Play a Game of “Would You Rather” and We'll Guess Which Decade You Should Have Been Born In
By: Ian Fortey
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About This Quiz
The great tragedy of human history is that we can only know it secondhand. There are years and years of amazing stories that lead up to where we are now, and while it's fantastic to learn them all from books and films, it's just not the same as being a part of an event as it happens, is it?
And sure, in the present, we never know what we're getting into and tomorrow could be the most amazing day in the history of ever. But we don't know. And we probably won't have a full appreciation of whatever happens for years to come. That's the magic of history. We can look back on what happened and realize how amazing it would have been to be there. The only question is, which "when" is the one for you? What period would you have fit into best?
If you're a little bit curious about what decade you should have been born in, then there's only one solution! Play a quick game of "would you rather" with us and we'll use that information to determine precisely what time you should have been born in. Grab your flux capacitor and take the quiz!
Your best friend just bailed on your Friday night plans at the last minute! Would you rather go out alone or just stay home and watch Netflix?
I can find something fun when I'm out!
It's always more fun to go out.
I don't want to fly solo, I'll watch a movie.
They say when it rains it pours. Would you rather it rained every day for a week or was scorching hot every day for a week?
I'll take the heat for sure.
I have an umbrella, give me the rain.
Rain never made you sweat, I'll take that.
I have air conditioning, I'll take the heat.
If you're going on a trip and flying isn't an option, would you rather take a train across the country or drive yourself on a road trip?
In the car with the wind in my hair!
I don't think I've ever taken the train; I'll try that.
Road trips are always fun.
There's something to be said for the art of deception. Would you rather know all of a magician's tricks or all of a professional gambler's tricks?
Magic is pretty fascinating, I'm into that.
Gambling is much more practical.
I'd love to know how magicians do what they do.
Those gambler tricks sound lucrative.
Everyone feels a little mixed up sometimes. Would you rather have your hands replaced with feet or your feet replaced with hands?
How could you walk on hand feet? I'll take feet hands.
More hands mean more grabbing stuff!
So I have to have either four feet or four hands? I'll take hands.
Entertainment is everything! Would you rather have the latest model of phone or a brand new, giant TV?
I already have a good phone. TV for me!
I can talk to my friends more with the phone, so ...
The phone! Gimme the phone!
There are plenty of people you can meet online these days but you need to be careful. Would you rather be catfished for a solid year or find out the person you were talking to was related to you?
This question is terrible.
The relative! At least then you could laugh about it.
Whichever one happens faster.
And now a question of beauty. Would you rather the person you love got a full face tattoo without telling you first or they had their tongue split like a snake?
I feel like the tongue is, weirdly, less weird.
The tongue would be easier to deal with.
Hey, all kinds of people have face tattoos these days.
I mean, tattoos are cool.
How much do you love the internet? Would you rather have access to the internet for only one hour per week or never be able to grow any hair on your body ever again?
I don't think the internet is that important.
No eyebrows or hair on my head or anything? Yeah, I'll keep my hair.
I can buy a wig. I need the internet.
I guess I'll go hairless.
You're a contest winner! Would you rather have a lifetime supply of tacos or a lifetime supply of hamburgers?
I feel like there are more ways you can tweak a burger so I'll take that.
Tacos are healthier so I'll live longer with them.
It's hard to get along with other people sometimes. Would you rather have a roommate who farts all the time or one who steals your food from the fridge?
What do you mean by "all the time?"
I can always open a window. I'll take the farter.
I'm happy to share my food.
I will not tolerate farting.
There are plenty of ways to be enriched in the world. Would you rather win the lottery or wake up with superpowers?
Depends on the powers but ... yeah, superpowers.
No one would leave me alone if I had powers. Give me the lottery win.
How social are you on social media? Would you rather no one could comment on anything you post ever again or that you were unable to comment on anything anyone else posted?
I don't need people to comment on my stuff.
I'd like to know what people think of what I have to say.
If I can't talk to other people, what's the point?
I want others to be able to comment on my stuff.
