Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Survey Says...

Some time ago--a year? Longer?--I took some online questionnaire that was supposed to tell me something about myself. I don't remember what. I don't remember anything except one question.

If you had to be one, would you prefer to be cold or hungry?

I can't answer it. I don't know.

8 Comments:

Blogger Ted said...

Barring a sharp disparity between the degree of cold and hunger, I'd opt for cold.

November 26, 2008 3:21 PM  
Blogger Haddayr said...

I've been both and cold wins.

November 26, 2008 9:23 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That's a tough one. I get sad when I'm cold and really bitchy when I'm hungry. I guess I'd have to let Steve pick which he'd prefer to put up with....

November 27, 2008 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Michael A. Banks said...

Cold. I can function longer with hunger, adn it doesn't distract as much as cold.
--Mike

November 27, 2008 9:47 PM  
Blogger Ikram said...

I'd prefer to feel hungry! Since I'm muslim and I fast, I think it's just about getting used to... If you have at least a little bit to eat! But I just can't stand the cold...

November 28, 2008 6:14 PM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Being cold for long periods of time depresses me to the depths. Being hungry for long periods of time makes me angry. If I absolutely had to choose, I guess I would pick hungry because I feel like I can use anger to fuel me when food isn't there to keep me going, but with cold, I feel like I'm drowning slowly but surely.

I wouldn't want to have to choose, though, in the end. That's a truly despairing state to live in.

December 01, 2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger SquidgePa said...

This question is ripe for overthink, like Vizzini in the battle of wits from The Princess Bride.

There is no right answer without context, since context can replace either choice in the question ("hungry" or "cold") with "dead" and force a different answer.

So either choice is okay in the abstract (or leads to utter and complete doom, based on the context). It should be okay to state either choice.

My new complaint is that making the choice in the questionare is supposed to tell something about me. Since the choice isn't obvious, I need to think about what that is (what could be revealed). I feel uncomfortable in these situations, where I can't deduce what I would be revealing with each choice.

Tom

December 01, 2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

Canadian Club and soda.

December 22, 2008 8:58 AM  

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