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I really don't believe in IQ quizzes and I know this is really mean, but it's just too interesting/funny not to blog. IQ vs. Votes. Read and click the links in the text for more interesting comparisons.

via Jason

UPDATE: This is not true. Here is the story debunking it. Thanks Richard.


Har har har, with this attitude Democrats will lose next time too, har har har.

Comparative IQ stories are a bit of a running joke in the US. There was a journalist who argued once that when the Okies moved from Oklahoma to California, it resulted in an increase in the average IQ in both states (think about it).

Blue DOES make more $$ per person...

But not much more when looking at GDP...

Unless you can debunk the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

You may have missed this:

"Mr. Bush's score on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test at age 22 again suggests that his I.Q was the mid-120's, putting Mr. Bush in about the 95th percentile of the population, according to Mr. Sailer. Mr. Kerry's I.Q. was about 120, in the 91st percentile, according to Mr. Sailer's extrapolation of his score at age 22 on the Navy Officer Qualification Test."

By the way, Joi, what's your IQ? If you haven't had it tested, did you ever take any other standardized tests, such as the SAT? I'd be fascinated to know how you did.

Well Crandall, my IQ is 136 and Joi is a hell of a lot smarter than I am so you be the judge. IQ scores are a waste of time when it comes to practical applications. Too many factors go into making a person who they are so to rate just one aspect and have it be meaningful is poppycock.

As I said in my post, I don't really believe in IQ tests. Or more to Jason's point, I'm not sure exactly what it measures and how it affects people's behavior and thinking. I haven't taken a IQ test since I can remember. I think I might have taken one in elementary school or something. I'm sure it's probably quite low though. ;-)

SAT... I don't remember the exact scores for my SATs. I don't think they were stellar. I just remember scoring below what I had hoped in English, I got a 750 or something in Math, which is about how good I suppose I am at Math. I do remember getting an 800 in my physics Achievement Test, but I think almost everyone in the top science schools in the US get 800 in their physics achievement test. I DID start the most extra-curricular clubs my senior year in high school, got an all-star in debate and 2nd place in the Far East tournament in wrestling... which to me was much more important than my grades or my tests. Unfortunately, my crappy grades prevented me from getting into the schools that I really wanted to go to and possibly lead my down this slippery slope of college drop-out anti-establishment subversive decentralized behavior.

And I spent the last 2 years of high school ditching to go skateboarding or in suspension and graduated from summer school. Went onto community college to a 4.0 GPA until I got bored there and went off to go hack with computers. Standardized tests are meaningless if you don't actually care. Fuckin with The Man though. That's ALWAYS fun :-)

i have an iq of 144 and im 15 and i'm not the brightest in my class .the iq test only really looks at logic and problem solving.