM »
And he wasn't even right...

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #837 on: March 22, 2013, 04:33:02 AM »
Or when people discuss where they were when JFK was shot.  Or insist you are too young to know of a certain singer/band.   Okay so I was born after the Beatles disbanded, after Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix unfortunately left this world, but my parents had records, alright? 

Heck, I listened to "Pearl" a lot more than they did and knew the words to "Mercedes Benz" by the time I was 9!

For future reference, though, the correct response to "Have you heard of X?" [where X is a famous singer/band the speaker is remembering fondly] is NOT "Ooh, we learned about him/her/them in our music history class!"

Yeah, just saying  :-[  (For what it's worth, I was the youngest one in the car by about twenty years and everyone else thought it was funny except for the woman who had been talking.  Definitely a brain-not-engaged moment!)

Hahaha! I said to my personal trainer (21) that I expected he listened to house music. He protested that he liked "really old classic rock". Apparently Bon Jovi qualifies, and not the early stuff either.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #838 on: March 22, 2013, 07:33:46 AM »
Or when people discuss where they were when JFK was shot.  Or insist you are too young to know of a certain singer/band.   Okay so I was born after the Beatles disbanded, after Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix unfortunately left this world, but my parents had records, alright? 

Heck, I listened to "Pearl" a lot more than they did and knew the words to "Mercedes Benz" by the time I was 9!

For future reference, though, the correct response to "Have you heard of X?" [where X is a famous singer/band the speaker is remembering fondly] is NOT "Ooh, we learned about him/her/them in our music history class!"

Yeah, just saying  :-[  (For what it's worth, I was the youngest one in the car by about twenty years and everyone else thought it was funny except for the woman who had been talking.  Definitely a brain-not-engaged moment!)

Hahaha! I said to my personal trainer (21) that I expected he listened to house music. He protested that he liked "really old classic rock". Apparently Bon Jovi qualifies, and not the early stuff either.

Given that I realised I've been a Bon Jovi fan for 20 years last summer (seriously, who stole the last two decades?!) I can kinda-sorta-if-I-squint let him off that.

And in a connected note, I was informed by my boss I was too young to like Pink Floyd. Well, sure, I am younger than Dark Side of the Moon, but I'm older than The Wall and they released their last studio album when I was in my mid-teens, so I'm not quite sure on what grounds I'm "too young"...!

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #839 on: March 31, 2013, 05:14:54 PM »
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... they'd come back and be like, "See, Smith WAS the shortstop for the Cardinals in 1985!" and people would be like, "Dude, that conversation was three days ago, and it wasn't important to the story anyway."

What???  :o Ozzie Smith, unimportant?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzie_Smith  >:D
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