This 'How Geeky Are You?' quiz
illustrates how geekdom today means something completely different from what it used to. Out with unwashed hair and actually programming, in with mindless purchase of consumer goods.
posted by splitpeasoup
on Apr 4, 2006 -
Old Year's Quiz.
Another chance to feel un-informed and clueless, or smug and well-informed, depending. Answers next week... or
"when we have time to make them up."
posted by asok
on Jan 5, 2004 -
"I was driving a Lexus through a rustling wind."
Did anyone recognize the opening sentence of Don DeLillo's Underworld
? First lines often set the tone for a whole novel but they're fun on their own too. So, after reading this article
by John Mullan, I found this interesting quiz to test my identification skills. Well! The warm-up exercises are recommended for giving you a false sense of security, btw... And here's a bonus quiz
for Faulkner fans. Just one example: "The jury said "Guilty" and the Judge said "Life" but he didn't hear them
." They don't get much better than that, do they?
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on Oct 28, 2002 -
How do you say "caramel?"
Unlike most Internet quizzes and surveys, Dr. Vaux's Dialect Survey won't pigeon-hole you into one of a finite set of types ("Your speech is most similar to Generic West Coast Dot-Commer, but with a trace of Oklahoma Trailer Park.") Which is just as well since folks like George Bernard Shaw
, HL Mencken
, and David Foster Wallace
would tell us that pronunciation varies with the individual, and doesn't quite fall neatly into a standard type with odd variances. Rather, this survey is a purely academic method for collecting information on who says what where, and the maps at the end are interesting to look at. I know that the pop/soda/cola variance has been visited before
, but what's up with people using "hosey" to refer to the "shotgun" seat of a car?
(requires registration if only to track your answers)
posted by bl1nk
on Oct 11, 2002 -
No more Mr. Nice Guy. Nice guys have believed a myth, this myth is the essence of what I call the Nice Guy Syndrome. The Nice Guy Syndrome represents a belief that if Nice Guys are good, they will be loved, get their needs met, and live a problem-free life.
Are you a nice guy? Take the test
, if you are, better hurry, there are still therapy groups
posted by patrickje
on Jun 13, 2002 -
Like tarot or astrology
in that it's a tool for introspection, only without the occult trappings. Kinda fun to play with, though. Or maybe not. (Warning: annoying The Weakest Link
posted by alumshubby
on Mar 5, 2002 -
Take the 1980s Music Quiz
(via Net Buzz). Guess the song and artist of each. Hint: No two songs are by the same artist, and all were produced between 1980-1989.
222 lines from 222 songs from 222 different artists. This is quality time-wasting.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet
on Nov 27, 2001 -
American Flag Display Quiz
and the answers
for all the ignorant folks out there. When the American Flag is displayed on a wall, the canton (the blue field and stars) should be on the left as you face the wall.
Am I the only one in America who knows this?
posted by canoeguide
on Sep 19, 2001 -
Are you drinking too much?
Daniel Lieberman is a psychiatrist at George Washington University who has posted a clinically-tested questionnaire which measures personal relationships with the demon drink. Unlike the usual amateur "are you an alcoholic?" tests on the Net it seems methodologically sound and non-judgemental. I don't know about scientific - but it may actually be useful in a Socratic, "know yourself" sort of way.
It does take about 10 minutes to fill out - enough for half a gin and tonic - but it's free, well set out, and will probably leave you feeling slightly less guilty about your drinking habits than before.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 11, 2001 -
Have you ever wondered about your sexuality?
If you're like me, no. But, you might want to mosey over here and check on it anyway. Who knows what happened to it since the last time you looked?
This quiz attempts to guess your sexuality based on the answers you give to multiple choice questions. There's a AI program behind it that grows more intelligent as more people take the quiz.
posted by RustyBrooks
on Aug 29, 2001 -
Shakespeare and the electronic age
For those who studied or read Shakespeare some time ago, this quick test can help determine whether you recall the Bard's work or confuse it with the language of technology and more recent forms of entertainment. Not to sound Onan-like, score yourself.
posted by Postroad
on Mar 7, 2001 -
After answering a few questions here,
a presidential candidate with the traits closest to what you specified will appear as your best choice. My choice came up as Bill Bradley, which seemed funny to me. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, I ignore former actors, musicians, and sports stars in political races. I had no idea Bradley stood for the things I support. Looks like I'll have to break the rules and watch this guy.
posted by mathowie
on Dec 16, 1999 -