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2014-02-20 09:08:59 AM  
Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here. It's best to state it as a range, because that implies it's not all that important to you. A little bit of self-deprecation is also the norm, which if you're clever enough can actually make the range seem better. For example:

It's been a while since my test, but I think I scored somewhere in the 160-175 range. I was drunk and stoned when I took it, though, and I'd just found out that my entire family had been eaten by wolves the day before, so I'm not sure how accurate it actually is.

Also, remember that IQ is like your superpower, and like any superhero, you should have an Achilles' Heel. It humanizes you, makes you seem less godlike to those who will never hope to approach your intellect. Don't pick anything crippling, like lupus, but maybe something like, well, gosh, it's nice to be so intelligent but sometimes I wonder if it would be worth trading it all in if I could only remember where I put things. I'm so scatter-brained, sometimes. You might also want to be less inept when it comes to working with your hands. Maybe you just wish for a smaller penis that didn't dangle into the urinal water every time you took a piss. Be creative.
 
2014-02-20 09:44:51 AM  
Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.
 
2014-02-20 09:56:39 AM  
I work in a post secondary transitions program teaching independent living skills to the derpiest of the derps. Any of you farkers would look like geniuses next to my students.
 
2014-02-20 09:58:09 AM  
I'm 53, but I read at a 57-year-old level.
 
2014-02-20 09:59:21 AM  
I think you meant "YOUR not an idiot."
 
2014-02-20 10:01:05 AM  
My anecdote supports what they say in the article. I tested at a genius IQ when I was 6 years old. I'm pretty sure I'm not a genius anymore. Or if I am, I'm not applying it in any meaningful way.
 
2014-02-20 10:02:43 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here. It's best to state it as a range, because that implies it's not all that important to you. A little bit of self-deprecation is also the norm, which if you're clever enough can actually make the range seem better. For example:

It's been a while since my test, but I think I scored somewhere in the 160-175 range. I was drunk and stoned when I took it, though, and I'd just found out that my entire family had been eaten by wolves the day before, so I'm not sure how accurate it actually is.

Also, remember that IQ is like your superpower, and like any superhero, you should have an Achilles' Heel. It humanizes you, makes you seem less godlike to those who will never hope to approach your intellect. Don't pick anything crippling, like lupus, but maybe something like, well, gosh, it's nice to be so intelligent but sometimes I wonder if it would be worth trading it all in if I could only remember where I put things. I'm so scatter-brained, sometimes. You might also want to be less inept when it comes to working with your hands. Maybe you just wish for a smaller penis that didn't dangle into the urinal water every time you took a piss. Be creative.


Same way with those annoying interview questions.
"ok so tell us something bad about yourself"
"well, sometimes I just work too darn hard"
 
2014-02-20 10:04:10 AM  
I usually test at about the 150 or 160 IQ level. However, that didn't stop me from pulling up to the ATM in my car last week and trying to put my debit card into the machine before rolling the window down.
 
2014-02-20 10:05:21 AM  

markcant: I think you meant "YOUR not an idiot."


Its a common mistake.
 
2014-02-20 10:05:22 AM  

cgraves67: My anecdote supports what they say in the article. I tested at a genius IQ when I was 6 years old. I'm pretty sure I'm not a genius anymore. Or if I am, I'm not applying it in any meaningful way.


Meh.  I was allegedly a genius as a kid.

Now, people still tend to think of me in that way, but I'm more of the mind that they can't distinguish my eccentricities from intelligence, and I'm not about to disabuse them of that notion.
 
2014-02-20 10:07:11 AM  
nocturnal001:

Same way with those annoying interview questions.
"ok so tell us something bad about yourself"
"well, sometimes I just work too darn hard"


I interviewed several people for a job once. Our company insisted we ask a variation of that question, and everyone answered it in that manner. It's a dumb question, it really is.
 
2014-02-20 10:10:37 AM  
Anybody who tells you that they're a member of Mensa and expects that you'll be impressed is a moran.
 
2014-02-20 10:10:53 AM  
It's been awhile since I took an IQ test.  I was in full-body traction after a bus crash and the test was administered bedside at the hospital.

If I recall, I tested somewhere in the 165-170 range.  It's a bit hazy since I was addicted to opioids for a few years after the whole ordeal.
 
