You know how there are all these silly little quizzes on the Internet? Stuff like 'What Age Will You Live To' or 'What Hogwarts House Do You Belong To'. Well I have developed one of my own with some help from my friend Sean
(who is an actor and therefore understands eccentrics...). I have put it onto the web in automated form at OK Cupid
. You can also take it in non-automated form here if you prefer.
There are ten questions each with three options. To self-score total the following values: a = 0; b = 1; c = 2. This gives you a score of between zero and twenty which you can convert to a percentage if you like. It purports to tell you how much of a 'British Eccentric' you are even if (like me) you have never even been to the UK! Feel free to respond with what score you got and any comments.Take the Test! 1. If the name on your birth certificate were
“James Rupert Lindon” you would ask your friends to call you:
c. The Marquess of the Lost Mire 2. Which clothes are you most likely to wear?
a. Jeans and a shirt with some trendy print on it
b. Trousers held by bracers and a t-shirt with the statement "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" screen printed on it
c. I dress like Dr Who as played by Tom Baker!3. If you could not read without assistance
which of these would you use?
a. Prescription glasses with the latest 'barely there' frames
b. Some bi-focals once worn by my grandparents
c. A monocle 4. The collection you most want to complete is:
a. The whole ten-season DVD set of ‘Friends’
b. The full collection of postage stamps from the
Principality of Andorra
c. All the original wax-cylinder recordings made by
Alexander Graham Bell 5. Which music do you most like listening to?
a. Whatever is in the charts today
b. Something a bit indie and retro like the Cure
c. The album of carols and madrigals by Jethro Tull is supurb 6.You are voting in the British General Elections.
Who do you vote for?
a. Someone who can win - I will pick Labour or Conservative depending on what they are offering me
b. Someone like the Liberal-Democrats who can provide a bit of an alternative
c. Someone irreverent like the Monster Raving Loony Party 7. Somebody has made a statement to which you object.
b. That is a festering pile of stinky ferret poo!
c. Pishtosh and poppycock! 8. You are more likely to have met your partner:
a. At a bar or nightclub
b. At a peace-rally
c. While accidentally shooting them with an arrow during a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings 9. You and your family decide to play an impromptu game after Christmas lunch. It will most likely be:
a. A casual game of backyard cricket
b. A spot of croquet
c. Chess on a life-sized board with family members as pieces 10. Explaining your favourite pasttime to a stranger requires:
a. A three-word sentence
b. A lengthy discussion (possibly with diagrams)
c. Taking them along to the initiation ceremonyResults of Test0-20% Eccentricity - 'Boringly Normal'
"BORING! Why did you even take this test? Go back and fade into the crowd just like you always do... Hold on... I cannot see you anymore... was I talking to someone just now..."21-40% Eccentricity - 'Almost Normal'
"You are pretty normal. Just ocassionally you do or say something a bit out of the ordinary. But by-and-large you are an average person."41-60% Eccentricity - 'A Bit Odd'
"You are passingly normal but those who get close to you notice that there are some things that are rather odd about you. These differences make you a more interesting person but still allow you to get on as an average member of society."61-80% Eccentricity - 'Peculiar'
"You are well on the way to becoming a fully fledged eccentric. You are unusual in many respects and your friends and even passing acquaintences know you are distinctly different. Some bigots may be standoffish as a result but your skin is too thick for it to worry you."81-100% Eccentricity - 'Eccentric'
"You are a true eccentric in all aspects of your life. You are known to all as a most singular character and your reputation preceeds you. You are oblivious to any adverse reactions you may get as a result. A small village in Shropshire has recently lost its resident eccentric to a ballooning accident and they want YOU to fill the role!"
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