Can We Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Life Skills?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can We Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Life Skills?
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About This Quiz

"Life skills" are all the things that you're not necessarily going to learn in school. They can include some really mundane tasks like how to sew on a button, how to run a household budget or how to vacuum a floor properly. They also include more human-oriented tasks like how to sit nicely at the table for dinner, use your cutlery correctly, and say "please" and "thank you" as appropriate; basic social skills that keep the wheels of society greased.

Generally speaking, if you live in a developed society, all of the skills above are absolutely pivotal to being a functioning member of society. You don't have to be brilliant at them, but do you have to know that they exist, that they matter, and that getting them wrong can hurt you or someone else. However, there are life skills that are extremely location-specific. These might include surviving a specific climate, or learning how to avoid a certain sort of person, plant, or animal. They might help you to survive an earthquake or a hurricane, or how to have fun on a budget in an expensive area. They might let you fit into a community, or keep a farm fertile and prosperous.

This latter group are the ones we want to know about - and if you tell us about the ones you have, we'll figure out where you most likely learned them in the first place!

Can you change a tire?
Of course!
Nope
Yes, usually
I might need help but I know how.

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How good a driver are you?
Stellar
I never learned.
Pretty good
Average

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Are you tactful?
Nope
I can be!
Once in a while
Very

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Can you organize a lot of people?
Nope
If I have to
I probably could learn.
Easily, yes

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Can you spot a crazy person a mile away?
No, but I can tell when there's a bear nearby.
Yes, definitely
Sometimes
I have an idea.

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Are you a good shot?
Yes, very
I've never fired a gun.
I'm quite good.
I'm not bad.

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Do you know what plants are safe to eat?
Of course
Organic ones?
I have an idea.
Not really

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What do you always have in your pocket or purse?
Space blanket
Pepper spray
Knife
Phone

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If you get stuck, how do you call for help?
Flare gun
Call 911
Send my dog
Flag down a passing neighbor

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What could cause you to get lost?
Losing my compass
Going into an area without a grid layout
Fog
Bad cell reception

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Who is your enemy?
Coyotes
Crazies
Locusts
Busybodies

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Do you always have a smarter outfit to change into?
No, why would I?
I am always smart form the start!
Only if company is coming over
Yes, in the car

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How good a swimmer are you?
Very good
Adequate
Weak
Below average

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Can you pretend not to see someone even when they're standing less than a foot away?
No, that's crazy.
Of course, how else do you survive?
No, that's rude.
I could try but I doubt it'd work!

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Do you get on with strange dogs?
I'm careful at first, but usually yes.
I want to, but you just never know.
Of course!
No, strange dogs are scary.

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Can you cook almost anything?
Yes, especially if I caught it.
No, I just order in.
Mostly yes.
I cook a few excellent options.

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Do you know what to plant where?
I know a couple of things.
No, I can't keep a plant alive.
Of course, especially crops
I have an idea when it comes to flowers!

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Do you often know the oncoming weather without checking an app?
Yes, I read the sky.
That's not possible.
Yes, I feel it in my bones.
Not really

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Can you keep a secret?
Sure, who would I tell?
Not really
Depends on the secret!
No one has secrets here.

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Do you know how to be a friendly neighbor without being nosy?
I don't know how to do either!
I just avoid my neighbors.
I'm pretty decent at that.
Yes, of course.

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How many new names can you remember per year?
Three
Over 100
20
50

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Do you know how to find a bargain?
No idea!
Yes, of course!
Not really
I have an idea.

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Do you know how to build a fire?
Yes, anywhere!
No idea!
Yes, in a fireplace
I could Google it?

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Can you adapt to any weather?
Naturally!
Not at all
Most kinds, yes
Not if it is rainy

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Can you talk to anyone?
Not at all, I fear people.
Yes, but I don't want to.
Only under duress
Yes, and I love it!

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Have you ever milked a cow?
A few times
No, I'm a lifelong vegan.
Yes, daily
Once, at summer camp

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Can you fix damaged clothes?
Yes, I can mend anything.
No, I just take them to the cleaner.
Anything except darning!
I can if it's a simple problem.

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Can you tell by touching it if something is dry clean only?
Why would you own something that is dry clean only?
I can tell by looking!
I'd have to read the label.
Of course

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How's your skiing?
Excellent
Better than people think
I've never been skiing.
Poor

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Can you sleep through anything?
Only thunder
Yep - sirens, murders, you name it.
Not at all!
Quite a few things

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