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01.29.08 / inko9nito

Books that make you dumb

Believe it or not, there is a website dedicated to “books that make you dumb” (or smart). Virgil Griffith compiled a diagram of 100 most popular books read by college students (based on their Facebook statistics, that’s kind of a bias in itself) and placed them in relation to that college’s SAT and ACT scores.

Before you look at the diagram in any detail, guess where The Holy Bible placed. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was at the top.

The list is a bit biased though. Based on most universities’ Facebook “Favorite Music” stats most people listen to very mellow music: Jack Johnson, Radiohead and Coldplay always being in the top 5 or so. Are college kids Really that mellow? Or would the better question be are these the people who fill out their “Favorite blank” questions? Metallica, Muse and Rammstein would be at the top of my list but I didn’t fill it out. Just a thought.

Still, very curious results. Thanks Virgil 🙂


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