Survey of Idiots


How farsighted our ancestors of 1848 were, to commission such a report! It's about time for another one, I think. It might help us deal with our current political, cultural, economic, interpersonal and environmental messes.

The report is fascinating reading from start to finish, giving a wonderful taxonomy of idiots, such as below.


Read your fill here. And please post your favorite quotes in the Comments.
     Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 29, 2012
     Category: Government | Nineteenth Century | Brain Damage

Needs more pictures and less words 😜 ... hehehehehe
Posted by BrokeDad on 04/29/12 at 02:01 PM
Or little words.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/29/12 at 02:45 PM
Today all you'd have to do is buy the current issue of TV Guide.
Posted by Robert on 04/29/12 at 02:52 PM
Hmm! A commission of idiots doing a report on themselves at taxpayers expense? Sign me up!
Posted by BMN on 04/29/12 at 11:55 PM
I bet that if we could get the current contingency of PCers to read this they'd all die from shock!

IQ Range Classification

>140 Genius or near genius
120-140 Very superior intelligence
110-120 Superior intelligence
90-110 Normal or average intelligence
80-90 Dullness
70-80 Borderline deficiency
50-69 Moron
20-49 Imbecile
<20 Idiot
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/30/12 at 12:10 AM
I read up to page four but I replaced the word "idiot" with the word "politician"...

For some reason, it seemed both apt and more amusing to read
Posted by Fluffy Bunny Slippers on 04/30/12 at 12:34 AM
All Right Paul, Why were you searching the term "Masturbation"? You'll go blind. You need a hobby to amuse yourself. Something you can really get your hands dirty with.
Posted by INoticedtheSearchBar on 04/30/12 at 08:22 AM
A facinating document...

It is pretty clear that the authors were genuinely trying to accomplish something good and valuable, but they didn't have much to go on. I wonder how many of the "idiots" had cerebral palsy, or ALS, or perhaps metal poisoning?
Posted by SteveE on 04/30/12 at 11:03 AM
Basic problem of everyone thinks they know what they mean when they use a word (in this case: idiot) but nobocy can really agree once you look at it. Basic definition most people really use when they talk about an idiot: Someone who doesn't agree with my views.
Posted by Baughbe on 04/30/12 at 11:47 AM
I heard once that the Greek word ιδιώτης (idiotis) which means "private citizen" is the origin of the modern word idiot.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/30/12 at 11:54 AM
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