Saturday, October 10, 2009
You've heard of Baby Einstein? Turns out he actually exists.
Tot Oscar Wrigley, at 2 years, 5 months and 11 days old, became the youngest boy in Britain to be accepted into the society of geniuses known as Mensa, scoring 160 on his IQ test.
"He is always asking questions," Oscar's father, Joe Wrigley, 29, told the Daily Mail. "Every parent likes to think their child was special but we knew there was something particularly remarkable about Oscar.
"I'm fully expecting the day to come when he turns around and tells me I'm an idiot."
At 160 — the highest IQ the test can measure — Oscar has the same score as Einstein and "Brief History of Time" philosopher Stephen Hawking, the Mail said.
Officials at the Gifted Children's Information Centre in the U.K. said Oscar is one of the most intelligent children they have ever encountered.
Dr. Peter Congdon ranked the toddler in the 99.99th percentile, though Oscar will need more tests when he's older to determine his true IQ.
"Oscar is a child of very superior intelligence," Congdon said. "His abilities fall well within the range sometimes referred to as intellectually gifted. He demonstrated outstanding ability."
Mensa requires a minimum IQ score of 148. The youngest British child to be accepted into the club was a girl, Elise Tan Roberts, at 2 years, 4 months 14 days old. She has an IQ of 154, according to the Mail.