Atlanta ranked 4th most literate city

Reading is FUNdamentil, says this PETA protester in London.

Reading is FUNdamentil, says London PETA protester.

We may be rude, but at least Atlantans is good with books.

A study by some college in Connecticut ranks Atlanta as the forth most literate major U.S. city, trailing only Washington D.C., Seattle and Minneapolis. Atlanta was ranked forth last time, too.

City rankings was based on several facters, including newspaper circulation (hooray!), book perchases, education level of residents and library infurmation.

The Los Angeles Times laments the dumness of Californians, who are surely responsible for that cities 59th position, by making fun of the smartest city in America, Washington D.C.

“Considering the fact that it appears that no one in Congress reads the laws they vote on, this is remarkable news,” the Times writes in parentheses, which means they were too scared to just come out and say it.

I wonder about these ranking myself, since New York City is tied with Austin, Texas, for 22nd and we know neither one of them be that smart.

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84 comments Add your comment

cheerfortech

January 26th, 2012
2:53 pm

If we are the 4th most literate, please change the forth to fourth on the link to this story!

Kathryn

January 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

“Atlantans is good with books”? Maybe the rest of us average into the fourth most literate, but the man who wrote this is certainly pulling down that number.

Realcondo

January 26th, 2012
3:04 pm

It’s a joke. You’re bringing our sense of humor ranking down.

Mike

January 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

I thought “satire” like this went out with “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

George Mathis

January 26th, 2012
3:06 pm

Note: This is a humor blog. Don’t take it too seriously.

Lee

January 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

dumBness. duh. Rankings WERE based. Are all of these errors on porpoise?

Fayefan

January 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

“…book perchases..”

Seriously??????

There’s plenty of illiterate people around here, please don’t diss the more intelligent ones.

Robyn

January 26th, 2012
3:17 pm

Fix the spelling in purchases, dumbness, information, factors……nevermind, just delete the whole article and let someone literate write it!!! OMG

jeffrey d

January 26th, 2012
3:26 pm

And here I thought the obvious intentional spelling errors were…obvious

Johanna

January 26th, 2012
3:36 pm

LOL!…I appreciate the mid-afternoon funny! Thanks!

BigDawg

January 26th, 2012
3:51 pm

This is a bogus study! How about testing students only without cheating scandals in schools?! How are the SAT scores in the City of Atlanta?! Poor, just like Georgia, I guess. I live in Atlanta and am from GA, so no outsider bashing here, just the pitiful truth from a teacher.

BigDawg

January 26th, 2012
3:52 pm

Professor with Ph.D., so I know something about bogus methodologies of studies.

amy

January 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

@jeffrey d: the spelling errors are easy. the real kicker is in the grammatical errors, a nuance that seems to have escaped many of the indignantly literate commenters thus far. ;]

Anne

January 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

Was this tongue-in-cheek? This is the most poorly written article I have ever read concerning literacy. The writer must not be from Atlanta.

amy

January 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

well, if you have to ask…

Nina

January 26th, 2012
4:00 pm

“level of residents and library infurmation.”

…Love it. Just love it.

Chelsea

January 26th, 2012
4:02 pm

This article made me laugh out loud at my desk. The comments from the people who are too stupid to understand that it is a joke make the article even better. Kudos.

cheerfortech

January 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

Could it just be that some of us are playing along with the joke? I thought the article was very funny, too.

OJ

January 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….. To the writer, you should have passed this story on to someone with a better understanding of when to use “are” and “is,” as well as someone who knows how to properly use the word FORTH and FOURTH.. SMH

Leslie Long

January 26th, 2012
4:08 pm

Glad someone caught forth (fourth) – but they missed Atlantans are (not is); to at the end of the paragraph, which should be too (meaning also), City ranking were (not was); facters (factors); purchases (not perchases); library information (not infurmation) and dumbness (not dumness – this is truly unbelievable. A cursory “spellcheck” would have caught all of these mistakes.George, and I cannot believe your editor caught NONE of these egregious errors. Am certain our ranking would drop dramatically if this type of output was considered.

The 27th

January 26th, 2012
4:10 pm

Amen Chelsea!!! I was just about to post pretty much the same thing.

