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