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Well, the phrase Dr J used was "not the brightest bulb in the barn".

Barn?! My immediate reaction was, "But there aren't that many lights in a barn."

Now this is what I think went on in that darling brain of his: I think he mixed up "sharpest tool in the shed" with "brightest bulb in blah blah blah" And for some reason shed == barn.

I don't know how I know this, but I will bet you, 10 to 1, that this is exactly what went down in this brain.

Now that the mystery has been given a rather anticlimactic resolution, I will say that I very much enjoyed all the replies to my poll. While I never stopped to think about it, Christmas tree makes sense and evokes quite lovely memories of the restful holidays.

Date: 2009-02-05 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mariavii.livejournal.com
In actuality, I often say "not the brightest bulb in the drawer" -- not so much because I mix it up with the "...knife in the drawer" but because I keep my extra lightbulbs in a drawer.

As for the christmas tree, that would bother me unless it was changed to "...on the Christmas tree." I get nitpicky in odd places.

Finally, I totally follow the logic path you outlined and would give Dr J a pass on this one ;-)

Date: 2009-02-05 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happychemist.livejournal.com
Drinks by the end of the month?

Date: 2009-02-06 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mariavii.livejournal.com
Yes! Of course! It has been too long.

I am away the weekend of the 20th, but am around the rest of the month. Shoot me an email.

Date: 2009-02-06 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rford.livejournal.com
Yea, I've heard it as "on the Christmas tree." Still the closest one for me.

Date: 2009-02-06 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bijoux.livejournal.com
Oh darn, I missed the poll. However, for fun, I did find this webpage with 100 ways to say "not the brightest": http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/14071.htm

My favorite ones are "A few fries short of a Happy Meal" and "A few peas short of a casserole".

Date: 2009-02-06 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-marchioness.livejournal.com
Haha. V stole the words straight out of my mouth, "Oh darn, I missed the poll."

My answer would have been: Not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

It's kind of perfect timing as we used to say this phrase often in high school, as well as, "Not the sharpest knife in the drawer," which is why E's nickname in HS was "The Knife." And it's perfect timing, of course, because I've just come home from dinner with E's mother. ;)


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