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(Slate)   Dear Prudie, I'm a genius, my husband is a genius and my four year old daughter is a genius. Why do I feel I need to hide this from everybody?   (slate.com) divider line 283
    More: Asinine, IQ tests, school psychologist, love of learning, Emily Yoffe, academic degrees, ASD  
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2013-09-19 12:25:12 PM
genius writes letter to Prudence for advice... yeah, that happened.
 
2013-09-19 12:25:27 PM
Why do you feel the need to tell anyone?
 
2013-09-19 12:25:31 PM
Because you're not a genius, you're most likely a moron.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-19 12:25:35 PM
Because she sounds like a braggart and a bit beyond obnoxious.
 
2013-09-19 12:26:14 PM
Inscribes golden apple with "to the smartest"; throws it into writer's living room.
 
2013-09-19 12:26:29 PM
Because you're an idiot.
 
2013-09-19 12:26:52 PM
Because everyday society doesn't reward innovative thinking or those that stand apart from the average (unless you are born wealthy, that certainly gets rewarded) and it has been this way for the entirety of human history?
 
2013-09-19 12:27:01 PM
If you have to brag about something, it more than likely is not true.  Now, to answer your question, you probably feel the need to hide this not-at-all-true "fact" from people because you're an insufferable coont that no one likes, and you don't want to give them any more ammunition to finally snap and punch you right in the face.  At least, that's my working theory.
 
2013-09-19 12:27:02 PM
This family is single-handedly causing the largest increase in the price of fish stick commodities in history.
 
2013-09-19 12:27:54 PM
Hmmm.... IQ thread... but I guess it's a good change of pace from the three a day gun threads...

Let me go first:

So I have this IQ that is over 220 when it was measured in college. Mensa sent people to my house to try to get me to join. But I believe in being humble so I blew them off.

/amidoingitright?
 
2013-09-19 12:28:28 PM

The_Gallant_Gallstone: Inscribes golden apple with "to the smartest"; throws it into writer's living room.


Oh you clever discordians...
 
2013-09-19 12:28:35 PM
Intelligence is something that you're universally not allowed to talk about in social settings. I used to be super annoyed by this, but it's not that different from any other random choice of what's not socially acceptable.
 
2013-09-19 12:28:50 PM
No one should have to hide that they are smart.  Smart people should demonstrate their genius by offering unique and effective solutions to troubling problems.  Throwing out your or your child's IQ out at a dinner parties doesn't demonstrate any intelligence.
 
2013-09-19 12:29:18 PM
Dear Humble-Brag Brainiac, please program my universal remote - with haste as The Big Bang Theory is coming on.

Derpy kisses,
Henry
 
2013-09-19 12:29:23 PM
It has been my experience that anyone who ever brings up the topic of their IQ without being asked about it, are always full of shiat.
There's always a few rejects who use the "I have a really high IQ" as an explanation of why they're so weird or misunderstood by others
 
2013-09-19 12:29:45 PM
1. Nobody likes a braggart.
2. Kids who get told that they are geniuses when they are young tend to report far more problems with just getting along with 'regular' folk than equally intelligent kids who are left to work that they're smart on their own.
 
2013-09-19 12:30:03 PM
I see a lot of "geniuses" who didn't bother to read the article before they came in to nerd bash. Her issue is that she believes being labelled as a child hurt her because of the expectations that went with it and she's scared that her child will deal with the same failures.
 
2013-09-19 12:30:20 PM
Dear Prudence,

I have a huge penis and have a very difficult time finding pants that fit me.  Every time I walk into a clothing store and tell the sales clerk about my condition, I receive strange looks and feel as if I'm being treated unfairly due to my enormous dong.  Advice?

-Richard McLargehuge
 
2013-09-19 12:30:38 PM

ZeroPly: So I have this IQ that is over 220 when it was measured in college. Mensa sent people to my house to try to get me to join. But I believe in being humble so I blew them off.

/amidoingitright?


No... when bragging about IQ, you need to hit the following points:

1)  Incredulous reaction of test administrator at your unprecedented performance on the test.

