# What’s your SQ?

I’m sure some of you will soon be bragging about how your Squid Quotient is higher than mine.

Your Squid Quotient = 158.25
Interpreting your results: An average Squid Quotient is around 100. A SQ of 100 means you have a normal affinity for squid. A SQ above 100 means you have an attraction or fondness for squid. Below 100 means that you should probably stay away from the deep ocean.

1. speedwell says

Um, I got a 177.75 and I thought YOU were the BENCHMARK… I suppose I stood on the shoulders of giants, or the… agh, giant squid don’t have shoulders….

2. Dylan says

Whoop! 160. Squid are awesome.

3. says

I knew this was going to happen. I agonized over the one where the squid meets the sperm whale — my heart wanted the conclusion to be a happy squid, but my mind knew that the whale was going to have a tasty lunch.

4. says

Damn. My squid Q is decidedly low. (Your Squid Quotient = 147.25) Does that mean that I wasn’t a squid in a previous life? ;)

5. says

I got 147.75.

I don’t even like squid!

*shocked gasps*

Um, I mean…I don’t like eating squid, yeah, that’s it!

6. says

Should have gone with your heart, I think, P.Z. It’s not trying to determine how much you know about them, it’s getting at how strongly you *feel* about them. . . .

7. says

I got 171. It is speed based, so I presume PZ just went leisurely through the test. I tried it again with all the same answers only faster and I got 194.5.

8. says

Sez 176…

Can’t be right. I’m not even into calamari.

9. says

That was a whale? I thought it was a sea perch. lol (I wasn’t sure about scale.)

10. Mrs Tilton says

I scored 157.25, one point less than PZ. Apparently I made the same mistake of letting the whale eat the squid. Doubtless PZ got his extra point as an Atheist Bonus.

11. says

I knew it was a squid test, so you have to go with your heart and say the squid will win the battle. Even if it’s not realistic. Maybe this is Supersquid or something – as powerful as 1000 regular squid and impervious to anything by Kryptonite (Squidonite?).

12. says

I guess I’m a squid-tard with my pip-squeakish 115.something. I shall go and hang my shoulder-less head in shame in a cloud of ink…

13. George says

Your Squid Quotient = 0
Interpreting your results: An average Squid Quotient is around 100. A SQ of 100 means you have a normal affinity for squid. A SQ above 100 means you have an attraction or fondness for squid. Below 100 means that you should probably stay away from the deep ocean.

Whoops. Because I did not allow the evil squidsquid to put a cookie on my computer.

Second try – 192! Suck my tentacles!

14. zwa says

I knew this was going to happen. I agonized over the one where the squid meets the sperm whale — my heart wanted the conclusion to be a happy squid, but my mind knew that the whale was going to have a tasty lunch.

What happens when the happy squid meets the hungry PZ?

15. says

Got something in the region of 70. Who cares, they are just fish anyway.

16. Melissa G says

176.5

When the Deep Ones emerge from the sea to bend us to their dark designs, I will be one of the first to head for the beach!

17. redstripe says

Got something in the region of 70. Who cares, they are just fish anyway.

Hah!

(I got a 138 or so)

18. Niobe says

172.25 yeah baby! All that marine biology readin’ finally helped.

19. Carlie says

181.5. Woot! It must just be that I read fast.

20. TheBlackCat says

Your Squid Quotient = 162.5

21. says

169.5. I shall begin the hostile takeover of Pharyngula soon.

22. Morgan says

182.25! I am le chuffed.

23. dances with cephalopods! (squid name) says

128.5. Disappointing. Time to get back to Spain and OD on the calamares.

24. dances with cephalopods! (squid name) says

128.5. Disappointing. Time to get back to Spain and OD on the calamares.

25. Frank Anderson says

OK. The test is clearly bogus. I mean, not to get all hoity-toity or anything, but I did my dissertation on squid and I can’t get above a 175 or so. Maybe it’s because I have to keep moving my stupid mouse over to click on the scroll bar at the side of the page to move down — I don’t have one of those fancy wheels on my mouse for maximum speed.

That has to be it, because I must be answering all of the questions correctly.

26. says

aww…only 138.25. guess i’ll still to land animals…they’re less slippery anyway :)

27. says

155.75. I grappled with the whale question, but let the squid win, so I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere else.

28. Doc Bill says

I got 110.

I missed the question about What is an Invertebrate because I was looking for the answer “Casey Luskin.”

29. squeaky says

I scored a bit over 160. I know nothing about squid…or so I thought…the graphics were great, though!

30. Steve_C says

I got a 115.25.

I’m using the wrong adjective for the squid apparently… I thought elegant was good.

Not sure where else I’m screwing up.

31. says

Yeah, speed based. first was a 151.75, repeated, no changes for a 171.

32. Flex says

I got a 154.75.

Respectable squid-fu, but not quite in the PZ range.

But being an engineer, this score obviously makes me an expert in squid biology!

And I didn’t even have to study two hours!

33. says

139.25
Does this mean I have a greater affinity for cuttlefish?

34. says

This is a good place to show off that I actually have squid coinage:

35. says

Your Squid Quotient = 164.25

I thought it would be questions about chromatophores and chitin and stuff. Instead you just have to understand that Cthulhu pwns mammals…every time.

