Pulitzer Prize Goes To Smarty Pants

Posted April 12, 2010 by Jeff Prince in Blotch

Congratulations to The Dallas Mornings News writers Tod Robberson, William McKenzie, and Colleen McCain Nelson for winning a Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Colleen and I sat next to each other while working at the Arlington Star-Telegram in the late 1990s, and one day I pulled a fast one on her.

Colleen prided herself on being smart, and she was bragging one day about the high score she’d received on an online IQ test. I told her I was every bit as smart as she was and I volunteered to take the same online test to prove it.

The only problem was, I’m not that smart.

Toward the end of the test, I could tell I wasn’t going to do as well as Colleen had. But I figured out a way to improve my score dramatically. The last question on the test was, “How long did it take you to complete this test?”

I had spent more than 15 minutes answering questions, but I answered “3 minutes.”

Voila! I’d tricked the test and it gave me a genius score – higher even than Colleen’s score.

She was flabbergasted that I’d done so well. Her face got red. She couldn’t believe it. I rubbed my score in her face for a while, but eventually told her the truth.

I’ve never seen such a look of relief on one person’s face.


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