Things That Make Me Scratch My Head


I am a curious person by nature. I often look at why some people do certain things and it often makes me scratch my head and wonder what on earth those people are thinking. Add that to the fact that I realized I did not have anything scheduled for today, I thought I’d go with something fun and lighthearted. To be fair, I have to credit Kim and Mackenzie who ran similar posts the last few weeks which probably seeped their way into my subconscious and inspired me to do something similar. Without any further ado, here are some things that make me scratch my head:


Why little kids wake up at 5:30 in the morning then complain at 6:00 that they’re tired.

Why people enjoy raisins…I mean, after all, they’re shriveled up grapes!

Why people use the self-checkout at the grocery store when they have a cart full of groceries.


Single ply toilet paper; wouldn’t sandpaper do the same trick?

Why some people don’t look in the mirror before they go shopping at WalMart

Why, when ordering from a restaurant, when I ask for a sandwich without mayonnaise that just means I get more of it?

Why cats always land on their feet no matter how they fall.

Why you’re woken up while sleeping in the hospital only to be asked how you’re sleeping.

Why TV producers spend millions of dollars promoting a successful new show only to put it on a four month hiatus before bringing it back.

Why nursing homes are riddled with venereal disease.

Why basic finance is not taught at the high school level to all students.

Why people line up in droves for free samples at Costco…has it really been THAT long since you last ate?

Why Seinfeld ever went off the air.

Why we can find Saddam Hussein hiding in a hole but not cure the common cold.


So, what are some of the things that make you scratch your head?


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112 comments on “Things That Make Me Scratch My Head

  1. 1. Why do people spend money they don’t have to buy stuff they don’t need? I call it: The War on Math

    2. Why do we declare wars on concepts?

    You mixed UBL w/ Sadam Hussein. We shot Osama in Pakistan and found Sadam in a hole.

    I like your list, and I’m frequently perplexed as well, but I do also think that WTF is probably the most under-utilized acronym ever — it pretty much describes my state of existence.

    Nicely done!
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  2. I get so frustrated at the grocery store when people use the self checkout line for a mountain of groceries. They usually take their sweet old time taking the item from the cart, looking it over to make the final decision if they want it, then scan it. It’s usually these same people that have 2,000 produce items and they have no idea what the four digit code is so they ask for help because they don’t know how to look it up or know that it’s printed on the tag.
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    • I know your feeling Jon! The thing that gets me is when the checkers stand there and allow the people to do it. There’s a reason why it says “Express” people.

    • It seems as if I hit a nerve with some over roundabouts. ;) My issue is with putting them in the middle of a small residential neighborhood where they serve no purpose.

  3. hahaa I LOVE these posts. I could write a book about this. Here are 3:

    1) How people can complain they don’t have enough money for ‘x’ bill then drop money on lotto tickets.I used to see this all the time when I was a cashier in high school.
    2) That for the cost of a toothbrush and toothpaste people continue to neglect their oral health beyond repair.
    3) That there are people so blatantly rude (assholes) to others and they have ‘friends’.
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    • As could I Catherine. :)

      I saw #1 all the time when I was in high school as well when I worked at a convenience store, it made absolutely no sense to me. I HATE scratch off tickets!

  4. Roundabouts are supposed to be much more efficient but to us Americans it’s just plain crazy. And I can’t stand the people that take full carts to the self checkout, the whole purpose of those are for the people with a handful of items to be able to in and out quicker.

    Why is what doctors do called “practice”? Kind of unsettling.

    Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
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  5. I agree that personal finance should be taught in school. I’m a huge proponent for that. I think the one thing about people looking in the mirror before they shop at Walmart should be changed to: “I don’t know why people shop at Walmart.” It is truly the nastiest place in America, I don’t care how good their prices are.
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  6. Ha ha! I love these, especially this one: Why, when ordering from a restaurant, when I ask for a sandwich without mayonnaise that just means I get more of it? So true!

    Mine would be: Why do people weave in and out of traffic like crazy people, only to save about 1-2 minutes of time.

    I’ve seen so much of that this week having to drive an hour each way to Glendale. So glad I hardly have to drive for work.
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  7. “Why people line up in droves for free samples at Costco…has it really been THAT long since you last ate?” I will never understand this one! It’s not that serious people, it really isn’t :)
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    • I know Mackenzie! We have gotten to the point where we do not even take them anymore as it’s like full contact shopping. Though, our kids do not like that decision one bit.

  8. I love these lists! My favorite – Why people use the self-checkout at the grocery store when they have a cart full of groceries? So true. And then they don’t know how to self checkout either!!! ARGH!! And okay, the financial advisor has to acknowledge this one too – Why basic finance is not taught at the high school level to all students? Some day I hope this can no longer be put on these types of lists!
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    • I agree Shannon, I hope that some day it’ll be happening in every school. Also, the people who don’t know how to use the self checkout drive me nuts. It’s not THAT hard, my three year old can operate them.

