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Redneck construction worker, cowboy, forest firefighter, farmhand, bar bouncer who bench presses over 500 lbs. Chris Langan began talking at 6 months and taught himself to read when he was 3, IQ tested between 195 and 210. Dumb redneck stereotype?

tncdel 2011/12/25 06:59:48
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Dropped out of the University of Montana because he thought the professors were unqualified to teach him anything. He grew up in poverty and says he was beaten by his stepfather from when he was almost six to when he was about fourteen. By then Langan had begun weight training, and forcibly ended the abuse, throwing his stepfather out of the house and telling him never to return.

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  • Farnsworth 2011/12/25 13:22:38
    NO [explain why not].
    Farnsworth
    +10
    Redneck is a label liberals assign to anyone that does not march in lock step with them.

    I'm proud to be a redneck

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  • cowboy 2012/01/17 21:19:50
    NO [explain why not].
    cowboy
    I am a proud redneck!
  • sglmom 2011/12/28 07:24:24
    NO [explain why not].
    sglmom
    +1
    Ah .. interesting how the first thing (in sad, sad ways) is that one is /labelled/ ..
    (and yes, oh, my .. yes, .. have had to deal with some folks who have /labelled/ me as well in this life so far) ..
    This is someone who had a rough start in life .. but then again .. even though he may not have the /social polish/ (like those of the 'silver spoon' set) ..
    He's got .. a strong WORK Ethic ..
    A STRONG Mind .. Strong Will indeed ..
    Self-Reliant .. Self-Confident ..
    Stands up for what he believes ..
    And now .. We can all Agree to ADMIRE someone who has worked so hard overall ..
    and speaks his mind .. with clarity ..
  • jams 2011/12/27 19:53:01
    NO [explain why not].
    jams
    +2
    He was proflled in "Outliers', a great book by Malcolm Gladwell. He is so intelligent he's been labeled the "Smartest Man in America", but his social skills are so horrible that he's had difficulty accomplishing much with his high intelligence.

    I saw this as more of a case of extremely bad parenting and poverty combining to keep a brilliant talent from achieving his potential. He is an "outlier".
  • 4dc 2011/12/25 22:50:57
    NO [explain why not].
    4dc
    +2
    stereotypes are applied to people by those that are too ignorant or closed minded to pay attention
  • Ken 2011/12/25 20:18:21
    NO [explain why not].
    Ken
    +2
    But an IQ of 135 is near genius how does he test at this range?
  • beachbum 2011/12/25 17:58:20
    NO [explain why not].
    beachbum
    +4
    Sounds like someone we need in congress.........someone who is actually in touch with reality.
  • Farnsworth 2011/12/25 13:22:38
    NO [explain why not].
    Farnsworth
    +10
    Redneck is a label liberals assign to anyone that does not march in lock step with them.

    I'm proud to be a redneck
  • fifty-s... Farnsworth 2011/12/25 18:09:05
  • Lady Wh... Farnsworth 2011/12/25 18:23:38
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    Must be I'm a Redneck too...!
  • Farnsworth Lady Wh... 2011/12/25 19:02:09
    Farnsworth
    +3
    be loud and proud
  • Lady Whitewolf 2011/12/25 12:42:52
    NO [explain why not].
    Lady Whitewolf
    +4
    GOOD ON HIM for FORCIBLY ending the abuse! His stepfather DESERVED to get bounced out on his ass! ( he probably DIDN'T learn anything from it....)
  • mrdog 2011/12/25 09:39:11
    NO [explain why not].
    mrdog
    +5
    Redneck stereotype is about bias attitude not I.Q. bark
  • reaper 2011/12/25 09:09:24
    NO [explain why not].
    reaper
    +1
    yeah, but can he bench presses a planet? i don't think so
  • tncdel reaper 2011/12/25 17:55:05
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2011/12/25 07:07:54
    NO [explain why not].
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +2
    ? Why is he doing these average jobs?
  • tncdel ~Hopele... 2011/12/25 07:26:59
    tncdel
    +3
    Guess he feels an office job is too confining. :)~
  • ~Hopele... tncdel 2011/12/25 07:28:33
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +2
    Yea I guess your right. Some jobs don't fit for some people, even though they are capable of doing them. It's all about your happiness I suppose :)
  • JanHopkins ~Hopele... 2011/12/25 07:52:26
    JanHopkins
    +4
    I have met several genius's in my lifetime who hated being treated like lab rats and preferred to take menial jobs where they would be treated like regular a regular Joe. I think that common working folks are not interested in pretending to be "special" and tend to treat each other in a comradely manner. They have a tendency to provide a sort of pshycological support group among themselves that Chris may have found comforting.
  • Classical Liberal 2011/12/25 07:05:05
    NO [explain why not].
    Classical Liberal
    +2
    I fit alot of that description, outside my military service at least, and look at me.
  • tncdel Classic... 2011/12/25 07:28:30
    tncdel
    +1
    What a horrible fate, nothing better to do than posting comments on some idiot's poll questions. Whodathunkit? :)~
  • Classic... tncdel 2011/12/25 07:33:41
    Classical Liberal
    +1
    yep, sitting here unemployed in my father's basement with nothing better to do than to read, write, and theorize.

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