May 24, 2007


Dispatches from The Onion:

Study: 38 Percent Of People Not Actually Entitled To Their Opinion

May 23, 2007 | Issue 43•21

CHICAGO—In a surprising refutation of the conventional wisdom on opinion entitlement, a study conducted by the University of Chicago's School for Behavioral Science concluded that more than one-third of the U.S. population is neither entitled nor qualified to have opinions.

"On topics from evolution to the environment to gay marriage to immigration reform, we found that many of the opinions expressed were so off-base and ill-informed that they actually hurt society by being voiced," said chief researcher Professor Mark Fultz, who based the findings on hundreds of telephone, office, and dinner-party conversations compiled over a three-year period. "While people have long asserted that it takes all kinds, our research shows that American society currently has a drastic oversupply of the kinds who don't have any good or worthwhile thoughts whatsoever. We could actually do just fine without them."

In 2002, Fultz's team shook the academic world by conclusively proving the existence of both bad ideas during brainstorming and dumb questions during question-and-answer sessions.


  1. Nobody ever asks my opinion.

  2. It is better to be thought a fool Drunka, than to open one's mouth and prove it beyond doubt.

  3. Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone has an informed one.

  4. Ha haha. Love it!

    I agree with Drunka. But then what do I know...?