Yusuf Shah

This 11-Year-Old Child Genius is Smarter than Einstein

It turns out Einstein is no smarter than a 6th grader. We always suspected Albert was talking absolute gibberish with all that E = MC2 stuff… In fact, shove your theory of special relativity where the sun doesn’t shine and play in the sand pit with the rest of the kids, mate. Before nerds rage quit, let us state that we’re just making jokes and don’t think the German physicist is dumb. However, Yusuf Shah, an 11-year-old, is just smarter.

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Yusuf Shah

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The genius schoolboy from Leeds scored a widely impressive 162 on a Mensa test, which is the maximum score for under-18s and places him in the top percentile of people. For context, Stephen Hawking was believed to score 160 and Einstein was thought to be around the same. Best of all, he celebrated his accomplishment with a cheeky and delicious Nando’s.

Yusuf’s friends had always commented on his smartness, so he wanted to undergo an IQ test. After getting the amazing results, Yusuf said, “Everyone at school thinks I am very smart, and I have always wanted to know if I was in the top two per cent of the people who take the test. It feels special to have a certificate for me and about me.”

Yusuf, who’s in grade six, plans to study mathematics at Oxford or Cambridge and says he loves to break a mental sweat. For example, at the start of the year, he began playing with Rubik’s cubes after seeing one at a friend’s house. Within a month, he solved cubes of all difficulties – a feat most of us will never achieve. In addition to Rubik’s cubes, Yusuf enjoys completing sudoku puzzles.

His delighted mother, Sana, said: “I was so proud. He is the first person to take the Mensa test in the family. I was actually a little concerned too – he has always gone into a hall full of kids to take tests. We thought he might be intimidated by the adults at the centre. But he did brilliantly.

She continued: “I still tell him that, ‘Your dad is still smarter than you’. We take it all lightheartedly. Even if you are talented, you have to be the hardest worker.”

The father, Irfan, revealed the family didn’t help Yusuf prepare for the test in any particular way and just carried on parenting their child as usual. “It is a difficult test to prepare for,” he said. “We just did what we were already doing – nothing specific for the IQ test.”

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