More Quiz Fun

It’s a new batch of online quizzes: A quiz about my politics, another on religion (am I a Muslim or an agnostic?), another on how I’ll die and cocktails of my name and nickname.

Let’s start with a politics quiz via Gene Expression.

You are a Social Liberal (71% permissive)
and an…
Economic Liberal (35% permissive)

You are best described as a: Democrat

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Via Jehanzaib Ashraf comes a quiz on religion:

You scored as Islam. Your beliefs are most similar to those of Islam. Do more research on Islam and possibly consider taking the shahadah and officially becoming a Muslim, if you aren’t already.

Despite the actions of some – who go against the teachings of Islam – Islam is a religion of peace; the word “islam” means “peace through submission to God.” “Muslim” means “one who submits to God.” Islam is the third of the three Abrahamic faiths, and it shares much with Judaism in Christianity; its differences are the acceptance of Muhammad as the last and final prophet, and the oneness of God – in other words, that Jesus, though he was a revered prophet, was not in fact God, and only one God exists. Apparently the Taliban could not read (though their name means “students”), because the Qur’an states that men and women are equal as believers, and that all believers should be educated and seek knowledge. Modesty in dress and behavior is required in Islam for both men and women to preserve the values of society and move the emphasis from superificial appearance to intelligence, knowledge, and God.

Islam 79%
agnosticism 71%
atheism 58%
Satanism 54%
Buddhism 46%
Judaism 38%
Christianity 25%
Paganism 17%
Hinduism 13%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version) created with

These results are somewhat different from the Beliefnet quiz I took some time ago. If this quiz is to be believed, I am not wrong in my usual claim that I am 60% Muslim (to be pedantic, my claim is of being 60% monotheist, the Muslim proportion might be lower), 40% agnostic.

Via Cafe Khamosh comes a quiz giving me bad news:

You scored as Bomb. Your death will be by bombing. You will probably be an innocent bystander, not doing anything wrong and not a person who was targeted at, just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Bomb 73%
Natural Causes 67%
Suicide 53%
Drowning 53%
Gunshot 40%
Cut Throat 40%
Disappear 33%
Disease 33%
Eaten 33%
Stabbed 27%
Poison 20%
Accident 20%
Suffocated 20%

How Will You Die?? created with

Needless to say, I would rather not die from a bomb or drown.

Via Ayesha comes this personal cocktail of my name:

How to make a Zakaria

1 part anger
5 parts self-sufficiency
1 part empathy

Method: Add to a cocktail shaker and mix vigorously. Add a little caring if desired!

Personality cocktail from

Let’s try my nickname:

How to make a Zack

5 parts friendliness
5 parts silliness
5 parts leadership

Method: Combine in a tall glass half filled with crushed ice. Add a little cocktail umbrella and a dash of sadness

Personality cocktail from

I am not sure which one I like better. What do you think?

Environmental Footprint

Results of a quiz about my ecological footprint. Turns out if everyone consumed as much as I do, we would need more than 3 planets.

Via Kianoush, I found this quiz which tells you your environmental footprint. Here are my results:


Category Acres
Food 4.9
Mobility 1.7
Shelter 4.0
Goods/Services 4.0
Total Footprint 15.0

In comparison, the average ecological footprint in your country is 24 acres per person.

Worldwide, there exist 4.5 biologically productive acres per person.

If everyone lived like you, we would need 3.3 planets.

Great, I consume too much! So what should I do? If I reduce my meat intake from daily to a vegan diet, it would reduce my footprint by 3 acres. But is that true? I would need a lot more food as well as not get enough of all the food types I need. Plus a vegan diet is definitely not healthy for children.

