But in neither case funny

Lucky me, I got to fish both of these out of the Quora queue:

My autistic son was misbehaving. I punished my son by sending him to school dressed as a clown. My son is very upset. Did I do the right thing?


My autistic daughter misbehaved and I flushed her Barbie doll down the toilet as punishment. She’s very upset about this. Did I do the right thing?

Odds are, the same person wrote both of these, a few days apart, in which case we’re dealing with a sociopathic troll who should be dropped into an active volcano. If actual parents did this — well, the volcano won’t judge them.


  1. fillyjonk »

    15 January 2019 · 4:35 pm

    My diagnosis is someone who is 13 – or never grew out of the 13-year-old mindset – trying to cause upset, controversy, and all that kind of stuff online while they sit and laugh over how gullible “normies” are.

    Volcano’s too good for ’em.

  2. Dan T. »

    15 January 2019 · 5:45 pm

    Is there another question seeking a plumber for a stopped-up toilet with a Barbie doll stuck in the pipe?

  3. McGehee »

    15 January 2019 · 7:03 pm

    I’ve been assured that you must first take the doll apart.

    I’ve long been of the opinion that most Y!A questions are posted by trolls. Whether they’re trolling with each actual question may be a different matter.

    As for what to do with them, happiness is a well-fed volcano.

  4. Roger Green »

    16 January 2019 · 5:52 am

    Both options are disturbing:
    1. the questions are real, in which point please send me your home address so I can get Child Services to come over or
    2. the questions are fake, in which case please send me your work address so I can let your office know what kind of clown you are, assuming you have a job…

  5. fillyjonk »

    16 January 2019 · 9:45 am

    The problem as I see it, if the questions are fake (I assume so) there’s a pretty good chance they’re being written by someone living in their parents’ basement….and no no workplace at which you can inform about them being a (cl)ass-clown.

    the parents might care, IDK. In my experience people who pull those kinds of stunts don’t always have the most hands-on of parents.

  6. fillyjonk »

    16 January 2019 · 2:41 pm

    And as someone who owns a couple Barbie dolls: I don’t think an intact one would flush. The head, maybe.

    Not even one of the Made-To-Move articulated one all folded up into some kind of extreme yoga pose.

    No, I am NOT attempting it.

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