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June 22nd, 2005
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This is fun:

Cambridge Purity Test

I got 144%, which is lame, really, but I couldn't be bothered actually working out all the colleges I'd slept at / had formal hall at, so I guessed a slightly small number.

Also The skeptics Bible which is something I've always wanted to do myself done really very well.

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From:the_lady_lily
Date:June 22nd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 122%

I find myself concerned.
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From:crazyscot
Date:June 22nd, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
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Bah! Got to the end using w3m and it didn't show me a result.
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:June 23rd, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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From:megamole
Date:June 22nd, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
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134%.
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From:lisekit
Date:June 22nd, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 159%


Our Verdict:
A bit sad, but all is not lost. Hopefully you'll graduate in a couple of terms, and the Real World will seem like a bit of a shock, we're sure you'll adapt in a couple of years. In the meantime, try and lengthen your vacation and shorten terms, and try to visit friends at other Universities as much as possible.



...but they didn't scale for number of years actually spent here racking up all these points! (most of which are for visiting far-out places like, ooh, the Grafton).
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From:fluffymark
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 167%

Our Verdict:
A bit sad, but all is not lost. Hopefully you'll graduate in a couple of terms, and the Real World will seem like a bit of a shock, we're sure you'll adapt in a couple of years. In the meantime, try and lengthen your vacation and shorten terms, and try to visit friends at other Universities as much as possible.


Oh dearie me. I'll blame that Sheila and her Dog society thing. Oh yes.


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From:the_alchemist
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 125%

Our Verdict:
Marvellous! You're in the same bracket as me, so you're obviously completely well-balanced and will adjust to Real Life without any problem after graduation. You've obviously embraced the wild experiences Cambridge has to offer, without forgetting that it is that much different to the rest of the world.


Ooh! There's a point for getting supervised by GG - only Newnham English students from before 1998 are eligible for that!
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From:the_lady_lily
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
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Yes, I saw that and thought of you :)
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From:megamole
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
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similarly, the Terry Waite point was easy for anyone in Trinity Hall at the right time.

How many points does one get for seeing a pissed Tony Slattery arguing vigorously with the head porter?
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From:the_alchemist
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
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The same number as you get for being in an anglo-catholic procession that gets gawked at by both Stephen Hawking AND Rory McGrath on a single morning?

What about having to step onto the road in order to avoid the Hawking household blazing (but slightly slow motion) marital row that's taking place on the pavement?
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From:despotliz
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Isn't she still supervising? I'm sure one of my Newnham English students friends had her as a supervisor this year, although it may have been a class/larger group.

106% for me, since I've never had sex in a punt.
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From:the_alchemist
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
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She's not 'still' teaching - she went back to Warwick in '98. I'd heard rumours of her return last year, but she's not on Newnham's list of fellows so assumed they were false. I'd be more likely to believe your friend than an on-line list though!
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From:lisekit
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
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only Newnham English students from before 1998 are eligible for that!

Never supervised by her, but got into a debate with her anyway.
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From:piqueen
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 117%

Fond memories
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From:ewx
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)

argh, it's in comic sans

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78%. “Well done, while you are not afraid to have a go, you have resisted becoming sucked into the pit of ponceyness that is Cambridge. You could even safely purchase some items of college clothing, and become involved in the odd society without losing that important sense of reality.”
From:adqam
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)

Re: argh, it's in comic sans

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Gah, thought I was going to have the lowest rating with 87%, too...
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From:simont
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)

Re: argh, it's in comic sans

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75%! Lowest so far. :-)
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From:mair_aw
Date:June 22nd, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)

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well, my sister got thirty-something. But she's only visited cambridge three or four times :-)
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From:claroscuro
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 125%
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From:feanelwa
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Heh heh. 93%, although I lied on one; technically I do have a college scarf, but it is in the form of balls of wool, a college scarf in potentia as it were. I then gave myself the bloody point for thinking the phrase in potentia without a trace of irony. I'll be knowing which fork to use for which course next, and then it'll be trouble.
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From:the_alchemist
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
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And thanks for the skeptics Bible link. And a Koran too! That's brave...
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From:numberland
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm 108%, not bad and I expect it'll go up a lot over the next few years. Though quite a lot of points where aquired before I actually matriculated...
Anyone else notice the fact that it seems impossible to know more than one person from Homerton?
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From:numberland
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Gah, need to revise...not do silly quizzes on internet...gah
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From:mair_aw
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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And that it is impossible to have done six a-levels...
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From:ilanin
Date:June 22nd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes, under the circumstances I considered it rather useful (for the first time ever) to have gotten a B in one of them.
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From:leonato
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
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117%, but of course I had lots of time to rack up points.

