Various music sites picked up the news that listening to certain music makes you dumb, which the AV Club and Uproxx cynically passed along as well. So how did this 2009 study determine that? Fittingly, it all started on Facebook: the researcher, a student at Cal Tech, compared the SAT scores of major colleges with the students' most frequently liked artists on Facebook -- because there's no way that anyone would pretend to like Beethoven just to look smart, or that there are more complex socioeconomic reasons for why people in less privileged areas like hip hop than "they're dumb." This is framed perfectly by the following hilarious disclaimer smack dab in the middle of the "study":
And what is science if not the search for "the lolz"?
See, we would joke that a more accurate way to measure intelligence would be checking how many people shared that headline without even looking at the study, but we don't wanna see that on HuffPost's front page tomorrow.