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.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to What is Your Geek Score?

  1. John says:

    I only scored 53%.

  2. locksmyth says:

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

  3. Colin M says:

    93% 🙂
    In your defense, the quiz was definitely tuned toward the “computer geek” and less towards other, less well-recognized, forms of geekery.

  4. MM says:

    76% geek.

  5. Rob says:

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

  6. wanna-be says:


  7. Rob says:

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

  8. 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. Hank says:

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

  10. scicurious says:

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

  11. Jérôme ^ says:

    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.
    (*) fantasticcontraption.com, 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. Greg Laden says:

    I got 77 percent.

  13. Chris' Wills says:

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

  14. 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. CyberLizard says:

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

  16. Greg Laden says:

    (Ha, she fell for it….)

  17. James says:

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

  18. Alpain says:

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

  19. tcb says:

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

  20. Adrian Mos says:

    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. gavastik says:

    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. Bob O'H says:

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

  23. 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. Ian says:

    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. themadlolscientist, FCD says:

    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. themadlolscientist, FCD says:

    p.s. Greg, you’re a meanie. 🙂