Why would an intelligent person do that?

There are all sorts of people and all sorts of behaviour all around us. There are many strange things that people of limited intelligence or education might well do, and that's understandable. But what this page focusses on is people who are clearly educated and smart who do weird things. I have been known to say to a smoker, "How come you smoke; you look like an intelligent person." This doesn't go down too well, so I am resorting to hyperspace to get these thoughts off my chest.

  • Smoking
  • Tattoos
  • Responding to e-mails as they arrive, rather than in batches
  • Leaving notifications on, on cell phones, and giving them priority over all other tasks. Listen to this CBC podcast.
  • Watching daytime soaps on TV regularly
  • Watching TV for more than 2 hours a day
  • Not taking vitamins
  • Taking vitamins selected virtually at random in a health food store, without studying nutrition first

    Pet peeves