Could you compete with one of the UK’s smartest children?

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  • Are you as smart as a six year old genius?

    If you’re already feeling less than stellar about yourself, you might want to skip this story about a ten year old child who is almost definitely cleverer than you are. Though, if you do want some cheering up, it’s okay. He’s also smarter than Einstein.

    Ten year old Dhruv Talati from London has received full marks on the standardised IQ test. To put that in context, Dhruv scored 162, and Stephen Hawkings scored 160. A ten year old child literally did better than the guy who invented black holes (or discovered them. We’re still a bit sketchy on astrophysics).

    Dhruv is not only qualified to join MENSA, but his score also places him in the top one percent of intelligence in the entire world. Oh, and if he wasn’t impressive enough he’s also a talented cricket and tennis player. Dhruv wants to work with robotics when he grows up, and we’ve got no doubt that it’ll happen!

    Dhruv isn’t the only super genius in the UK though. Chanel 4’s hit documentary Child Genius follows children from all over the UK who have similar IQ’s. If you didn’t watch it when it first aired, then you need to put on 4od and watch Child Genius ASAP. The show follows 16 of the UK’s smartest children as they compete to be crowned Child Genius 2016.

    As you might imagine, the kids are just glorious. There’s the adorable Mog who dresses like a dapper middle-aged man, and the gorgeous Saffy who knows everything you could ever know about Margaret Thatcher (despite being six years old). Personally, we thought the stand-out was Georgia, who’s parents spend the entire thing talking about how she felt inferior to her super smart older brother (which making her feel like she was inferior to him). Anyway, we digress.

    If you reckon you’re a pretty switched on person, have a whack at the questions below and see if you’re as bright as the contestants who made it into the final.

    Q: What nationality was Gustav Holt?

    A: English

    Q: The conflict between Britain and Spain in 1739 was known as the War of Jenkin’s…

    A: Ear

    Q: In which year of the 19th century were Samuel Pepys’ diaries first published?

    A: 1825

    Q: Who painted Harmony in Red?

    A: Matisse

    Q: Which year was the American Declaration if Independence signed?

    A: 1776

    Q: Three hydrogen atoms and one nitrogen atom make up one molecule of what?

    A: Ammonia

    Q: Without using a pen or paper: Multiple 22 by 4, subtract 23, multiple by 6 and divide by 3.

    A: 130

    If you didn’t exactly knock it out of the park on those, don’t feel too bad, though. The children in the final did happen to be in the top 0.1 percentile of the UK for intelligence.

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