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I have no idea how to google for the answer to this question, so I'm going to ask you lot, this being what LJ is for. There's the Llama song on Albinoblacksheep, that goes "llama llama duck" at the end of every verse, and there's a Who icon around (I think I have it saved on my own computer somewhere) that goes "Doctor Doctor Jack", and sovietkiki has linked to the Sawyer song, which goes "Sawyer Sawyer Locke" (and has no spoilers, incidentally).

The song's always the same structure, and always slightly surreal. What I want to know is, is the Llama song the original version, or are all of these things ripping off something that I know nothing about, and I'd find them even funnier if I knew the original?

I did the BBC Test The Nation IQ Test tonight again, and as it did last time, it annoyed me considerably by telling me my IQ was 117. Well, that's not what MENSA says, matey! (Er, sorry. I'm not usually that arrogant.) I'll need to look into it, but I think they make FAR too much of an allowance for age, and if you're under 40, you basically get 20 or 30 points taken off your result. I can't find the relevant tables online, without going through the whole test, but from what I remember it gives the same IQ result to someone under 40 who got 55/70, and someone over 70 who got 30 or 35/70. That can't be right, surely?

It also meant that their studio audience leaderboard was totally screwed, because all the way through the answers they measured by percentage of correct answers - and the Schoolkids (they had public and state school kids there) were at the top the whole time. Once it's finished and the number of correct answers is filtered through the age bands and converted to IQ, suddenly the Vegetarians had won, because (obviously) all the Schoolkids were under 40, and not all the Vegetarians were. I think (though I hate to say it) that the Footballers' Wives may have suffered from the conversion, too. Keith Barron won out of the Celebrities, getting an IQ of 146 - but he could have got that by answering about 45 or 50 of the questions correctly, whereas the younger celebs would have to answer 65+ correctly to get that IQ result.

Am still vaguely following the Harlan Ellison story, mostly from pnh's journal, which has mutated into The Treatment Of Women In Fandom now, more or less. (I have to say, I think women are generally treated better in fandom than in the real world, but it's to fandom's credit that they think ANY incidents like this are too many and reflect badly on them.) I'm intrigued by the coverage because it means I've found all sorts of SF professionals' journals, which, you know, exciting! At the moment I'm watching this thread, where someone has collected various people's responses from an arguably private chatroom or newsgroup or something, and some famouses are kicking off. I'm not sure what my views are on the actual argument - I can't really know, without knowing the terms of the site they're on - but I noticed with glee that Raymond E Feist wrote "tenants" when he meant "tenets". Is that wrong of me?

Which I did surprisingly well on, since I haven't studied Latin since more than half my life ago.

Princeps Senatus

You scored 85%!

Congratualtions! You have been voted to be the First Counselor of the Senate. Your eloquence with the Latin tongue is well-known, and you have been elevated to a position of authority within the Senate. You are always the first to speak at the Senate meetings (after the Emperor, of course) and are a very powerful ally (or enemy) to have. More than likely, you have the backing of some of the military, which could come in handy should you ever decide that being the Princeps Senatus is not enough for you...

Link: The Latin sayings Test written by NurseTim on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


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Sep. 3rd, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Trust Wikipedia to have salient information on trivial pop culture...
It says it's an original song.
There's a dalek version!
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
Dammit. I went off and found the dalek one - should have checked the comments before doing so!
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ha! I looove the Dalek one. Brilliant.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
I hate IQ tests.
I'm already flummoxed by the second example:

Water is cold.
Ice is...

Hot, apparently. Gah????
Sep. 3rd, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
I get the feeling I've missed something....

Still, you can't beat Stephen Fry's example of IQ test questions :)
Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
That section of the test is called 'Opposite Analogies'. So they're not looking for a 'logical' end to the sentence, they're looking for the opposite of cold :oÞ

I doubt I could beat Stephen Fry at anything!
Sep. 3rd, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
What, so the sentence itself it just there to throw you?
They could SAY that. The sods.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
*would like to know about stephen fry's IQ test questions, and again google is letting me down*
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
It was more of an example of 11-plus questions, but they're the same sort of pointless hoop-jumping.

It's in Moab, and it's the sort where you need to insert a word to make two phrases new with each word either side:

BLOW ______ LOT
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad it wasn't just me who thought the results were a little odd. My IQ was officially measured in the 130s by Mensa I believe.

The Sawyer Song is hilarious :D
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)


You scored 100%!

All hail the Emperor of Rome! You reign supreme amongst all of the Romans. Anything you order is obeyed without question. The wealth of Rome is your to do with as you please, and all of the people bow when your chariot rolls by. You are both loved and feared for your power, and your name will be remembered for all of history. Someday, people will be quoting you--in your own language, of course!

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Knowledge

Link: The Latin sayings Test written by NurseTim on OkCupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
Sep. 3rd, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
Very impressive!
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
It's not that impressive given I told Sean which answers to pick! Higher Latin, thank you very much; you have saved the day again!
Sep. 3rd, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
I took it and got an IQ level of 102. It reminded me of the 11 plus exam, those number puzzles, gah. I've obviously not developed any skill at testing in 20 plus years. :)
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