If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Short List)   Three-year-old joins Mensa after her IQ scores higher than Stephen Hawking. Meanwhile Subby, 32, is so dum he's probably managed a typo somewhere in this submmision   (shortlist.com) divider line 150
    More: Cool, Mensa, Prof Stephen Hawking  
•       •       •

4882 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Feb 2013 at 10:04 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



150 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-02-11 10:58:32 AM
While I'm not one to consider IQ scores a major achievement, especially since their methodology is so flawed, I've consistently scored in the 170-180 range in many online, time-based IQ tests. I was never really trying that hard, so I probably could have scored over 9000 if I was focused.

I appreciate the finer things in life, like a perfect cup of espresso, or the melody of a bird's song. However, I just can't find the time to put the dishes in the dishwasher. It's such a trivial inconvenience, as is the toilet, which is why I use a jar and a bedpan between games of Arathi Basin and I always keep a minifridge filled with Diet Mountain Dews and a heavy stock of cheetos nearby.
 
2013-02-11 10:59:52 AM
""She was picking up numbers and learning maths very quickly and by the time she was two years ...."

I was told there would be no maths.
 
2013-02-11 11:00:43 AM
Lets see her get into the national honors society.
 
2013-02-11 11:02:02 AM

jaylectricity: When I was a teenager I made the Who's Who of American High School Students. I think...I mean I didn't buy a copy so I have no idea if they really put me in there.


I remember that.  I also remember that the principal of my high school put out a letter warning parents not to buy into it because it was a scam.
 
2013-02-11 11:04:46 AM

abhorrent1: So just like a penis thread, this is where everyone lies about how big their IQ is?

/no one cares what your IQ is
//no one believes you either


My IQ is 9. I had one girl break up with me because she was so sore afterwards; she just couldn't take a hard thinking.
 
2013-02-11 11:08:05 AM

natazha: RexTalionis: Then again, Mensa is filled with a bunch of self-proclaimed geniuses who sit around doing nothing for the benefit of the world except for Sodoku and Crossword puzzles, so I don't take much stock in them.

Said the fox.

So if you multiply your physical age by your IQ, you get your mental age.

This definition is over 100 years out of date.


I don't even know what that means. Also, I never said the physical age divided by mental age thing.
 
2013-02-11 11:08:46 AM

RexTalionis: Then again, Mensa is filled with a bunch of self-proclaimed geniuses who sit around doing nothing for the benefit of the world except for Sodoku and Crossword puzzles, so I don't take much stock in them.


Then again, we don't take much stock in people who can't spell six-letter words.
 
2013-02-11 11:14:41 AM

SevenizGud: RexTalionis: Then again, Mensa is filled with a bunch of self-proclaimed geniuses who sit around doing nothing for the benefit of the world except for Sodoku and Crossword puzzles, so I don't take much stock in them.

Then again, we don't take much stock in people who can't spell six-letter words.


Sodoku is an actual six-letter word in the Japanese language.  It means "rat poison," but refers to a disease caused by rat bites.  In particular, rat bite fever caused by the spirillum minus bacteria.  The symptoms are pretty minor like headache and malaise, but the complications include heart problems, hepatitis, and enlarged spleen.  Not as bad as Hantavirus.
 
2013-02-11 11:17:03 AM

abhorrent1: So just like a penis thread, this is where everyone lies about how big their IQ is?


No, apparently an IQ thread is where dummies go to snark at people with high IQs. Sorta like how a penis thread is where microphallics go to snark about guys with big dicks.
 
2013-02-11 11:18:32 AM

eyeq360: Sodoku is an actual six-letter word in the Japanese language.


...which would have been spelled correctly if that had been the word he intended. To put it more succinctly, so FARKing what?
 
2013-02-11 11:19:44 AM
NSCSB

Back in 1996 I had a major head injury (assault that led to a cerebral hemotomah) but refused surgery (aka ran out of the hospital when they said they were going to saw open my skull).  Some bs happened and I lost custody of my daughter and a couple months later being that I was having issues with communicating with people (language skills were off), making decisions (would basically do whatever the last person told me to do and would mentally shutdown when I was forced to make a decision for myself), they tried to get me declared mentally incompetent by taking an IQ and personality tests at some mental hospital in B'ham, AL.

Ironically that backfired on them as I scored a 159, 159 and 160 on the different tests they gave me (tested me multiple times and the tests only went to 160).  Of course the MRI around the same time said that approximately 20% of my brain was "dead" due to the injury and other areas had more activity than normal.  According to the neurologists I should have been an invalid or dead.

