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Inner Nationality

What nationality are you deep inside? Take the quiz!

I’m Japanese, it seems. They have Ukrainian as an answer but apparently I’m very far removed from Ukraine in my personality type. 

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23 thoughts on “Inner Nationality

  1. Your personality is:

    British

    Strangers may experience your reserved nature and judge you as standoffish, but your friends know that you have a wicked sense of humor and are always up for a wild and wacky adventure. Of course, being British, you love a nice cup of tea and always make time to hang out and chat with friends.

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  2. Shakti on said:

    Apparently the difference between being British & American is whether you drink coffee or tea. I haven’t brewed a real cup of coffee in over a month, and I miss it.

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  3. I also loved this quiz :

    Which Famous Poem Will Speak To Your Soul?
    The most powerful poems of all time are, at once, personal and universal. Which one will hit home for you?

    http://www.quizony.com/which-famous-poem-will-speak-to-your-soul/index.html?qisrc=more-quizzes-question

    My result:

    The best poem for you is:

    ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost

    ‘The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.’ You are a very reflective person, and you value the time you get to spend alone with your thoughts. Society often makes you feel tired. Sometimes you just need to take a break from the claims other people make on your time!

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    • Great quiz, thank you!

      My poem is this:

      Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
      I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

      In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
      Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

      Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
      And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

      It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
      I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

      And yes, it’s totally how I feel about myself. Even though the poem is not of a spectacular artistic quality.

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  4. Turns out I am French.

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  5. I’m Japanese (?!) and my poem is that Robert Frost thing… (never liked it)

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  6. DWeird on said:

    Remarkably, it matters for the quiz whether you just had a shower or not.

    In a state of undress, I am very British. (Possibly the first time this sentence has ever been uttered.)

    For poems, I got Invictus as well. Don’t feel like I live up to it exactly, but I do respect tenacity and determination more than almost anything else.

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  7. Dreidel on said:

    Yeah, I got “British,” too — likely because of the way I’m dressed right after breakfast. Also got the popular “Invictus” poem.

    Actually, the single best poem ever written is the Edward Fitzgerald faux-translation “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” (With 101 verses, it’s much too long to post in a comment. You have to read them all to get the real meaning of the poem.)

    Here’s verse 13:
    “Some for the Glories of This World; and some
    Sigh for the Prophet’s Paradise to come;
    Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go,
    Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!”

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  8. Apparently I am Japanese, too.

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  9. Anonymous on said:

    I also got British. I’ve been to the UK a few times and can’t say that I really cared for the place.


    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.js

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  10. I did the anti-me version (choosing the answers least like me and got Brazilian

    You have the outgoing and friendly personality of a Brazilian. Famous for inventing the samba dance and the exotic displays of the Rio Carnival, Brazilians are optimistic and generous, and never pass up the excuse for a party. You view life as game and are always willing to bend the rules to add more excitement.

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  11. Dreidel on said:

    Okay, I took the “Nationality” test again and got the obviously correct answer (“American”) by claiming that in the morning and afternoon I drink coffee instead of sodas (which supply the same amount of caffeine without staining your teeth).

    With the “Poem” test, I still get the idiotic “Invictus” verse, which describes an admirable attitude but not a real-world reality.

    I still favor the Edward Fitzgerald faux-translation “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (written by a Victorian Brit), but depending on how late it is at night, my choice of verse varies between those that basically accept what pleasures life offers:

    “A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
    A Jug of Vine, a Loaf of Bread – and Thou
    Beside me singing in the Wilderness –
    Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”
    (verse 12)

    And those that ridicule the nonsensical belief of a universe ruled by a benevolent deity:

    “Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
    And e’en with Paradise devise the Snake:
    For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man
    Is blacken’d – Man’s forgiveness give – and take!…”
    (verse 81)

    Clarissa, do you have an opinion on this mostly forgotten but once very popular famous “British” poem that was misrepresented as the collected verses of one famous ancient Persian (the mathematician, philosopher, and drunk Omar Khayyam), when many of the verses were anonymous contemporary Persian sayings, and most verses were of necessity mistranslated to preserve rhythm and rhyme scheme in English?

    It’s far outside of the field of Spanish literature , so no hard feelings if you don’t. 🙂

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  12. Has terror returned to Paris? The news:

    Six French soldiers wounded in ‘deliberate’ car ramming in Paris
    Local mayor says attack in which a BMW plowed into a crowd of soldiers in French capital was a ‘deliberate’ and ‘odious act of aggression’; police launch manhunt for driver who fled the scene after wounding six.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5000680,00.html

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    • “Has terror returned to Paris? ”

      Has it ever really left?

      Who knows what this incident is yet, but as they say “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck….”

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    • The main suspect in the terror act in France has been arrested.

      \ A judicial source said the suspect was an Algerian national who held legitimate papers to be in France. Investigators raided several properties associated with the suspect, identified by the daily newspaper Le Parisien as 37-year-old Hamou B.

      \ Wounded by five bullets during his arrest .. . The police will have to wait until they receive their first statement.

      In other news on French website:

      // A French court of appeal has handed down a four-month suspended jail term on Cédric Herrou, an olive farmer renowned for helping migrants slip across the border from Italy.

      The unrepentant farmer said he had “no regrets” and would appeal the ruling before the Cour de Cassation (France’s final court of appeal), calling it his citizen’s duty to make up for the shortcomings of the French state.

      He said he had hosted “between 2,500 and 3,000 migrants” on his property in Breil-sur-Roya over the past 18 months, and would continue doing so.

      France has accepted relatively few migrants compared with the more than one million taken in by Germany since 2015. But many travel though the country, often attempting to reach Britain or other countries in northern Europe.

      http://www.france24.com/en/20170808-french-rebel-valley-farmer-suspended-jail-term-helping-migrants-france

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