2)  Sudden grade advancement and social ostracism as a consequence of your epic results.

3)  Negative environment fostered by those you live and/or work with.

4)  Inspirational story of how you are using your "gifts" today
 
2013-09-19 12:30:40 PM

ZeroPly: Hmmm.... IQ thread... but I guess it's a good change of pace from the three a day gun threads...

Let me go first:

So I have this IQ that is over 220 when it was measured in college. Mensa sent people to my house to try to get me to join. But I believe in being humble so I blew them off.

/amidoingitright?


You only have a 3-digit IQ? Oh. How quaint.
 
2013-09-19 12:31:46 PM
You'd think that a pair of certified geniuses could figure this one out without an advice columnist, wouldn't you?
 
2013-09-19 12:31:47 PM
Dear Penthouse
 
2013-09-19 12:32:33 PM
Okay.. did any of you actually read the farking article? Including the submitter?
 
2013-09-19 12:32:44 PM
Texas Gabe is too advanced for y'all
 
2013-09-19 12:33:19 PM
Encourage her to entire a field full of intelligent, socially-awkward people. Perhaps

i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-19 12:33:21 PM

ZeroPly: Hmmm.... IQ thread... but I guess it's a good change of pace from the three a day gun threads...

Let me go first:

So I have this IQ that is over 220 when it was measured in college. Mensa sent people to my house to try to get me to join. But I believe in being humble so I blew them off.

/amidoingitright?


Yeah too bad the scale was out of 500.
 
2013-09-19 12:33:26 PM

Muta: No one should have to hide that they are smart.  Smart people should demonstrate their genius by offering unique and effective solutions to troubling problems.  Throwing out your or your child's IQ out at a dinner parties doesn't demonstrate any intelligence.


You souls like a know it all.
 
2013-09-19 12:33:27 PM

Molavian: Why do you feel the need to tell anyone?


This.
 
2013-09-19 12:34:14 PM
If you read the article, some of you might actually be sympathetic. I know I am.
 
2013-09-19 12:34:23 PM
Also, I see that a lot of you mistake IQ for common sense.

/They're not the same
 
2013-09-19 12:34:24 PM

Coco LaFemme: If you have to brag about something, it more than likely is not true.  Now, to answer your question, you probably feel the need to hide this not-at-all-true "fact" from people because you're an insufferable coont that no one likes, and you don't want to give them any more ammunition to finally snap and punch you right in the face.  At least, that's my working theory.


why assume it's not true?  Why is it that IF I said that Usain Bolt could run faster than you, or that Calvin Johnson is better at catching a ball, or Bryce harper at hitting one, you would accept that without question.  BUT anytime we say one person is smarter than another, particularly if they say they are smarter than YOU, everyone's immediate reaction is denial?

We have no problem cutting kids with limited athletic ability from HS sports teams, but If you tried to track people in HS classes on the basis of intelligence parents would scream blue-bloody murder unless their child, no matter how stupid, was allowed into the "gifted class".

/smarter than 99% of you, or so sayeth a myriad of standardized tests
// that, and $3.25 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks
 
2013-09-19 12:34:36 PM

RassilonsExWife: Okay.. did any of you actually read the farking article? Including the submitter?


Yeah.  "Genius" mom with poor coping skills and "genius" father who sucks at life have a "genius" child that they don't want to end up with their burden of being "geniuses".
 
2013-09-19 12:35:24 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: I see a lot of "geniuses" who didn't bother to read the article before they came in to nerd bash. Her issue is that she believes being labelled as a child hurt her because of the expectations that went with it and she's scared that her child will deal with the same failures.


Your second point first... they shouldn't have let their child know about the label.  Now to your first point, no, I did not read the article.
 
2013-09-19 12:35:30 PM

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 1)  Incredulous reaction of test administrator at your unprecedented performance on the test.


FTA: The psychologist literally came out to the waiting area shouting that she was "a genius!"

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 2)  Sudden grade advancement and social ostracism as a consequence of your epic results.


