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A new study, released today, shows that first born children have IQs 3-4% better than their siblings. Meanwhile, a curiously times story from the U.K. of two year old Matilda who is the fifth born in her family, and, oh yeah, a member of Mensa with a 152 IQ.

The study, the largest of its kind, studied a quarter million males of college age in Norway. Most interesting about the story is that the difference in IQ had to do with social order more than birth order. Second born children who had lost their older brother showed similar differences compared to the third born child.

Perhaps, someday, Matilda can explain the study results to us.

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