Oh, No!  Not ANOTHER IQ Test!


Do You Know What a 12-Year-Old Kid Knows?

I know the answer!  The answer lies within the heart of all mankind!  The answer is twelve?
I think I'm in the wrong building.

- Charles Schulz

Source: vissor.com


--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tony A.T. Mendina <tony@mendina.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 01:28:15 -0600
Subject: Page error
To: cody@chaos.net.nz


Unfortunately, when I take the "grade school quiz" on the page and submit the quiz for "grading,", I am redirected to a page where I receive this error message:

Fatal error: Failed opening required 'vissorDefiness.php' in /home/gattaca/web/vissor/secure/quizsub.php on line 2

Thanks for your help.

Tony A.T. Mendina, mendina.com
"It was allegedly Scotch, but it tasted like Distilled Evil" -Tony Mendina

So, I have included the answers below - When it says:

"You're almost finished!  Click below to see your test results.  Click here"

if you don't click, you can just scroll sown to read the answers below...

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Grade School Quiz Error
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 18:21:34 -0500
From: Ruth Hatch <ruth@chaos.net.nz>
To: tony@mendina.com


Thanks for bringing this problem to our attention.  I had no idea the flash file linked to another site for grading.  You can go to Vissor and sign up for free, then take their test and they will still grade it for you.

But for your information: On the true/false questions at the end of the test -

bulletDolphins are mammals
bulletSunday is the first day of the week
bulletA is an article, and
bulletThere are four food groups

are all true - the rest are false - according to them.


They say that

bulletKansas City is NOT in Kansas.  Yes, there IS a Kansas City, Missouri, but there is also a Kansas City, Kansas - right next to it.  They are incorrect about that.
bulletThey say there are four food groups - but since 1992, most experts agree that there are at least five.
bulletFurther, Monday is considered the first day of the week in some countries.

People who write tests have an obligation to get the answers correct.  I apologise for not having scrutinised this one more closely before now.

Most people don't take the time to report problems.  I thank you again for taking the time.

Ruth Hatch

Original Message --------
Date: 11 Aug 2005
Name: Jeremy Kent

Comments: The 12-year-old test has an error beyond those already mentioned - it lists a knife as "not being one of the simple machines" when it is no different in function than the "wedge" two items below it.  Maybe the question should ask what the official names of the simple machines are...


I had a similar concern, but decided that the knife perhaps incorporates both the wedge and the lever-and-fulcrum (depending on how it's used, of course).


One Wrong Move and...

This dog even passed the test!

Another Sort of Test...

An orphan, my grandfather lied about his age to join the army and fought in the trenches in World War I.  He was captured by the Germans, escaped, and was recaptured.  When the war ended, he returned to Florida to work as a field hand and sharecropper.  He eventually married my grandmother and settled down on a farm outside Rush Springs, Oklahoma.  They raised 4 children and survived the Depression, dust storms, and the Second World War.

Papa’s demeanor gave no indication of the difficulty he had known.  He was cheery and playful with his grandchildren.  In fact, when I was a little girl, I had a hunch that Papa just might be Santa Claus.  He didn’t have a lot of money for gifts, but he was generous and loving.  On his farm he let my brother and me pet the animals and explore at will.  We ran barefoot in red-clay silt so fine it felt like powder.  The only real dangers were yellowjackets, bull nettles, and fresh cow patties.

One hot summer day, Papa took my cousins, my brother, and me with him to run errands.  As we were headed back to the farm, we drove past some people working in a cotton field.  Most of them were Negroes.  One of my cousins started making fun of them, and we all chimed in.  I don’t remember exactly what we were mocking.  It may have been their dirty clothes, or their skin colour, or the work they were doing.  I do remember that a shadow fell over Papa’s face.  I had never seen him look so serious.  He pulled over and told us to wait for him in the truck.

