February 07, 2007

Smart feller, smart feller, I smell a...

GOOD MORNING! Famed NASA scientist (although not currently involved in any love triangles--that we know of) and smart guy Steevil sends along this intelligence test that you all may wish to participate in to determine exactly how smart you are!

The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT that difficult. But don't scroll down UNTIL you have answered the question!

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend.... except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.

Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

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

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the animal conference. This tests whether you lea rn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers.

Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2007 08:47 AM

I got two correct. Does that make me a semi-professional or a paraprofessional?

Posted by: skinnydan at February 7, 2007 09:07 AM

I'm not sure, but probably 'child-like' would be appropriate. Or childish.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2007 09:12 AM

I thought the first one was an elephant joke and I answered that you take the elephant out first and then put in the giraffe. Second one was obvious and I blew the next two.

I'll have to test this out on the resident five year olds.

Posted by: Sarah G. at February 7, 2007 09:17 AM

I still think there's more to #1. Seems like there should be something in there about putting the giraffe in Tupperware so it won't spoil.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2007 09:32 AM

This is why you failed this test. Giraffes are allergic to Tupperware.

Posted by: skinnydan at February 7, 2007 11:44 AM

I guess that's why they have those terrible looking spots all over them, then.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2007 11:46 AM

If you had to take out the giraffe before putting in the elephant in question two, then the answer to question one should have had a similar requirement, i.e, remove everything from the fridge including food, bottles, ice, frozen peas, meat container, egg stacker, crisper and shelves.

And that inclusion would then have prompted correct answers further along.

Posted by: grumpy kitchen hand at February 7, 2007 05:53 PM

I agree--it's as if they assume everyone has a refrigerator with a bin for large African animals! I mean, sure, MINE has that, but I had to special order it that way.

Oh, by the way--how can you tell that you've had an elephant in your refrigerator?

You can see his footprints in the butter.

(That one always makes the younger set giggle.)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 8, 2007 08:08 AM