Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

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Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Forum Viking » Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:01 am UTC

So I read a book where they mentioned that most IQ tests are 'convergent,' or multiple choice, but that 'divergent' tests exist that basically test creativity. One example of a question would be "list possible uses for blankets," which I thought was a very xkcd question. Have at it.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby quintopia » Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:47 am UTC

killing native americans. i wish my race hadn't thought of this particular use.

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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby notzeb » Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:54 am UTC

Going inside the blanket, then inside the blanket within it, then having someone else zip it up from the outside, and then figuring out how to get out by myself.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Lord Aurora » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:45 am UTC

Staying warm. (Fucking duh.)
Sunshade.
Tourniquet.
Towel.
Ziplining (when combined with a zipline---throw the blanket over it, grab both ends).
Straining pasta/etc.
Blindfold.
Whip.
Umbrella.
Keeping your butt dry when you sit on wet grass.
Wall hanging (tapestry style!).
Makeshift door (when combined with a strategically placed pole).
Computer privacy shield (make a little tent that only includes your head and the monitor).
Wrapping things in to protect them (for packages, storage, etc).
Hotboxing.
Makeshift, emergency clothing (SHIT! MY DAD'S HOME!).
Drapes/blinds.
Dog hair catcher (i.e. prevents the dog from shedding on the good couch).
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby deadline » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:18 am UTC

a gift (not necessarily with disease included)
cusion (for sitting or for resting your head pillow-style)
tying someone up
unravelling into thread (see "list of uses for thread")
heirloom, to fulfill family strength goals; also, dowry
protecting goods while travelling
hiding things (just throw a blanket over it and hope they don't check underneath!)
making smoke signals
carrying things too numerous or cumbersome for bare hands
hiding goods between layers of the fabric, for smuggling
deception of shape or size. for example, in convincing a bear you are a larger threat than you really are, or in poor lighting, tricking a person in any number of ways.
a work surface that may be cleaner or flatter than what's below it
acoustic absorber, for improved acoustics in a room, or simply to dampen sound so less escapes the area.
restricting someone's underwater movement to slow them down or cause them to drown, or as a challenge to oneself
padding (to lessen noise and damage when two things strike each other)
a preserver of scent (left as a creative exercise to the reader as to why you would want to preserve scent in a blanket)
smothering a person or animal
sending a message to someone far overhead, like in a plane, by laying many out, possibly in the shape of letters
throwing at someone as a distraction
smothering a fire
putting it over something so as to physically manipulate it more easily, perhaps because it is too hot or caustic or otherwise inappropriate for skin contact
makeshift rope
food (probably for nonhuman animals, such as mice and insects)
hung, as visual cover, so as to pass unseen or hide temporarily
rubbed, so as to create friction/heat (start a fire, burn someone...)
placed on top of something light to prevent it from blowing away in the wind
folding practice
putting something very heavy on it, to make that thing easier to transport (ever moved a fridge? yeah, really helpful)
obstruction/diffusion of EM waves other than visual light (obscure someone's goggle-enabled infrared vision?)
acting prop (for artistic purposes or to trick someone. pretend you need warmth, use as a shawl to act in character, throw off dramatically...)
electronic insulator
protecting furniture
hanging in front of ugly things while not in use (like a TV, a closet...)
burning for light or warmth (questionable practicality)
reflecting light so as to be better seen, or to light an area, very slightly, that is in shadow (if it's a light-coloured blanket and everything nearby is dark)
repairing, as sewing practice
placing around or under things to prevent them from sliding
placing over things to prevent them from vibrating, such as musical instrument strings
placing over a chimney to fill a house with smoke
use as some sort of arbitrary pavlovian cue in animal training
tactile pleasure, if you happen to like touching blankets
enable sleeping for those (like me) who have inadvertently trained themselves to only sleep when covered by something blanket-like
separating things which must not touch
making a space feel more casual or more like home (due to their usual absence in formal/business settings)
indicator of social status (depending on quality of blanket, high, low, or middle status)
sail for a boat, airship, submarine, wheeled land vehicle, any vehicle
use as windmill blade, or for miscellaneous wind/current catching purposes
containing fluid (many possiblities: carrying water, patchwork parachute/hot air baloon, kite...)
cutting through very large quantities of very soft solids (2-metre block of jello or raw tofu? grab the other end of this blanket and we'll saw back and forth...)
canvas for painting on, or embroidery, etc
dead weight (hot air baloon ballast is just one example)
hinge, when attached to two rigid things very firmly
retardant of chemical reaction (two fluid reactants on either side would have to seep through, so reaction is slowed considerably)
makeshift dental floss or toothbrush for a giant
ladder/staircase, when many are piled up high against a wall for example, would allow one to climb onto a roof
catching waste; for example, when cutting hair or carving wood, a blanket placed underneath could make cleanup easier
visual cue; for example, when breaking a habit, place in a visible spot to remind oneself to not do the undesired action, or as a secret message (when the blanket is hung up on the laundry line, we will rebel the next morning! this is how we will coordinate against the machines!)
use as a simple, understandable, yet versatile object/concept on an IQ test or other creativity test, or just in conversation
confusing someone by apparently using it for one of the above purposes when it wouldn't normally make sense (picture - intruder enters room and sees -- hanging blankets!? why!?)
artistic purposes (read: apply creativity to an arbitrary degree. limitless possibilities which are impossible to all list)

