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tofu
2006-Jan-20, 09:03 PM
Here is a little quiz that I thought was kind of fun.

http://www.mensa-test.com/

Swift
2006-Jan-20, 09:41 PM
16

Nicolas
2006-Jan-20, 09:46 PM
Large disadvantage if English is not your first language and you're no US citizen. I'll give it a try though :)

(I think I just got a very hard one, again it's biased considering your culture). I feel there are imperial units involved as well :)

I know some, but I fail to find the correct word in English :)

(like the 12 S of the Z)


Score 12, I give up. There is one that I know however, but I can't find how to make the result correct. And one that I know except for 1 letter :).

tofu
2006-Jan-20, 09:48 PM
I have a coworker here who is up to 24. I hate her.

I'm up to 22 but I've been looking at it since lunch.

Nicolas
2006-Jan-20, 10:00 PM
I've been looking at it for 3 minutes :)

jt-3d
2006-Jan-20, 10:11 PM
Eh, I checked one answer in google and saw two more so I'll claim 17. Unfortunately I was using a browser that didn't grade so I didn't know the answer was right, otherwise I wouldn't have checked. Anyway I toss all three answers and claim the affore mentioned 17. Does googling spelling count against me? If so 15. Spelling isn't a sign of intelligence ya know. :)

edit to add new score. I'm still staring and scratching my head

N C More
2006-Jan-20, 10:17 PM
Well, I have 16 (been at it about 4 or 5 minutes). I'd like to puzzle some more, but my family insists that I make them dinner now! Good luck, some of them are really odd (IMO).

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 10:19 PM
Thought I'd share this for a chuckle. It appears I'm not the only one who had trouble with #28. :D

http://www.bible-resources.info/about/index1.html

Other than that, I've got 19 on my own.

tofu
2006-Jan-20, 10:27 PM
Thought I'd share this for a chuckle. It appears I'm not the only one who had trouble with #28. :D


Hey! That's the one that I googled and my coworker yelled at me! Spoiler: I guessed "P of" was "pairs of" and googled 23 pairs of. The answer came right up. My excuse for googling was that this is the 21st century and my knowledge extends to the vast sea of information called the internet.

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 10:31 PM
HAHA!!!

Well, my official count is 22/33 without assistance. :)

This thing is BADLY slanted, so I'd be real cautious about assigning any major weight to the outcome.

ToSeek
2006-Jan-20, 10:32 PM
27, but I figured out #28 based on the posts above, so 26 unaided.

Carnifex
2006-Jan-20, 10:32 PM
16 without google or wikipedia help :)

Swift
2006-Jan-20, 10:35 PM
How about
35771 T, 650060 P, 11890 M O B A T M I T ?
:eh:


35771 Threads, 650060 Posts, 11890 Members on BAUT At This Moment In Time

ToSeek
2006-Jan-20, 10:36 PM
HAHA!!!

Well, my official count is 22/33 without assistance. :)

This thing is BADLY slanted, so I'd be real cautious about assigning any major weight to the outcome.

Yeah, if you're a Christian from South Africa, you've got a big advantage. Otherwise, there are a few that are pretty nearly impossible for anyone outside that culture.

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 10:36 PM
I just stunned myself...pulled #14 out of nowhere!

ToSeek
2006-Jan-20, 10:42 PM
I just stunned myself...pulled #14 out of nowhere!

I took a guess at that one after I figured out #17.

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 10:43 PM
Yeah, got those in the other order. You mentioning a South African viewpoint kinda blew some fog away.

Nicolas
2006-Jan-20, 10:47 PM
I found #22 while I'm totally not interested in that subject

I did get the South Africa part, but nat what should be in front :)

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 10:54 PM
Believe it or not, this type of test can be a good estimate of intelligence (if you excuse the cultural bias). People that did well on this type of test are likely those who are gifted with verbal ability and linguistic pattern recognition. This sort of assessment would discriminate against those with non-linguistic pattern recognition (like solving jigsaw puzzles) and spatial intelligence (like the ability to use a map or see hidden figures in a drawing).

At least they were honest.


Edit: fixed formatting, content unmodified.

Nicolas
2006-Jan-20, 10:56 PM
A good thing they put the cultural bias in the disclaimer. Otherwise, the results would be totally worhtless. To me, it was just a good game :).