2014-02-20 10:11:01 AM  
People, especially in the testing of kids IQ industry, throw around the word genius too much.  Like any number of people (okay, 4% of the planet) I tested fairly high during my school years.  Very early on, however, I came to a crushing realization about the difference between high intelligence and the actual geniuses in that last 2% of the curve.  And then there are the real prodigies and sports in the last half a percent who make them look like they make me look, but fark those guys.
 
2014-02-20 10:11:34 AM  
the people who make it a point to tell you their IQ are those that have nothing else in their life, ref my ex-girlfriend.  unemployed for a year with a 147 IQ (as tested in the 7th grade, 29 years ago).

//slash me
 
2014-02-20 10:13:21 AM  

dittybopper: Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.


I fully agree. Some of the smartest (and all-around good) people I know never finished High School and could run circles around many of my coworkers, who all have one of those advanced degrees.
 
2014-02-20 10:15:52 AM  

van1ty: Anybody who tells you that they're a member of Mensa and expects that you'll be impressed is a moran.


static3.wikia.nocookie.net

/these folks frown on your shenanigans
 
2014-02-20 10:16:32 AM  

van1ty: Anybody who tells you that they're a member of Mensa and expects that you'll be impressed is a moran.


Yes, I never mention that I am a Mensa member.
 
2014-02-20 10:16:46 AM  

dittybopper: Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.


It means your smarter than other people in one specialized area of knowledge. It means jack and shait for everything else.
 
2014-02-20 10:17:20 AM  
The only thing being smart does for me is it allows me to pick up things very quickly and then become bored just as quickly. Well, I'm not sure that's a function of being smart. I also get a lot of "analysis paralysis." I just overthink everything.

/wait... do I?
 
2014-02-20 10:17:27 AM  

van1ty: Anybody who tells you that they're a member of Mensa and expects that you'll be impressed is a moran.


I dated a girl in college who proudly showed me her Mensa membership card or certificate or something and I sincerely thought it was a joke.  She didn't take that too well. But, wow what awesome boobies she had.
 
2014-02-20 10:18:09 AM  
I looked into Mensa a while back. Decent chance that I could get in as I tested in the top 2% on a few standardized tests in school (no idea if I'm still there though). After learning that you have to pay to be a member with no obvious benefits I dropped the whole thing.

Paying some group to show how smart you are? That doesn't seem very smart to me.

Chemguy: dittybopper: Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.

I fully agree. Some of the smartest (and all-around good) people I know never finished High School and could run circles around many of my coworkers, who all have one of those advanced degrees.


Not understanding the benefits/need for credentials does say something about a person's intelligence though.
 
2014-02-20 10:19:01 AM  

nocturnal001: Paying some group to show how smart you are? That doesn't seem very smart to me.


You just found Catch-22.
 
2014-02-20 10:22:05 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here.


Do people actually post their IQ/IQ-range in these threads?!?!
 
2014-02-20 10:23:00 AM  
I tend to believe emotions play a lot more into IQ than we think. For instance anxiety, depression, a closed mind, basic narcissism could all alter how people process information.

As for me, it's been awhile since I tested, but I scored around 160-170 however I was a little anxious, and I smoked some ganja prior to testing to calm my nerves. Anxiety really has been my singular foible in life that's stood in the way of greatness.
 
2014-02-20 10:24:11 AM  

digistil: Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here.

Do people actually post their IQ/IQ-range in these threads?!?!


Everyone already has. If you had a high IQ then you would have seen the combinations of words with letter counts that are prime numbers.
 
2014-02-20 10:28:16 AM  
My friend Charly had the opposite experience of most of you farkers. He tested poorly as a child, then got better.

But like the rest of you, his IQ went down again later.
 
2014-02-20 10:28:43 AM  
This is a lesson in have been trying to get through to my son. He is intelligent enough that almost everything new comes to him very easily and quickly. So when he runs into the rare thing that doesn't he just get a frustrated and wants to quit.

I keep telling him if he wants to go from intelligent to smart and go into the sciences like he wants, he has to work through the tough things. I've made some small progress but not as much as I like.
 
2014-02-20 10:29:26 AM  

digistil: Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here.

Do people actually post their IQ/IQ-range in these threads?!?!


This is Fark remember, everybody has an IQ of 160 or better, aced their SATs/ACTs/GREs/LSATs, had a 4.2 GPA, can cause women to have multiple orgasms, earns over $100K/year, and needs to be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2014-02-20 10:33:53 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: This is a lesson in have been trying to get through to my son. He is intelligent enough that almost everything new comes to him very easily and quickly. So when he runs into the rare thing that doesn't he just get a frustrated and wants to quit.

