Worthless Microsoft Certifications
I have no doubt that a 9 year old passed a MCP exam. It does not surprise me one bit as I have worked with Microsoft Certified Solution Developers that were not able to write a simple for loop (note that I say developers)
Don't get me wrong: there are a lot of smart people with Microsoft certifications. But having a certification does not mean that someone is smart or knows how to do something. All it shows is that they remembered the answer to the majority of the test questions (or brought along the book).