When Papa came back, he told us that we were going to pick cotton.  He gave each of us an enormous sack.  We were not to return to the truck until we had filled our bags.

I was excited at first.  It was fun to see the white puffs we kept in a glass box in the bathroom growing from a plant.  I figured it would be easy to fill a sack.  As I started down my first row, sweat began to drip off my bangs into my eyes.  The sandy clay soil stuck to my legs.  The tough points of the dry outer pods scraped my hands.  I was dismayed by how little of the bag my handfuls of cotton fibre filled.

A woman with a scarf on her head stopped picking to look at me.  There was neither animosity nor friendliness in her expression.  I was used to adults addressing me in a cooing, comforting way.  I thought perhaps this woman would put down her bag and help me fill mine.  I was just a little girl from the city.  Surely she would want to help me.  But she returned to her own work.

I walked up the embankment to Papa’s pickup, dragging the heavy, mostly empty bag behind me.  Papa gave me some water from a metal canister.

"I’m hot," I said.

"Yep, hot out today."

"I’m scratchy."

"Better get back out there if you’re going to fill that bag before sunset."

I stood still, surprised that I was being held to this bargain.  Papa wasn’t supposed to be this hard on us - certainly not on me.  As I started back down the embankment, I saw that there were other children, Negro children, in the field.  They didn’t have their own bags, but were picking cotton and putting it into the bags of the grown-ups.  Those kids worked a lot faster than I did.  Didn’t the sun bother them?

I started picking again, slower than before, careful to avoid the hard stems and pods.  The sun dropped only slightly in the sky.  When I saw Papa coming toward me, I felt sure he had relented.  Instead, he took my bag and emptied it into my cousin’s.  He told us that we could both fill the one bag.

I grew tired and sunburned and picked even slower now.  The Negro kids were still working at the same dogged pace.  I had not seen any of them take a break.  There was no hint of play in their task.

Finally, when we had picked just enough for the cotton to reach the mouth of the bag, Papa emptied our pickings into a field worker’s sack.  That man turned and began to pick the rest of our row.

We followed Papa up to the pickup and crawled into the cab.  I was too worn out to feel relief.  As we drove away, I looked back at the field.  No trees, no shade, just the red waves of silt and cotton plants.  Papa didn’t say a word: no praise, no criticism.  I’ve never forgotten that lesson.

Cheryl Poole
Waltham, Massachusetts

Source: The Sun June 2004 pp 36 - 37

Do You Have to Be Smart to Be Rich? The Impact of IQ on Wealth


How important is intelligence to financial success?  Using the NLSY79, which tracks a large group of young US baby boomers, this research shows that each point increase in IQ test scores raises income by between $234 and $616 per year after holding a variety of factors constant.  Regression results suggest no statistically distinguishable relationship between IQ scores and wealth.  Financial distress, such as problems paying bills, going bankrupt or reaching credit card limits, is related to IQ scores not linearly but instead in a quadratic relationship.  This means higher IQ scores sometimes increase the probability of being in financial difficulty.

Source: sciencedirect.com

Frog's Fortune

A frog went to have his fortune told.  The fortune teller looked at his little webbed palm and said, "Aha!  You're about to meet a beautiful young lady who is going to want to know everything about you."

The frog said, "Thanks!  I'm going to run right back to the pond so I won't miss her."

The fortune teller said, "You won't meet her at the pond.  You're going to meet her in her freshman biology class."

Did You Know?

Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with...
Innovation is cumulative and the rate of change accelerates.
We therefore find ourselves continually trying to accommodate new realities within inappropriate existing institutions,
and trying to think about those new realities in traditional but sometimes dangerously irrelevant terms.

- Gwynne Dyer

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Karl Fisch, a high school administrator at Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, pulled together a Powerpoint with “some interesting ideas” for teachers at his school.  (Later, Scott Mcleod, a professor at Univ. of Minnesota, generalized the presentation.)

