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Belgrade, Serbia

The stupidity test

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Milan M. Ćirković, Serbian astronomer and blogger collected an interesting list of 50 things the general public in Serbia is prone to believing, mostly thanks to the uncritical attitude towards the numerous information they have been fed by various media over the decades. You can also test yourselves, the theories are not limited to this region, and do not necessarily apply just to the Serbs. Mr Cirkovic collected the items on the list by talking to people, surfing various popular blogs and forums, reading the news comments and so on. As someone who frequently does this, I can confirm that I have seen most of them repeat during the past ten or twenty years so the list is very good collection. Read the following statements and count on how many of them you could say “I agree”:


  • Global warming is a myth invented by the environmental and other malicious lobbies.
  • The Serbs have never attacked anyone, nor took part in any aggressive war.
  • Without artificial fertilizers, herbicides and genetically modified foods it’s possible to feed the entire population of the planet.
  • Although the Serbs had never been anti-Semitist, the Jews still every now and work against us.
  • The greatest percentage of humanity is starving today than at any time in history.
  • Albert Einstein would not have achieved anything in science if he hadn’t been married to Mileva Maric.
  • Numerology, horoscope, palmistry and quackery are compatible with Christianity and Orthodoxy.
  • American astronauts have never landed on the moon, everything was filmed in Hollywood.
  • Forks were invented in medieval Serbia.
  • Secret Service can not effectively perform their lawful duties, if they are under democratic parliamentary oversight.
  • Mortality from influenza (in Serbia or in the entire world) is less than the mortality in traffic accidents.
  • Adolf Hitler considered the Serbs to be more dangerous enemies of the German Reich than the English or French.
  • Astrology is an ancient and not enough understood science.
  • Aztecs, Incas and other pre-Columbus Indians lived in social harmony, without war and violence before the brutal European invaders arrived.
  • Belgrade University has a long academic tradition, just like Western European or American universities.
  • Total solar eclipse in August 1999. was dangerous to life or health of the people.
  • Slovenians are traditional Serbian enemies, who before the dissolution of Yugoslavia have never had their own state.
  • Solar energy is a cheap substitute for fossil fuels and solution to all energy problems of the mankind.
  • Nikola Tesla presented himself as an Orthodox Serb.
  • There is no evidence that passive smoking causes cancer diseases and other health problems.
  • In Serbia, there is less domestic violence than in EU countries.
  • Rolling Stones / Residents / Ramones are bands that promote Satanism.
  • Banks are an invention of Western capitalists so that they could rob the poor of the world.
  • There were no political prisoners or human rights violations in Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • Darwinian evolution is “just a theory” that does not give adequate explanation in biology and leads people to immorality.
  • Serbian schools and students are among the best in Europe and worldwide.
  • Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all contemporary terrorists are Muslim.
  • Serbia is well represented on the Shanghai list of top 500 world universities.
  • It is very dangerous to eat tomatoes and other agricultural crops with genes.
  • Kremna prophecy has accurately predicted many events in Serbian history.
  • Opening of the files of secret services in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, did the citizens of these countries more damage than good.
  • Christianity is incompatible with women priestesses.
  • Germans in Vojvodina were mainly Nazis who massively took part in SS units during World War II.
  • State ownership of heavy industry turned out to be a success in many countries around the world.
  • Danilo Kis was a mediocre writer and Zionist.
  • South Asian tsunami in December 2004, by far the most devastating disasters of this century, was artificially induced.
  • Vuk Karadzic created the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • Before the Second World War, the majority population in Kosovo was Serbian.
  • Modern physics and cosmology confirm the existence of a Creator.
  • Joseph Stalin liquidated mostly his political opponents.
  • Gays never existed in the traditional Serbian society.
  • Miodrag Petrovic Ckalja attended the meeting of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, which was also caught on film.
  • Important scientific and philosophical works of Rudjer Boskovic, Mihajlo Pupin, Branislav Petronijevic and Milutin Milanković were written in Serbian.
  • The rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia was a period of genuine equality and fraternity among the citizens of that country.
  • The Bilderberg group and the Trilateral Commission control the flow of all information on the Internet.
  • Loan for Serbia’s revival in 1989. ended in a brilliant economic result.
  • Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic never praised Western European (especially not the English) culture and science.
  • Noam Chomsky is subjected to brutal repression for his views on U.S. foreign policy.
  • There is almost no illiteracy in Serbia, and the little that exists is limited to the Roma, Albanians and other minorities.
  • There is scientific evidence for the upcoming global catastrophe in 2012.

