Ask A Genius 582 – Adult Ridiculous Behaviour from Ridiculous Thoughts

In-Sight Publishing

December 4, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the most ridiculous thing you have done, a single thing, not necessarily repeatedly?

Rick Rosner: Going back to high school at age 26 and spending a full year as a high school senior to have a place to think, that that would be a good place to think about the universe. That’s pretty stupid. In retrospect, suing Who Wants to be a Millionaire? was pretty pointless. Though, at the time, I really wanted to prevail.

But having the thinking that I had a chance to prevail, well, I did have a chance to prevail. But the chance was much smaller than I thought. At every step of the process, I thought I had, maybe, a one third chance of things going my way.

But given the decisions that went against me, I’d say that the aggregate probability or the individual probability of any of those decisions going my way must have been lower. If there were five separate points in which I had a one third chance of prevailing, then my chances of not prevailing at some point would have been 32 over 343, which meant that I would have only a one in seven and a half chance of not eventually getting quiz show justice, which I did not.

So my odds of prevailing must have been much lower. Maybe like one seventh or one eighth of each point. If I’d played it differently, maybe, I could have prevailed. For instance, the millionaire only received one letter complaining from a viewer complaining that my question was flawed.

If I’d realized, and if I thought about, I could have contacted a bunch of people to write in so that they would have received, maybe, 15 letters from all across the country saying the question was factually flawed, which, maybe, they would have felt was more persuasive.

That was, maybe, the main thing that I didn’t do right. If I threatened them with a legal action from the word “go,” maybe, because I started off being very nice with them, thanking them for having me on their show, who cares?

I still do this, but I don’t care to talk about it further to waste your time at this point. Anyway, that turned out to be pretty pointless.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.


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