Tramond

January 26th, 2012
4:13 pm

“It’s a joke. You’re bringing our sense of humor ranking down.” “And here I thought the obvious intentional spelling errors were…obvious” < This!!! LOL! I knew someone was going to think they were a genius commenting on the blatant errors.

whm

January 26th, 2012
4:15 pm

I think a fuw of you is wownd to tite to injoy this artikl. You need to git down off your high horse.

Jim Sutherland

January 26th, 2012
4:16 pm

…last time “to,” in a story about literacy, priceless.

Rodney

January 26th, 2012
4:20 pm

LoL ” Some college in Connecticut”

Michael Gearon, Jr.

January 26th, 2012
4:24 pm

Too bad you can’t read the start time on sports tickets and arrive on time. Or at all.

Ben

January 26th, 2012
4:32 pm

Yeah and if the south had won the civil war we’d be 1st.

Stevelb1

January 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

“Atlanta was ranked forth last time to.” Shouldn’t it be too not to in that sentence? Just saying.

PattyB

January 26th, 2012
4:39 pm

This was just too funny! I think the comments from people were just hilarious. The picture is great too. Enjoyed the laugh for the day.

A.B. Normal

January 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

Obviously written by a ‘gra-jee-ate’ of Atlanta Public Schools. Bah-ha-ha-ha!!!!!!

Craig Jones

January 26th, 2012
4:48 pm

More literate than New York, Boston and San Francisco? Certainly not more literary. What kinds of books, magazines and newspapers are they basing this on?

dan

January 26th, 2012
4:48 pm

Joke or jerk?

Margaret Parker

January 26th, 2012
4:49 pm

Does and editor not check spelling and grammar?

Suresh

January 26th, 2012
4:53 pm

How that would be possible if people can’t even write fourth!!!!!

Carpetbagger

January 26th, 2012
4:58 pm

What a joke!

scott

January 26th, 2012
5:01 pm

i dont beleve this article…too much ignorance in metro atlanta

Nandan

January 26th, 2012
5:03 pm

City rankings was based on several facters, including newspaper circulation (hooray!), book perchases, education level of residents and library infurmation.

Typo: Facters instead of factors.

gkingii

January 26th, 2012
5:03 pm

Must be a joke. “…city rankings was…” Really?

gkingii

January 26th, 2012
5:04 pm

“…facters…”???

gkingii

January 26th, 2012
5:05 pm

“…neither one of them be that smart…” ??

gkingii

January 26th, 2012
5:05 pm

“…dumness…”???

J W

January 26th, 2012
5:10 pm

Simply having the resources available is not just cause for ‘guessing’ at a 4th place ranking. It doen’s matter how many resources you have if people do not take advantage of them and actually absorb and understand what is presented.

One glance at any Atlanta TV news station report will reveal just where the literacy level really is.

Yankee61

January 26th, 2012
5:13 pm

If it’s a humor blog you should have included a tag line that identified it as such. I see no humor in poor grammer — especially in this state with its poor educational system. You should be a role model.

Harvey D. Pooka

January 26th, 2012
5:14 pm

Booyah! Just look at the pretty picture —– I guess that is what the writer of this article, or the printers typesetter, was doing when they referenced: “facters”, “perchases”, “infurmation”.

BELLYPANEL

January 26th, 2012
5:17 pm

Dude…Ya Done Did Good!! B^)

Peter

January 26th, 2012
5:18 pm

the bishop

January 26th, 2012
5:27 pm

I didn’t read it, I was just looking at the picture.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

January 26th, 2012
5:29 pm

There are so many grammatical errors in this article that I am sure they are intentional…Please God!!!

Go Falcons

Eyenstine

January 26th, 2012
5:35 pm

(Note to article’s author: the college study focused on reading, not spelling.) That said, before anyone starts popping champane corcks, let’s not forget that Georgia ranks 40th in the Best Educated Index. That’s our highest ranking ever.

In other words, Georgians ain’t the sharpest knives in the drawer by a long shot, but they shore can read.

ATL native

January 26th, 2012
5:39 pm

I m not shure what the pitcher of the PETA gurl up abuve has to do with the litteret rankings, but who kares? YeeHAW!