Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

What is Your Geek Score?

I am horribly, terribly disappointed with myself and my score on this stupid quiz. What was your score? (Keep in mind that I’ll never speak to you again if you scored higher than I did);

78% Geek

Created by OnePlusYou

Okay, I am geekier than ALL OF YOU put together!!

7078% Geek

Created by OnePlusYou

I feel so much better now.


  1. #1 John
    July 23, 2008

    I only scored 53%.

  2. #2 locksmyth
    July 23, 2008

    88%, where did I go wrong and just what is my other 12%?

  3. #3 Colin M
    July 23, 2008

    93% 🙂

    In your defense, the quiz was definitely tuned toward the “computer geek” and less towards other, less well-recognized, forms of geekery.

  4. #4 MM
    July 23, 2008

    76% geek.

  5. #5 Rob
    July 23, 2008

    I am very embarrassed. Only 46%!!!! Don’t tell my boss.

  6. #6 wanna-be
    July 23, 2008


  7. #7 Rob
    July 23, 2008

    I am very embarrassed. Only 46%!!!! Don’t tell my boss.

  8. #8 Jerry D. Harris
    July 23, 2008

    52% — still geeky enough to have gotten held upside-down over the toilets in high school, but cool enough that my students like me and think I’m cool.

  9. #9 Hank
    July 23, 2008

    61% – and I live in code at least 8 hours per day. It’s that damn sci-fi I tell you…

  10. #10 scicurious
    July 23, 2008

    70% I’d really like to know what I got “wrong” that made it less than 90%…

  11. #11 Jérôme ^
    July 23, 2008

    This test is veery specific, and some questions have no relation to geekery whatsoever. Geekery (in my opinion) is a state of the mind quite independent of the context – it’s the will to get the most mileage out of your brain. This includes building overcomplicated tools (*) for simple purposes, taking things apart to see what they are made of, and memorizing long lists of futile information. But geekitude is not necessarily connected to Star (Wars|Trek) (despite being a top geek at my place, I hate SW and ignore ST) or even to science (geekiness is frequent in sciencelike humanities such as history or linguistics, but I also know some latinist geeks).

    Of course, geekdom predisposes to science cursuses, so we geeks are more concentrated here. And that also implies that some cultural references are dominant among geeks. But they are not a definition, only (probably sufficient) examples.

    (*), for example, is a geek’s dream come true… well, it’s sad the game doesn’t allow for genetic-algorithm solving, which would be even cooler.

    [as you probably noticed, I’m not English-speaking, and so do not know what word to coin out of « geek », so I tried several, hoping to get at least one correct]

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    July 23, 2008

    I got 77 percent.

  13. #13 Chris' Wills
    July 23, 2008


    I’m getting less geeky as I decay into old age.

  14. #14 "GrrlScientist"
    July 23, 2008

    wow, i am not speaking to only two of my readers now. that’s not as bad as i thought it would be. whew!

    so how do i contact your boss, rob? i seem to have lost that information.

    and jerome, nice analysis, but what was your score? or are you ashamed to tell us for fear of public ridicule?

    .. held upside down over a toilet?? wow, jerry, you win the nobel prize of geekery, methinks. i am jealous .. i think.

    and i am glad to know i am geekier than my colleague, greg, at least.

  15. #15 CyberLizard
    July 23, 2008

    84% baby!!! On some of those I was like, who doesn’t know that? Geek-on!

  16. #16 Greg Laden
    July 23, 2008

    (Ha, she fell for it….)

  17. #17 James
    July 23, 2008

    62%! My granddaughters may consider that score a failing grade.

  18. #18 Alpain
    July 23, 2008

    i never really read the hobbit and that shot first question, wtf.. no clue.

  19. #19 tcb
    July 23, 2008

    Ha! I opened another tab and Googled the answers I didn’t know.

  20. #20 Adrian Mos
    July 23, 2008

    I’ll let you judge just how geek I am after I tell you that I’ve actually discovered a bug that allows me to obtain this:
    101% Geek

    Created by OnePlusYou

    …and unlike the highly-obvious way, that is modifying the HTML code. No, ladies and gentlemen, this score was obtained due to a bug that occurs if you have a slower Internet connection and you “accidentally” tap a correct answer more than once.

    Now this one:
    5000% Geek

    Created by OnePlusYou

    …WAS created by altering the HTML.

  21. #21 gavastik
    July 23, 2008

    Only 59%, but did anyone else do the test twice with exactly the same answers, identifying themselves as girl once, guy once, just to see if the scores were affected by gender?
    They aren’t. I guess that’s a good thing.

  22. #22 Bob O'H
    July 24, 2008

    Phew, only 75%. But it’s also skewed towards young geeks. Some of them won’t even know what a tribble is.

  23. #23 Horwood Beer-Master
    July 24, 2008

    Bah! Only 60%! Since when did computer-science geeks get to highjack the word “geek” exclusively for themselves? No other variety of geek stands a chance on this quiz!

  24. #24 Ian
    July 24, 2008

    We still love you dearly, GS, no matter what your score! And you beat Greg Laden – what more could you ask for as a measure of geekiness?!!

  25. #25 themadlolscientist, FCD
    July 27, 2008

    Only 60% here.

    And yes, that quiz has a definite bias toward computers and math. OTOH, that probably represents the world-at-large’s concept of a “geek.”

    Personally, I’m more of a history (especially archeology, history of science, and history of religion) and language geek, and my TV viewing habits consist of about 75% real-science-related stuff.

    Unto each geek his/her own.

  26. #26 themadlolscientist, FCD
    July 27, 2008

    p.s. Greg, you’re a meanie. 🙂

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