So, anyone that knows me knows that I think I'm kind of...well...smart.
I'm sitting here at work, doing absolutely nothing, so I have the TV on. ( I know, you wish you had my job.) Anyway, there's nothing good on (Lost, how I miss thee!), so I'm watching Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader. And since I'm totally smarter than a fifth-grader, this show just perpetuates my "I'm smart" thinking.
Question: "True or False - Christopher Columbus was born in Spain."
Ha! I know this. Chris took off on his famous voyage from Spain, but he was born in Italy. One of the kids showed her answer, and she said true. And the answer is...False! Columbus was born in Italy. I am totally smarter than that 10 year-old girl. Take that, kid, and your Hello Kitty purse, too!
Next Question: "According to the U.S. Constitution, what is the maximum number of consecutive years that a person can serve as President?"
Ok, that's too easy, has to be a trick question. The answer is clearly eight. Two terms, four years each...after FDR, there was this amendment, limiting the president to two terms. Hmmm...are the amendments part of the Constitution? Yes, of course they are. Well, this is fourth-grade social studies, so maybe the answer is just eight. The contestant seems pretty sure of himself, so we're locking in - the answer is eight.
Except it's not. The answer, it seems, is ten. If the vice-president has to take over for the president, he or she can still run for the next two terms, provided the time that he or she served finishing out the previous president's term did not exceed two years. Huh. Seems like I should have known that, except I didn't even think of it.
The best part? All four of the kids in the class got it right. Oh yeah, go me! Me and my stunning intellect. *slinks away*