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    Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    See what the odds would have been of you getting a job with Thomas, back in the 1920s.

    http://www.nps.gov/edis/edifun/quiz/quizhome.htm

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Hi Alan

    Got to admit I am an XYZ. I took the 30 question test but found them to be a bit too <img src=/S/flags/USA.gif border=0 alt=USA width=30 height=18> ish. I got 60% not bad for a <img src=/S/flags/UK.gif border=0 alt=UK width=30 height=18> er. How did <img src=/S/flags/Australia.gif border=0 alt=Australia width=30 height=18> do (and I am not talking about the Cricket!!)


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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    You'd have to score 10/11 on this test if I were Thomas, wanting to hire you!
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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    <img src=/S/flags/Australia.gif border=0 alt=Australia width=30 height=18> also dipped out. I got 74% (including two slips of the mouse). I tend to agree that the questions are too US-centric (they were the only ones I didn't know), and considering my XYZ score, I tend to agree with the journalist of the time, that the entire test is rubbish! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    I'm hired then! I got one wrong, but I'd claim it's an ambuguity:

    Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow's sister?

    Legally binding? A criminal offence to do so? The wording is too wishy-washy.

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Hired!!! - Now, will you hold this little wire filliment, while I pass through it 200 volts of electric current. -- Thanx my apprentice!
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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    <hr>Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow's sister?
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    Ermmm Alan <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> ......He's dead! <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36>
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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Yup <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>, so it's not possible - that's the easy bit. But the question asks whether it is legal. I'd therefore ask if there's something in the Californian law acts that makes such a union illegal - specific enough to forbid such a marriage. If not, then it's not illegal, and therefore it's legal. This despite the fact that it's not possible.

    There is no law to forbid me from running down the road at 300 km/hr (largely because it's not possible, but specifically because I'm not a motorized vehicle) and so it's not illegal for me to do so - and so it is legal.

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Alan, I'd love to sit it on a court room session where you are the defense lawyer busy giving your closing arguments!!! That will be quite some show.
    PS, I'm not implying that you are off your rocker....but rather that you seem to REALLY be able to bring your case forward and do a pretty neat convincing job!!!!

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    <hr>I'd therefore ask if there's something in the Californian law acts that makes such a union illegal - specific enough to forbid such a marriage. If not, then it's not illegal, and therefore it's legal. This despite the fact that it's not possible.
    There is no law to forbid me from running down the road at 300 km/hr (largely because it's not possible, but specifically because I'm not a motorized vehicle) and so it's not illegal for me to do so - and so it is legal.<hr>
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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Alan,
    I am not a lawyer [shark] but I'm not sure I completely agree with your point. Your test 'is there something in California law' is valid, but are there not other tests that a judge would look at? i.e. common law (or even common sense)? If a dead man did marry his wife's sister (let's not forget that this is California) and his heirs appealed to the court IMHO I would think that the court would have no choice but to rule for the heirs that the alleged marriage was not in accordance with the law - and therefore while not illegal is is also not legal <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    How about this situation.

    A man is lost at sea and is presumed lost. After 7 years the man is declared "legally dead" (I think it is 7, the actual number is immaterial, it is after the time limit). The man is found to have survived 10 years later, and his wife has passed on during this time. He then marries his "widow"'s sister (his former "sister-in-law).

    He would have to be made "non-dead" (legally alive?) before or it might be illegal for the sister to a marry a dead man (another question: can someone legally marry someone who is dead?), but for "some" intents he would have married his widow's sister.

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    ooooooo - i think Steve has got you there!
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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

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    I don't doubt that the situation is far from black & white. I'd imagine that the kind of case you hypothesize would be considered in terms of common sense, as you say. The probable outcome (that such a marriage is invalid) might then set a precedent for further such cases. It may even prompt something to be eventually written into the statute, at which time it may, indeed, become cut-and-dried illegal.

    Had the original question asked "Is it illegal ..." then I'd definitely stand my ground on it: if the answer is YES, then there must be something written into the law that can be specifically applied to the situation. If such a law isn't present, then it's not illegal. I suspect there's not, so the YES is not correct and (being the only remaining choice) NO would have to be the right answer.

    But the question asks "Is it legal ...". That makes things harder. Even if it's not explicitly illegal, it's a bit of a jump to say it is therefore legal, I'll admit. I guess then, someone might have to "prove" the case one way or t'other. But then again, I ain't no lawyer either.

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Don't disagree at all with your arguments. However, law (and legality) is not always determined by legislation. In the ex-colonies (not so certain about California) common-law has as much force as legislative law (or so I'm told). Where is that shark smilie, when you really need one?

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    Re: Edison's Mental Fitness Test

    Well, given the complexities of the situation, how would you answer the original question (which was my original point of contention) without intimate knowledge of all of the technicalities?

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