February 5, 2008
Apparently the people at the General Mills labs are also MENSA members, because the puzzles on the back of the cereal boxes are HARD.
I mean, come on! Kids are expected to solve these puzzles? I can’t even get through the first level. What happened to a good ‘ol maze? Or matching, I’m good at matching. So in a last ditch effort to prove I am in fact smart, I took an IQ test online. I answered the questions with confidence and enthusiasm: finger is to hand as leaf is to: EASY. Which does not belong in the sequence: Poem, Novel, Statue, Painting, Flower? SIMPLE. The test was a breeze, but when I went to submit my answers, the stupid thing made me sign up for all this stupid stuff. I gave a fake address and phone number, but never actually signed up for anything, so the website kept shooting me back to the page to pick some crappy “incentive gift.” I don’t want a purple iphone, I want my IQ score. Finally I had to close the window, and move away from the computer. And then I had to hide that cereal box–both sordid reminders of the fact that I’m not very bright.