I recently took a quiz on a university website aimed at helping people identify their areas of intelligence. Any teacher or student of psychology can tell you all about Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences -- the notion that people excel at different things, and that someone who can't spell worth a darn may be able to triangulate the precise location of star G3497F in the cosmos.
I already know where my strengths (and noticeable weaknesses) lie, but I took this 49 question quiz to humor the person who sent it to me. On the quiz, you rate each statement on a scale of "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree."
The statements were relatively easy for me to rate -- I (thought) I knew myself well enough to confidently check the "Strongly Disagree" box next to the statement "I enjoy pursuing physical activities such as running or sports." (There was no question related to chocolate consumption, alas.)
When you're done with the quiz, a box pops up with your results.
YOUR INTELLIGENCE IS: UNKNOWN
Just like that.
Your Intelligence is Unknown.
My big, fat unknown intelligence.
I'm so special, a computer program cannot collate my answers to 49 questions and drop me into one of eight boxes.
I think this warrants a new blog tagline. Forget "A Crazy and Creative Life." From now on, the banner shall read:
Of Unknown and Highly Questionable Intelligence
As soon as I can figure out how to do that...