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Fifth Grader Fixes the Smithsonian

Fifth Grader Smarter Than the Smithsonian

That show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader must be pretty hard — ten-year-olds these days are smarter than the greatest repository of national knowledge, the Smithsonian.

Kenton Stufflebeam (what a great name!) was perusing the Tower of Time exhibit in the Natural History museum and noticed that the display tagged "Precambrian" as an era. It's not! Kenton let them know. According to the museum, Kenton was "spot on," adding, "The Precambrian is a dimensionless unit of time, which embraces all the time between the origin of Earth and the beginning of the Cambrian Period of geologic time." They made the big fixeroo by painting over the word "era."

Kenton said he was glad to get the letter from the museum congratulating him on his find, but he wishes they'd spelled his name right. (I cannot make this up.) Maybe Kenton has a job waiting for him when he grows up.


Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
What I found especially funny about this story is that the letter the child received from the Smithsonian had his name spelled incorrectly and his city name wrong as well LOL. While I love the Smithsonian, I think they need to revamp their QA department lol.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Love this kid! Love him even more now that I've found out that he grew up near my hometown.
supermommie supermommie 9 years
I never watch the show cause I'm not smarter than my own 5th grader. Now I need to stay away from museums? Since the 80's huh?
albeli albeli 9 years
Cool kid!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Great story!
nancita nancita 9 years
Kenton Stufflebeam is my new hero.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Yes, I agree Jude reading is something we need to get kids back into. Unfortunately with a lot of situations kids grow up with TV as their baby sitter and look at books like they don't' know what to do with them. I was what was commonly known as a latchkey kid back in the eighties. My parents where gone when I woke up and didn't get home till around 6 in the evening. My father was gone for five days at a time. I remember I didn't get into reading until of all things I was reading my U.S. history book when I was fifteen. All of a sudden something just clicked in my head and I couldn't put the book down I read until 3 or 4 in the morning.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
having a degree only means you're certified in your subject, which doesn't mean anything. I am certified in communications, which my fellow classmates and I called a "BA in BS." I have never worked a single job in 8 years that actually required a college degree. But boy, I can tell you about all the ingredients listed on your shampoo bottle.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"during my summers I learned all about how to make suppositories." :ROTFL: Okay, you seriously had the best childhood ever! Hypnotic, I'm also not a college graduate. Don't you find that of all the things you do to educate yourself, just reading is so effective?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
well, dad and spend time at his work, and I watched him make pharmaceutical items in the lab. So during my summers I learned all about how to make suppositories. From the raw ingredients, to the melting, and pouring into molds, etc. Then he popped them out of the mold, which he appropriately called "rectal bullets." "what did you do this summer?" "OH, I learned how to make suppositories and cough syrup!" Thankfully he took me to football games and fishing so we could have some normalizing activities. :)
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
haha Hypnotic. I see that alot though. My cousins are book-smart and they go to a prestigious high school here in FL but they have no common sense at all! I have to tell them basics and explain to them simple things that they should know! :P
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Personally I am not a college graduate, but I have managed well by simply being well rounded and always educating my self on a variety of issues. I'll never forget the day though when I had to explain to my older straight A, football star, world traveled, college graduate with a Masters degree brother now teacher that a bison was an American buffalo. I'm always teaching him new things and he always tells me you are so smart you should go to college. LOL.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Oh, definitely, hypnotic. I can see that standards have been lowered and discipline loosened even from the time that I was a kid in school, late 80s and through the 90s. It's disheartening to me how things seem to continually get dumbed down. I think our standard of excellence in this country is equivalent to what is considered average and expected in many other countries. I can see that as well, KrisSugar :D Sounds like a fun childhood, too!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Jude, it also happens when one or both parents are severe nerds, like mine. I can't even begin to tell you the wierd, random knowledge I had at that age. Just from hanging out with my dad, I could tell you about benzine rings, and that pancake syrup poured at a slower rate than water because of it's "viscosity." I could label all the parts of the eyeball. I was a complete freak. Then I went to college and numbed my brain, I guess. :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Yeah, I see your point Jude and that is definitely a factor at play. It's just my opinion that pre 1970 before I was born school curriculum used to be pretty intense and focused and getting every student into a college. Loosened up just a little in the 70's and seemed to fly out the window in the 80's. My question I guess is, is our standard of excellence now really excellent or is it what every child should be able to do under the right curriculum. Not to take away from this child's brilliance or my grand nephew because I'm sure there are prodigies out there but just something to think about.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
:ROTFL: Racic.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
The last thing our nation needs is a bunch of smart people running around fixing things.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I read this story yesterday and I loved it. One thing I loved is that the kid said he knew it was an error because he knew his teacher "wouldn't give all these kids bad information". What a great teacher!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Hypnotic--I don't know about your grand-nephew, but I think a large part of what sets bright kids apart from the pack isn't just that they do well in school (where the standards tend to be relative, anyway), but that a lot of them have a really strong interest in something, like this little boy and natural history. Having that kind of interest or hobby stimulates learning, and probably serves in the long run to make a naturally smart kid even smarter, because there's some field they really want to learn about :) Does that make any sense? My morning coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
:ROTFL: so true Jude!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Wow! Very cool. I have a grand nephew who is bright beyond his years. They moved him two grade levels above his peers and he's still bored. Aside from my nephew the past thirty years or so American education has in my opinion been dumbed down so are a lot of bright kids really much brighter than their peers or just normal?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
HA Jude! We read each other's minds.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
what a cute kid. well let's hope he grows up to be a socially well-adjusted nerd, like Ross.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
This kid is totally growing up into Ross from "Friends."
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
:ROTFL: Syako. CUTE story.
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