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  1. apple strudel

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    So google has a new toy: reading levels. It allows you to filter results by reading level, as well as to view the reading level of the results.

    If you want to see the google reading level for a site, be sure to use the site: keyword, otherwise you are getting the reading level of other sites included in the results polluting the sample.

    So add some sites with interesting results! Make it as partisan and bickering as you want!

    Results by reading level for site:patsfans.com:
    Basic 85%
    Intermediate 14%
    Advanced < 1%


    Results by reading level for site:foxnews.com:
    Basic 24%
    Intermediate 73%
    Advanced 2%


    Results by reading level for site:huffingtonpost.com:
    Basic 38%
    Intermediate 60%
    Advanced 1%


    Results by reading level for site:nytimes.com:
    Basic 8%
    Intermediate 83%
    Advanced 8%


    Results by reading level for site:whitehouse.gov:
    Basic 6%
    Intermediate 87%
    Advanced 5%


    Results by reading level for site:espn.com:
    Basic 32%
    Intermediate 67%
    Advanced 0%


    Results by reading level for site:nature.com:
    Basic 6%
    Intermediate 32%
    Advanced 61%


    Results by reading level for site:mediamatters.org:
    Basic 17%
    Intermediate 81%
    Advanced < 1%


    Results by reading level for site:barstoolsports.com:
    Basic 85%
    Intermediate 14%
    Advanced < 1%


    Results by reading level for site:bostonsportsmediawatch.com:
    Basic 30%
    Intermediate 70%
    Advanced 0%


    Results by reading level for site:eek:nion.com:
    Basic 66%
    Intermediate 33%
    Advanced 0%


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    Results by reading level for site:facebook.com:
    Basic 45%
    Intermediate 29%
    Advanced 25%

    Results by reading level for site:myspace.com:
    Basic 90%
    Intermediate 9%
    Advanced < 1%

    I guess it depends on who your friends are.
     
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    Results by reading level for walmart.com:

    Basic 44%
    Intermediate 44%
    Advanced 10%


    I guess the NY times readers should do a little surfing on the Walmart site:p
     
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    Results by reading level for jets.com:

    Basic 40%
    Intermediate 57%
    Advanced 2%


    Results by reading level for patriots.com:

    Basic 44%
    Intermediate 48%
    Advanced 7%
     
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    This has to be a bug in Google!

    Results by reading level for democrats.org:
    Basic 5%
    Intermediate 91%
    Advanced 2%

    Results by reading level for site:gop.com:
    Basic 11%
    Intermediate 87%
    Advanced < 1%

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    Looks like I'm making patsfans.com dumber!

    Results by reading level for why does patsfans.com hate firefox?:
    Basic 87%
    Intermediate 12%
    Advanced 0%
     
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    Results by reading level for site:dnc.org:
    Basic 22%
    Intermediate 77%
    Advanced 0%

    Results by reading level for site:rnc.org:
    Basic 12%
    Intermediate 87%
    Advanced 0%

    Looks like the two parties are about equal in their mediocrity.
     
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    That's inaccurate.

    I don't know which reading level "test" it uses, but some of the things that go into comprehension formulas are sentence length, percentage of long (or unfamiliar) words, parenthetical expressions, and dependent clauses.

    Run the first sentence I typed through it, then run the second (paragraph-length) sentence through.

    Complete gobbledegook will look advanced to this tool, if it's anything like the various formulas on the market, and a lot of very good writing will look basic.

    Any idiot that says he "utilized" something instead of "using" something has just bumped up his "advanced" score.

    So rest assured, it is possible that "advanced" reading material - like the stuff I'm infamous for posting - can just be overblown and pompous. Basic stuff can easily be very good writing.

    I stipulate, however, that Patsfans is probably on the "basic" end of the spectrum because you're all a bunch of fu(ktards.

    PFnV
     

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