Monday, June 1, 2009

This is a test. This is only a test.

It's time for a test.

This test is put out by the Pew Research Center, and is a test of your News IQ.

The average 18-29 year old ranks in the 28th percentile. But the average 18-29 year old also voted for a Chicago machine politician with messianic delusions of adequacy.

The average East Fort Worth 47-year-old blogger who owns too many dachshunds ranks in the 94th percentile, along with the other 6% of the population who didn't miss any of the 12 questions.

(I had to guess on one of them, and got lucky. Will tell which one in the comment field.)

Have fun ! And NO Googling ! !

(One other thing....if you click on the demographics on the last page of the quiz, you'll see that a college education only gets you, on average, a 25 point boost in results. You can get the same point boost by turning 50.)


The Whited Sepulchre said...

I couldn't remember how many servicemen and women have died in Iraq, but knew it was at least 4,000. When in doubt, take the middle number.
Can anyone suggest an HTML widget that will keep a running total of the total lives lost over there? I'd like to put it on the sidebar.

Dr Ralph said...

Missed one (number of troops that have died in Iraq - I was too much the pessimist).

That put me at a lowly 84 percentile. Probably why I voted for the Chicago machine politician rather than Crankshaft and Wingnut Barbie or Carpetbagger Bob.

Considering the choices, I think I did okay.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

I got two wrong (Ford and 8000), but then I'm not an American. :o)

Greg said...

82 percentile, missed the Iraq death one. That one nagged me, but I too was too much a pessimist.

TarrantLibertyGuy said...

94th Percentile too... Although trick question about Geithner. ;-)

Flee said...

I had 12 out of 12, my husband had 11 out of 12. I watch way too much news.

Love your comment Dr Ralph! Very good description!

Flee said...

From my dear husband, the computer geek!

NickM said...

59th percentile for me. I am British which is my excuse.

Cedric Katesby said...

Missed the last two.

I blew the the Iraq casualties question. As an amateur war historian I've carefully followed the war since the beginning. It bugs the hell out of me that I didn't get the correct answer. Think, then click. Think, THEN click.
The other failed question I can live with because I'm a foreigner.