Recently, however, I've seen evidence that leads me to believe that the disease of stupidity is actually an infectious disease, most likely viral and rapidly approaching pandemic propoportions.
Here are just 2 examples that I noticed just today - and I'm at work, over 100 miles from the nearest thing resembling a collective human habitation.
First, from a story in the Anchorage Daily News we have the case of the rocket surgeon who decided it was a good idea to take a selfie with a half-dozen grizzly bears. Don't believe it? Well, here is videographic evidence.
Then there was the case I witnessed, and videographed, this afternoon. I was returning to my station from a patrol when I encountered a pickup truck parked on one side of the road, directly opposite 2 motorcycles on the other and leaving very little room for a semi to fly between. That's stupid enough on the Haul Road, but it gets even better.
As I approached, I saw five people all gathered around at the edge of the road, staring into the brush. I knew long before I saw that they were watching a pair of muskoxen, which were feeding only about 15 feet away. Now, standing around 15 feet away from a wild prey animal that survives by fending off grizzly bears and wolves is stupid enough, but it got even better.
When I stopped to talk to these brain scientists, ALL 5 OF THEM TURNED THEIR BACKS TO THE ANIMALS.
Don't believe it? Well, here is the video-taped evidence. I must apologize for the quality - my dash cam doesn't perform well in gloomy weather conditions, so I had to enhance exposure and brightness, and this is the best I could do with the equipment I have available.
Could it get any worse? Don't ask - these people seem to the question as a challenge.