When our friend tonight told me about this I thought he was joking, or making fun of me, or a little bit of both. He was being rather serious and described to me what was going to take place tomorrow on the CBC, Canada’s National IQ Test tomorrow at 8:00pm.
Test the Nation will be the biggest survey ever conducted to see just how smart Canadians are. In this live two-hour special, the whole country can participate in a real-time interactive IQ test. Viewers can take the test in the comfort of their own home, on the internet or with pen and paper, while our seven teams – Tattoo Artists, Millionaires, Fitness Instructors, Surgeons, Mayors, Talk Jocks and Celebrities – are exercising their grey matter in our Toronto studio.[CBC]
There was a “play along at home” card in the National Post today, and there is also a copy you can download from the show’s website. The thing that scares me is that it’s multiple choice – and lord knows in high school (although I was a pretty good student) I never did as well on multiple choice tests. Don’t even get me STARTED on Scantron… I swear I had a Scantron allergy. [How to Play].
So what’s to stop you from Googling the answers? I’m pretty quick to the draw with the good ol’ search engine. Then again I’m sure the questions are not Google-able, and yes, that defeats the whole purpose of the “test”. But, isn’t it a plus if you’re able to use tools to accomplish a task? Eh?
On another note, what if someone wants to just really screw with the “Nation” and the “CBC” and they purposely log on to answer falsely thus bringing Canada’s IQ down, eh? Oh but people in Toronto were probably already going to be completing the test so… yeah.
I am a true sucker for trivia but it seems like the CBC is on a big “greatest” and “smartest” stint lately. We had the “Greatest Canadian” then the “Greatest Canadian Invention” followed by the upcoming “Next Great Prime Minister“. Or course tonight, they featured the greatest team in the NHL, beating Detroit 4-1.
Update: The results are in for Teams, National, and the TOP 20 people in the country.