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Are Sac State students smarter than grade-schoolers? Funny viral video finds out

FILE -- A bike rider heads over the Guy West Bridge toward Sac State on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif.
FILE -- A bike rider heads over the Guy West Bridge toward Sac State on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento Bee File

If you think Abraham Lincoln was the second president of the United States, or you struggle to spell the word “privilege,” you may have some things in common with a handful of Sacramento State students.

A recent viral video took to the university quad to ask elementary-level questions derived from former TV quiz show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?,” with hilarious (if not slightly concerning) results.

Humorous answers include (spoiler alert): Albert Einstein discovering electricity, Earth being the closest planet to the sun and the Civil War taking place in 1800 B.C. The erroneous responses are intercut with film clips and music cues mocking the students.

Watch the full version of the video, made by a duo called “The Minorities,” below. Note: The video contains explicit language.

The 11-minute video was posted near the end of December to YouTube, where it has picked up almost 80,000 views. But the duo – creators Zebadiah Juniel and Jason Simpson – posted a condensed, five-minute version of the video to Twitter on Jan. 24, the second day of the current semester at the university.

It gained much more traction on Twitter: That version has over 7.5 million views and has been retweeted more than 170,000 times.

Juniel and Simpson told campus newspaper The State Hornet this week that the “snowball effect” of the viral video helped them gain 25,000 followers on Twitter and at least 10,000 on YouTube.

So, why Sac State?

“It’s where all the cuties are at,” Simpson told The State Hornet.

Many of the group’s videos involve topics related to sex or dating, and include on-the-street-style interviews with college-aged people, many of them women. Several have taken place at least partially at the Sac State campus.

Juniel and Simpson’s YouTube channel, the bio of which simply reads “Two Amateurs With a Camera,” has picked up 3.7 million views since 2015 across more than 100 videos. The “5th Grader” upload ranks in the account’s top 10 in views.

The Sacramento area is no stranger to YouTube content creators. Popular sketch comedy channel Smosh was founded by personalities Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, childhood friends who grew up in Carmichael. Padilla and Hecox made videos together from 2005 to 2017, and Smosh was for several years the most viewed and subscribed channel on YouTube.

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