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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The perils of a high IQ

I was listening to "The BS Report," Bill Simmons' podcast -- I generally can't sit through more than a few minutes, but I was looking for his take on the Eagles-Giants game -- and he mentioned a guy he knows named Rick Rosner and some YouTube videos he was in, so I did a quick search.

Turns out to be a short Errol Morris documentary about a guy with an IQ of 150 whose life has gotten a bit aimless and who is obsessed with "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (The piece is broken up into several parts. The first is titled "Smart Guy" and you can follow the links on the right to the subsequent clips.)

It's hysterically funny yet sympathetic, and provides a real case study of what can happen when a person with a very highly intelligence becomes misdirected. (You have to hang in there for the first few minutes until it starts to get going.)

Highlights include (from the second clip) Rosner's musings on the idea that chicks dig scars and his reaction when he wins the "Fastest Finger" challenge to get on to "Millionaire" for the second time.

.: posted by hornswaggler 11:13 AM

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