If you were trying to describe NYU students, there’s a good chance “quirky” would come to mind (if people actually use quirky, that is). So this morning, when we read about Loveflutter, a dating site which makes users take a quirkiness test and get over a certain score to join, the connection was natural.
Conversation and speculation began almost immediately, so we did the only logical thing: pull together the editorial staff and forcibly measure how quirky every one of them is. Wolf sweaters were donned, existential Russian literature was momentarily put aside, vinyl records by obscure bands were played, and of course this post was produced. [Ed. Note: We can't confirm any of that actually happened, except for the post getting written.] Keep reading after the jump for our unexpected scores and reactions.
Kelly Weill, City: 80
I got an 80. I am soberly rethinking my life choices.
Jeremy Unger, Editor-in-Chief: 80
I definitely felt like their definition of quirky was pretty off. It was closer to, “How many things are you interested in?” I feel like someone who is quirky is any character in a Wes Anderson flick, and I’m probably the last person who would be in one of those.
Jorge Morillo, Multimedia: 67
Pretty pumped about this 67. I did lie (I wouldn’t bungee jump, but the idea of bungee jumping is cool).
Joe Kozlowski, National: 77
I’m probably quirky in the least quirky way possible. I saw a movie by myself because it was for class and related to sports, I left the country to go to Canada, my last status had a lot of interaction because it was an article I wrote, and I’ve played many sports because I’m, well, myself. On second thoughts, that might be quirky by NYU standards.
Sophie Kleeman, On Campus: 66
I only got 66/100. Can’t decide whether I’m disappointed or elated. Probably both.
Julia Berke, Photo: 70
Despite the fact that her last name rhymes with “quirky” Julia had no comment.
Ari Lipsitz, Editor-in-Chief: 83
I need to stop being friends with anyone lower than a 75
Jocelyn Silver, On Campus: 87
I got an 87 out of 100, and thus, like Kelly, I am soberly re-thinking my life choices. I am curious about how quirkiness is quantified. For example, I replied that in the past six months, I have played “none” sports, out rather than one, two or three. Does my non-sports playing make me quirkier? What about whiffle-ball players? What about jai alai?! God what am I?
Can quirkiness, or any other characteristic, really be measured in 10 multiple choice questions? Even if it could, could you measure quirkiness by how many likes a facebook status got or how many sports someone played? Not really to both of those. So if you’re looking for someone to “listen to Architecture in Helsinki with you while scrolling through photos of cats in space and crocheting tapir-shaped sweaters for your pet iguana,” Loveflutter might be for you. If not, you can kill a little time and see who your quirkiest friend/co-worker is. Still a win-win to us.