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Ask Slashdot: Explaining to my girlfriend that humans didn't ride dinosaurs

p00kiethebear (569781) writes | about a year and a half ago

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p00kiethebear writes "Dear Slashdot. Remember when you learned that Santa Clause wasn't real? I have a wonderful and beautiful girlfriend. She treats me so right in every way. We've been together for almost a year now and everything seemed to be going perfectly until this morning. Over breakfast we were discussing dinosaurs and she told me a story about how her grandfather, fifty years ago, dated footprints of a dinosaurs and a man that were right next to each other to be within the same epoch of history. I laughed when she said this and then realized that she wasn't joking. She seriously believes this. She believes dinosaurs and humans walked at the same time together. Her grandfather told her this when she was little so regular logic and wiki isn't going to be able to contest her childhood dreams that she has been raised to believe. The odd thing is that she's not religious, it's just what her archeologist grandfather taught her. More important than just backing up evidence to the contrary, how do I explain this to her without crushing her childhood dreams? Is it even worth discussing it further with her? Have you ever had a loved one or family member that believed something that made you uncomfortable?"
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It effing doesn't matter (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327239)

99.999% of human knowledge is utterly irrelevant to living today. Sherlock Holmes was famously ignorant of whether the Earth revolved around the sun or the other way round, unless he was putting on Dr. Watson. I had a girlfriend who practiced astrology, for money.

Why worry about her beliefs? If she can put up with you believing men and dinosaurs were eons apart, why can't you put up with her believing the opposite?

All of us have different sets of beliefs. Unless you two get into screaming arguments, it just doesn't matter. If it's so important to you that you feel it necessary to change her mind, then leave her alone; she deserves someone more tolerant. And you better examine your tolerance.

One of the few things the navy taught me was how to get along with people I couldn't stand. The navy couldn't fire us and we couldn't quit; we had to get along one way or another. If you don't have the tolerance to put up with different ideas which don't actually affect you, then life is going to get pretty bad for you, son.

Just go with it (1)

russotto (537200) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327593)

You're a slashdotter with a girlfriend; don't blow it.

Anyway, she's probably referring to the Paluxy River tracks; it's a fairly well known case. The tracks are real and date back to the time of the dinosausrs, but they're not human.

April fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43329117)

That is all

there are dinosaurs alive today (1)

crutchy (1949900) | about a year and a half ago | (#43329339)

From []
"Evidence for the existence of sharks dates from the Ordovician period, over 450–420 million years ago"

Your girlfriend seems smart. Maybe you should shut the fuck up and listen to her as she's treating you so right.

Oh wait a minute... you mentioned having a girlfriend on Slashdot... hahahaha April Fool!!!!!

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