Thursday, April 3, 2008

I Am Totally Not Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader

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*

10 comments:

Jen said...

No worries Shelley. You are still smarter then me :). I do wish I had your job with a TV...I'm so bored right now...ugh.

Shelley said...

Argh, I'm totally bored too. Two more hours to go. Hey, at least you have the internets! :)

Lish said...

I don't watch that show, but I know I'm not smarter than a 6th grader...Kenny has been asking me for help with math that I have absolutely NO CLUE about. Stuff I never learned, and I was in honor's math classes and a peer tutor, NHS, all that jazz in HS....blah!

Fannie Mae said...

Hee, I was playing along at home all smug and "well it's EIGHT." sheesh.

Anonymous said...

No worries Shelley, on the occassion that we watch that show, I usually find I'm not smarter than the 3rd grade questions (I think the more kids you have the more "brain power" you lose!!!!) - OH Help! I can feel it slipping away.............KLM

Mary said...

I can never answer them all when I watch that show either. Makes me irritated. My daughters passed up my math skills by the time they were in the 4th grade. How sad.

I like to think I'm smart. But I am not smarter than a 5th grader and I know it. :(

Steve said...

At Least, I can do a pretty goog Impersonation of the host....If you, go to a family reunion to find a MATE, you may just be a redneck!

Steve said...

I HATE this Ergo Keyboard....Goog? Jeesh! I meant Good

Shelley said...

Uh huh...right...blame the keyboard... ;)

Anonymous said...

The presidential one I said 10 then second guessed myself and said 12 because I thought if on day one the pres died maybe it didn't count. I have watched that show and lost on a spelling question. :p I think I'm a very s.m.r.t person normally! :p

I did know that Cristoforo Columbo was born in Italy, but one reason is because I read an alternate universe/ science fiction book about him. ;)

Alice