I had a typo, my score is 13 now :) (3 minutes total, and I'm a non-English MT non-South African non-Christian non-Imperial Unit guy who watches little sports :D)

Maksutov
2006-Jan-20, 10:58 PM
Fifteen minutes in and got 25 so far.

Defintely slanted, culture-wise.

But fun. :)

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 10:58 PM
Final Score for Doodler: 25(26)/33

Moose
2006-Jan-20, 11:02 PM
I've bogged down at a respectable 19.

peteshimmon
2006-Jan-20, 11:10 PM
Some 18 months ago I reported on a board this
statement from the Mensa website; "One in
50 people have an IQ in the top 2% that makes
them eligable to join Mensa." Its not there
anymore:) I always say the most intelligent
responce to an intelligence test is to tear
up the paper!

Maksutov
2006-Jan-20, 11:16 PM
Bogged down here too, at 27. Actually got 28, but one was with the help of a hint that I inadvertently read in this thread.

That was fun! Thanks, tofu! :clap:

Maksutov
2006-Jan-20, 11:19 PM
Back in the 1950s, President Eisenhower was reportedly shocked to find out that, when it came to intelligence, nearly 50% of all Americans were below average! :exclaim:

Moose
2006-Jan-20, 11:19 PM
Yeah, I came up with two more from comments in this thread, and I think I was getting closer to another pair mentionned.

Moose
2006-Jan-20, 11:21 PM
Hmm. My favorite variant of that "joke" is the claim that "management became alarmed when they realized that about 40% of all sick time taken happened on mondays and fridays."

Maksutov
2006-Jan-20, 11:25 PM
Hmm. My favorite variant of that "joke" is the claim that "management became alarmed when they realized that about 40% of all sick time taken happened on mondays and fridays."LOL!

That is very alarming! It's likely HR looked into it, decided it was a trend that needed to be dealt with, and then petitioned upper management for two additional staff, which they immediately got, given the severity of the problem. :wall:

Taks
2006-Jan-20, 11:27 PM
Some 18 months ago I reported on a board this
statement from the Mensa website; "One in
50 people have an IQ in the top 2% that makes
them eligable to join Mensa." Its not there
anymore:) I always say the most intelligent
responce to an intelligence test is to tear
up the paper!
that's sort of like the statement about the realization by <insert favorite whipping boy president name here> that 50% of americans have a below average IQ. frightening! :)

taks

JohnW
2006-Jan-20, 11:29 PM
I gave myself 20 minutes, and scored 26. So if we define "genius" as "pretty skilled at meaningless tests", then I can feel pretty good about myself.

The apostrophe police needs to have a little talk with them about number 24.

Moose
2006-Jan-20, 11:29 PM
Or the feeling you get when you get ToSeeked, hey Taks? *snicker*

Taks
2006-Jan-20, 11:58 PM
oops... either we were posting at the same time or i just missed the darned thing.

oh, btw, this isn't american english, it is british english. we don't ever refer to it as a pack of cards over here. :)

taks

tlbs101
2006-Jan-21, 12:10 AM
I have 23 without assistance -- 21 of them within 30 minutes.

I also have 2 more that fit, and are technically correct and accurate, but incorrect according to MENSA. These are #14 and #20. I'll edit later with my versions. Both actually have several "correct" answers.

I spent about 40 minutes. I have to give up, now.

I also found the answers here, ha ha! www.chesskit.com/miscellaneous/quiz.php

Titana
2006-Jan-21, 12:42 AM
OK, i just got 8, but i went through it kind a fast. I will do it again later see if i get more. I am still happy with 8......:p .....







Titana.

JMV
2006-Jan-21, 12:50 AM
21 after an hour and a half, but I saw you guys mentioning South Africa, so 20 might be more acccurate score.

Astrogirl
2006-Jan-21, 01:07 AM
The test is biased period, (Country, language orientated). These type of questions have also been used in trival quiz nights.

Sites providing an insight or solutions to these "language equations" are:

http://www.fairding.com/list_quiznight.shtml
http://www.creativepuzzels.nl/spel/speel1/puzzel45-2.htm
http://www.creativepuzzels.nl/spel/speel1/oplos45-2.htm

tofu
2006-Jan-21, 03:44 AM
So, what we learn from this thread is that all BAUTers are above average.