Before the assault I had tested a 148 (as a teen after a suicide attempt while drugged out of my mind) but at the time had a photographic memory and could do calculus in my head with minor note scribble by plugging numbers and not going through the formula. I can no longer do any of that and I'm down to english as my only language vs knowing 4 before the assault.  Not only that but my personality completely changed in the 2 years after the assault.  Where I was assertive, decisive (and a smartass douchebag) I am the complete opposite now.  Hell one of the most difficult things I do is try to figure out what I want for lunch now.

Granted I'm not stupid but I am nowhere near "genius" level IMO.  Plus the personality tests are complete and utter bullshiat.  Honestly I think i should have made a 70 at best as at the time I was extremely retarded and probably would have scored a 0 on the common sense test if they had one.  If the tests were accurate I think i would be in the 110-120 range now (last test was 138 4 years ago but I rushed through the last bit of it so I could go smoke). IMO IQ tests are bullshiat and are negative common sense tests at best.  (Everyone else I have known who scores high has hardly any common sense)  Of course I'm guilty of that sometimes as well.
 
2013-02-11 11:20:22 AM

RexTalionis: andrewagill: /Last I checked, my IQ was 140.
//On one part of the test (I think the verbal IQ), I scored "off the charts", which caps out at 160.
///Was a LONG time ago.

Oh, great, IQ braggers.


My previous post was pointing out the flaw in taking a number like IQ out of context.  Her IQ is not terribly impressive for that age, but I didn't want people to say ``Oh, he's dumping on the meaningless little number because his meaningless little number is low.''

IQ (in the US at least) has a long and storied history that originates in a darker portion of our past.  It's not a terribly useful number for anything.  Real mental power is something that comes out of many factors, including working memory, the ability to remember new things, the ability to make deductions from things you know, and the ability to make inferences from things you do and do not know.

Even here, I'm speaking from an old white dude perspective.  There are many areas of mental power that are not covered in an IQ test and never could be.  IQ tests typically cover logical, mathematical, spatial, and linguistic areas.  What about musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, somatic, naturalistic or existential intelligence?  Those are some areas that Wikipedia suggests are other aspects of ``multiple intelligence theory.''

If you want to look at some things from the logical/mathematical/spatial/lingustic areas that seem to be ignored in IQ tests, try these on for size:

LSAT Logical Reasoning
LSAT Analytical Reasoning
Miller Analogies Test (probably a little bit familiar, since analogies are in the SAT)
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning
 
2013-02-11 11:20:33 AM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Sorta like how a penis thread is where microphallics go to snark about guys with big dicks.


Or a Hummer thread is where microwallets go to pretend that they have a bigger dick than Hummer drivers.
 
2013-02-11 11:23:13 AM

EyeForgot: NSCSB

Back in 1996 I had a major head injury (assault that led to a cerebral hemotomah) but refused surgery (aka ran out of the hospital when they said they were going to saw open my skull).  Some bs happened and I lost custody of my daughter and a couple months later being that I was having issues with communicating with people (language skills were off), making decisions (would basically do whatever the last person told me to do and would mentally shutdown when I was forced to make a decision for myself), they tried to get me declared mentally incompetent by taking an IQ and personality tests at some mental hospital in B'ham, AL.

Ironically that backfired on them as I scored a 159, 159 and 160 on the different tests they gave me (tested me multiple times and the tests only went to 160).  Of course the MRI around the same time said that approximately 20% of my brain was "dead" due to the injury and other areas had more activity than normal.  According to the neurologists I should have been an invalid or dead.

Before the assault I had tested a 148 (as a teen after a suicide attempt while drugged out of my mind) but at the time had a photographic memory and could do calculus in my head with minor note scribble by plugging numbers and not going through the formula. I can no longer do any of that and I'm down to english as my only language vs knowing 4 before the assault.  Not only that but my personality completely changed in the 2 years after the assault.  Where I was assertive, decisive (and a smartass douchebag) I am the complete opposite now.  Hell one of the most difficult things I do is try to figure out what I want for lunch now.

Granted I'm not stupid but I am nowhere near "genius" level IMO.  Plus the personality tests are complete and utter bullshiat.  Honestly I think i should have made a 70 at best as at the time I was extremely retarded and probably would have scored a 0 on the common sense test if they had one.  If the tests were accurate I think i w ...


i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-11 11:23:43 AM
eyeq360:

Sodoku is an actual six-letter word in the Japanese language.  It means "rat poison," but refers to a disease caused by rat bites.  In particular, rat bite fever caused by the spirillum minus bacteria.  The symptoms are pretty minor like headache and malaise, but the complications include heart problems, hepatitis, and enlarged spleen.  Not as bad as Hantavirus.

