Friday, January 21, 2011

What a Strange Way to Start the New Year

I know that most people begin a new year by making a list of resolutions or taking stock of the year past, but I decided to start by taking the Death Test. The questions are reasonable, thoughtful, kind of interesting, and some are downright funny. You should try it - it doesn't take too long.

After several pages, the verdict was revealed:

Why they showed a picture of this odd man from the 50's with a bump on his head, I do not know. But the truly spooky part is that I actually toook the same test twelve years ago ... and got the exact same answer, down to the actual day: November 18, 2016.

Then came the sobering statement:
You have 1944.3 days left on this earth.
You’ve already lived 93% of your life.

Now THAT calls for some taking stock, doesn't it?

If this test is too morbid for you right now, check out the web site: there are 43,442 more tests, dealing with a dizzying array of subjects. There are tests in other languages and on all maturity levels, rated on the star system, complete with statistics of how many people have taken it - ever - and how many have taken it in the last hour.

The top three?

The Which Karamazov Brother Are You Test
Which of the Karamazov brothers from Fyodor Dostoevsky's famous novel are you? 4.43
3085 (#3206) people have taken it. 10 (#282) people took it in the last 24 hours (400%).

The Commonly Confused Words Test Image
The Commonly Confused Words Test
Complete Answer Key available. URL at end of test. Good communication is not necessarily about using an expansive vocabulary. 4.4
(#2) people have taken it. 363 (#6) people took it in the last 24 hours (9%).

How good of a Calvinball player are you? Image
How good of a Calvinball player are you?
Do you have what it takes to win? It's a tiger-eat-boy world, so you'll need to be quick on your feet to win this game. 4.42
22776 (#408) people have taken it. 8 (#348) people took it in the last 24 hours.

So hey, if you are bored this weekend, or don't want to examine your life and learn your fate right now, just jump right in! Maybe I'll try the PERSONALITY DEFICET Test next.

1 comment:

Laura McNeal said...

Strange, yes, but also bracing. Reading the month and year of my predicted demise (February 2051) reminded me of the moment in Tess of the d'Urbervilles when Tess realizes, with a shudder, that each year she unknowingly brushes past the date of her own death. I wonder if you can take a test to see which Thomas Hardy character you are? There's some party fun for you.