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I’ve written about it before, but Janine’s impossibly high IQ continues to haunt me. Today, I happened upon an article on the man with the world’s highest IQ–and his is 198, making Janine’s 196 a sure bet in the competition for the world’s smartest woman.

Is it possible, theoretically? Sure. But in fiction, coincidences are less believable than they are in real life, and so are such extraordinary things as the smartest woman in the world being a sixteen-year-old girl in suburban Connecticut. If Ann and co. had really wanted to run with this plot, they could have centered a whole series around Janine and how she deals with her life as the world’s smartest teenager, rather than focusing on her semi-literate younger sister’s baby-sitting foibles. But as it stands, Janine’s ridiculously high IQ is something that is just tossed around casually, with no real importance given to its significance–only that Janine annoys Claudia sometimes and really loves school.

If we take Janine’s IQ at face value, however, and also regard it with more significance than Ann and the ghostwriters allowed–because whoa, smartest girl in the world is even more pressure than JUST being a genius–I suppose that Claudia’s poor school performance and crappy spelling almost make sense, despite the fact that she was never allowed to be diagnosed with a learning disability. I can sympathize, to a point. My brother is a talented musician; I never got very far with an instrument because I could never compete. Claudia would never be a rocket fission scientist or whatever; she’ll never do as well in school; fuck it, let’s paint.

(N.B.: The article on that guy is pretty weird. Apparently he is a former stripper who is addicted to online porn. Bodes well for Janine’s future, no?)

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sjsiff said, April 26th, 2012 at 1:24 am

It wasn’t until recently that I realized just how crazy-high Janine’s IQ is. Wow!

naterkins said, July 14th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Having a high IQ as a child (which Janine still is) isn’t all that rare, since your score on the IQ test is divided by your age. If she were older (in her 30s or 40s) and she still had an IQ of 196, then that would be impressive.

vegan said, September 4th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

A person of intelligence doesn’t mean they have compassion or know empathy towards the most vulnerable innocence beings on earth. she is no different from all those who support such horror. her morals and life style are evil. she will never be a true leader.

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