Halcyon Dayz
2006-Jan-21, 04:06 AM
Even with assistance, I can't figure out #19 and #31.
With #24 I seem to have a problem with spelling.

Vaelroth
2006-Jan-21, 04:20 AM
28 no help.

Got them all with the answer sight though.

hippietrekx
2006-Jan-21, 05:23 AM
I figured out thirty in thirty minutes. I spotted a bible and a sports theme, which helped me on some, though. And then if you count a dictionary as cheating, I only got 27...

Dad didn't know what the heck I was doing. He thought I was taking an internet acronym quiz. :)

--hippie

SeanF
2006-Jan-21, 05:36 AM
that's sort of like the statement about the realization by <insert favorite whipping boy president name here> that 50% of americans have a below average IQ. frightening! :)
That's not necessarily true, though. 50% are below the median, but the average could be elsewhere. ;)

Taks
2006-Jan-21, 06:04 AM
That's not necessarily true, though. 50% are below the median, but the average could be elsewhere. ;)given that IQ is assumed a gaussian distribution, the median and mean (average) are the same value. ;)

taks

PS: in practice, however, the distribution is not really gaussian, partly because there is no upper limit but there is a lower limit (rician), and also partly because at the high and low ends there are anomalies...

Tog
2006-Jan-21, 12:41 PM
I'm at 29. I got one from the South africa comment though. I'm hung up on 8, 14, 24, and 31. But I'm watching the Brothers Grimm too, so I'm not timing myself.

paulie jay
2006-Jan-21, 01:17 PM
I've currently got 22/33 but determined to get more :)

Lance
2006-Jan-21, 05:42 PM
21 the first time through in about 10 minutes...

Now, on to the tough ones.

Candy
2006-Jan-21, 05:56 PM
I started this last night, but it's too draining for my brain. I began looking up stuff after 17, so best to not record my final score of 31. :p

The Supreme Canuck
2006-Jan-21, 06:03 PM
25/33

Still working on it...

Edit: 26/33

Edit: 28/33

mickal555
2006-Jan-22, 12:22 AM
Eh, I checked one answer in google and saw two more so I'll claim 17. Unfortunately I was using a browser that didn't grade so I didn't know the answer was right, otherwise I wouldn't have checked. Anyway I toss all three answers and claim the affore mentioned 17. Does googling spelling count against me? If so 15. Spelling isn't a sign of intelligence ya know. :)

edit to add new score. I'm still staring and scratching my head

Really?


Oh thank god...

mickal555
2006-Jan-22, 12:27 AM
So, what we learn from this thread is that all BAUTers are above average.

or their liers :p

Maksutov
2006-Jan-22, 12:34 AM
Originally Posted by jt-3d
Eh, I checked one answer in google and saw two more so I'll claim 17. Unfortunately I was using a browser that didn't grade so I didn't know the answer was right, otherwise I wouldn't have checked. Anyway I toss all three answers and claim the affore mentioned 17. Does googling spelling count against me? If so 15. Spelling isn't a sign of intelligence ya know. :)

edit to add new score. I'm still staring and scratching my head
Really?


Oh thank god...Yes. Spelling has nothing to do with intelligence. Intelligence has to do with how tall you were as a child. (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-01-20T161835Z_01_COL058692_RTRUKOC_0_US-HEIGHT-DEVELOPMENT.xml)

Maksutov
2006-Jan-22, 12:36 AM
or their liers :pGood thing the word you typed wasn't "liars": some of us might have taken offense! http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/566/iconwink6tn.gif

paulie jay
2006-Jan-22, 12:37 AM
or their liers :p

Or they're liars, eh Mickal ;)

Maksutov
2006-Jan-22, 12:45 AM
Or they're liars, eh Mickal ;)See these?

Photo 1 (http://www.vroma.org/images/mcmanus_images/lyre.jpg)

Photo 2 (http://www.intcon.net/%7Esongbird/strings/lyre04.gif)

It might be that these are their lyres.

Hey, their, there, they're: these are all the same to victims of Hooked On Phonics.


PS: Re the first one, it probably belonged to Humphrey. Remember him?