Speaking of social interactions, would you rather be able to tell when someone is lying to you or when someone is attracted to you?
I want to know about the lies.
I don't think I could handle knowing every time someone lies.
I can mostly tell who's attracted to me, so I'd like to know about the lies.
Would you rather go back in time to meet your great, great grandparents or go forward in time to meet your great, great grandchildren?
I'm interested in the past, I'd like to meet my grandparents.
I'd be afraid of ruining the past. I'll go to the future.
This future business sounds creepy; take me to the past.
And now a question of Starbucks. Would you rather be banned from Starbucks for the year or have Starbucks be the only restaurant you could go to for a year?
I can live without Starbucks.
I'd rather only go to Starbucks than never have it.
How well do you handle awkward encounters? Would you rather be trapped on an elevator with your ex or on a cross country bus ride with your school bully?
I can avoid the bully so I'll take the bus.
The elevator would be less awkward.
I think the elevator would end faster.
How do you like your privacy? Would you rather your family saw your internet search history or all the pictures on your phone?
Either one is fine, really.
My search history is fine, I think.
I don't have that many pics so feel free to browse.
Speaking of search histories, would you rather see what your parents do online or your siblings?
Blech. My siblings, I guess.
My parents are innocent! I pick them.
I don't think my parents even use the internet so I chose that option.
I can't know horrible things about my parents so I pick siblings.
Are you a hard worker? Would you rather work 40 hours a week with your hands outside or 60 hours a week indoors on a computer?
I'd definitely rather work with my hands.
Sixty hours means more money, right?
Time for a culinary question. Would you rather only eat soup for the rest of your life or salads?
A good, hearty soup sounds great.
I'd get way to sick of soup so I'll take salads.
Do you know how many kinds of soup there are? I'll have soup.
You can top a salad with anything so I pick that.
It's important to get a good night's sleep. Would you rather have a lumpy mattress or a smelly pillow?
I can push the pillow aside so I'll take that.
A lumpy mattress is easier to deal wth.
Pillows are overrated. I want a smooth mattress, though.
Is it super smelly? I'll take the lumpy mattress.
Nothing invigorates like a shower! Would you rather have a perfect temperature but very low water pressure or great pressure that jumps from hot to cold and back?
I hate cold showers! I'll take low pressure.
If the pressure is too low I'll just take a bath. Give me perfect temperatures.
I need high pressure to get clean!
I'd rather have high pressure. I can handle temperature shifts.
It's dinner time! Would you rather never have a steak that wasn't overcooked again or eggs that weren't undercooked?
I like a well-done steak.
I suppose I'd rather have the eggs.
Overcooked steak never hurt anyone.
Overcooking steak is a crime! I'll take the gross eggs.
How much do you value a good relationship? Would you rather be poor your whole life but find true love or be rich and only have fleeting relationships?
I'll still be happy if I have the things I need. I want money.
I couldn't be alone my whole life. I'll be poor and happy.
As long as I have some relationships, I'll take the money.
You're on a date with the person of your dreams! Would you rather ruin the moment with a fart or forget what their name is in the middle of a conversation?
I could probably fake the name thing so I'll pick that.
Hey, everyone farts. Maybe it'll be silent.
I can blame a fart on someone else, right?
I can just ask for their name again and play it off like it's funny.
Time to get gross. Would you rather pop a stranger's zits or give them a sponge bath?
I will not pop a zit, thank you.
I can handle a zit or two.
Do you like to entertain guests? Would you rather your house smelled faintly of cat pee or strongly of eggs?
I can open windows, and maybe no one will notice the pee smell.
Eggs are at least a clean thing; I'll take that one.
We're having a wardrobe malfunction! Would you rather wear shorts for the rest of your life in every situation or thigh-high leather boots?
There's no good answer here. I'll take the boots.
The boots seem less ridiculous.
I look good in shorts. Just sayin'.
Nothing lasts forever. Would you rather know the exact day you're going to die but not know how or know exactly how you're going to die but not know when?
No one ever knows how, so I'll pick the day.
I don't want to know when, so tell me how it happens.
I'd hate to know the date.
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