FTA: I was skipped two grades and did not fit in socially

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 3)  Negative environment fostered by those you live and/or work with.


FTA: This led to years of heightened expectations, profound failures, disappointed teachers and family, and ostracism

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 4)  Inspirational story of how you are using your "gifts" today


FTA: I later managed to successfully continue my education and got a graduate degree.

I see the Article is four for four on that.
 
2013-09-19 12:35:30 PM
I'm really beginning to doubt so many people who don't know it's far easier for young children to get IQ high scores than it is adults are geniuses.
 
2013-09-19 12:35:32 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: I see a lot of "geniuses" who didn't bother to read the article before they came in to nerd bash. Her issue is that she believes being labelled as a child hurt her because of the expectations that went with it and she's scared that her child will deal with the same failures.


.....then why did she or someone else label her child that way?  Wouldn't it be easier, knowing what kinds of difficulties could pop up, to NOT do that and let the kid live a normal life?

I wouldn't call that a genius-level move.
 
2013-09-19 12:35:36 PM
So, the lady and her husband have high IQ's and mediocre careers... well lady, you must be making bad choices or not working hard enough. A high IQ is a nice thing to have is a nice thing to have but no one pays you just for having it. The good news is you were placed on third base at birth due to your large brain but you're gonna have to work hard and make better decisions if you want to get home. How does it feel to be getting your ass kicked by a bunch of mediocre idiots?
 
2013-09-19 12:36:03 PM
Because you're not a genius, Lady. You're just a crazy c**t.
 
2013-09-19 12:36:13 PM
www.glassgiant.com
 
2013-09-19 12:36:22 PM
Excellent humblebrag
 
2013-09-19 12:36:25 PM

RassilonsExWife: Okay.. did any of you actually read the farking article? Including the submitter?


The question about the guy feeling up the girl at the street fair was more interesting.
 
2013-09-19 12:36:30 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-09-19 12:36:32 PM
this thread is already off to a good start.  let the jealous anger flow ....

cdn-media.hollywood.com
 
2013-09-19 12:36:40 PM

tricycleracer: RassilonsExWife: Okay.. did any of you actually read the farking article? Including the submitter?

Yeah.  "Genius" mom with poor coping skills and "genius" father who sucks at life have a "genius" child that they don't want to end up with their burden of being "geniuses".



In Farkese, I call this the old "Comment from your ass - go back and read the article - act like you meant to do that" play.


/Its a classic play
 
2013-09-19 12:36:50 PM
This letter could have been written by everyone on fark.
 
2013-09-19 12:36:56 PM
She'll probably paint things like this:
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-19 12:37:42 PM
I read the article and was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable it was and how genuine the situation seemed.  The response was also well-considered and helpful.

I don't see why this was submitted, not why this was green-lit, other than it's a Dear Prudence, and it has IQ in the title.
 
2013-09-19 12:37:56 PM

Donnchadha: The_Gallant_Gallstone: 1)  Incredulous reaction of test administrator at your unprecedented performance on the test.

FTA: The psychologist literally came out to the waiting area shouting that she was "a genius!"

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 2)  Sudden grade advancement and social ostracism as a consequence of your epic results.

FTA: I was skipped two grades and did not fit in socially

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 3)  Negative environment fostered by those you live and/or work with.

FTA: This led to years of heightened expectations, profound failures, disappointed teachers and family, and ostracism

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 4)  Inspirational story of how you are using your "gifts" today

FTA: I later managed to successfully continue my education and got a graduate degree.

I see the Article is four for four on that.


Bravo!
 
2013-09-19 12:38:21 PM
A high IQ is useful, but how are their critical thinking skills? I'm thinking not so near to genius levels.
 
2013-09-19 12:38:33 PM
letter about the older, mature, married guy groping young chicks at the concert was a better letter...
here, I'll summarize it:

old married guy goes to street concert without wife, imagines that some young lady is rubbing her boobies on his elbow on purpose... now feels guilty... thinks he might be a common pervert rather than the upstanding husband and all around good guy that he's been pretending to be all these years.
 
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