I keep telling him if he wants to go from intelligent to smart and go into the sciences like he wants, he has to work through the tough things. I've made some small progress but not as much as I like.


Keep trying. I am what your son may become in twenty years and let me tell you...it's a miserable existence. I didn't have a parent trying to help me learn how to deal with failure, so you're ahead of the game already.
 
2014-02-20 10:37:00 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: digistil: Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here.

Do people actually post their IQ/IQ-range in these threads?!?!

This is Fark remember, everybody has an IQ of 160 or better, aced their SATs/ACTs/GREs/LSATs, had a 4.2 GPA, can cause women to have multiple orgasms, earns over $100K/year, and needs to be at the gym in 26 minutes.


I can safely say that most of those don't apply to me.

Does that mean I have to go
back to Slashdot?
 
2014-02-20 10:38:49 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: dittybopper: Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.

It means your smarter than other people in one specialized area of knowledge. It means jack and shait for everything else.


No, it doesn't.

At best, with the exception of the hard sciences and mathematics, it just means that you have the ability to set and achieve a long-term goal.

Even with the hard sciences and math, etc., it makes you more *KNOWLEDGEABLE* about a particular subject, possibly, but it doesn't make you innately smarter.
 
2014-02-20 10:40:35 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: This is Fark remember, everybody has an IQ of 160


It's not just a Fark issue. Everyone in America is guilty of having delusions of grandeur.
 
2014-02-20 10:41:45 AM  
What if you don't even know what your IQ is? I guess it was measured since my mother always said that I should be getting straight "A"s because of it. Either way, intellect is not the same as wisdom.
 
2014-02-20 10:42:31 AM  
I think we should worry less about peoples IQ's and worry more about critical thinking skills. My company has sent me people that are "experts" and "tested high" that I wouldnt trust to tie their own shoes right.
 
2014-02-20 10:43:16 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: digistil: Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here.

Do people actually post their IQ/IQ-range in these threads?!?!

This is Fark remember, everybody has an IQ of 160 or better, aced their SATs/ACTs/GREs/LSATs, had a 4.2 GPA, can cause women to have multiple orgasms, earns over $100K/year, and needs to be at the gym in 26 minutes.


Which brings up a good point. Doesn't the WAIS top out at 155? While there are some that go past 200. Giving the score without the version is a bit daft.
 
2014-02-20 10:43:41 AM  

van1ty: Anybody who tells you that they're a member of Mensa and expects that you'll be impressed is a moran.


My grandpa joined mensa many decades ago. He thought it would be a club where he could meet other people with similar interests (you know, since this was pre-internet and all). He said instead it was filled with a bunch of whiners who, despite their supposed intelligence, couldn't figure out why no one was handing them gobs of money on a silver platter. So he quit. I see all mensa stories through the lens of that anecdote.
 
2014-02-20 10:49:27 AM  
Every guy I've dated that had a high IQ turned out to be the biggest idiots and all around arseholes I've ever met.
 
2014-02-20 10:49:55 AM  
One thing I want to note for the the self-referential humorists, Fark probably does tend to well over the average.

First off, as my father was always fond of quoting:

"Consider, if you will, the so-called man of average intelligence.  Then remember than 50% of them are even stupider."

The intersection of people who spend a fair amount of time online, people who at least relatively vaguely care about 'news' (weird, not, or otherwise), people who needs/value extra stimulation in their work time,  and people with a self-affiliation to a tab labeled 'geek' are probably going to trend a little higher on IQ.

As has been said, it's not necessarily something amazing to crow about in and of itself.  But if it's something worth mocking, take a few minutes to peruse People of Walmart then weep for humanity.
 
2014-02-20 10:54:35 AM  

mesmer242: van1ty: Anybody who tells you that they're a member of Mensa and expects that you'll be impressed is a moran.

My grandpa joined mensa many decades ago. He thought it would be a club where he could meet other people with similar interests (you know, since this was pre-internet and all). He said instead it was filled with a bunch of whiners who, despite their supposed intelligence, couldn't figure out why no one was handing them gobs of money on a silver platter. So he quit. I see all mensa stories through the lens of that anecdote.


