ON MY SOAPBOX…Those little picture tests

Remember the little picture tests in school? I loved them.

The instructions were simple:  Circle the picture that does not belong.

Those seven words were adequate instructions for us (back in the day). The teacher did not feel the need to instruct us to pick up the number 2 pencil, which was just handed to us,  with our dominant hand and draw a circle around the picture that appears to be different from the others in that particular group of pictures.

The test would have several groups of pictures, for example:  A Train, Bus, Cornstalk, Automobile, Airplane. 100% of the class would circle the cornstalk and move along to the next group of pictures. When the speedy (male) circle makers finished ahead of the others they would use the extra time to practice their spit ball accuracy.

I know the Baby Boomers and members of The Greatest Generation have matured since that time in our lives. For that reason, I have prepared a test for you without the pictures.

INSTRUCTIONS: Mentally select the quote that does not belong.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

“Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine so basically that’s wrong.”

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” 

You are correct, the blue one does not belong. It does not belong at all. It sounds as if, VP Harris may have been having flashbacks from grammar school Geography class.

You know, as I think about it, I think Kamala Harris may be the author of  Biden’s SOTU speech. That would explain him calling the people from Ukraine Iranians rather than Ukrainians.

Remember when Vice President Dan Quayle led a spelling bee for sixth-grade students while visiting an elementary school in New Jersey? He corrected William Figueroa, 12, when the child spelled “potato” on the blackboard – making the boy add an unnecessary “e” at the word’s end.

Perhaps before our candidates for Vice-President are selected for the Short List, they should be required to pass some little picture tests.


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