Stupidity

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An Allegory of Folly (early 16th century) by Quentin Matsys
A stereotyped image of American stupidity (later claimed by MAD Magazine to become Alfred E. Neuman), used in an editorial critical of abolishing the poll tax in the American South, with a caption showing the person wants to vote but is too ignorant to understand what voting means

Stupidity usually refers to a lack of intelligence. People may also act in stupid ways because they don't know better. Comedy often uses stock characters, that are stupid; very often these are called fools.