Go figure, its entire premise is douchey and self absorbed. I'd rather hang out with a kind nitwit than an arrogant genius any day.
 
2014-02-20 10:57:03 AM  

r1niceboy: nocturnal001:

Same way with those annoying interview questions.
"ok so tell us something bad about yourself"
"well, sometimes I just work too darn hard"

I interviewed several people for a job once. Our company insisted we ask a variation of that question, and everyone answered it in that manner. It's a dumb question, it really is.


I wish I got to interview people.. I think I'd be good at it.

I think it'd be good to have a follow up question.

What's your greatest weakness?

something canned that's not a really a weakness

Ok, how about a few other weaknesses you would like to improve on?

....  THIS WASN'T PART OF THE DEAL!
 
2014-02-20 10:57:29 AM  
People at the far end of the intelligence curve can achieve spectacular levels of idiocy.

Case in point: me.  Sift through enough Fark threads and you can find examples of me saying all sorts of stupid things.

I call myself the poster boy for High Int, Low Wis.  I kick ass at Trivial Pursuit to the point where nobody else wants to play it with me, but a lot of fairly common sense things elude me.
 
2014-02-20 10:59:08 AM  
The last time I took and IQ test it was online and it told me I had an IQ of 500, so I do not think anyone has the authority to call me a idiot.
 
2014-02-20 11:01:10 AM  
It also doesn't measure your common sense or your ability to see the obvious.
 
2014-02-20 11:01:19 AM  

markcant: I think you meant "YOUR not an idiot."


I'd agree if subby meant an individual, but in this case I think subby was going for a general audience since everyone on Fark is a genus.
 
2014-02-20 11:03:40 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: digistil: Pocket Ninja: Remember how it works, folks. You don't want to just come out and say your IQ in here.

Do people actually post their IQ/IQ-range in these threads?!?!

This is Fark remember, everybody has an IQ of 160 or better, aced their SATs/ACTs/GREs/LSATs, had a 4.2 GPA, can cause women to have multiple orgasms, earns over $100K/year, and needs to be at the gym in 26 minutes.



Hey, 2/6 ain't bad I guess.
 
2014-02-20 11:03:40 AM  

Bondith: People at the far end of the intelligence curve can achieve spectacular levels of idiocy.

Case in point: me.  Sift through enough Fark threads and you can find examples of me saying all sorts of stupid things.

I call myself the poster boy for High Int, Low Wis.  I kick ass at Trivial Pursuit to the point where nobody else wants to play it with me, but a lot of fairly common sense things elude me.


To be fair, standard Trivial Pursuit isn't really about intelligence so much as it's about the ability to remember often useless factoids. It's almost as if the questions are "trivial."
 
2014-02-20 11:04:41 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: It also doesn't measure your common sense or your ability to see the obvious.


If half the IQs are under 100, I would rather have uncommon sense.
 
2014-02-20 11:05:54 AM  

dittybopper: Copperbelly watersnake: dittybopper: Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.

It means your smarter than other people in one specialized area of knowledge. It means jack and shait for everything else.

No, it doesn't.

At best, with the exception of the hard sciences and mathematics, it just means that you have the ability to set and achieve a long-term goal.

Even with the hard sciences and math, etc., it makes you more *KNOWLEDGEABLE* about a particular subject, possibly, but it doesn't make you innately smarter.


THIS

I worked with a woman who, on paper, seemed really impressive.  Graduated with honors, held a Masters in MIS, worked for some pretty big companies.  Though, we were a bit confused because she was applying for an entry-level position, but the hiring managers didn't care and brought her on board.  Quickly we discovered that she had an eidetic memory, but was dumb as a farking post.  If you told her "A = C", she'd remember that forever, but if you said "A = B, B = C" she could not take that information and come up with "A = C" on her own.

/Yeah, yeah, csb
 
2014-02-20 11:06:33 AM  

Chemguy: dittybopper: Also:  Having an advanced degree doesn't make you necessarily smarter than people without them, just better credentialed.

I fully agree. Some of the smartest (and all-around good) people I know never finished High School and could run circles around many of my coworkers, who all have one of those advanced degrees.


Same here, I'm working my way through school right now and there's 3 or 4 people that I work with who never finished college that are extremely bright, some of the most intelligent people I know.  I think some people realize that a degree just isn't for them and any intelligent person can find a way to make a living and him/herself happy without one.  I have a lot of respect for those guys.
 
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