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We all get those dumb "but what do you even eat" questions about veganism and have had people tell us we're going to die from nutritional deficiencies. What are some of the weirder/stupider questions or comments you've gotten, or ones that stuck with you?

I am often reminded of the time when a friend's (extremely dumb) ex-boyfriend was bewildered when I said I didn't eat fish. I said that I don't eat animals and that seemed to confuse him further. He spent the next 10 minutes angrily telling me that fish are NOT animals. I was mildly amused at first but of course it quickly became annoying. I googled some basic animal kingdom diagrams for kids and showed them to him but he accused me of making it up. Yes, I control google results!

Eventually he explained his reasoning - most fish are small, therfore can't be animals. He forgot about the large ones.

"Mice are small," I said, "are they animals?"

"No, they're NOT because they don't drink milk!"

"Did you mean fish aren't mammals?"

"NO THEY ARE NOT ANIMALS!"

We left it at that.

I'd love to hear your fun stories!

We all get those dumb "but what do you even eat" questions about veganism and have had people tell us we're going to die from nutritional deficiencies. What are some of the weirder/stupider questions or comments you've gotten, or ones that stuck with you? I am often reminded of the time when a friend's (extremely dumb) ex-boyfriend was bewildered when I said I didn't eat fish. I said that I don't eat animals and that seemed to confuse him further. He spent the next 10 minutes angrily telling me that fish are NOT animals. I was mildly amused at first but of course it quickly became annoying. I googled some basic animal kingdom diagrams for kids and showed them to him but he accused me of making it up. Yes, I control google results! Eventually he explained his reasoning - most fish are small, therfore can't be animals. He forgot about the large ones. "Mice are small," I said, "are they animals?" "No, they're NOT because they don't drink milk!" "Did you mean fish aren't mammals?" "NO THEY ARE NOT ANIMALS!" We left it at that. I'd love to hear your fun stories!

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Omg that is so stupid! There's literally pictures of sunflowers and corn cobs on oil bottles! People have literally no idea what they're eating.

And lol yep, we had that discussion too. He said they obviously weren't vegetables and what a stupid suggestion that was, they're just fish!

He said they obviously weren't vegetables and what a stupid suggestion that was, they're just fish!

I'm facepalming so fucking hard. These are the type of people who forget humans are animals.