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    Can You Pass the World's Shortest IQ Test?

    Can You Pass the World's Shortest IQ Test? Less Than 20 Per Cent of People Can

    Developed in 2005 by Princeton psychologist Shane Frederick, the quiz assesses your ability to process information slowly and rationally, rather than jumping to quick conclusions.

    Before you get started, we’ll give you a quick hint: the questions might not be as easy as they first seem. A 2005 study found that students attending some of the nation's most prestigious universities (including Harvard and Yale) failed to get all three of these questions correct; only 17 per cent received a perfect score.

    Think you have what it takes to ace the world’s shorted IQ test? Give it a shot! Here are the three questions:

    1. A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

    2. If it takes five machines five minutes to make five widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

    3. In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

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    5c
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    If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats onboard, how old is the ship's captain?

    'Unsolvable' exam question leaves Chinese students flummoxed - BBC News

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    ^Your answers are correct as far as I can make out as I got the same. The last one even an impetuous dumb person should get.



    (But perhaps I shouldn't post that for fear of spoiling the fun for others?)

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    Teakdoor has 26 users of which 10 are old goats.
    How many of them are nuts?
    Last edited by fishlocker; 01-02-2018 at 06:22 AM.

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    I'm assuming this is a question devised lately after ENT no longer graces these pages?
    Can't be answered without that clarification.


    (PS, I sincerely hope ENT is in good health).

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    How do you get 5c for the ball?

    I got the second one right i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    How do you get 5c for the ball?

    I got the second one right i think
    The bat is $1 more than the ball.
    Together they cost $1.10.
    The common kneejerk thinking is bat = $1, ball = 10c. But that would mean the bat is only 90c more than the ball.
    $1.05 + $0.05 = $1.10, and fits the qualification that $1.05 is $1 more than $0.05.

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    Ahhhh

    Ok heres one...

    Manny has 2 ounces of meth. If he sells an 8 ball to Dr Bob for $320 and 2 grams to Nev for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the rest of his hold?

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    Where does 8-ball pool come into it? If I sell the 8 ball, nobody will be able to play .

    So, what will Bob do with the ball? Drill it out and tap it to make a gearstick knob for his Ford Prefect?

    (If so, I have some fluffy dice and a fox tail I could sell him too.)
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    The answer is Zilch- those 2 mongrels would have ratted you out

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    the quiz assesses your ability to process information slowly and rationally, rather than jumping to quick conclusions.
    In which case the pond answer seems too easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    'Unsolvable' exam question leaves Chinese students flummoxed - BBC News
    Sally has 5 apples and Johnny has three oranges. How far south of Scotland are they?

    Oh and thanks to Looper for the spoiler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    The answer is Zilch- those 2 mongrels would have ratted you out
    The question involved Nev, not Lulu.

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    Nev is Lulu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    The last one even an impetuous dumb person should get.
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    In which case the pond answer seems too easy.
    Yes. It shouldn't be part of the test. I guess some people answer 24? Trump supporters maybe, if they can work out half of 48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Nev is Lulu
    Nah...Nev doesn't red me twice a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    the quiz assesses your ability to process information slowly and rationally, rather than jumping to quick conclusions.
    In which case the pond answer seems too easy. I looked at it and immediately thought well it is obvious. So knowing most people fail i thought well there must be a trick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
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    Sally has 5 apples and Johnny has three oranges. How far south of Scotland are they?

    Oh and thanks to Looper for the spoiler., which by the way an be found by key board/pad.
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    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
    Those who cannot change their mind, cannot change anything.

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    Luigi rings up a ho off Craigslist. If the price is 2000 baht per trick, how many tricks a day will she need to perform to fund her crack habit and become Luigis main inner Bangkok mistress with a Phd?

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    I googled the answers and got them all right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Luigi rings up a ho off Craigslist. If the price is 2000 baht per trick, how many tricks a day will she need to perform to fund her crack habit and become Luigis main inner Bangkok mistress with a Phd?
    Trick question!
    The main mrs (home) is the one with the PhD.

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    Sally has two balls. Tomcat plays with them. Is Sally a man or a mouse?



    The fish.

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    ^ it depends if the balls Sally has are Lulu's hooker's.

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    Fcuk IQ tests. I thought 'Sheffield Wednesday' was a public holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    only 17 per cent received a perfect score.
    explains the current state of USA.I'm none too bright but got all 3 immediately and could have done aged 10, these were the sorts of Q's we'd get at junior school.

    The general level of ignorance of science languages geography and history isn't surprisong in this third world back water that lacked the benefits of advanced colonial knowledge, America with all it's wealth and arms is a menace, let's hope it's masters in Al Quds can tame it
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Manny has 2 ounces of meth. If he sells an 8 ball to Dr Bob for $320 and 2 grams to Nev for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the rest of his hold?
    Which uni had this on the entrance exam?...

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    The third question about the lily pads reminds me of this one (or a version of it):




    The Rice And Chessboard Story


    There's a famous legend about the origin of chess that goes like this. When the inventor of the game showed it to the emperor of India, the emperor was so impressed by the new game, that he said to the man

    "Name your reward!"

    The man responded,

    "Oh emperor, my wishes are simple. I only wish for this. Give me one grain of rice for the first square of the chessboard, two grains for the next square, four for the next, eight for the next and so on for all 64 squares, with each square having double the number of grains as the square before."

    The emperor agreed, amazed that the man had asked for such a small reward - or so he thought. After a week, his treasurer came back and informed him that the reward would add up to an astronomical sum, far greater than all the rice that could conceivably be produced in many many centuries!

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