Moose
2006-Jan-22, 12:52 AM
PS: Re the first one, it probably belonged to Humphrey. Remember him?

I do. It would appear that our favorite megalomaniacal turtle got flipped.

Curse you Mario! Curse you Luigi!

Taks
2006-Jan-22, 05:27 AM
Yes. Spelling has nothing to do with intelligence. *snip*
Intelligence has to do with how tall you were as a child.phew. 22" at birth and couldn't spell a word!

taks

PS: still tall at 6'3", but can spell a little better now, not much, but definitely better.

cjl
2006-Jan-22, 06:29 AM
currently at 23, determined to keep trying and get more.

LurchGS
2006-Jan-22, 06:54 AM
26 without help.. somebody's comment on the difference between 'pack' and 'deck' (I use 'deck', here in the states, too) cleared one up.

Poking at others...

hrm.. to judge by other comments, maybe I should know more about South Africa...

suntrack2
2006-Jan-22, 01:01 PM
tofu sir, what is the full form of "MENSA". how i could take this test?
what are the benefits of this test? is our IQ increases? is this test supports in making memory and logic more stronger?


:)

Titana
2006-Jan-22, 04:34 PM
17 in about 25 minutes.....this time......



Titana.

Titana
2006-Jan-22, 04:35 PM
:D



Titana.

Eroica
2006-Jan-22, 07:01 PM
33/33 after about an hour. Believe or not, #10 took the longest (even though I had already got #9 and #27! :doh:

But I've had practice (http://www.diffney.ie/quiz05.html)!

[Edit: Yes, I meant #5 took the longest even though I had already got #9 and #22! :oops:]

Gullible Jones
2006-Jan-23, 01:26 AM
This has cropped up on another forum... Apparently it is not a test used by Mensa. Considering the bias towards bible-loving Brits, that seems quite likely.

Jeff Root
2006-Jan-23, 05:02 AM
33/33 after about an hour. Believe or not, #10 took the longest
(even though I had already got #9 and #27!
Those question numbers can't be right. I think you meant
question #5 took the longest, even though you had already got
#9 and #22. All three are on the same subject. #5 stumped me
for several minutes, until I thought "Hmmm-- Do 39 + 27 = 66?"

I got 29 right in about 30-40 minutes. The only "cheating"
was to look up the spelling of the name of the German guy with
the USA thermometer scale. The four questions I didn't get
were:

#16 100 C in a D
#28 23 P of C in the H B
#30 9 P in S A
#31 6 B to an O in C

I got #28 immediately after reading that one person guessed
"P of" is "pairs of". But I think it should be "H G", not "H B".

I presume that #30 is the "South Africa" one, but I tried all
the P-words I could think of, including 'parishes", "ports",
and "prisons".

I figured out #24 13 L in a B D from "B D", but what B sells L
by the D? Cookies and donuts and muffins, sure, but not L!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

LurchGS
2006-Jan-23, 05:45 AM
gah! BD did look like dozen, but the L killed me, too

re 30 - keep looking for P words. It would make sense to Canadians, too.

16.. My money is on you, you'll get it.


31 is one I missed...

The Supreme Canuck
2006-Jan-23, 05:47 AM
Yeah, 31 is hard...

Champion_Munch
2006-Jan-23, 06:39 AM
I got 26... I couldn't get

#5
#13
#14
#24
#28
#30
#33

Just got #30... (I had it right but I "cheated" and used winword to get the right spelling for "P" :P) 27/33

with regards

Jeff Root
2006-Jan-23, 09:13 AM
re 30 - keep looking for P words. It would make sense
to Canadians, too.
That was straightforward.


16.. My money is on you, you'll get it.
Okay, 100 C in a D. 100 cats in a dog. 100 couches in a divan.
100 centipedes in a den... Oops. That did it. Haven't checked
yet but the window is open and it is too obvious not to be right.
Funny I didn't get it earlier. I kept thinking of metric things,
but centi- and deci- or deka- just didn't fit. US-originated
metric! I wonder if Ben Franklin had a hand in that.

Oh fer Pete's sake. You gve me a clue, too. Sheesh.

For #28, 23 P of C in the H B, I kept wanting to say "ports of
call...", while others might want "pots of coffee..."

