The "anti-stupidity" pill

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A German scientist claims to have tested an "anti-stupidity" pill on mice and fruit flies and has seen "encouraging results," according to a Reuters article.

I have a hard time buying into any study that's working to cure stupidity and is claiming success with mice and fruit flies. Preventing memory loss is one thing but the "anti-stupidity" claim seems a bit exaggerated.

"With mice and fruit flies we were able to eliminate the loss of short-term memory," Ropers, 62, is quoted saying in the German newspaper, which has dubbed it the "world's first anti-stupidity pill."

I can't wait to see what these really smart mice and fruit flies are doing.

By the way, we at mental_floss never exaggerate on any of our claims. There was one time we almost exaggerated when we printed an issue with a banner that read "Only the Greatest Magazine Ever" above our masthead. But, after conducting a number of serious studies, we found it to be true. A big "thank you" to our moms for being the test subjects for that study.  0202.jpg

 

 

 

 

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