    • Thanks Jerry. Not a Seinfeld fan are you? We’ll have to agree to disagree I guess. I think I can relate almost anything in life to Seinfeld. I have also seen every episode at least twice if not more…I know I have a sickness. ;)

  9. Love this post John :)

    I would have to say:

    Why is it that in a good majority of restaurants the server doesn’t ask before taking the orders if the table will only need one bill or several??? Imagine a group of 15 people trying to break out the Androids, iPhones, and BB’s just to calculate what they owe with tip…so annoying!
    Also, why must people ride the back of my car bumper and risk me getting so peeved that I’ll mash the breaks and cause a fender bender just to prove my point?

    I should do a post like this, I have a bunch more I could list lol!
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    • Thanks KK! I would tend to agree on the restaurants. Believe me, I had to hold back on this list, maybe there’ll be a sequel upcoming. :)

  10. Love this post! Oh, and I agree with your head scratching thoughts…my hubby really agrees with the Seinfeld one :) One of my recent shake my head ones is why the government here in Ontarion Canada wants to propsoe a bill to prevent any promotions of junk food aimed at children under 12 (apparently this is the cause of obesity in children); yet they spend a whole wack of money on TV commericals and other advertising efforts on promoting the drinking of alcohol (our liquour control board is government run here).
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    • Thanks Leslie! Oh, t sounds like your husband and I would get along well. I LOVE Seinfeld. Your idea does not make much sense either, talk about mixed messages.

  11. Roundabouts are awesome and I hate waiting and the blinkin lights here in Canada. The require hardly any maintenance unlike traditional stop lights hence saving the tax payers money. It also means I don’t have to sit behind some donut who is too busy on their cell phone when the light turns green. I get from point A to point B a heck of alot faster. We are starting to see many roundabouts turning up in Ontario because they finally figured it out. ;-) Great post mate
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    • It looks like I touched a nerve on the roundabouts! ;) I can understand where you’re coming from. We have found a way to screw them up here in the States What drives me nuts about them is when they’re placed in quiet neighborhoods that have very little traffic.

    • We have the same thing in our area Nick. I understand in a busy area maybe, but we’re getting them in quiet residential neighborhoods that get little traffic. I know, a lot of people like raisins, I’ve never liked them going as far back as when I was a kid. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. My wife frequently works the shift that ends at midnight and we are then buying our groceries at the point when only the self-checkout is open. Drives me crazy. I hate self-checkout in general anyway. “Please place item in the bagging area” I DID ALREADY! “Attendent has been notified to asssit you.” Umm, why does it think I need help when it just accepted the scan and finally believes it’s the the bag?

    I actually have started to warm up to traffic circles. I’m always getting stuck at red lights with absolutely nobody else anywhere near the intersection. And a stop sign when nobody coming is equally a waste of time and gas.
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    • Lol! I feel your pain Edward. I can understand why it would be frustrating. I don’t use them often, only when I have to run up to the store to buy one thing and want to get in and out. Of course, there is always someone there who is feeding a small Russian army going through the self check out.

      My issue with the roundabouts is the placement of them. We have several in our general neighborhood that get very little traffic and is just slowing any traffic that does come down.

    • That’s my problem Jose, I don’t know where to stop. :) I’ve been to that site a few times and wonder how many people have exactly been dropped on their heads as children.

  13. Why families at Wal-mart insist on bringing grandma, uncle, auntie, sister, brother, and anyone else they know with them to Wal-Mart to buy a loaf of bread.

    Why only old people are used as door greeters at Wal-Mart

    Why Wal-Mart has locks on the door when they are open 24 hours a day

    And lastly, why in the world does something like Wal-Mart even exist
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    • Lol! Sounds like you have a keen insight on WalMart! ;) I’ve often wondered on the first point….does everyone in the family REALLY need to be there?

  14. Why do people who are financially worse off than me laugh when I tell them I coupon?
    Why don’t politicians listen to what people actually want instead of lobbyists? And why don’t we do something about this?

    Oh, Seinfeld went off the air because they wanted to leave on their own terms as #1 rather than fade slowly away. It’s a big shame though.
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    • I hear you Justin! What gets me about your second point is that we as a country re-elected so many of the characters that it just boils down to insanity.

      I agree on Seinfeld, though I wish it was still running. I’ll happily make due with syndication though. :)

  15. Self-checkout is nice because you don’t have to deal with people and you can DIY.

    Roundabouts are necessary for tight spaces that need to have streets going to many different areas. It’s quite efficient.

    Seinfeld went off the air because people thought it was getting old. They totally left on a high note :D This is why I have the DVDs.
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    • I agree self-checkout can be nice as long as you’re not behind someone who has a cart full of groceries.

      I agree on Seinfeld. There were some episodes in that last season that were not of similar quality as usual. So glad that I have the DVDs and that they’re shown in syndication.

