Test The Nation 2003
September 6, 2003 4:03 PM   Subscribe

The BBC tested the British nation again tonight. Amid imperial measurements and wierd science I managed to score 53/70. According to the overall results you can learn more reading books than using the internet. You can take the test online (via the magic of flash). See how well you do.
posted by feelinglistless (26 comments total)
People whose primary source of information is "talking to people" did really bad!
posted by ~rschram at 4:28 PM on September 6, 2003

6. When do we eat pancakes?

A Shrove Tuesday
B Ash Wednesday
C Maundy Thursday
D Good Friday

This has to be some kind of trick question, right?
posted by duckstab at 4:35 PM on September 6, 2003

120. Not as well as I'd hoped.
posted by Asparagirl at 4:54 PM on September 6, 2003

This has to be some kind of trick question, right?

Hey! I know the answer to that!
posted by anastasiav at 5:26 PM on September 6, 2003

123! And that's with my kid talking to me
posted by Outlawyr at 5:27 PM on September 6, 2003

I only got 123, but really bombed out on the perception part. Good thing I'm not in the visual arts.

posted by jpburns at 5:34 PM on September 6, 2003

This has to be some kind of trick question, right?

In a way, but not for the reason you're thinking. I'm thinking it's almost a trick question because most Britons are more likely to refer to Shrove Tuesday as Pancake Day.

I got 140 btw, with 63 out of 70.
posted by vbfg at 5:37 PM on September 6, 2003

130. I suck.
posted by bshort at 5:42 PM on September 6, 2003

117, but i don't feel bad, bec. i'm not british...

what was that sports question: what's a haka??? and which is the county with the most coastline? and how many yrs is a term of govt. there?
posted by amberglow at 6:02 PM on September 6, 2003

posted by carter at 6:03 PM on September 6, 2003

130, but I was eating dinner and participating in a conference call while doing it. I know of at least two questions where I accidentally clicked the wrong answer.

I also have no idea what a phone pad looks like in the UK so I just assumed it is the same as in the US.
posted by obfusciatrist at 6:15 PM on September 6, 2003

The Haka is a war dance performed by various national teams from the south Pacific, notably New Zealand, in both Rugby Union and Rugby League. The pic is of the climax of the most famous one, performed by the New Zealand RU team, in front of I think some bemused Argentinians.

Max term of government is five years, but it's not a fixed term it is just a maximum.

The county with the longest coastline is Cornwall which, if Wales is a pig's head, counts as the front trotter. (Look at a map, I'm not going mad. London is about where the arsehole would be :)
posted by vbfg at 6:24 PM on September 6, 2003

thanks vbfg!

(I said i was from London to take the test, so i hope i didn't bring the city's average down)
posted by amberglow at 6:31 PM on September 6, 2003

More about the NZ haka, including something of a video.

This has just reminded me of a very dirty Rugby League game between Wales and Western Samoa when the first fight had started before the haka was over. I must dig that tape out...
posted by vbfg at 6:34 PM on September 6, 2003

ka mate! : >

the only thing we have that's similar maybe is when a football player does a little dance in the end zone after a touchdown, but that's more of a joyous spontaneous thing...or maybe cheerleading is more like the haka? (haka happens before the game, no?)
posted by amberglow at 6:46 PM on September 6, 2003

40 correct, but i didn't know what half that shit was!
posted by chaz at 7:18 PM on September 6, 2003

Yes, entirely before the game. Order of ceremonies these days tends to include a minor opera singer of questionable, sometimes Australian, parentage doing a great disservice to the national anthems. Depending on which countries are playing you then get none, one or two hakas being performed. Sometimes if there's two they do it at the same time, most often they don't. Sides that don't do it like all the European teams, the South Efricens and the Aussies (spit) either watch politely, make obscene gestures, I've seen the odd camp dance done by England now and again, or they walk right up to the guys doing it and intimidate back. In the case of the Wales v Western Somoa game I mentioned they sometimes walk right up to them and just smack them in the mouth. After that, game on as per normal.

BTW, the Rugby Union World Cup starts in Australia (spit) in about two or three weeks. There'll be plenty of opportunity to see it followed by at least a half decent game of footy, even if it is only Union and not League.
posted by vbfg at 7:20 PM on September 6, 2003

i'll look for a web feed of the opening ceremonies so i can see a haka, vbfg--thanks! (but i take it you're not a fan of the australian team?)
posted by amberglow at 7:26 PM on September 6, 2003

132, 54 right, but like obfusciatrist I was in a distracted state of mind and know of two items that I clicked the wrong answer for.

It's been a few years since I lived in the UK, and some of those questions were very anglo-centric. Still, a bit of a laugh.
posted by lowlife at 8:03 PM on September 6, 2003

130, but I was translating Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics at the time, so my attention was mostly alternating between the papyrus scrolls and the Rosetta Stone. Plus, I was performing minor neurosurgery on myself, which caused some involuntary muscle spasms in my mouse clicking finger, causing me to inadvertently select the wrong answer on several (perhaps a dozen) occasions.
posted by Nothing at 10:07 PM on September 6, 2003

My score was a 130 also. We can grovel, but this is still miles ahead of the rest of the country if you look at the results.
posted by feelinglistless at 1:50 AM on September 7, 2003

53/70, "quotient" of 130, with a few answers (Pancake Day, Haka, Cornwall) gotten from reading this thread first. I took the other tests [National IQ Test (134, one question missed in each category) and the National Relationship Test (175 - "Lucky In Love" even though I'm not)] before catching on to the one that everyone else has been taking.

I'm sure that if The National Quiz wasn't quite so UK-centric, we (non-Britons) could all have done a lot better. In any case, if my fellow Americans are doing what I do in the "let's find out more about you" section (i.e. answering accurately, if not exactly truthfully), we're all making Belfast look much worse than it should.
posted by skoosh at 6:19 AM on September 7, 2003

129, 52/70, and I'm a midwestern USA'er with a hangover.

I couldn't be arsed with some of the UK-centric ones.
posted by notsnot at 9:09 AM on September 7, 2003

My quotient was 121. I'm sure I could have done quite a bit better if I were British instead of just an upstart from one of the colonies.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:53 AM on September 7, 2003

Bloody colonials ;-)

Well, I live in the cleverest city (Brighton) & I'm right near the front of the curve with 139. Despite the fact I was being attacked by a pack of wild dogs whilst doing the quiz.

I'm so smart.
I'm so smart
I'm so smart.

[house burns down]
posted by i_cola at 1:16 PM on September 7, 2003

IE crashed before revealing the results page.
Which is something it has been doing frequently since the last security patch.
Probably just as well.
posted by asok at 7:49 AM on September 9, 2003

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