IE users have a low IQ? You'd have to be a thundering dumbass to believe that!

3 August 2011

An example of someone with a very low IQ

The glee in which everyone reported the news that Internet Explorer users were all spectacularly thick is a joy to behold! That's because the sneering sods who shared the story seem to have been taken in by a hoax.

What kind of cripplingly thick publication would actually have the gall to publish such tripe?

Well, the BBC, CNN and a whole bunch of other supposedly trustworthy news sources all ran the piece without checking the facts out.

Everyone was claiming that, based on a standardised IQ test, it transpired that IE users were about as clever as a mop bucket.

Alas, the firm behind the research, a Vancouver-based outfit called AptiQuant, doesn't seem to exist. AptiQuant's website address was only registered on July 14th and the content of the site seems to have been lifted from a legit French firm named Central Test. Obviously, the findings weren't hoiked from the French site.

Despite the fact that most news outlets were more than happy to run the story at face value, it appears that no-one bothered to get in touch with AptiQuant to see if it was actually real. As soon as someone smelled a rat, everyone has been trying to get hold of them... but to no avail. Seeing as the street address in Vancouver doesn't exist, there's very little chance of getting someone to speak about it.

Even the figure that the average IQ of Internet Explorer 6 users was marginally above 80 should have sounded an alarm. Professor David Spiegelhaler, of Cambridge University, said the findings were ‘implausibly low and an insult to IE users’.

Unless this is all a hoax as well?

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Paul S.
    What a moon-faced cock that bloke is. As if anybody would believe such a thing.
  • JKim
    I'm not surprised your very opinionated story came out now, *after* the hoax was already identified. Your final sentence "Unless this is all a hoax as well?" is apt because it appears people in the media just reproduce stories ad nauseum without checking any facts. It's a shame Journalism died 10 years ago.
  • Professor S.
    I is a real person and it is not even a hoax this time.
  • Stringer B.
    @ Paul Smith I reckon said "moon-faced cock" would know fuck out of you; if you weren't hiding behind your internet alter ego.
  • Paul S.
    @JKim - your comment would make more sense if you'd realised that the whole post above is self-deprecating, because we did reproduce the story ad nauseum without checking any facts. I remember looking at the number of people surveyed for the study, thinking to my self 'that's unusually high', getting distracted by something shiny and trotting out the story regardless. I can't defend it, except to say that since pretty much every major news organisation in the world was taken in by it. We've exposed our fair share of bullshit news stories in the past, so I won't lose too much sleep over it.
  • Paul S.
    @Stringer Bell - is that a real comment? Are you a real person? It doesn't even make sense, but I'm guessing it was meant to.
  • Stringer B.
    Well your eyes work, so that would show its a real comment. Yes i typed this message after reading your piss poor comments, so i am not a real person. I meant knock- not know, which you would probably have guessed as i am sure you will have been twated a few times for being a cockended bum squirrel... Then again, you probably don't get out much. Too busy reading other forums and consumer websites to regurgitate piss poor journalism.
  • Omar
    I want to hear more from Stringer Bell and his IE6 using cockened bum squirrel!
  • Paul S.
    @Stringer Bell - thanks for that. If you weren't too busy being a smart-mouthed twat who spends an awful lot of time on a website that apparently regurgitates piss-poor journalism (except for all the occasions when it, um, doesn't), you'd probably have realised that's a photo of me. Let me know where you'd like me to send the film of me knocking fuck out of myself, and I'll see what I can do. You tit.
  • Charnock
    Technical you said you'd know the fuck out of him. Which is I assume biblical and something even 4chan might baulk at. Also, IQ tests are pish.
  • Brother M.
    I too would like to hear more from the incidious Mr. Bell. It would seem he failed to grasp the fundamentals, nay the basics, of sarcasm.
  • The B.
    @Paul Smith - "knocking fuck out of myself" Dirty boy.
  • kv
    Paul is just saying all the things he's wanted to say before, now that he's leaving. sure what are they going to do? fire him?
  • zeddy
    Mr Smith (that is your real name isn't it? Have you done any research to check the facts?). I too am a baldy-headed Shrek-a-like, but ffs my eyes are stinging just looking at that photo.
  • Paul S.
    @kv - think you'll find that we've all been happy to call out anonymous commenters since the start. But thanks for playing. @zeddy - you're on the money, my friend.
  • Grumpy
    WTF Is dis real?
  • Google C.
    I'm really enjoying the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems? A couple of my blog audience have complained about my site not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any advice to help fix this problem?

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