Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A quiz for adults and children

This quiz has only four questions on it.

It sounds hard to believe, but children may score higher than adults on the same four-question quiz.

These quiz questions were sent to me by a friend through e-mail.

When I saw his e-mail message, I took the test, and I failed to answer a single question correctly.

I have now placed a curse on the man who sent me this quiz for making me feel so stupid.  One year from today,, one of his fingers will, overnight, become half of its' original size.  The same thing will happen to another finger a year later, and then a year after that.  Ten years from now, all of his fingers will be half as small as they are now.

After that, every year for the next ten years, the same thing will happen to all of his toes.

Question number one

How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Answer number one

Open the refrigerator door, insert the giraffe, and close the door.

This question tests whether you accomplish simple tasks in a complicated manner.

Question number two

How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, "Open the door, insert the elephant, and close the door"?

Your answer is wrong.

Answer number two

Open the refrigerator door, remove the elephant, insert the giraffe, and close the door.

This question tests your ability to understand the consequences of your previous actions.

Question number three

The lion is hosting a conference of all the animals.  One animal does not attend.  Which one?

Answer number three

The elephant.

The elephant is in the refrigerator.  You just put him in there.  This question tests your memory.

Okay, even if you didn't get the first three quiz questions correct, there is one question left, so you still have one chance to resurrect your pride as an intelligent human being.

Question number four

There is a river that you must cross, but it used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat.  How do you get across it?

Answer number four

You jump into the river and swim across.

Haven't you been paying attention?  All the animals are at the conference that is hosted by the lion, except for the elephant that you put into the refrigerator.

A consulting firm gave this test to some of the smartest people that walked through their doors.  About 90% of the adults failed the test, but a majority of the preschoolers who took the same test got at least two out of the four questions correct.

This test, and the scores of the people who take it, proves conclusively that children are smarter than adults.