Check out the big spleen on Brad!
 
2013-02-11 11:26:11 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: So that means people who are 0 years old have an infinite IQ!


I've seen you on Fark long enough to know that you know this, but yes.  This is almost exactly the sort of bullshiat that any logical analysis of an IQ test would lead you to.

/Still trying to get through Gravity's Rainbow.
 
2013-02-11 11:26:24 AM

maxx2112: Ever hang out with Mensans?  Didja want to kill them after two minutes?


/ stop with the farkin' puns!


Yes and Yes

Grew up in those "gifted" programs and advanced studies classes.  Got to go to a Mensa dinner at one point.

Using obscure words that have the same meaning as more common ones doesn't make you come off as smart, it makes you come off as an uppity dickbag.  I think a higher measure of intelligence is knowing how to interact with the world.  Using higher forms of language in your book club meeting = okay.  Doing so to the waitstaff at your Mensa meeting = douchey.
 
2013-02-11 11:27:45 AM
davidmazouzhome.com

*Politely unimpressed*
 
2013-02-11 11:27:48 AM

serial_crusher: My first instinct here is to question the validity of the test.
Well, that's my first instinct for any IQ tests really.
"Complete this sequence: 1,2,3,5,7,9, __, __"
I know enough about math to know that any number can come next.  Seeing patterns where they don't necessarily exist does not make you smart.


any number can of course come next, HOWEVER, its about any number using current "normal" considerations.

ie.  that obviously prime numbers in our context.. and the context the test would be written under.  However, a real genius may just find a new number that given proper logical explanation is correct... but NOT what the test is looking for.

Ive tested at 172 myself...
 
2013-02-11 11:28:34 AM
so apparently being bilingual and able to read Aesop's Fables is enough to get into Mensa these days. Talk about lowering the bar. Sheesh
 
2013-02-11 11:31:02 AM

kvinesknows: serial_crusher: My first instinct here is to question the validity of the test.
Well, that's my first instinct for any IQ tests really.
"Complete this sequence: 1,2,3,5,7,9, __, __"
I know enough about math to know that any number can come next.  Seeing patterns where they don't necessarily exist does not make you smart.

any number can of course come next, HOWEVER, its about any number using current "normal" considerations.

ie.  that obviously prime numbers in our context.. and the context the test would be written under.  However, a real genius may just find a new number that given proper logical explanation is correct... but NOT what the test is looking for.

Ive tested at 172 myself...


172 isn't prime either ;)
 
2013-02-11 11:37:07 AM

kvinesknows: serial_crusher: My first instinct here is to question the validity of the test.
Well, that's my first instinct for any IQ tests really.
"Complete this sequence: 1,2,3,5,7,9, __, __"
I know enough about math to know that any number can come next.  Seeing patterns where they don't necessarily exist does not make you smart.

any number can of course come next, HOWEVER, its about any number using current "normal" considerations.

ie.  that obviously prime numbers in our context.. and the context the test would be written under.  However, a real genius may just find a new number that given proper logical explanation is correct... but NOT what the test is looking for.


New Scientist ran a "super-high-IQ tests" article a while back, and a few people wrote in demonstrating exactly that, that number sequence questions can have all sorts of valid answers.

Nine is not a prime number by the way. And a number sequence question where the answer is "oh, these are prime numbers" is really a question on trivia, not reasoning, isn't it?
 
2013-02-11 11:38:07 AM

Wellon Dowd: abhorrent1: So just like a penis thread, this is where everyone lies about how big their IQ is?

/no one cares what your IQ is
//no one believes you either

My IQ is 9. I had one girl break up with me because she was so sore afterwards; she just couldn't take a hard thinking.


Dude, you're supposed gently ease your IQ inside, a little bit at a time, maybe even tease her with it a little. You don't just go cramming all 9 points into her all at once, no wonder she couldn't take it.
 
2013-02-11 11:38:39 AM

Three former preschool geniuses

www.famouspictures.org

and


kootation.com

 
2013-02-11 11:40:02 AM

kvinesknows: serial_crusher: My first instinct here is to question the validity of the test.
Well, that's my first instinct for any IQ tests really.
"Complete this sequence: 1,2,3,5,7,9, __, __"
I know enough about math to know that any number can come next.  Seeing patterns where they don't necessarily exist does not make you smart.

any number can of course come next, HOWEVER, its about any number using current "normal" considerations.

ie.  that obviously prime numbers in our context.. and the context the test would be written under.  However, a real genius may just find a new number that given proper logical explanation is correct... but NOT what the test is looking for.