  16. Speaking of weird TV schedules, have you seen House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. It’s a great new show, and it came out on Netflix last month. It came out all at once so you didn’t have to wait months to see the next episode, I just streamed it. I hope it catches on because I really enjoyed binging on that show.
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    • We actually just finished watching the first episode, it was pretty good actually. I am a Kevin Spacey fan, so I am excited to watch the rest of it.

  17. For funny, John! Totally agree with you on the roundabouts. I think the big prob with them here is that people refuse to yield before entering and just treat it as a green light. We have minor accidents regularly at our local roundabouts. Now that I’m out of the suburbs and into Hickville, though, my life is relatively free of roundabouts – halleluah! :-)
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    • You got me there Cat! I don’t care for it either. We watch Amazing Race, but that is mainly to see all the places they go to. I always find it funny that it seems like a lot of the reality shows are made up of washed up “stars” that are hoping to reclaim their glory.

    • I thought so too. It reminds me of our cat after our 3 & 5 year old jump on him.

      We’ll just have to agree to disagree on the raisins. ;) I think they’re some of the nastiest things on earth. :)

  18. Why do servers ask me if I want my change back when I pay in cash? I can pay them less than 10% if they want to keep my change HA! It just threw me off the other day, like the kid thought he was going to get stiffed or couldn’t do math. Either way yes, I want my change and in ones.

    Why do people not know how to use a round about? I don’t get it. They either go straight through, seriously have seen it, or get in the middle lane and cut everyone off to get out. I don’t get it.

    Why would anyone want to dress up to go to Walmart? I purposely go on days I am doing house work or painting and just don’t care about my appearance. Maybe because I only go once a month and hate it.

    Why do people say they can’t afford $350 a month for rent, but then have a kid and a kitten? Or smoke?

    That’s all I have for now. Do you answer life question too. What is the meaning of my life? ;)
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    • Lol at the change back! I totally agree. Let me decide how I am going to tip you and don’t just assume you’re getting to keep it all.

      I feel the same way about roundabouts. It’s not rocket science people, just use common sense!

      In terms of your last question…sorry I can’t be of any help. I am still trying to figure mine out for myself. :)

  19. Why does the person on the machine next to me at the health club unleash raunchy, devastating farts? Usually this happens when I have 10-15 minutes left in the workout. I’m gasping for air, but only inhaling molecules that were in someone’s rectum seconds ago.

    Hope you already had dinner.

  20. Great list and funny! I grew up back east so we are used to roundabouts but out here in Phoenix they are relatively new so people don’t quite know what to make of them.

    What makes me scratch my head is not just the level of dysfunction in Washington but our inability as voters to change the status quo in DC. I think many voters have accepted the dysfunction and have removed themselves from the political process.
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    • Great point on voters Paul. I feel the same way. The dysfunction is terrible yet we send back the same blasted people…or at least 98% of them. Why should we expect anything different? I think one person I voted for got elected, in the last election, and they were a city official.

    • I’ve always wondered that on the pictures Alexa, it does not make much sense to me. Great point on #2, which is where I was a year ago until I took the leap. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  21. I loved Seinfeld. It truly was one of my favourite shows and I still laugh when I watch reruns. I am like Cat, what is the obsession with reality tv. It shows humans at their absolute worst and brings out the worst in people. Why people find that funny is beyond me.

    I also don’t understand why every video game these days is about killing people. It’s pretty grim if you ask me.
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    • As do I Miss T! I still crack myself up watching it even today. It’s pretty sad that it started 20 years ago. :( I agree on the reality TV, it just makes no sense to me. Great point on the video games, I can find much better things to do with my time than to pretend to kill a bunch of people.

  22. Paying for health insurance when it really is sick insurance. Most policies don’t actually cover very much. We pay 11% of our gross income on our health insurance.
    Instead, if we all collectively agreed to stop paying insurance and worked directly with our health care professionals they would lower their prices to affordable levels….or go out of business. Not having insurance companies would improve our health care. Doctors would be freed up to offer more “health” advice and be less inclined to simply write a script. Incompetent doctors would quickly go out of business because consumers could choose which professional to see without being limited by insurance coverage. People who take good care of themselves would benefit and those with serious illness would get appropriate care instead of the care that makes the most money for the provider. It will take a leap of faith on societies part though. With the price of medical care going up and insurance coverage being beyond the financial reach of many people, it’s only a matter of time before the whole house of cards comes crashing down.

  23. The hospital one drives me crazy!!
    I have stayed overnight at the hospital with my sick spouse before, and he got more sleep in the daytime than at night!
    The staff didn’t seem to care that no one was on the same schedule. So people were coming in every hour or two hours to wake him up for something else! Ridiculous. I don’t think patients get any sleep in the hospital.

    And the basic finance for students is one of my biggest pet peeves. Our society makes a credit score the most important ingredient to a successful adult life, but we can’t even bother to teach someone what a credit card is.
    I have to explain the basics of a credit card to university students

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