Divergent creativity tests are conceptually interesting, but in practice I find them pointlessly trivial. I could continue typing for hours.

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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby The EGE » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:33 am UTC

Are we forgetting the uses from the Hitchhiker's Guide? I hope not...

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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby quintopia » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:45 pm UTC

for escaping from the second floor in the middle of the night without waking anyone up.

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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Macbi » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:39 pm UTC

Un-weave it and re-weave it into a more aesthetically pleasing blanket.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Puck » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:18 pm UTC

Throw someone a blanket party.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby EnderSword » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:40 pm UTC

Use concept as basis for divergent IQ test.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby jestingrabbit » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

You can use them not just to keep you warm, but to keep a cold thing cold ie its a thermal insulator, not just for warmth. A good woolen one is probably also good for electrical insulation, not sure I'd trust a sythetic one for that task though.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby EnderSword » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:17 pm UTC

Curious how the divergent IQ test would measure this.

Number of responses in a set time? Creativity of responses?
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Athlondies » Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:08 pm UTC

Air-con? ie soak it in water and hang it up by a window.

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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Qoppa » Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:35 pm UTC

EnderSword wrote:Curious how the divergent IQ test would measure this.

Number of responses in a set time? Creativity of responses?
How can you quantify creativity?

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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby EnderSword » Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:26 pm UTC

Qoppa wrote:
EnderSword wrote:Curious how the divergent IQ test would measure this.

Number of responses in a set time? Creativity of responses?
How can you quantify creativity?


That's essentially the question I was asking

What would the test say if I just answered "I'd use a blanket as a way to harvest wheat"?
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Forum Viking » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:22 am UTC

I don't think it returns a numerical quantity for the result; it's more of a relative evaluation. You get either -10 points or bonus points for the 'harvesting wheat' response, depending on how technically detailed your validation is.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Brooklynxman » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:44 am UTC

Wipe your ass.

THough you'll never use it again.

TO give a washing machine something to do.

As a flag.

etc.
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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby FrankManic » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:27 am UTC

Forum Viking wrote:So I read a book where they mentioned that most IQ tests are 'convergent,' or multiple choice, but that 'divergent' tests exist that basically test creativity. One example of a question would be "list possible uses for blankets," which I thought was a very xkcd question. Have at it.


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Re: Uses for blankets (Divergent IQ test sample)

Postby Storm » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:17 pm UTC

It says blankets, so using enough blankets create s structure of blankets large enough to surround the world covering all life and blotting out the sun.
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