Meredith Pro-Tem: Quizzes on Facebook
April 16, 2009
Ive spent a lot of time getting to know myself recently. Not through therapy (been there, done that), a diary (theres not enough space in the Library of Congress to store my extensive body of work so Ive temporarily stopped journaling until they build an annex) or meditation, but Facebook quizzes.There are roughly 31,128 quizzes available on the social networking site, most of which Ive taken in the past six weeks or so.It all started when I noticed that several of my Facebook friends had taken a quiz called Where should you live? For most people the results were pretty straightforward the city, country or beach. But when I took it, Italy was revealed as my domestic destiny. With visions of good food, good wine and George Clooneys villa on Lake Como dancing in my head, I wanted to see how much more insight I could gain into the past, present, future and hypothetically absurd by answering a few simple questions.The results have been nothing short of astounding. Where else would I have learned that Im Goodie 2 Shoes Barbie (What Barbie are you), Clare Huxtable (Which TV mom are you), the Queen from Snow White (Which Disney villain are you) and a martini (What alcoholic beverage are you) not to be confused with the What beer are you quiz at the same time? For free?!The What early 80s wrestler are you quiz revealed I am Mr. Wrestling II. Whoever he is, evidently we both have a driving inner sense of justice and we do not suffer fools. After that little gem, I took the Which crazy bitch are you? quiz. I didnt know I was one (well, maybe a little), but it turns out I am Sinead OConnor, otherwise known as one fierce bitch. That led me to take the What swear word are you quiz. I was hoping for something juicy, like the MF bomb. But all I got was crap. (No, that was my word.) Still, its good to know.Some of the quiz results were so obvious. Like the Which movie are you quiz revealed that Im The Notebook. Well, of course. Why else would I regularly weep while passionately embracing my soul mate in the pouring rain as we canoe amid a flock of swans? All signs pointed toward chocolate (duh) even before-I took the What cake are you quiz. And the findings of the Are you as awesome as I am and What kind of drunk are you (yes and yes) quizzes were just as plain to see.The results of some quizzes were blatantly wrong. Like the What 90s Sitcom Are you? quiz tried to tell me I was Full House when clearly Im so much more Hangin with Mr. Cooper. Also inaccurate were the results of What Marvel super hero are you quiz. It said I was Mr. Fantastic. I dont know who he is, but I do know that Im no super hero if not Jayna, the girl Wonder Twin (never mind that shes Hanna-Barbera, not Marvel) with the power to transform into the bucket that holds my twin brother when hes morphed into just enough water to fit inside a bucket.And then there are the quizzes I cant wait to take, such as What kind of mermaid are you (because who isnt dying to know if shes an Ariel or a Madison). Theres also Whats your second name (presumably created for people with short-term memory loss and/or those with just one, i.e. Bono, Cher, Madonna, Jacko), What are you wearing (itll be just like having my own personal stalker!) and What kind of bread are you.Ill be shocked if Im anything but rye, but maybe finding out that Im focaccia is exactly what this journey of self-discovery has been all about.E-mail questions or comments to email@example.com.