Or I can reduce my footprint by 2 acres by not eating processed, packaged and not locally grown (from more than 200 miles away) food. Ah, the organic movement! While I consider myself an environmentalist and like the sustainable aspect of organic food, today’s organic food movement is nothing but feel good for the rich. It is expensive food grown using practices that cannot be duplicated across the world without famine or an economic collapse. Also, if we really need to go back to nature, we could return to subsistence agriculture or the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and lead miserable, short lives (especially for the agriculturalists). What is actually needed is sustainable agriculture combined with high yields so that we can grow enough food without impacting the environment so much. Can someone please enlighten me on organic food? And the big SUVs in the parking lots of Whole Foods?

Just my air travel (25 hours per year) adds 3 acres to the footprint. I guess traveling is out then or may be I can bike to Europe and Pakistan!

If I do everything reasonable I can think of, I still go down to only 2.4 planets.

Category Acres
Food 3.7
Mobility 0.7
Shelter 3.5
Goods/Services 3.0
Total Footprint 11.0

In fact, I’ll have to give up flying anywhere, give up almost all meat (not even once or twice a week), not drive anywhere in my car, and live in the smallest apt I can find to go below 4.5 acres. My guess is that the quiz is a bit of the alarming kind.

The Alignment Test

I turn out to be “True Neutral” in this Alignment test.

Via Sister Scorpion, this seemed like an interesting test. Here are my results:

True Neutral
56% Good, 42% Chaotic

Plane of Existence: The Outlands, “Plane of Concordant Opposition”. Description: The plane between all other outer planes.

Examples of True Neutrals (Ethically Neutral, Morally Neutral)

  • Mr. Spock
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Scott Evil
  • Batman
  • The Punisher
  • Switzerland
  • Canada

Not actively for or against anything. Has his or her own reasons for doing everything. Usually difficult to understand.

  • Will keep their word if in their best interest
  • May attack an unarmed foe
  • May use poison
  • May help those in need
  • May work with others
  • Indifferent to higher authority
  • Indifferent to organizations

True Neutral

Some neutral [people] commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They are of the true neutral alignment as described in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

A true neutral [person] sees good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. He advocates the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run.

Some true neutral [people] actively support balance in the world, and seek to avoid having any one side, law or chaos, good or evil, become too powerful over them or anyone else, and will work against whichever side is the most powerful. They tend to side with the underdog in any situation, and are often opportunistic in their

True neutral is committed to the avoidance of extremes, and is non-judgmental.

Side-Note from Xan81:
Due to your Neutrality, I would really, really LOVE your feedback. Not that I don’t want feedback from members of the other alignments, but a True Neutral’s feedback is typically NOT emotionally, morally, politically, or socially charged. Please send me an email! I have it set to automatically email me when someone gets this score, so I know who you are 😉 True Neutrals are the classic, “I just don’t give a shit” alignment, and I fully understand if you don’t feel that you have any responsibility or obligation to sending an email/comment. Even if you did, I’m sure you’d have some difficulty in deciding what to comment about. But, I guess that depends on your tendencies 😀 —- Xan

Other Alignments and Tendencies (Tendencies are what you would more often sway towards; esp. for Neutrals):


My test tracked 2 variables how you compared to other people your age and gender:

  • You scored higher than 27% on Good
  • You scored higher than 22% on Chaotic

Link: The Alignment Test written by xan81 on OkCupid

My response to the results: Who gives a shit about Internet quizzes!

ٹیگ یا ڈوری

کچھ بلاگرز نے مجھے ٹیگ کیا ہے کہ کچھ اپنے بارے میں سوالات کا جواب دوں۔

مجھے شعیب ، شعیب صفدر اور شیپر نے ٹیگ کیا ہے کچھ سوالوں کے جواب دینے کے لئے۔ شیپر نے انگریزی میں اور شعیب نے اردو میں۔ اب میں دونوں زبانوں میں جواب دے رہا ہوں۔

Shuaib, Shaper and Shoaib Safdar have tagged me about this question meme going around blogs nowadays. Since Shaper did his in English and the two Shoaib’s in Urdu, my post is going to be bilingual.

