“IQ” or “Who woulda thunk”

A bit ago I decided to finally entertain a friend’s request to take an IQ test. A banner ad on the New York Times‘ Web site for Tickle.com‘s IQ test drew me in and I clicked through the questions on election evening while watching the coverage.

The results are in and it appears I’m brilliant. Just kidding. I wouldn’t go quite that far, but I guess according to Tickle I’m a “visionary philosopher.” I’m sure they come up with all sorts of creative ways to flatter people and make them feel smart with the labels they offer. But regardless, how could I turn down free compliments?

Apparently, I have “…a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others – and at anticipating and predicting patterns.”

Kinda vague–but that’s the point. Because “that’s just some of what we know about you from your IQ results. Find out more in your personalized 15-page IQ Report. It’s ready right now!”

It of course costs $10.

I might buy it, just to see which questions I got wrong and why they were wrong.

My score of 142 theoretically makes me eligible for membership in MENSA since it’s in the top 2 percentile. But they don’t take internet test results. Tickle’s test took like 10 minutes while MENSA’s official test takes around 2 hours. My guess is it’s a bit more thorough.

Maybe I should bust out my MENSA book I had when I was a kid and see if I REALLY have what it takes…

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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