Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trivia question of the day...............

Where, and what, is the Sargasso Sea?

Those of you who followed the link now know that the question was one of those posed by Thomas Edison to "test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers."   Seems Edison was dissatisfied with the knowledge base of college graduates of his day, so he created his own 150 question pop quiz to probe the breadth and depth of their learning.  Out of more than 500 testees only some 35 answered nine out of ten questions correctly.

Here of late, I've come across several accounts of how the brilliant inventor Edison conspired with the brilliant investor J. P. Morgan against the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla.  Not a very pretty picture.  Thinking of demoting Edison from "Hero" to merely "an amazing human being."

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