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it doesn't take a rocket scientist (to do something)

One doesn't have to be particularly intelligent to be able to do or understand something. I doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn how to change the oil in your car. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that you have to unplug electrical equipment before you try to fix them.
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you don't have to be a rocket scientist (to do something)

One doesn't have to be particularly intelligent to be able to do or understand something. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to learn how to change the oil in your car. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that you have to unplug electrical equipment before you try to fix them.
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References in classic literature ?
The narrow scientist with his nose in a test-tube cannot understand philosophy.
Before the scientist could conclude his sentence, another and more impatient summons sounded from without; someone with swishing skirts was marshalled hurriedly down the corridor, and the door opened on a young girl, decently dressed but disordered and red-hot with haste.
Has been largely altered," said the scientist gravely.
The scientist was unarmed, but Sing held a long, wicked looking Colt in readiness for any contingency.
As he sank to his knees his other antagonist freed an arm from the embrace which had pinioned it to his side, but before he could deal the professor a blow with the short knife that up to now he had been unable to use, Number Thirteen had hurled his man across the room and was upon him who menaced the scientist.
But the Scientist of the Expedition explained that he had been so engrossed with the care of his instruments and the study of his tables that he had found no time to think of it.
Ripples in space-time, new research shows, may soon give scientists a glimpse of the universe as it looked a tiny fraction of a second after its birth.
Recently, museum scientists who had been working in Cambodia sent Feinstein tiny, circular tissue samples that they had clipped from the wings of fruit-eating bats called flying foxes.
The team of scientists from the United States, Indonesia, and Australia was dropped by helicopter onto the mist-covered slopes of the Foja (FOY-uh) Mountains in Indonesia's Papua Province, on the island of New Guinea (see map).
In their article "Assessing the Reliability and Credibility of Industry Science and Scientists," Barrow and Conrad (2006) demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of the nuances of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972).
Scientists are now teasing out tiny comet fragments from a protective gel inside the Stardust capsule.
The scientists are informed that they are not on board to fix anything, nor are they to bring tool kits unless they are in a position to give advice.
Periodically, volunteers then monitor the highest number of birds of various species seen at certain periods and report to scientists at Cornell, who use the data for research and publications.
University ecologists, science educators and natural resource agency scientists have been working with science teachers in a partnership called "Teachers in the Woods".
Both within specific religious traditions and across the traditions, scientists and religious believers engaged in a more sustained, more rigorous, and more productive dialogue than at perhaps any earlier point in history.