Test solution, as presented by Cirkovic on the Pescanik website: if you have zero “I agree” answers, you’re good. One “I agree” means there’s still hope for you, while two “I agree” answers and more means you fell under the influence of the media and became more stupid. Sorry.



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Comment:


13 Responses to “The stupidity test”

  1. Dejan says:

    LoL, one has to be stupid just to agree to this test :) Many claims here are impossible to agree or disagree with and also subjective to author’s views and not on facts.

    Ie. •Christianity is incompatible with women priestesses.

    To not agree with this is just politically incorrect while theologic foundation for that does not exist (in traditional Christianity).

    On the other hand there are several protestant denominations giving the priesthood rights to women.

    So who is to say which of those two is Christianity in the question?

    Certainly not Catholic or Orthodox :)

  2. Viktor says:

    The way I see it, the test is given in such a way on purpose – it just says you’re influenced by media if you say “I agree” right away :) Because – it’s true, it’s impossible to give a definite positive answer on any of these questions.
    On the other hand, most are definite negative answers, while some, like the one you mention give some chance for discussion, which is always better than accepting it like a given fact.

  3. Valjevac says:

    Although most of these are correct, I have to chalenge some of them:

    Everyone I know likes Danilo Kis and thinks of him as an excellent writer.

    Most of the people I know support the opening of secret files.

    Everyone I know thinks that the Cambodia regime was a disaster.

    Most of the people I know don’t think that global warming is a myth.

    Everyone agrees there had been political prisoners in SFRY.

    As far as other points are concerned, they juct may well be the correct opinion of the majority… :)

  4. Doot says:

    Random Serb: “Belgrade is the centre of the world”

    me: “huh?”

    RS: “clearly, you haven’t read enough history”

  5. Nikola Milekic says:

    Anyone believing in this statement just might be rightfully right:

    “Mortality from influenza (in Serbia or in the entire world) is less than the mortality in traffic accidents.”

    It’s simply nowhere close to being obviously true or false. Around 36,000 people die from flu-associated deaths in the U.S every year (according to the CDC). As a comparison, and according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 37,423 died in car accidents in the U.S. in 2008, and 33,808 in 2009 (http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx). It’s simply too close to call either way.

    As a side note: the 36,000 didn’t exactly die from influenza, the infection is only considered as a contributing cause of death.

  6. Predrag says:

    There is one question missing from this list.
    Has Mr Cirkovic completely lost his marbles?!
    “I AGREE”

    Mr Cirkovic has been gazing into space for so long that he has no idea about what’s happening on plant earth.
    Or in reality for that matter.

    As human beings we instinctively question.
    Its called common sense and its a survival instinct.
    This is quality that Mr Cirkovic appears to have lost long ago.

  7. Milos Kaurin says:

    His stupidity test is purely inflammatory (maybe he is just trying to get attention?). Most of these “things Serbs believe to be true” are mainly jokes.

  8. aki says:

    beautiful, hilarious, absurd, all of the above!

  9. 3bepko says:

    “pre-Columbus Indians” is the most stupid thing in this stupidity test. Milan you failed

  10. Nikole says:

    The test is insulting. Mr. C would never be able to figure out why.

  11. Blackbird says:

    What a stupid “stupidity test!” Don’t you have better things to do with your time?

  12. Vlasta says:

    I don’t know any Serb that believes any of those. This ‘survey’ is carried out on the same principle as the one where US citizens claimed France is located in Australia.

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