Be it brushing our teeth with razors or marinating chicken in cough syrup, every time a questionable trend surfaces on TikTok, the internet comes to a screeching halt and asks itself: is humanity getting dumber every day?
Well, according to scientists from Norway’s Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research—who analysed over 730,000 IQ tests given to Norwegian men before their compulsory military service from 1970 to 2009—the average IQ score is actually sinking. And this is not just by some minuscule amount. In fact, each generation of Norwegian men appear to be getting around “seven IQ points dumber” as we speak.
Although researchers have officially proven that humans are devolving over time, they’re still left scratching their heads when it comes to one crucial question: why is this happening exactly? Is our nature or nurture to blame? The phenomenon has to do something with our genetics, right? Well, in the same study mentioned earlier, scientists found that IQs within single families were also deteriorating. In other words, as economist Tyler Cowen summed up for Marginal Revolution, we’ve essentially started building “a more stupidity-inducing environment.”
Lo and behold, here are 25 hilarious signs that prove Cowen’s disputed claims and demonstrate the fact that we’re all doomed beyond recovery.
Seven per cent of American adults, to be exact.
For decades, cakes have been synonymous with birthdays. Nothing screams joy as much as cutting the popular dessert to the sounds of confetti poppers in the background. Over the past few years, however, we’ve realised that everyday is a celebration in itself. Gone are the times when cake shops only piped ‘Happy Birthday’ onto the confection. Today, we honour everything from divorces and pregnancies to… car accidents and even calling the cops on your neighbours.
And this is exactly what ‘Cakes with threatening auras’ is here to document. As an “educational” Twitter account, the social media project features all sorts of creations—from the most comical cakes to the downright bizarre ones that will haunt your dreams forever.
So, what are you waiting for? Take the whisk with us and scroll through these cursed cakes that will make you believe there are two types of people on the internet today: those who bake and those who get baked.
Is that… ketchup?
Threat or a delightful promise? Depends on who you ask.
Corporate needs you to find all the cakes in this picture.
I have so many questions but none that I want answered.
Pro tip: add laxatives to the frosting.
How does one successfully eat this?
Do better or do batter, I guess.
Who you gonna call?
For some reason, I don’t think this was a mistake.
Reminds me of the time when people were making popsicles with positive pregnancy tests to break the news to their partners.
Same, Elmo. Same.
Who wants to eat this certified freak, seven days a week?
Introducing the inedible Hulk.
Charmander looks a bit too baked here.
Is it just me or does the lack of apostrophe bother anyone else?
Have you ever felt a cake?
Robert Pattinson and the cult of the dissociative pout.
Eat my sad face, you must!
2020core called, they want their poster child back.
Congratulations, you’ve been rickrolled by a cake.
Perry the Platypus, is that you?
Okay, this one officially takes the cake.
All Cakes Are Baked (ACAB).
History in the baking.
New frosting, who dis?
Bake it till you make it.
Quick, make a wish.
Take another slice of this, you will.
Everything about this is pure evil.