Back to the Comments at the Bottom of the Page

Like a sore in your mouth that you just can’t keep your tongue away from, The Curmudgeon finds himself unable to refrain for long from looking at the reader comments that come at the end of online newspaper articles. Mostly he’s appalled, but sometimes, that appalling can be pretty damn entertaining.

Recently, one of the dumbest women in the world – you know her as “Dear Abby” – received an inquiry from a woman who was concerned because her bright, interesting, and attractive eighteen-year-old daughter had no interest in dating and denies being gay. The reader wanted to know what to do.

Based on no more information than The Curmudgeon provided above, the readers on, online home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, offered the following helpful, enlightening comments and suggestions:

Sounds like mom isn’t getting any and wants to live vicariously through the daughter’s sex life.

Get her an old house and a half dozen cats. Let nature take its’ course from there. Nothing wrong with being an old maid.

Diagnosis: your daughter is a prude. Accept it and move on.

This girl is probably already bangin multiple college dudes or grown men and in full control at all times.

Mom sounds like a tramp, daughter ought to move out, or she’ll be dealing with Mom all her life.

Mom sounds like she has certain self esteem issues……the kid sounds like she doesn’t want any.

How do you know this letter isn’t from Kentucky. She’s almost a spinster there……

After all, her twelve year old sister is already married with two kids.

Dried up and barren too

Scary, ain’t it?

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  • Scott  On February 27, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Think back to when you were attacked for your hockey comments. Those same knuckle draggers may have contributed these “pearls of wisdom” . To think you could be bumping elbows locally with these prizes of humanity, is frightening. Or, maybe they just want to be on John Oliver’s writing team.

  • Barb  On February 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I, too, am often appalled by the comments written at the end of articles. So many people are so angry. And so frickin’ stupid!!!! Scary.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On February 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I agree that it’s possible that at least some of these people are probably making such comments in an effort to be funny or are just blowing off some steam in a pretty harmless way. And yes, it’s stupid/scary. On the other hand, every once in a while I worry that maybe I’m becoming a little too curmudgeonly and I read those comments and realize that in comparison I’m an absolutely delightful ray of sunshine.

  • Scott, (Friend of Mr. Goldberg)  On February 28, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Let your light shine in.

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