Ive tested at 172 myself...


A real genius would have noticed that 9 is not a prime number.
 
2013-02-11 11:42:58 AM

maxx2112: Ever hang out with Mensans?  Didja want to kill them after two minutes?


/ stop with the farkin' puns!


Not a Mensan, but what's wrong with puts? It's fun to do back and forth puns with another who's good at it.

/Then again, I like being challenged to think on my feet.
 
2013-02-11 11:57:48 AM

SevenizGud: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Sorta like how a penis thread is where microphallics go to snark about guys with big dicks.

Or a Hummer thread is where microwallets go to pretend that they have a bigger dick than Hummer drivers.


So what you're saying is, you have a tiny dick?
 
2013-02-11 11:58:07 AM
Folks who are tossing around triple digits numbers on here don't know what they're talking about.  If you say you got a "160" or a "172," then you obviously aren't aware that there are a multitude of IQ tests and metrics out there, very few of which rely on definitive numbers; in fact, most of them rely on percentile scores.  Having a 172 IQ, for example, don't mean diddly if most people who take the test score 195.  If you want to brag on about how smart you are, or how high your IQ is, it would be best if it didn't look like you took an online "figure out you IQ in five minutes" test.

\worked with neuropsychologist
\\and his psychometrist
 
2013-02-11 11:59:36 AM

Felgraf: maxx2112: Ever hang out with Mensans?  Didja want to kill them after two minutes?

/ stop with the farkin' puns!

Not a Mensan, but what's wrong with puts? It's fun to do back and forth puns with another who's good at it.

/Then again, I like being challenged to think on my feet.


Nuttin' wrong with puns in moderation.  It's the constant oneupsmanship that's annoying.  You're in a room full with of smart people trying to prove they're the smartest person in the group (or at least they're smarter than you).

I went to a Rush tour opener last year with a rocket scientist (literally), an economist and a philosopher.  All Mensa-level brilliant guys.  You know what we talked about most of the time?  Titties and beer . . . (and our prostates . . . we are in our forties).  I'm sure some awful puns were dropped, but we didn't spend our time trying to top one another.

The puns are just a symptom of something deeper.
 
2013-02-11 12:03:15 PM

EyeForgot: Hell one of the most difficult things I do is try to figure out what I want for lunch now.


just go with pizza.
 
2013-02-11 12:03:58 PM

RexTalionis: People make the mistake of thinking that IQ is some sort of permanent and unchanging characteristic about you. It's more like your belt size - it can fluctuate over time.


So you're saying I'm getting smarter?
 
2013-02-11 12:04:13 PM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

"You have tested at Genius."

/who else around here has a 12" IQ?
 
2013-02-11 12:05:41 PM
did you guys know that any number above 123124257568567456456242321125346667356831 odd and even flip?

Its little things like that, that they dont have on IQ tests represented properly.
 
2013-02-11 12:10:47 PM
My older brother is extremely smart. Our parents constantly fawned over how smart he is. I'm also very smart, just not quite as smart as my brother. Basically, I'm Ron Weasley to my brother's Harry Potter. It was quite a surprise when we grew up and began making real life choices and I and our parents discovered my brother has zero common sense. To put it in D&D terms, my brother has an Int 16 and a Wis 8. I have Int 14 and Wis 16. Comparing our lives and quality of life, this is obvious. (No, I won't go into specifics.) and the fact that "Harry" doesn't know he has a Wis 8 is further proof he has a Wis 8. He's the stupidest smart person I know./p>
 
2013-02-11 12:13:37 PM

RexTalionis: I find that the identified "prodigies" tend to either go on to great works or utterly burn out before they leave their teens and go and do something else instead - or they go insane and/or commit suicide. Mostly the latter two, very rarely the former.

Then again, Mensa is filled with a bunch of self-proclaimed geniuses who sit around doing nothing for the benefit of the world except for Sodoku and Crossword puzzles, so I don't take much stock in them.


When I was in High School, during my senior year, one of the first things the psychology teacher did was have the entire class take an old Mensa entrance exam.  Most people didn't get it.  Over the course of the semester, we would take smaller practice quizzes, practice solving logic problems, etc.

