Alternate realities
December 29, 2002 7:43 AM   Subscribe

Alternate realities - as we approach a new year, you may want to measure some things differently - your age or your weight, for example. Some calculations may be flattering, others rather alarming. Even "wasting time" apparently can have some value. No matter what your age, there are some calculators that will help ensure longevity.
posted by madamjujujive (13 comments total)

you two can be quite alarming when you work as a team.
posted by gravelshoes at 8:33 AM on December 29, 2002

So many numbers! Stop confusing this 102.8 Mercury years old.
posted by riffola at 8:39 AM on December 29, 2002

Your Intel Pentium Pro Floating-Point Error is: -98554445.3333398.

Your Lucky Numbers are: 333.87999%, -2.08976, 41.222225.

Word of the Day: Say "Gogol" (-1.0000000000000777777777736%)
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:58 AM on December 29, 2002

the realage site was interesting (esp. as it said i wasn't yet 30!), but it seemed to have a bug recommending that i do more exercise even though the amount i do (according to thesame page) was more than the recommended amount.

thankfully it didn't ask "have you in the last 4 hours gone skidaddle over your bike handlebars on a steep downhill, making a bloody mess of elbow, knee and both palms and so finding it difficult to do anything more exerting than staring at your computer screen?"...

must eat more fruit, floss regularly, and lower seat height before descents.
posted by andrew cooke at 9:59 AM on December 29, 2002

I do indeed find tests requiring registration of my e-mail quite alarming.
posted by y2karl at 10:37 AM on December 29, 2002

I'm but a wee lad in Pluto years! That explains my immaturity, eh...?
posted by davidmsc at 11:42 AM on December 29, 2002

and the overly pessimist folks check out the Death Clock.
posted by DBAPaul at 2:29 PM on December 29, 2002

I do indeed find tests requiring registration of my e-mail quite alarming.

Agreed. That's when you use a fake. And when a site asks for DOB, I usually register as either a newborn or a centigenarian if I can. Except in the case of the "real age" test -- that would make for some interesting results.
posted by boomchicka at 4:01 PM on December 29, 2002

After duly registering, my "real" age came out at 42.3 - quite a nice reduction, but not as good as my 7.1 in dog years. Then I thought I should probably calculate my body mass, which turned up a pleasant 23.5. So I'm good and set to go into the new year! Thanks, madamjujujive!
posted by Lynsey at 6:33 PM on December 29, 2002

Bah... Realage let me down... For some reason I get some perverse ammusement when sites put the US at the top of the select dropdown, putting it next to Afghanistan. Oh well...

And it makes me 34 instead of 26. Still, maybe it will change my life. don't hold your breath though...

rupissed is a great website... I'd not trust it for driving unless it replied I was stone cold sober, but it's interesting...

My personal hate are the bmi charts. Even at my lean body mass (16 stone) I'd be in the overweight category according to the bmi. How the hell can lean body mass make you overweight? And no, I'm not a strong man. I'm a web developer. ;) [my bmi is 38 FFS...]
posted by twine42 at 6:09 AM on December 30, 2002

by the way... is anyone else getting shed loads of server errors?
posted by twine42 at 6:16 AM on December 30, 2002

My "real age" is apparently 14.5 (as compared to me being 20.9 yrs old)... huh. Yay?

(One of my friends made a comment that maybe I shouldn't have checked "yes" on the "do you like the Spice Girls?" question. Hehe.)

Maybe it's just me, but those "how old would you be / how much would you weigh on other planets" calculators were far more interesting. ;)
posted by sailoreagle at 6:52 AM on December 31, 2002

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