Book smarts don't equal street smarts, and public figures that we consider super savvy are just as capable of pulling spectacularly bad moves as the rest of us. Want to test your own smarts? Take our quiz!
Question 1 of 20
Why did Bill Clinton ultimately face impeachment?
Question 2 of 20
When Gary Hart dared the press to catch him cheating on his wife, what was his exact quote?
Question 3 of 20
What was the name of the infamous boat where Gary Hart and Donna Rice got caught canoodling?
Question 4 of 20
Name that gentleman's club! Where did Savvis CEO Robert McCormick ring up a $241,000 tab?
Question 5 of 20
What mistake did Richard Nixon make that ended up costing him his presidency?
Question 6 of 20
What's the official name for making mistakes because you are just too sure that you're right?
Question 7 of 20
Which of these did Stephen Glass do to cover up his source falsification at The New Republic?
Question 8 of 20
Even Einstein, genius among geniuses, wasn't an infallible fella. What dumb mistake did he make over and over?
Question 9 of 20
Steve Jobs was no doubt a business and computer genius, but what bad decision did he make involving his health?
Question 10 of 20
Which medical journal published Andrew Wakefield's falsified data linking vaccines to autism?
Question 11 of 20
What childhood disease had a resurgence after Dr. Andrew Wakefield's faked research results linking the MMR vaccine to autism?
Question 12 of 20
What animal did Thomas Edison electrocute to try to prove that alternating current (AC) electricity was unsafe?
Question 13 of 20
Why did X-ray pioneer Elizabeth Fleischmann eschew safety gear, despite evidence that repeated radiation exposure could be deadly?
Question 14 of 20
Who did journalist Jonah Lehrer plagiarize?
Question 15 of 20
Self-plagiarism was just one of Lehrer's journalistic sins. What was the big dumb thing that actually ruined his career?
Question 16 of 20
What was tactical genius Napoleon's fatal error that lost him both the war of 1812 and his war with Russia?
Question 17 of 20
Because of Orly Taitz's relentless pursuit of Obama's birth certificate, what nickname did the media give her?
Question 18 of 20
Orly Taitz has an extensive education. On top of being a lawyer, what other profession can she boast of?
Question 19 of 20
How did Gen. Petraeus try to secure e-mails between himself and his lover?
Question 20 of 20