36. ChaosEngineer says

Steve C: “7. Even the most _______ giant squid has its hundreds of suction cups encircled by razor sharp teeth on each of its eight arms.”

“Even the most elegant” doesn’t work, because it falsely implies that having that characteristic is inelegant. Obviously, the more razor-sharp teeth and suction cups you have, the more elegant you are. So the correct answer was “Benign”.

37. Squiddhartha says

I clocked in at 181.5, but I think I should get extra points for my online name.

38. denise says

39. says

141.25! tentacly goodness.

40. says

also, i let the squid win. i know it’s not accurate, but its my fantasy

41. Kseniya says

Your Squid Quotient = 171.75

Woo-hoo! Exciting! My legs feel like jelly! All of them!

42. I lost a lot of points because I noticed the anagram for what I assume must have been “cephalopod” was missing a P. So I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out what else it could spell, figuring it was a trick question. Wound up with a measly 105.

Went back and redid the test on a speed run and got a 194. Validated!

For what it’s worth, having the squid eat the whale does get you about 20 more points.

43. says

My Squid Quotient = 153

And I’m scared of water.

44. says

HA HA HA

Your Squid Quotient = 160.75

Suck it, PZ!

45. says

Your Squid Quotient = 138.25

Now, I did notice that there was one problem I had with the quiz, I did it twice, and the first time I only scored 99.5 The difference between the two quizes was one thing: the unscrambled word. There is only one “P” in the letters given to unscramble the word, so the first time I glanced at it, typed “cephalopod” then earased it and left it blank.

The second time I said, who gives a flip, when I saw the letters I thought cephalopod anyway, and wrote it in… and that made an almost 38 point difference…

so does that mean you have a higher affinity for squid if you see cephalopods where they don’t exist?

Now I want a NUDIBRANCH affinity test…

46. llewelly says

Conservatives are for — altogether now — fiscal discipline, small government, limited intrusion into people’s affairs, respect for the law and the Constitution, and tempered changes.

By that definition, the most successful recent American politician would be … Barry Goldwater, I guess. Ron Paul is probably the only such character presently in Washington.
(Aside: When I worked in Lindon UT, I had a co-worker, who never voted, but donated to Ron Paul’s campagin, despite not having lived in Texas for many years.)

47. llewelly says

My apologies. My previous comment was intended to be in a different thread .

48. emkay says

Only 133! I’ve never harmed a squid in my life, nor harbored any evil intent towards them! I wuzz robbed! Or maybe it was payback for my ‘previous life’ as a recreational fisherman, when I bought frozen squid for bait…

49. kurage says

I got 173, which still puts me behind the many squid geniuses on this thread. However, I also got a nifty new squid name: kurage the Gelatinous Mollusc!

50. Foster Disbelief says

Your Squid Quotient = 173

Apparently the ability to answer quickly trumps actual squid knowledge. All’s fair in love and squid.

51. pluky says

I would have scored higher if they had asked what sauce goes best with fried calamari.

52. Christine says

157. Not bad for a lawyer!

BTW, PZ, this test reminded me that at my middle/high school, highly intelligent kids were known as “squids.” The adjectial form was “squiddly.” It was meant as a pejorative, but perhaps I should have taken it otherwise . . .

53. iGollum says

Hehe, I scored 176! Loved the graphics. Especially the ‘geometry’ questions.

54. says

184.25

I hate those missing piece questions. My spatial intelligence hovers in the low teens.

55. says

Doh! 130.75, a somewhat average score AGAIN. Apparently I didn’t get enough Gary Larson squid cartoons in formative years.

56. Captain C says

159.25–must’ve been just a little quicker on the mouse button.

57. windy says

I hate those missing piece questions. My spatial intelligence hovers in the low teens.

It was easy once I figured out that I was supposed to find the *same* piece. At first, I thought I was supposed to fit two mating squid together or something. Could I get some extra pervert points for that?

58. Steve_C says

Chaos, I answered benign on my first test and scored lower.

Maybe I was just faster the second time when I said elegant and that improved my score.

I won’t say what imy score was the first time. It’s shameful.

59. Stogoe says

158.75 for me. The ‘find the same piece’ one (#8) slowed me down, the fecks.

60. Paguroidea says

Uh, oh! I got a mere 129. I’m feeling inferior to my fellow commenters now.

61. Jason says

FWIW, this website seems to be less about squid and more about viruses.

62. says

185.75. Woot! Now to celebrate with a tasty plate of calamari…

63. says

167.5

I don’t know where I screwed up…

:^(

64. says

Oh, and if you just click straight through, you get 191…

65. Brett says

Squidlings (and PZ) this article about a REAL squid just popped up looky here

Mmmmmmmmmm…calamari….

66. says

159.25! Not bad for a mammalian guy…

steve

67. says

SQ = 181

and I’m drunk.

PZ doesn’t scare me any more at all.

68. bronco214 says

Your Squid Quotient = 188.25
(Guess my degree in Biology must have pounded some info into my ancient head- 2006 grad at age 51.)
There are 2 P’s in the “fill-in-the-blank” btb. I only had a 141 the first time (too slow). Also, I let the whale win.
Thanks for the pics, Doc! Soon as I saw the headline, my next click was to favorites and then to Pharyngula.

69. DrSteveB says

alas… I am an octopus kinda guy.