I stole this short quiz from the Car Talk guys. They, in turn, got it from Andersen Consulting. Read the first question, come up with your answer and go on to the next question. When you're done, take a look at the correct answers below . . .
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference; all the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?
OK, even if you're worried about your answers to the first three questions, you can surely answer this last one.
4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it?
Question #1: Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
Question #2: Wrong Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the refrigerator.
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.
Question #3 Correct Answer: The Elephant because the Elephant is in the refrigerator! This tests your memory.
Question #4: Correct Answer: Just swim across. All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting, remember! This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
According to Andersen Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many preschoolers got several correct answers. Andersen Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of four-year olds.