پانچ سال پہلے میں اٹلانٹا میں اکیلا رہ رہا تھا۔ میں یونیورسٹی میں تھا جبکہ عنبر نیو جرزی میں کام کر رہی تھی۔

5 years ago I was studying in Atlanta while living in the dorms while Amber was working in New Jersey.

ایک سال پہلے میں اپنی ایک ماہ کی بیٹی کے ساتھ مشغول تھا۔ انہی دنوں عنبر کی چٹھیاں ختم ہونے والی تھیں اور میرا سارا وقت مشیل کے ساتھ گزرتا تھا۔

1 year ago I was busy with my 1 month old daughter. Amber’s maternity leave was ending and all my time was spent with Michelle.

پانچ گانے جن کے بول مجھے پورے آتے ہيں: کوئی بھی نہیں۔

5 songs that I know the lyrics for: None. I am not much into music.

پانچ سنيکس جو مجھے پسند ہيں

  1. چاکلیٹ
  2. آئس کریم
  3. کشمش
  4. چاکلیٹ والے بسکٹ
  5. سمورز

5 snacks I like

  1. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate
  2. Icecream or gelato
  3. Raisins
  4. Chocolate cookies
  5. s’mores

پانچ کام جو ميں ١٠٠ ملين ڈالر ملنے کے بعد کروں گا

  1. یہ گاڑی لوں گا
  2. دنیا کا ایک لمبا سفر
  3. کشتی
  4. ایک چھوٹا ہوائی جہاز لوں گا اور اسے اڑانا سیکھوں گا
  5. خلائی سفر

5 things I would do if I had 100 million dollars

  1. Buy this car
  2. A long trip around the world
  3. A boat
  4. Buy a small plane and learn to fly it
  5. Space flight

پانچ جگہيں جہاں ميں جانے کو تيار ہوں

  1. اٹلی
  2. نیو زیلینڈ
  3. پاکستان کے شمالی علاقے
  4. وسطی ایشیا
  5. الاسکا

5 places I would love to go

  1. Italy
  2. New Zealand
  3. Northern areas of Pakistan
  4. Central Asia, as in a road trip through the whole area
  5. Alaska

پانچ بڑی خوشياں

  1. اپنی بیٹی کے ساتھ وقت گزارنا
  2. دنیا کا سفر
  3. آبادی سے دور کہیں ٹینٹ لگانا اور پیدل قدرت کی خوبصورتی دیکھنا
  4. کشتی میں دریا یا جھیل پر جانا
  5. انٹرنیٹ پر

5 joys of my life

  1. Spending time with my daughter
  2. Traveling the world
  3. Camping, hiking, backpacking
  4. Paddling
  5. Surfing the net

پانچ چيزيں جو ميں کبھی نہيں پہنوں گا: یہ کہنا بہت مشکل ہے کہ کیا نہیں پہنوں گا۔ شلوار قمیض بہت کم پہنتا ہوں۔ سکرٹ پہننے سے گریز کرتا ہوں۔ اور کچھ سوجھ نہیں رہا۔

5 things I would never wear: As they say never say never. I can’t think of anything except that I don’t wear skirts and wear the Pakistani dress of kameez shalwar rarely.

پانچ پسنديدہ ٹی وی پروگرام

5 favorite TV shows

  1. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  2. Sienfeld
  3. Simpsons
  4. Good Eats

پانچ فلمیں جو مجھے پسند ہیں

5 movies I like

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Moulin Rouge
  3. Shawshank Redemption
  4. Godfather
  5. Hotel Rwanda

پانچ پسنديدہ کھلونے

5 favorite toys

  1. My Treo
  2. My laptop
  3. My camera
  4. My camcorder
  5. Camping/backpacking gear

پانچ لوگ جن کو ميں اس ڈوری سے منسلک کر رہا ہوں

لگتا ہے تمام اردو بلاگر ٹیگ ہو چکے ہیں۔ لہذا اگر آپ ٹیگ ہونا چاہتے ہیں تو تبصرہ کر کے بتا دیں۔

5 people I am tagging

It seems like a lot of bloggers have already done this meme. If you haven’t and are interested, consider yourself tagged.

