A wise-cracking three-year-old has been declared a child genius after pranking strangers in supermarkets.

Birmingham toddler Dayaal Kaur has joined Mensa after she started telling jokes before she could stand-up.

Her sit-down routines saw her declared among the smartest people in the world with a 142 IQ score just under Albert Einstein's.

Proud dad Sarbjit Singh realised her genius when he could chat to his daughter before she was even out of nappies, BirminghamLive reports.

Her Mensa test results put her intelligence at the 99.9th percentile for her age.

Sarbjit said: “She could follow adult films like The Martian and understand the plot and the funny bits.

"We’d be in a supermarket and she’d strike up a conversation at the till, asking people about their kids and how old they were.

"People would turn to me and ask how old she was and I’d say two."

He added: "I remember one day, when Dayaal was around 13 months, I said the number ‘one’ and she replied with ‘two’ so I said ‘three’ and she said ‘four’ and this carried on all the way to 15!

"She would get jokes and tell me how she was feeling, saying ‘sun’ when the sun was in her eyes at an age when you’d think she wouldn’t really know what the sun was.

"She could recite the alphabet around 14 months and could name all the planets, aged two, and regularly asked us questions we had to Google the answer to!

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"I've always talked to Dayaal in an adult way, not using baby talk and no matter what I said to her she’d understand, from popping something into the bin to going to get a nappy."

Mensa tests found Dayaal, from Great Barr, had the word recognition and maths abilities of a five-year-old.

One of Mensa’s head psychologists Lynn Kendall wrote after assessing Dayaal on October 3, 2020 when she was three years and 11 months old: "Dayaal is a delightful little girl with a very grown up manner and a great sense of fun."

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Sarbjit said: “We sat outside the room by the stairs and all we could hear was Lynn Kendall laughing with Dayaal and, when we came back in, she said you need to sit down for this.

“She said that Dayaal really is extraordinary, that she’s a warm girl with an amazing sense of fun.

"She said it’s a real novelty to meet someone who had such a high IQ that was so down to earth.

"She explained that Mensa only accepts the top five per cent in the UK and she said that Dayaal was in the top 0.01 per cent.

"Apparently Einstein’s top IQ was 160 and I’m not sure how old he was when that was measured."

Sarbjit said Dayaal saved his life in hospital after he was put in a coma from Covid last year. Her speaking via an iPad helped him recover.

Now four, she can carry out simple maths equations and write people’s names. She enjoys spending time with ten-year-olds.

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