Larry Martino

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Do you think you are smart? Do you think your child is smart? Well, I’m sure you are, and your child is, but none of us may be as intelligent as Teddy Hobbs, who was admitted into the high I.Q. society, Mensa International, at the age of 3 years and 9 months.

According to an article written by Sahlee B. on, he is the youngest person from the United Kingdom to be admitted into Mensa, an organization which only accepts members who score in the 98th percentile or higher. Teddy scored 139 out of 160 when he took the “Stanford Binet test, which placed him in the 99.5th percentile for his age.” This child prodigy hails from Portishead, Somerset in England. He taught himself to read when he was two years four months during the COVID-19 lockdowns. He can now count to 100 in seven different languages. I can barely do that in English! (just kidding…I think)

Here’s a report CBS News aired recently about this amazing child which I found on YouTube.


Per Sahlee B.’s article: “Mensa has more than 50,000 members of all ages in around 90 countries worldwide. Most people will be shocked at Teddy’s admission to Mensa, but two-year old members of the high IQ society group include Kashe Quest of Los Angeles, California and Isla McNabb of Kentucky.”

I’m not sure what I was doing when I was two or three years old, but I can guarantee I wasn’t reading yet. Teddy Hobbs, now four, can read Harry Potter books, when allowed to by his parents, Beth and Will Hobbs. They were very surprised at the result of his I.Q. test, although they were aware that he was a bit more advanced than his peers as a toddler. They weren’t even trying to get him admitted into Mensa, they just wanted to have him assessed for when he was able to attend school.

Sahlee B.’s article goes on to explain that Teddy’s parents feel that his high I.Q. is both a blessing and a curse. They are a bit afraid he will not fully enjoy his childhood since he is not really interested in similar activities as other boys his age such as video games and television.

So, what does this intelligent young man want to be when he grows up? His mother says he wants to be a doctor someday, but for now, he just wants to be…Teddy.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

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