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I’ve recently posted a screed or two about the overscripting of our kids’ time and the tendency to spend too much of it in front of screens. It was pure poetic justice that led me to the exception to the rule: a scripted screen activity that’s an invitation to fantastically creative divergent thinking.

Called The Impossible Quiz, it’s a thinking-outside-of-the-box quiz that “asks” 110 multiple-choice “questions” like the one above. The fact that I have to put both “ask” and “question” in quotes gives you some idea of the lunacy of this thing. By the end — as if you’ll ever reach it — you’ll be forced to think outside of more boxes than you knew you were in.

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Hugely recommended for a certain brand of 12-year-old (e.g., my son, who’s well into his second hour right now) and up.

Play The Impossible Quiz
Play The Impossible Quiz 2

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  1. Yes! The Impossible Quiz is amazing. It’s completely insane, and hard to beat, but it’s fun. In fact, I’m going to play it right now. 🙂

    Comment: yinyang – 08. March 2008 @ 5:30 pm

  2. What a fantastic game! As testament to the way all of our minds work differently, my husband, my 5 y/o, and I were all able to come up with answers the other two couldn’t figure out. Addictive fun and new jokes for my son’s repertoire, to boot. 🙂 Thanks for the link!

    If anybody can explain the deal or no deal one to me, please do!

    Comment: spark – 09. March 2008 @ 10:36 am

  3. Yeah, Dale, thanks a lot – how do you expect me to do anything else now?

    If the Dean catches me, I’m telling him it’s your fault!

    Comment: Jim Lemire – 09. March 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  4. “wasted’ quite a bit of time and had a ton of laughs with this over the weekend. My 6 year old watched us play and memorized the answers so he’s almost as far as we are – he’s also the one who suggested the answer to “deal or no deal” and he was right. Don’t know why…
    Thanks, Dale!

    Comment: ondfly123 – 10. March 2008 @ 11:37 am

  5. This is akin to “If a rooster lays an egg on the peak of a roof, which side does it roll down?”
    My head hurts. 🙂

    Comment: leslie – 10. March 2008 @ 3:02 pm

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