It's Official: America Is Now As Dumb As A Bag Of Hammers

Tyler Durden's picture

Ever wonder why America will elect precisely the president it deserves in just over a year? Here's why.

2011 SAT Reading Scores hit all-time low

h/t John Lohman

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caerus's picture

can someone explain this chart to me...i'm bad at math

runlevel's picture

its got eletrolytes bro...

spiral_eyes's picture

that chart looks bullish for stocks.

Rainman's picture

...bullish for the penal system too

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This just demonstrates what I've been saying for ages. Namely that the general population is simply not educated enough to be setting prices. For goodness' sake this country has some of the most renouned economic titans in the world - Dr Paul Krugman, Alan Blinder, Alan Krueger and Joseph Stigletz. Our economy could be engineered to absolute perfection if people would just give them more control over setting prices. No wonder equity prices are falling when they are being set by people sampled from the above chart.

malikai's picture

SAT is bullshit. While I agree with the topic at hand, the SAT is a worthless indicator of national intelligence.

SheepDog-One's picture

Yea especially since the SAT has been dumbed down so much. Give the 1950's SAT's today and see what you get, probably 150 average.

Haywood Jablowme's picture


AMERIKkaA, AMIERIKkaA, gAwd shed his GraYce on theee!!


Troll Magnet's picture

Dumbas.  Yoo miss speled Amerikkaa.  There's only won K not too.

rocker's picture

Fact:  About 50% of elgible Americans Do Not Vote.   

Fact:  The half that don't vote are either Poor or too Dumb to Vote.

    Fact:  That's why so many call them sheeple.  They follow.  They never lead at anything.

malikai's picture

I thought it was the half that was too dumb that did the voting.

NotApplicable's picture

Me too.

What's the definition of insanity again?

j0nx's picture

Agreed. I vowed never to vote again after TARP was passed. What's the fucking point. Worse or worser are your only choices, both of whom are owned by the banksters.

Religion Explained's picture

Yeah, let's elect the idiot that says it's none of our business if "twelvers" get a nuke, right ...

baby_BLYTHE's picture

who gives the United States permission to hold nuclear warheads?

TruthInSunshine's picture

Youze thinks we iz dumb? Them foreign peoples in the Dominican Republk 'n Hawaeee and even more exoticer lands are way dumberer than us.

Borrowed Merkin's picture

Wow, how to counter such an erudite argument....? After all, they put medical degrees in with Lucky Charms, so probability is high that this "idiot" is drooling in a cup. Howard Dean may be a sickening facsimile of a pile of goat feces shaped to look human, but he's not an idiot. Anyway, exactly what did GWB do to prevent this douche from getting nukes? In fact, what EXACTLY is your favorite neocon candidate going to do to take this prick's radioactive candy away from him? Sorry, can't hear you...crickets must be too loud. Try this out in your head: maybe, if we follow G.Washington's farewell advice on avoiding foreign entanglements, we'd have the extra $ to develop a DEFENSE against an EMP which is really all this apocalyptic little troll could possibly deliver to the US. Do you think he's going to be turning the wrench on an ICBM anytime soon? Just b/c the enemy is a scary loon, doesn't mean he is potent and talking tough as a presidential candidate doesn't mean it either.

boiltherich's picture

Vote for a fellow that is right about one thing only (granted an important thing but...) not a chance in hell which is by the way his odds of getting elected.  He might be right about the Fed but he is one of the worst in the pack on what constitutes freedom and liberty and equality.  I am not worried that we must have reform on budgets and taxes and the fed and fiat, because with or without him at this point it is all tottering on the verge of collapse, and before elections come to my state he will be out of the race and the collapse will have already happened. 

11b40's picture

Interesting little test.  Overall results are in line w/above chart.

We should start requiring voter I.Q. tests.  Forget voter I.D., we need voter I.Q.

Test your news IQ - Pew Research Center

Doña K's picture

It's so bad that some high school kids can move to another town and lower the IQ in both places. Is that possible? 

Also bear in mind that the collective IQ number of all people is constant. But.. The population is growing. that explains the graph perfectly.

Socratic Dog's picture

"that explains the graph perfectly"

Eh?  It does?  Not to me, I have no idea what you mean.  Maybe I can't read.

I never went throuh the SAT system, so I have no idea what the f it means but.... I see a drop of about 5% over about 35 years.  That doesn't seem particulary devastating to me.  Particularly in a time in history when reading/writing literacy became less important than computer literacy.

Collective IQ of people is manipulated to be constant, as I understand it (average IQ is always 100).  That's not the same as being constant.