At the end of the semester, we took a new Mensa exam.  75-80% of the class scored high enough to get in.  The teacher's point was that:  1)Mensa is complete and total bullshiat and 2)Don't trust any metric that defines how "smart" you are.
 
2013-02-11 12:16:30 PM

maxx2112: Nuttin' wrong with puns in moderation.  It's the constant oneupsmanship that's annoying.  You're in a room full with of smart people trying to prove they're the smartest person in the group (or at least they're smarter than you).


So... essentially... you're saying Mensans are like hipsters. Except more original wordplay, and fewer song quotes and fawning over bands.
 
2013-02-11 12:16:32 PM
Ha! Even Mensans can't stand other Mensans. If you compare local membership levels versus actual event attendance it's obvious. There is invariably multiple pig farkers there trying to feel important but you get that anywhere you go.
 
2013-02-11 12:18:40 PM
I'd like to swap some of my 165 IQ points for a job.
 
2013-02-11 12:31:08 PM
I have heard that MENSA is basically a huge singles club populated by men hoping to find smart women
but only finding other egotistical men.
 
2013-02-11 12:31:31 PM

andrewagill: Tyrone Slothrop: So that means people who are 0 years old have an infinite IQ!

I've seen you on Fark long enough to know that you know this, but yes.  This is almost exactly the sort of bullshiat that any logical analysis of an IQ test would lead you to.

/Still trying to get through Gravity's Rainbow.


Don't be afraid to skim over the more esoteric parts on your first read. If you like the book, you can pick them back up on a second go through.
 
2013-02-11 12:33:54 PM
I'm prety sure typoe has an e at the end, dumassmitter.
 
2013-02-11 12:33:54 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I have heard that MENSA is basically a huge singles club populated by men hoping to find smart women
but only finding other egotistical men.


and one young girl.........
 
2013-02-11 12:34:13 PM
no 26 minutes? i am dissapoint.
 
2013-02-11 12:39:45 PM

serial_crusher: My first instinct here is to question the validity of the test.
Well, that's my first instinct for any IQ tests really.
"Complete this sequence: 1,2,3,5,7,9, __, __"
I know enough about math to know that any number can come next.  Seeing patterns where they don't necessarily exist does not make you smart.


12, 15

(nothing +1)(+1)(+1)(+2)(+2)(+2)(+3)(+3)(etc)

I only tested at 137 on the MENSA pretest about 10 years back...didn't bother with the proctored one (cost 35-50 bucks).
 
2013-02-11 12:39:55 PM
130. i'd trade some point for not having ADD and having a drive.

my two sons both were tested at 110. The oldest is skipping high school and starting college instead of 9th grade. he enjoys learning and putting ideas together. he works at it. up all night doing his homework and going down rabbit holes and tangents when learning.

the younger boy has a phenomenal memory (better than the older one). doesn't give a crap about his grades. only correcting everyone else when they are wrong. one grade behind the older one right now and has the teachers the older one had last year and spends less than 10% of his time on the homework.

wish i could have one tone down a bit and one tone up.
 
2013-02-11 12:48:08 PM

Millennium: What test did she take, I wonder? Different tests will yield different results, which even Mensa acknowledges: the IQ threshold is different depending on what test you take.


This. When my parents had me tested in order to get into gifted class and there was a 25 point swing between the three tests. My parents never told me what I actually scored until after I graduated from high school.
 
2013-02-11 12:56:43 PM
My god fark just breaks the bell curve on IQ level now doesn't it?

Tanukis - 110 is the average score and nothing wrong with it.  IQ and Achievement are not the same.  I've seen enough people with barely average IQ's do amazing things because their achievement level is through the roof because they try the hardest.  Then you get people that score in the 130s that think they are all that and just do nothing with it.
 
2013-02-11 01:07:37 PM

TNel: My god fark just breaks the bell curve on IQ level now doesn't it?

Tanukis - 110 is the average score and nothing wrong with it.  IQ and Achievement are not the same.  I've seen enough people with barely average IQ's do amazing things because their achievement level is through the roof because they try the hardest.  Then you get people that score in the 130s that think they are all that and just do nothing with it.


Well, the average is 100, by definition, but the tests have error bars on them.  It depends on which test you're taking, but usually IQ scores of 90-109 are considered average.
 
2013-02-11 01:09:03 PM
I don't know my IQ, never have.  But I did once roll a hard 18 Intelligence for my wizard.
 
2013-02-11 01:12:51 PM

Cythraul: Despite the fact that we live in a society that generally tends to place great value on having a high intellect...

Where do you live?
 
Displayed 50 of 150 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report