The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 May 2004

Unequal blessings

Oh, about that chart floating around the left side of blogdom purporting to show that states that voted for Gore have higher average IQs than states that voted for Bush — I first caught it here — well, forget about it. It pins the Bogosity Meter.

Meanwhile, Kimberly Swygert would like to know:

The website which had the most to do with spreading the bogus graph now claims it was all a joke. Would these liberal "hoaxers" be laughing if, say, a rumor was spread that women's studies majors and Democrats all had demonstrably lower IQs? Or would that be termed "hate speech"?

We shouldn't have to wait too long for a test case; I suspect that political IQ tables are going to be this year's affirmative-action bake sales.

Posted at 2:35 PM to Political Science Fiction


Repeat after me: "don't believe anything you see on the Internet".

Posted by: The Proprietor at 6:19 PM on 10 May 2004

Including your comment?

Posted by: unimpressed at 6:50 PM on 10 May 2004

W00t! I had a hunch that this was a hoax of some sort.

And I'm relieved to see that Montana ranks rather well, especially considering that Sassy will entering 8th grade in about 16 months.

Posted by: David at 7:48 PM on 10 May 2004

Let's not confuse IQ for common sense.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip at 8:44 PM on 10 May 2004

*Especially* my posts.

Posted by: The Proprietor at 7:49 AM on 11 May 2004