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Things That Make Me Go Hmm

strangeI’ve done several posts this week if you count my two guest ones at BFS and Work Save Live. My original goal was to only publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but sometimes you just have too much to say. Actually yesterday’s post was supposed to be for today, and I screwed up the date when I scheduled it. I actually wrote another one but decided it was a better Monday post. To make up for my mistake, I’ll give you the day off from personal finance and share some things that make me go hmmmm…..

I will never understand why:

People think it’s OK to wear pajamas in public.

Dogs eat poop.

You only get behind slow cars when you are late.

Why anyone with the last name Dick would name their child Richard.

Five year olds can’t seem to wake up on school days, but pop up bright and early on Saturdays.

People use garages for storage and not for parking cars.

Soap operas are still on TV.

You need a drink holder on a lawn mower.

Everyone doesn’t like iced tea.

Men don’t mind nasty restrooms.

People buy things from infomercials.

David Hasselhoff was ever famous.

The US is the only modernized country that doesn’t teach a foreign language in primary school.

There are stores that sell rocks.

McDonalds always brings back the McRib sandwich.

Popcorn ceilings were ever popular.

Plumbers don’t wear suspenders.

Polish people are called Poles, but people from Holland aren’t called Holes.

What things completely baffle you?


About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. I’m baffled by people who don’t participate in my company’s employee stock purchase program. Guaranteed 15% gain, minimum! I don’t get it!

  2. Well, ice tea sucks, that’s why more people don’t like it. 🙂 But we shoudl teach foreign languages in elementary schools, for sure.

    I don’t get why our cat throws up and then eats it.

  3. A few comments:
    – parking spaces are great for storing things if you don’t have a car!
    – iced tea is great in Canada, weird in the US.

    Fun list!

  4. “David Hasselhoff was ever famous.” Lol…Just go to Germany, the man is a freaking national treasure for some odd reason. I am baffled at how the Postal Service is still around with how much they’re in the red and have been so for years. I don’t get the iced tea thing either, I love it.

  5. Ha I LOVE this list! These are a lot of things I wonder about haha

  6. “People think it’s OK to wear pajamas in public.” Why, why, why? Why do people do this? Is it so hard to put on a pair of pants, people? Seriously… 🙂

  7. Good list! I may never understand people who are line at a store and use a check never get it ready. This may be true for even credit card customers. I never understand why strangers ask how I am and never listen for the answer.

    • Or those who write checks in the express lane who wait for the total before they pull out the checkbook. I think check writers should have a lane of their own.

  8. I used to have an assistant who loved watching QVC and HSN. Sometimes after too much box wine 🙂 packages would arrive at work with things she only vaguely remembered ordering.

    I always wonder I switch into the shortest checkout lane and it takes the longest.

  9. LOL! Hilarious! OK, I don’t like iced tea. Guilty! But everything else was spot on!

  10. 1)People think it’s OK to wear pajamas in public.
    2)People use garages for storage and not for parking cars.
    3)Men don’t mind nasty restrooms.
    4)McDonalds always brings back the McRib sandwich.

    1)Because I don’t need to shower, shave, and get dressed just to take my wife to work.
    2)Because a)my car is leaking oil. I don’t care if I stain the street, but I don’t want to stain the concrete and b)my car will do just fine outside all year long but my tools, the patio furniture, grill, and lawnmower won’t.
    3)Because we stand up. 🙂
    4)Because they are awesome!

    • 1) I consider personal vehicles an extention of home. As long as you don’t go into the store, that’s OK. If you need to get out of the car, put on pants.
      2)Good point smarty pants. I was mainly talking about people with too much crap that takes up all the space.
      3)Men with daughters have to use men’s rooms when little girl has to pee. Think about them when aiming.
      4)Ed Antrobus, the gourmet, likes McRibs? Wonders never cease. What about filet o fish?

      • I didn’t say that I’m a slob about the bathroom, but just explaining why a nasty public restroom doesn’t perturb me.

        I don’t like the filet o fish, but the McBites aren’t too bad. 🙂

  11. Why if women take three times longer to go to the toilet than men, are there the same number of male toilets (empty) than female (with a 3 people queue)?

  12. Holes! I knew my ancestors were hiding a secret word….

    Drink holders rock on lawn mowers. It’s exhausting trying to get y beer not to spill AND mow at the same time.

  13. Classic post, Kim. Impossible to one-up the funny stuff you wrote. Have a great weekend!

  14. This is hilarious!!! I’ve wondered most of these myself, but I can tell you why dogs eat poop. According to my vet (my dog had this issue as a puppy), mother dogs sometimes do this to clean up after their puppies. It’s an old “instinctual” thing that sometimes dogs (particularly females) don’t grow out of!

  15. Great list! I wonder who are the people that watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?

    • No kidding. Someone must. I also wonder about Swamp People and many of those shows. It seems all you have to do is be a bit odd or someone people might laugh at and you can get a reality show.

  16. Oh.. “People use garages for storage and not for parking cars.”
    Strike one for me! Who else is guilty?

  17. Did you read my tweets on Saturday about leaving the house in PJs? hahaha
    Popcorn ceilings make a lot of sense from an aesthetic aspect actually. They cover a lot of imperfections in drywall, where they can be rather noticeable due to lighting, plus even more so when houses begin to settle. 🙂

  18. Why DO dogs eat poop? Their own poop, cat poop, etc? There is no way that tastes good …

  19. Hahaha. I seriously may need to do one of these posts. I’m always saying stuff like this.

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