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Smart is Cool Day – October 22, 2021

Smart is Cool Day on October 22 recognizes, appreciates, and celebrates being smart. For decades, mainstream media has portrayed smart people as being weird individuals with thick glasses and no personality. However, a smart person is so much more than a sidekick who only exists to provide some last-minute advice. They are people with rich, interesting lives and stories worth sharing.

History of Smart is Cool Day

The mainstream media does a poor job of portraying smart people. Oftentimes, they are used as punching bags or shown as annoying know-it-alls. Smart kids are often made fun of, they’re called nerds, and they feel they have to play down their intelligence to avoid being teased.

There’s so much more to being smart than topping the class or getting into an Ivy League school. Smart people are generally more empathetic, open-minded, and funny. It’s time to break the stereotypes.

Smart is Cool Day is observed to change the perception about smart people. It’s cool to be smart, and it’s fun to know things. Dedicating a day to all the smart folks amongst us is a great way to celebrate their gift. It also serves as a motivation for everyone to become the best version of themselves.

The origins of the day remain unclear, but the cause for celebration is not. Smart is Cool Day is the perfect opportunity for you to embrace the perks of being smart, shamelessly.

Smart is Cool Day timeline

1850
The Whims of Comparative Anatomy

Sir Francis Galton and Paul Broca delve into the idea of measuring human intelligence for the first time.

1904
The First I.Q. Test for Kids

Psychologists Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon develop the first test to measure children’s mental capacity

1917
The Army Alpha

American eugenicist Robert Yerkes introduces I.Q. tests to scout army personnel for World War I.

1940s
The I.Q. Evolution

Psychologist Raymond Cattell introduces the concepts of fluid and crystallized intelligence to I.Q. tests.

Smart is Cool Day FAQs

Who has the highest I.Q. in the world?

Writer Marilyn vos Savant is credited for having the highest intelligence quotient — 228. The American columnist is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her unparalleled achievement. 

Can you increase your I.Q.?

Yes! You can increase your I.Q with activities such as learning how to play chess, mastering a musical instrument, meditation, exercise, or picking up a new language. 

Is the I.Q. test the ultimate measure of smartness?

Intelligence quotients are useful benchmarks to determine a person’s potential. However, many factors can greatly influence your I.Q. test results, which undermines its ability to be the most accurate estimate of a person’s intelligence. 

How to Celebrate Smart is Cool Day

  1. Take an I.Q. test

    Why not? You can take a free and reliable I.Q. test online to measure yourself on this universally acclaimed intellectual benchmark. You may even score higher than your contemporaries, and ain’t that a good flex!

  2. Read “Einstein: His Life and Universe”

    Genius has a price. In his Einstein biography, Walter Isaacson delves into his convoluted journey to becoming one of the greatest physicists of all time. Read the book for a personal peek into the life and mind of one of the smartest people who ever walked the Earth.

  3. Embrace your smartness

    Smart is Cool Day serves as a great reminder for all of us to be smart about our passions. If you are a talented chef, a great biker, or a gifted musician, share it with the world.

5 Facts About I.Q. That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. It’s in the genes, baby

    It’s believed that 40% to 80% of I.Q. is inherited, and the points adding to the hereditary majority are based on environmental factors.

  2. I.Q. and social anxiety

    The higher the I.Q., the lesser the social anxiety — contrary to popular belief, smart people are great at making friends and are incredibly amiable.

  3. Creativity counts

    An I.Q. test measures divergent production, thoughtful reasoning, and pattern detection — all of which are a part of the creative process.

  4. You get it from your mama

    A McGill University study has concluded that breastfed children have a higher I.Q. than those who aren’t.

  5. Love your country? Improve your I.Q.

    A single point increase in a country’s average I.Q. can increase its per capita GDP by $229.

Why We Love Smart is Cool Day

  1. The ‘nerd’ slur is overrated

    The ‘geekification’ of smartness has always been harmful, and now it’s just boring. We have moved past the jokes about how smart people are bookworms with no real friends or lives outside of a library. In reality, smart people are incredibly attractive and desirable.

  2. We should strive to be smart

    Smart is Cool Day encourages you to make smart decisions and be the best version of yourself. It’s not a call to join the race for the first position, but a motivation to give your best in every sphere of life.

  3. Because Michelle Obama says so

    October 22 is a great day to stand in unison with former First Lady Michelle Obama, who once said, “I never cut class. I loved getting As, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”

Smart is Cool Day dates

YearDateDay
2021October 22Friday
2022October 22Saturday
2023October 22Sunday
2024October 22Tuesday
2025October 22Wednesday

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