Source: The Fischbowl thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2006/08/did-you-know.html

His sources (in case you want to verify anything):

Slide #

My Source

Original Source

12-17 China/India Pop

Web Search on population, then did the math.


19 China #1 English Speaking Country


Somebody at the Milken Conference - <www.milkeninstitute.org>

21 China labor surplus

Former Maine Governor Angus King presentation - <web.mac.com>

Don’t Know.

23 Babies in US/China/India

Web search on population, then did the math.


Old 24 US Dept of Labor 10-14 careers

Ian Jukes – attended session at NECC, then downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Presum. US Dept of Labor Rpt. Can’t verify so changed slide (see next row). Also on web - <fltimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=38&ArticleID=11301&SubSectionID=121>

New 24 10-14 jobs by age 38

<www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/nlsoy.pdf> & others


Old 27-28 1 of 2, more than 2 in 3

Ian Jukes – attended session at NECC, then downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Presumably US Dept of Labor Rpt. Also on web referencing book Windows on the Future by Ian Jukes & Ted McCain. Can’t verify; changed slide (see next)

New 27-28 1 out of 4, > 1 in 2



30 Top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010

Ian Jukes – attended session at NECC, then downloaded ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf

Richard Riley recently quoted in article; also online citing 2004 book The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works at <www.marquette.edu/magazine/winter06/frontier.shml>

34-37 Name this Country

Angus King Presentation - <web.mac.com>

Don’t Know.

39 Broadband Use

WebSearch - <www.websiteoptimization.com/bw/0607>


40-41 Nintendo vs US Government


“2002 Ann. Rpt Nintendo Company, Ltd” Corp. Info Nintendo Co Ltd 27 Apr 2003 <www.nintendo.com/corp/report/financialstatements_5-30-02.pdf >  “FY 2004 Budget for the US Govt” US Dept of Edu 27 Apr 2003  <www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/index.html>

42 1 out of 8 met online

Fortune Magazine 8-7-2006 - <money.cnn.com>

Quotes Diana Farrell, head of the McKinsey Global Institute

43-44 MySpace statistics

Web Search - <www.secretlair.com>

<www.thevirtualhandshake.com> Updated to 100M Fortune Magazine, 9/4/06  <money.cnn.com>

47 2.4 billion Google Searches

Web search Updated – 2.7 billion - <searchenginewatch.com>


49 # txt msgs/day

Can’t find – notes from NECC?

On web, numbers I’m seeing are in the ballpark.

50-51 540k words  now vs Shakespeare

Ian Jukes – attended NECC session & downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Don’t Know. Lots on the web including <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language>

52-533000 books daily

Ian Jukes – attended NECC session & downloaded < ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Don’t Know.  Lots on the web including <www.princetoninfo.com/200405/40512c03.html>

54-55 Week of NY Times > lifetime in 18th century

Ian Jukes – attended NECC session & downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Cites Richard Wurman book – Information Anxiety - <www.amazon.com> Information Anxiety 2

56-57 1.5 exabytes of info

Ian Jukes – attended NECC session & downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Cites UC Berkeley Study.  Update - <www2.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003> - 5 exabytes in 2002

58-61Tech info doubling

Ian Jukes – attended session at NECC, then downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Cites George Gilder - <www.amazon.com> Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance

62-66 Fiber Optics

Ian Jukes – attended NECC session & downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Some from George Gilder, some from Ray Kurzweil, some from ?

67 epaper cheaper than real paper

Ian Jukes – attended NECC session & downloaded <ianjukes.com/infosavvy/education/handouts/fgtg.pdf>

Don’t know.  Couldn’t verify on web, so changed slide to remove 2008.

68-69 Laptops

Nicholas Negroponte Keynote at NECC (attended and took notes)

Don’t know on the shipping number, the estimate is his of course.

70-74 Computers and Humans

Ray Kurzweil book - The Singularity is Near - <singularity.com>

Also <www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0134.html?printable=1>

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