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The difference between a chicken

  1. Nov 23, 2004 #1
    what is the difference between a chicken?
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  3. Nov 23, 2004 #2

    do you mean the difference between a chicken and a question mark?

    i suppose one has eggs beneath it, the other has a period beneath it.
  4. Nov 24, 2004 #3
    no no, that is the entire question. I found it on one of those "genius IQ boards" like MENSA. It does have an answer (well, actually I don't like their answer so when I do post the answer I will post both their's and mine).

    (oh, and the guy on the board who made the question said that if you get it right you should have an IQ of about 165)
  5. Nov 24, 2004 #4
    Thought that was part of a joke from Coluche (very famous french comedien)
  6. Nov 24, 2004 #5


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    About 25cm? Just a guess.
  7. Nov 24, 2004 #6


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    "One of its legs is the same".

    Or so I've heard somewhere...
  8. Nov 24, 2004 #7
    Both legs are equal lenght, especially the left one.

    "Both legs are equal lenght, especially the other one" might be an even better answer.
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  9. Nov 28, 2004 #8
    the answer on the site said it was "5 letters", or "hicke".

    now my answer is "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" because Dictionary.com has for a definition of difference as:
    4. (A) A disagreement or controversy.
    (B) A cause of a disagreement or controversy.

    and for between it has the definition:
    6. as measured against

    which would turn the sentence into this:
    what is the (controversy) ( as measured against) a chicken?

    furthermore, measured has the definition of:
    7. An evaluation or a basis of comparison

    which would make the sentence:
    what is the controversy as an evaluation against a chicken?
  10. Nov 28, 2004 #9
    Well, given the original question, and the given response, I'd say that the question is flawed. "What is the difference between chicken?" would be more apropriate, I think.
  11. Nov 29, 2004 #10


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    Even then it really doesn't work. Since when are the middle letters of a word a difference? :confused: Maybe if it had just said, "What is between a chicken?" But then that would have opened up the possibility of too many answers based on chicken anatomy rather than looking at the word alone. If this is from an intelligence test, it's just another example of how they are biased against people with the ability to apply knowledge.
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    I wonder why Mensa members are rarely successful mathematicians/physicists/logicians in life..:wink:
  13. Nov 29, 2004 #12
    The Prometheus Society?

    http://www.prometheussociety.org/guestbook/archive1.html [Broken]

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  14. Nov 29, 2004 #13


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    What a crock ... :mad:

    Surely, you see that this makes no more sense than the question, which is at the very least syntactically incorrect.
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  15. Nov 29, 2004 #14
    yes hitssquad that is where I found it a while ago, thank you for finding it.
  16. Dec 6, 2004 #15


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    How are we supposed to know he's referring to the word itself, and not the difference between some other arbitrary two points?

    This is more like a "Do you think like I do?" question.
  17. Dec 11, 2004 #16
    Before looking at the various answers, I also tried dictionary.com for "difference" and "between." I didn't notice the "disagreement" definition (incorrectly lumping it with those definitions that require two objects) and I jumped straight to the archaic "distinct mark or peculiarity." Then I tried "between" and came up with "in the interim of." So what is the distinct mark or peculiarity in the interim of there being a chicken? An egg.
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