It needs updating though; Chicago's and Route 66 disappeared years ago. I think we should get bonus points for having been to them when they were called that, and 100 bonus points to anyone who went to Cindy's when it really was called Cindy's.
From:nlj21
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
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118%.

Meanwhile may I suggest that many of the problems SAB come up with have more do to with the way they interpret the Bible (which is almost a parody of how Christians read the Bible) rather than problems with it. I think a good example of this is what they say about Proverbs 26:4-5:

"Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit."

They make the naive assumption that these two sentances are imperatives and therefore contradictory commands.

Properly read they are seen to be in a collection of proverbs, as words of wisdom, rather than a set of commands. It they are read like this they cease to be contradictory.

I mean, are they really suggesting that the person who wrote proverbs was stupid enough not to notice that what he just wrote completely contradicted the sentance before??!? Isn't it more likely if they reach that conclusion that they haven't understood what the author intended?

Sorry, I'm ranting, but people (both Christian and non-Christian) who read the Bible as a set of single-sentance standalone logical propositions directly applicable to us, without thinking about what they are reading and who it was directly addressed to, tend to annoy me. Rant over.
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From:koryne_is_me
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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It seems to me to be a rather clever way of saying "Yes, it's yet another dilemma which doesn't have a simple right/wrong answer so I'm afraid you're actually going to have to think about this."
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From:satanicsocks
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
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110%, though I know tons of people from Homerton, and think I should get an extra point for being on Trinity's ball committee ;)
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From:teleute
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
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87% :-( I guess I've been away too long *sigh*
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From:teleute
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Sorr, not a fan of the SAB. It seems to me that some one (group?) have just put verses at random into the 'absurdities' section, since most of them seemed totally un-absurd to me. Although, the 'women' resource might have been useful if it wasn't so general. *shrug*
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From:ceb
Date:June 22nd, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Do you really score points for going to far-off places? Shurely it's far more Cambridge to not have been there? ;-)

Also, I think sex in a punt deserves more than one point, if only because it soulds so uncomfortable....
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From:illusive_shelle
Date:June 22nd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Well, supposedly more Cambridge student have been to India than to Girton, which I would guess is why they're included in there.
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:June 23rd, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
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Also, I think sex in a punt deserves more than one point, if only because it soulds so uncomfortable....

Sounds more like American beer, to me. ("F**king close to water", with apologies to Monty Python).
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From:fanf
Date:June 22nd, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is undefined because you got too bored to even answer the third question.
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From:serenasnape
Date:June 22nd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
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96%. Not bad.
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From:sonicdrift
Date:June 22nd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
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90%, which is scarily high for Ms. 'I didn't undergrad here'

Argh, I'm turning into a Cambridgeite!
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From:cr237
Date:June 23rd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Your Cambridge Quotient is 100%


Our Verdict:
Well done, while you are not afraid to have a go, you have resisted becoming sucked into the pit of ponceyness that is Cambridge. You could even safely purchase some items of college clothing, and become involved in the odd society without losing that important sense of reality.

I'm a bit confused though. What did the Homerton question imply? Are they a rare breed or too common a species? Also, I've obviously been in the Real World for too long because I didn't realise the Jesus Saves.. bloke still busked here. I do know that the days he isn't here, he's busking in Haverhill. Can I get any points for seeing the bagpiper in fisticuffs with a guitar player for pinching his spot outside Marks and Sparks? I'd also love to know who contributed the question about sex in a punt seeing as we did overhear some rather intesersting noises from near the bank a few years ago on a punting expedition to the Orchard. Maybe that's more common than this naive individual appreciates though.
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From:samholloway
Date:June 27th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
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124%, which is higher than I thought it would be. Quite fun, because some of the refrences encapsulate Cambridge at a very certain time - when I was still there! (My guess is about 2000-01.) How many of those buskers are still going these days?
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From:benparker
Date:June 29th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)

That's really funny...

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..to see Magnus' test still circulating!

I guess it was done when we graduated, prob. around 1999... he'll be pleased to know you're using it!

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Date:June 29th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)

Magnus here... if only I had a livejournal login

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so pleased indeed. but stop taking it so seriously. it was really just an in joke... but every now and then someone finds it, posts it to their friends, and after six degrees or so it ends up in my inbox.

I'm pretty sure the javascript is broken if people get more than 100%

:)

Magnus
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