DivisionBell's picture

Computer literacy requires a ton of reading.  And once you're computer literate, what are you going to do with that computer?  Probably read some more!



BooMushroom's picture

I got 11 of 11.  Then again, I got 1350 on the SAT's (in the late 90's).  Then again, I have a week's worth of food and water stored at the house.  So I'm used to being smarter than the average bag of hammers.

Absinthe Minded's picture

I'm guessing your handle isn't Boo Mushroom, but Boom Mushroom as in cloud. Hope we don't see one of those for a long time.

captain_menace's picture

Great, now could you hurry up and get my order of fries?

boiltherich's picture

I got 9 out of 10, why did your test have 11 questions?

Zero Govt's picture

We already have a Voter IQ test ...those that vote are dumber than mud (and insane)... those that don't vote, "because it doesn't change anything" are realists, sane and obviously have a working brain and some semblance of IQ.

So about 53% of the US population vote, much like the European figures.. and they're clearly nutters ...that sounds about right

TruthInSunshine's picture

Nothing scares the establishment more - nothing even comes close - than truly educated voters.

Danielius's picture

Why not just institute the death penalty for elected officials who break their oath to protect the constitution?


boiltherich's picture

I take umbrage with a few of their questions, like the reported unemployment rate, vague, I answered the question correctly because 9% was the only one that matched a government number, but the government reports a lot of unemployment rates including the U-6 which is much higher.

The only one I missed was the one about Medicare or interest on the debt being more expensive, I think they are using the gross number put out by HHS that includes the Medicare and Medicaid budget as you can look up at Wikipedia and that is well over $700 billion, but the number put out by the government for Medicare alone are $446 billion for 2010, the total interest on the debt outstanding is now projected to be $434 but that has only in the last few weeks been lowered due to lower interest rates.  When this test was made up the interest was actually higher than Medicare.  In fact the two numbers are so close by percent of federal outlay that it is almost a statistical tie, removing that question I got them all right.

But I still do not plan to vote because voting is a scam to make people think they have any control when they do not.  Unless they have wealth in the top 1% of households.


macholatte's picture

population = 300M

50% = adults eligible to vote = 150M

50% actually do vote = 75M

50% decides who wins = 37.5M = 12.5% of population

and 50% of them are below average intelligence

msamour's picture

That's why I call them butterballs. Eventually they will become someone's freezer meat.

donethat's picture

Don't you mean Greece (not grace).

Doña K's picture

Those Greek gods are turning to god-damn Greeks. But again Greek people are rich. It's the goverment that is broke. They did not tell the government to EF-OFF, they showed them by not paying taxes. That's what you need to do in the US.

the tower's picture

Greek people are rich? You mean the 10% that are insanely rich versus the rest that have nothing?


You obviously have never been to Greece, and don't know anyone living there.

clymer's picture

looks like that coot Charlotte Iserbyt was on the money

OrestesPenthilusQuintard's picture

Iserbyte and John Taylor Gatto...

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

150.  Harsh considering you start with 400 just by putting your name at the top.

chunga's picture

And statistics show that if you have to guess...number D is most likely to be correct.

Argonaught's picture

D is my favorite number, too.

Uncle Remus's picture

Too. Much. Time. Reading. Hex. Dumps.

A Nanny Moose's picture

What if you get that answer wrong too?

A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000's picture

Gotta joke for you. A paralegal graduated from NYU with a 3.7 and another one graduated from Yale with a 3.2. Which one do you hire?


The one with the bigger tits!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Bonus question, given the above is absolutely true, is it better(in NPV terms) to pay for a boob job and an associate's degree then start receiving income in two years, or rather to not get a boob job AND get a student loan for four to five years at NYU or Yale prior to receiving a bit more income(remember, you'll have sorry tits, so pay will not be great).

IQ 145's picture

Very true; I took the SAT in 1959 and got 800 out of 800. this was very very unusual. Now they have an 800 club. Can't have people feeling dumb, now, can we. Also; since 40% of Americans believe in Jesus, doesn't that mean everything will be alright.?

Solid's picture

If you are so smart, then why did you use a period and a question mark?

johnnynaps's picture

hahaha! I was thinking the same thing! My man can't even write! Ironically, My dad scored 200 points above me yet had he listened to a little bit of my advice, he would be a millionaire! The real atrocity is measuring intelligence by this exam. I scored a 500 (below avg by that chart) on the writing, yet I was able to see a problem with the real estate bubble in 2004! Called the coming of a collaspe in 2006, and can see our next collaspe will be even worse than the previous two! Guess I'm an American Idiot!