Wed, Jul 16, 2008
Celebs not smarter than a primary 5 kid?

They have no problems memorising long theatre scripts , winning awards and bringing out the nuances of the human heart with their acting. 

Are You Smarter Than a 5th grader?

According to Wikipedia, each game is played by a single contestant who earns money incrementally based on a payout ladder by answering simple trivia questions, with the game themed as a school quiz.

It relies on the fact that they would not know the information generally taught in primary school, as it is rarely used in grown-up life.

There will be five "classmates" in the game, all about the age of 10. They also answer each question in secret by writing their answers.

Often the adult contestants are humiliated when their "classmate" trounces over them with the correct answer.

Upon leaving the game either by quitting ("DROP OUT"), or answering incorrectly ("FLUNK OUT"), the contestant must profess to the camera, "I am not smarter than a fifth grader.", continued the Wikipedia article.

But could it be that Singapore celebrities actually lack the smarts of a primary five student?

A local entertainment weekly had recently challenged some of these celebrities to answer primary five textbook questions that they had compiled in a tongue-in-cheek impersonation of the US television game show, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (see box).

How they fared

Award-winning thespian Chua Enlai, who has dazzled throngs of audiences with his immaculate acting skills, had far from impressive answers to the weekly's set of questions that covered subjects like maths and social studies.

When asked to name the layer of gases surrounding the Earth, Enlai, the University of Auckland graduate was stumped.

"This one got no multiple choice, ah? Isn't it like carbon dioxide? Oxygen?

"I'm really stupid, you know. I won't be able to answer any science or math questions.

"Farts. That's my final answer. I'd rather be funny than be stupid!", exclaimed the regular on MediaCorp's Kids Central to the magazine.

He scored a grand total of 1/10 on the textbook quiz.

According to the weekly, Enlai's only correct answer was to a social studies question that asked the names of the two British warships the Japanese destroyed in December 1941 just before they captured Singapore.

Adrian Pang, who holds a law degree from the University of Keele, barely passed with 5/10.

Said the gregarious 42-year-old star of Parental Guidance when asked about the number of eggs released from the female ovary every month: "Er...two?"

So who got the answer right?

It was none other than Michelle Chong, alum of St Nicholas Girls School and Victoria Junior College.

"One? Haha, heng ah!", quipped the comically-gifted actress in the report, who tied with 987FM DJ Young for the top spot with a score of 6/10.

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