What % of Your Brain Is Ruled by Imagination?
By: Ian Fortey
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About This Quiz
If people didn't have access to powerful and diverse imaginations, we might never have made it this far as a species. Imagine how boring the world would be if no one could imagine all the stories and movies that entertain us, if no one ever imagined "The Avengers" or James Bond, if Shakespeare had never imagined "Hamlet" or Melville had never imagined "Moby Dick." And this is true not just in the world of creative entertainment but even in science. What if no one had been able to imagine a world beyond our own, or harnessing the power of electricity? We wouldn't have progressed beyond simple beasts, really. Imagination is an integral part of all that we do. But it can be overdone sometimes.
In life, you need balance. Part of your mind needs to be imaginative, but just how much of it depends on who you are and what you're doing. You don't want your surgeon's head in the clouds too much, but at the same time, a creative doctor is more likely to be able to come up with an imaginative treatment that just might work. Everything needs to be in balance. So what's your balance? How much of your mind is ruled by imagination? Put on your thinking cap, take the quiz and find out!
Do you think there is life on other planets?
Maybe not life as we understand it, but probably
Of course, there is! There's got to be a whole universe of it out there.
If we gave you a bunch of Lego, what do you think you'd do with it?
Sell it on eBay. That stuff is worth some cash these days.
Well, it's for kids, so not much.
What do you see when you look up at the clouds?
Sometimes I'll see things like animals or people, but then I see the sky as a whole and think of what it must be like to fly.
Stuff like fish or chairs or whatever
You're in the mood for eggs today. How many ways can you cook them?
I can make them a couple of ways.
Scrambled, poached, over easy, soft-boiled, an omelet, a quiche, Spanish fried, baked. What'll ya have?
Have you ever done any creative writing?
I write stuff all the time.
Every now and then I get inspired, sure.
You have an open plane ticket to anywhere on Earth. Where will you do?
Does this include admission to Disney World?
What are your dreams usually like?
Lots of stuff that happened during my day but a little weirder.
Crazy, bizarre, ridiculous stuff
Depends on what's going on in my life. Sometimes dumb stuff, sometimes really bizarre things.
It's just you in an empty room with nothing but a fridge box and a blanket. What are you going to do?
Dude, you just gave me the ingredients for a fort.
Why the heck am I in a room with a box and a blanket?
Hide under the blanket in the box until someone opens a door, and I can escape.
If you're about to buy a new house but the real estate agent discloses at the last second that it's also apparently haunted, are you sealing the deal?
That's weird but it probably won't matter.
Well, is it an evil haunting or a good one? I'll take a good haunting.
There's no such thing as ghosts, so I don't care.
Yeah, no haunted houses for me.
When you're reading a book, can you picture the characters in your mind as the story progresses?
I get a general idea of what the characters are like.
The people, the places, everything. It's like my own movie.
I don't really read that much.
Oh, definitely. You need to construct some image of them.
There are a million great movies in the world. Which of these would you say is your favorite?
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
"The Fellowship of the Ring"
What's the weirdest ingredient you'd be willing to try on a pizza?
When people claim to have seen Bigfoot, what do you think they're seeing?
Maybe just a hunter in the woods
A full-on bipedal Yeti monster
Probably a bear or something like that
As a kid, did any monsters live under your bed?
I had some nightmares like that now and then.
No. They were in the closet.
If you buy some furniture to assemble and the instructions are impossible to understand, what will you do?
I'll figure it out, probably.
Have you ever discovered that you've been doing some small task the wrong way for your entire life?
I've discovered better ways to do things.
Yes! All kinds of stuff but I guess it doesn't matter if my way works.
Yeah, one or two things that I learned when I was a kid.
Do you ever dream of having super powers?
Yeah, like super strength or whatever.
I'd love to be able to fly.
Sometimes I dream about being one of the Avengers.
What goes on vanilla ice cream?
Peanuts, marshmallow fluff, chocolate, M&Ms, strawberries, whatever you got.
Chocolate syrup and a cherry
Do you have issues with daydreaming?
Not when I'm working or doing anything important.
How good are you at solving riddles?
I can come up with answers but they aren't always right.
When you were a kid, did you have any imaginary friends?
I talked to my toys, but that's it.
I had a whole imaginary gang.
Who is your favorite comic book character that has never appeared in a movie?
Bone, or maybe Ambush Bug. Or Mister Miracle.
I don't read comics, so I don't know.
Which one of these four fellows would you rather spend an afternoon with?
How often do you talk to yourself out loud?
Sometimes if I'm home alone and trying to remember what I need to do or whatever.
Do you have a favorite holiday?
What do you think of cosplay?
Some costumes can be pretty great.
I love it and I do it whenever I can.
Is that like costumes and stuff?
Do you believe in psychic powers?
I think some people have them.
If we had the technology to travel to any planet in our solar system, where would you go?
Saturn. I don't care if it's made of gas.
I am not leaving Earth, thanks.
We just got a time machine on Amazon. What time period do you want to go to?
When they built the pyramids in Egypt
Time travel sounds too dangerous
How much of your work day is spent creating things?
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