Wednesday, December 26, 2012


The loving kindness of self-identified smart people:
The BBC and Mensa have both apologised after a leading member of the society called anyone with an IQ below 60 a “carrot” live on air.

Peter Baimbridge, a Mensa member, made the comments during an interview with BBC Breakfast.

He was being asked about the effectiveness of IQ tests at judging intelligence.

"So most IQ tests will have Mr and Mrs Average scoring 100 and the higher you get, the brighter you are. And if your IQ is somewhere around 60 then you are probably a carrot," Mr Baimbridge said.

A number of viewers contacted the programme to voice concerns over the remarks, which they said insulted people with learning difficulties.
It's a TEST for Christ's sake. I can do a crossword pretty quick, but other people can organize a budget.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Sorry, no pass.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Ah, Mensa, the organization for unsuccessful people who do logic puzzles well.

bjkeefe said...

Oh come on. Not that I hold any brief for the twerps who get wood by paying for a Mensa membership card, but "IQ of 60," as I understand it, is more or less an insult to the carrot. I've never heard of anyone who can totter around being identified as anything lower than 70.

Substance McGravitas said...

The image says otherwise actually...