Kashmea Wahi (left) scored two points higher than Albert Einstein on an IQ test. Kashmea Wahi (left) scored two points higher than Albert Einstein on an IQ test. Kashmea Wahi (left) scored two points higher than Albert Einstein on an IQ test. (Photo: Twitter/Wikimedia)

This 11-year-old girl just beat Einstein on an IQ test

World's favorite physicist still holds plenty of other records.

We've all seen the bumper stickers: My kid is an honor roll student. Well, the parents of 11-year-old Kashmea Wahi in London can now boast this: My kid is smarter than Albert Einstein.

At least when it comes to Mensa quizzes, the oldest IQ tests in the world. Wahi recently scored a perfect score of 162. It's believed that both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein only had an IQ of 160. “It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein," she said. "I am buzzing with excitement."

Lots of people of late are trying to measure up to Einstein's IQ. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's theory of relativity, many tried to explain the famous calculation using YouTube videos – although the task is considered an uphill challenge. Legend has it that Einstein's brain was unique.

"The interest in Einstein does not fade into history," Professor Hanoch Gutfreund of Hebrew University in Jerusalem told From The Grapevine. "If anything, the interest in Einstein increases with time. It's greater now."

Gutfreund should know. Himself a theoretical physicist, Gutfreund is the director of the Einstein Archives. Einstein was a founder of Hebrew University, a member of its Board of Governors and the chairman of its Academic Committee. He bequeathed to the university 80,000 documents, which span the spectrum of both his personal and professional life.

"Einstein's face is the most recognizable face worldwide," Gutfreund explained. To wit, Einstein's official Facebook account has more than 17 million followers, more than international superstars Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot combined.

In the mood to take a quiz, but afraid you don't have the chops for something of Mensa caliber? No worries. Our From The Grapevine quiz section is full of fun tests you can take on topics as varied as art and architecture to Bond Girls and Star Wars.

Oh, and of course, we have a quiz testing your Albert Einstein IQ.


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