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    I'm a 129 and a Precision Processor. This made my day - "This means that among other things, you have superior skill in mathematics." I have a calculus 3 final in an hour that i'm white-knuckling over!
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    I picked the banana because you "PEEL" it....or because it has such a long shape while the others were closer to round. If they had grapes as the answer, I bet it has to do with the fact it's a BUNCH of grapes versus individual pieces for the other fruits.

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    I am a Visual Mathematician with a score of 129. DH almost spit out his drink when he read that because we both know that math is NOT my strongsuit.


    ROTFL!!!! My thoughts EXACTLY (since I scored the same) and got the same designation. (I'm thinking that if you got the pythagoreum theorum one right, then that's what they call you.)
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  4. #34
    Originally posted by Melman
    If they had grapes as the answer, I bet it has to do with the fact it's a BUNCH of grapes versus individual pieces for the other fruits.
    A-ha! Maybe that's it. Bananas technically come in bunches too, although you can buy a single banana. I guess you don't buy a single grape. Neither DH nor I could figure it out. I was trying to think of differences between peel, seeds, etc.

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    Actually, I think what Kristin said was more plausible - that grapes grow on vines and all the others grow on trees.

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    Originally posted by Laura B
    Actually, I think what Kristin said was more plausible - that grapes grow on vines and all the others grow on trees.
    I didn't see her answer before. Yep, that makes sense too.

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    Re: Visual Mathematician

    Originally posted by erinl
    So, what is the Shrub's IQ? I'm curious to know how I did on each question, but not curious enough to spend $15.
    bump -- what IS Shrub's IQ?

    Am I the only inventive inquisitor to chime in yet? I was the odd duck out on that personality test a few weeks ago, too.
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    I got 129 and am an Insightful Linguist, whatever that is! That fruit question stumped me. I thought and thought, and decided I was spending too much time (probably 30 seconds!) on it, so I chose coconut, knowing that couldn't be right. Glad to know it was grapes.

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    Re: Re: Visual Mathematician

    Originally posted by JackieO


    bump -- what IS Shrub's IQ?


    I found this snippet online. (so you know it must be true )

    .... the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania detailed its findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush. Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published it's research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous "IQ" report among others.

    According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 50 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors which were then scored in the Swanson/Crain system of intelligence ranking.

    The study determined the following IQs of each president as accurate to within five percentage points :


    147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
    132 Harry Truman (D)
    122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
    174 John F. Kennedy (D)
    126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
    155 Richard M. Nixon (R)
    121 Gerald Ford (R)
    175 James E. Carter (D)
    105 Ronald Reagan (R)
    099 George HW Bush (R)
    182 William J. Clinton (D)
    091 George W. Bush (R)
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    Hey, I scored a 142 and was deemed a Visionary Philosopher. I didn't even read the thread first, so I didn't have help on those questions! Wooo!

    The questions that thoroughly baffle me are the geometric ones - which ones comes next, which doesn't belong ... I just don't get it. I go through reasoning like, "The circle had a baby circle and it's up there, but the square had a baby triangle, and that doesn't make sense." I don't understand them. Never have, never will, I guess.
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    Re: Re: Re: Visual Mathematician

    Originally posted by Svadhisthana
    I found this snippet online. (so you know it must be true )
    I'm going to take a stab and say the Lovenwhoever Institute might be a bit leftist ... Reorganized, we see ...
    182 William J. Clinton (D)
    175 James E. Carter (D)
    174 John F. Kennedy (D)
    147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)

    155 Richard M. Nixon (R)
    132 Harry Truman (D)
    126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)

    122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
    121 Gerald Ford (R)
    105 Ronald Reagan (R)
    099 George HW Bush (R)
    091 George W. Bush (R)


    Add to this chart the fact that their press release used "it's" instead of "its," and their IQ reports seem less and less credible!
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    I'm a Facts Curator. Interesting. DH is always telling me my head is stuffed full of random information. But, it also said I was equally good at words and math, and that's definitely not true -- math is pretty much a weakness of mine, I've always thought.

    Those mathematical word problems ("two cars leave at the same time, blah, blah, blah .... ") reminded me of my days back in math class -- then, as now, my answer always was, "who the (bleep) cares?" That kind of stuff doesn't interest me at all. I know some people have fun doing them, though.

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    I got a 126 and I'm a Word Warrior (good thing, since I've been in publishing for 11 years!). Slknight, do you have the answer to the ones about the cars driving in opposite directions then making left turn and how far apart they'd be? Math always makes my head hurt, but that almost gave me a migraine, LOL! Thanks.

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    Originally posted by LA98
    Slknight, do you have the answer to the ones about the cars driving in opposite directions then making left turn and how far apart they'd be? Math always makes my head hurt, but that almost gave me a migraine, LOL! Thanks.
    Yep, here it is:

    Two cars start off at the same point on a straight highway facing opposite directions. Each car drives for 6 miles, takes a left turn, and drives for 8 miles. How far apart are the two cars?

    The answer is 20 miles.


    It helped me to draw a picture. The 6 and 8 are two legs of a triangle. Solve to find the hypotenuse of the triangle which would be 10. They form two triangles that are touching each other by the points. 10 +10 = 20. It's kind of hard to explain, but if you draw it, it makes sense.

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    It helped me to draw a picture. The 6 and 8 are two legs of a triangle. Solve to find the hypotenuse of the triangle which would be 10. They form two triangles that are touching each other by the points. 10 +10 = 20. It's kind of hard to explain, but if you draw it, it makes sense.
    Here's how I figured it out: If you figure they start at the same point and travel 6 miles each, they're 12 miles apart north-south. When each takes a left turn for 8 miles they move 16 miles apart. east-west. So, the equation is (12x12)+(16x16)= c squared.
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    Thank you, slknight and JenZen, now I get it (finally). I am SO mathematically challenged!

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    Another Word Warrior checking in! That was fun! Thanks for posting, sneezles!
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    133 and a Visionary Philosopher, whatever that is!
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    Originally posted by Heidi
    133 and a Visionary Philosopher, whatever that is!
    Me too
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    BethY and HRJ- Greetings from a fellow Facts Curator!! 133 here, too.

    As for the fruits... I picked coconut because all the others (pear, apple, grapes and banana) had a skin. Interesting to see the different answers AND rationale!
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    AndreaU, I did the same thing as you on the coconut/fruit question. I think that question should be thrown out because there are multiple answers depending on how you look at it.

    Does anyone know the answer to the scrambled word? I stared at for a long time, and finally moved on.
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    I want to know what number that guy likes. I'm short on sleep this week and I just guessed at that one.

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    Originally posted by JenZen


    Does anyone know the answer to the scrambled word? I stared at for a long time, and finally moved on.
    Is this the one?

    If you rearrange the letters "ANLDEGN," you would have the name of a(n):

    It's a country: England.

  25. #55
    Originally posted by lhall
    I want to know what number that guy likes. I'm short on sleep this week and I just guessed at that one.
    John likes 400 but not 300; he likes 100 but not 99; he likes 2500 but not 2400. Which does he like:
    Answer: 900


    All the numbers he likes are perfect squares.

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    Thanks, slknight. I will sleep better tonight.
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    Visionary Philosopher.

    I have actually taken a full-blown I.Q. test before, and this was about what I scored. I didn't read the thread before I took the test.

    It also said that I was equally good with words and in math, and that is true. My verbal and math SAT scores were within 100 points of each other, same with verbal and math GRE scores. I have never given myself enough credit for being good in math because I don't enjoy it, but when I make myself solve math problems I am just as likely to get them right as I am a word problem.

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