Been looking for a way to gain fame and fortune by exploiting your kid’s intelligence? Here’s your chance: this Friday is the Toronto casting call for kids to be on Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader, the Canadian version of Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (in case you couldn’t tell). Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at The Fairmont Royal York at 100 Front Street West. You can download the application here. But be warned: this stuff’s harder than it sounds. We may or may not have just taken the online quiz, and may or may not have gotten half the questions wrong. Not a big deal.
Anyway, does anyone else find it sort of obnoxious that it’s Canadian 5th Grader? I mean, we understand Canadian Idol, but it’s not Are You Smarter Than an American 5th Grader? so why do we need to stick “Canadian” into our version? It only highlights the fact that it’s just another Canada-fied American series, suggesting that our feeble Canadian minds could never come up with such genius on our own (with, of course, the notable exception of the classic Road Hockey Rumble). And it begs the uneasy question: how long until they’re pitting us against each other in the 5th Grader Road Rules Challenge: Americans vs. Canadians???
And anyway, if we are trying to make it all Canadian-like, what about this “5th Grade” business? How many Canucks do you know that say “5th Grade?” Although we have to admit, Are You Smarter Than a Grade 5-er? doesn’t quite have the same ring to it…
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