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I Am A Whiz Kid

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A “whiz kid” is someone very intelligent at a young age. This term popped up in the 1940s. There was a group of men who were nicknamed the Whiz Kids that worked for Ford Motor Company figuring out the logistics for World War II. Another group of Whiz Kids would also go on to work for the Department of Defense to modernize their defense strategies. On Who Wants to Be a Millionaire there have been some episodes where the contestants are kids during Whiz Kids Week.


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