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

10 millipedes = 1 centipede
2.54 centipedes = 1 inchworm

Edit to add: I suppose I should say, for anyone trying to track
down the originator of the above metric bit, that as far as I
know it is original with me. I only recall telling it to one person,
sometime in the 1980's. So it's been a while.

Tog
2006-Jan-23, 09:21 AM
10 millipedes = 1 centipede
2.54 centipedes = 1 inchworm


:lol: :lol: :lol: :clap:

Pleiades
2006-Jan-23, 09:23 AM
I have to admit when I first looked at the list my mind went blank for a couple of minutes, then the real obvious ones clicked. I got 22 of them in less than hour but had to stop, the dogs insisted they get walked!
After reading some of the posting I might just finish.

Candy
2006-Jan-23, 09:28 AM
I have to admit when I first looked at the list my mind went blank for a couple of minutes, then the real obvious ones clicked. I got 22 of them in less than hour but had to stop, the dogs insisted they get walked!
After reading some of the posting I might just finish.
They make it easy, don't they? :D

beskeptical
2006-Jan-23, 09:32 AM
20 and I haven't read any of your posts yet in case there are spoilers.

Make that 26. :D I went back and figured out 6 more without help.

Fram
2006-Jan-23, 10:49 AM
23 without reading the thread, 26 after some of the easy spoilers (number 30, 13, 5). Still need 7, 12, 24, 26, 28, 31 and 33.

Skipjack
2006-Jan-23, 12:01 PM
22 so far, one I cant count, because my GF pointed it out to me (would be 23 otherwise).
I will probably get some after a while.
This test is particularily hard for me since I am not a native english speaker and we use the metric system here.
Still it is fun.
hheheeh, guess I can already call myself a genius now though.
ROFL
CU
Skipjack

Maksutov
2006-Jan-23, 12:22 PM
33/33 after about an hour. Believe or not, #10 took the longest (even though I had already got #9 and #27! :doh:

But I've had practice (http://www.diffney.ie/quiz05.html)!#10? Man, you must have felt like you put it in (so to speak)!

Meanwhile, down to one nut to crack. I'd estimate actual total time spent on the test is about 40 minutes.

I wonder if I submit the results, MENSA will reduce my annual membership fee? And there will be peace in the Middle East? And there will be wombats in Weehawken?

I wonder...

Maksutov
2006-Jan-23, 12:35 PM
Geez, I just got the last one, realizing (subconsciously apparently) from some posts that this "test" is Britnocentric.

Fortunately it didn't last that long.

Over and out.

Nicolas
2006-Jan-23, 12:40 PM
23 without reading the thread, 26 after some of the easy spoilers (number 30, 13, 5). Still need 7, 12, 24, 26, 28, 31 and 33.

I have 20 without reading the hints except for the deck/pack issue. I've got 7 and 26 though :).

Eroica
2006-Jan-23, 12:45 PM
Those question numbers can't be right. I think you meant
question #5 took the longest, even though you had already got
#9 and #22. All three are on the same subject.
Oops! Yes, that's what I meant, though #10 was the second last one I got!

Fram
2006-Jan-23, 01:53 PM
I have 20 without reading the hints except for the deck/pack issue. I've got 7 and 26 though :).

Ah, I've gotten 26 now as well, it just sprang to me when rereading it. And for 7, I was close, but I had "states" (and the F wrong a well). So now only 5 left (12, 24, 28, 31, 33).

HenrikOlsen
2006-Feb-01, 02:31 PM
I don't like this test, it only allows for one correct answer even though multiple equally correct answers exist:(

"100 C in a D", it didn't accept "100 cubiccentimeters in a deciliter" :(

mugaliens
2006-Apr-22, 05:19 PM
Wow - I'm a whopping 12. I must not run in the same circles as those who designed the test.

Then again, I've little doubt that I could devise tests at which they would fail miserably, such as:

4 O in a C N

mugaliens
2006-Apr-22, 05:20 PM
I don't like this test, it only allows for one correct answer even though multiple equally correct answers exist:(

"100 C in a D", it didn't accept "100 cubiccentimeters in a deciliter" :(

But it did accept 100 cents in a dollar, although "64 S on a C B" doesn't allow for "64 seats on a crew bus," and "9 P in S A" wasn't "9 presidents in South America."

Maddening!