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Why Are People Shocked That A Pretty, Blonde, 16-Year-Old Girl Is A Genius?

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There’s a plot for a romantic comedy in here somewhere: a 16-year-old British girl named Lauren Marbe has scored 161 on a MENSA test, ranking her intelligence higher than Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. But people are shocked – shocked! – at Lauren Marbe’s genius intelligence because she’s a blonde girl from Essex (which is apparently the Seaside Heights of Britain) who loves fake tanning, getting manis, and reality TV. Keep reading »

4-Year-Old Girl Genius Inducted Into Mensa

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Heidi Hankins has always been a smartypants: by age two she could read and count to 40, by age three she could add and subtract, and now, at age 4, she has been inducted into Mensa with an IQ of 159. To put that number into perspective, the average adult has an IQ of 100; Stephen Hawking has an IQ of 160. Heidi’s parents, a public health lecturer and an artist from Winchester, England, suspected she was bright but were shocked when they heard the results. And according to her father, Heidi’s already mastered the art of sarcasm as well: “The other day I gave her mash and fishfingers for dinner — something quite boring — and her response was ‘that’s impressive,’ so she has a sense of humor, too.” Damn, between the 86-year-old gymnasts and the 4-year-old geniuses, I’m feeling like quite the underachiever these days. [BBC News]

The Youngest Professor Ever Is 18…And A Girl

What were you doing at age 16? Maybe learning how to drive? Taking Algebra 2? Well, Alia Sabur was getting her Ph.D. at that age. Yep, and then she became the youngest college professor in history at 18. (The previous record holder was a student of Sir Isaac Newton.) Alia is also a music prodigy (she plays the cello) and has a black belt in tae kwon do. You might be thinking, “How can I not hate this girl?”, but she’s not annoying and seems to be a fairly normal young woman who is putting her super-intelligence to good use. Her official professorship at Konkuk University in Korea begins next month, but Alia has been teaching math and physics at Southern University in New Orleans. “Some people come and they do Habitat for Humanity and they build houses, but I don’t think I would be very good,” she said. “So I tried to do what I’m good at. I was particularly interested in this university because they are still in trailers after Hurricane Katrina. And I thought it could be something I do to help.” [MSNBC] Keep reading »

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