I hate it when people claim something completely ridiculous as fact. I’m not talking about simple mistakes or misconceptions, I mean things that they have no knowledge of but claim to know the answers. I used to just let it slide, but recently I’ve been compelled to call them on it. Heres what I mean:
I was an Army recruiter until about a year ago. A 19 year old kid wanted to join up so he could go to Germany because “there are no speed limits there”. Having been stationed in Germany for more than half of my 15 years in the military I told him that there actually are speed limits on the autobahn. I told him I’d heard that there are autobahns without limits, but I’d never seen one like that and I’ve driven across Germany several times. Nope, this kid was having none of it. He insisted that every autobahn in Germany was a “bat out of hell” zone and you could drive as fast as you like at any time. When I asked him if he’d ever been to Europe he told me he’d never been there he just heard about it. Aaargh.
Before I left recruiting (thank God) I went on leave and travelled to my home town. I was at a bar with my cousin and an old friend of ours that has literally never done anything resembling useful in his 40 or so years of life. (not to be too judgmental, but really he hasn’t even had a steady job for more than a few months at a time) He told us that the officials in the Pentagon have a secret policy to “kill all the brothers in the military”. I worked at the Pentagon for 4 years before recruiting. I’ve been in the military for 15 years. I asked him how he could make a claim like that without ever having served or even been within a mile of the Pentagon, let alone inside of it. Also, I’m a “brother” and no one has tried to kill me and I’ve been in Combat zones. Nope, he kept saying things like “watch the news!” and “Its a documented fact!”. The guy was an old friend but I couldn’t take it anymore. I just called him an imbecile and left. Maybe I should have been more civil, but things like that make me crazy mad.