Daily Archives: May 12, 2002

Sunday, May 12, 2002


Gestern wurde der Schockwellenreiter 72 Jahre alt. Herzlichen Gl├╝ckwunsch nachtr├Ąglich auch von dieser Stelle!

Test the Nation

The BBC tested the IQ of people from Great Britain: Test the Nation – the National IQ test. Duncan and Co. watched the show and took part in the IQ test. Can you see where he lives from this this map?

However, I wouldn’t take this test seriously for several reasons – apart from the problem that it is not even clear what the definition of the term intelligence is. (Is it what an IQ test measures?)

The results of the BBC test are not representative because only people with internet access were able to participate. And something must be wrong with the results. There are results for different groups, and the only groups available so far are star signs. Surprisingly, all star signs got an average IQ of either 110 or 111. What’s up with that? Since 100 is the average per definition, there have to be results both higher and lower than 100.

For fun, I also took the test and got a result of 117 – not too bad for an IQ test in a foreign language, I think. Some of the questions were about the meaning of words or sayings. Someone on MetaFilter said he thought the test was biased towards UK citizens.

And by the way, you need an IQ of at least 130 in order to become a member of Mensa (Mensa in Deutschland).