سالگرہ مبارک

میرے والدین کو سالگرہ مبارک۔ امی کی سالگرہ کل تھی اور ابو کی کل ہے۔

جس طرح دسمبر میری زندگی میں اہم مہینہ ہے (میری پیدائش، منگنی اور شادی سب اسی مہینے میں ہوئیں) اسی طرح اگست کا مہینہ بھی خاص ہے۔ میری بیٹی اگست میں پیدا ہوئی اور میرے والدین بھی۔ میری امی کی پیدائش ۴ اگست کی ہے اور میرے ابو کی ۶ اگست کی۔ لہذا میں نے سوچا کہ ۵ تاریخ کو پوسٹ لکھی جائے۔

امی اور ابو سالگرہ مبارک ہو۔

December, as you might know, is an important month in my life. So is August. Last year, my daughter Michelle was born on August 12. Also, my parents were born in August. My Mom was born on August 4 and my Dad on August 6. That’s why I am writing this post on the 5th.

Happy birthday, Mom and Dad!

Happy Birthday, Munira

Happy birthday, Munira!

Happy Birthday, lil sis. May you have many more! سالگرہ مبارک۔

Yes, I know your birthday is on the 8th, but I am posting this at about the exact time you were born and my time zone is 9 hours behind yours.

Munira, me, Fowzi in Libya

So what are your plans for this special day?

Online Quiz Fun

I decided to do a few online quizzes for fun.

Via Beautiful Horizons:

Your Geek Profile:

  • Academic Geekiness: High
  • Fashion Geekiness: High
  • Internet Geekiness: High
  • General Geekiness: Low
  • Movie Geekiness: Low
  • SciFi Geekiness: Low
  • Gamer Geekiness: None
  • Geekiness in Love: None
  • Music Geekiness: None

How Geeky Are You?

Via Sister Scorpion:

The Monk
You scored 39% Cardinal, 53% Monk, 41% Lady, and 18% Knight!
You live a peaceful, quiet life. Very little danger comes you way and you live a long time. You are wise and modest, but also stagnant. You have little comfort, little food and have taken a vow of silence. But who needs chatter when just sitting in the cloister of your abbey with The Good Book makes you perfectly content.

My test tracked 4 variables. How you compared to other people your age and gender:

  • You scored higher than 51% on Cardinal
  • You scored higher than 81% on Monk
  • You scored higher than 51% on Lady
  • You scored higher than 0% on Knight

Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid

Via ICU Baji:

Star Wars Horoscope for Sagittarius
You are superbly wise and have been known to spread your wisdom widely. You are impatient and pushy when people take your teachings too lightly. And your philosophical side always peeks through.
Star wars character you are most like: Yoda

What is Your Star Wars Horoscope?

Consistency and Moral Taboos

An interesting quiz about taboos, personal morality and harm. My results show me as more morally permissive and more of a believer in universal morality.

Here are my results on an interesting quiz about taboos and personal morality.

Your Moralising Quotient is: 0.20.
Your Interference Factor is: 0.20.
Your Universalising Factor is: 1.00.

This page compares my results to those of the average test-taker.

Your Moralising Quotient of 0.20 compares to an average Moralising Quotient of 0.43. This means that as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned you are more permissive than average.

Your Interference Factor of 0.20 compares to an average Interference Factor of 0.30. This means that as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned you are less likely to recommend societal interference in matters of moral wrongdoing, in the form of prevention or punishment, than average.

Your Universalising Factor of 1.00 compares to an average Universalising Factor of 0.61. This means you are more likely than average to see moral wrongdoing in universal terms – that is, without regard to prevailing cultural norms and social conventions (at least as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned).

As I expected, I am more permissive than average, but I also strongly believe in the universality of morality.

Via Foreign Dispatches.

An Atlanta Suburb I Wasn’t Aware Of

Georgraphy isn’t the strong suit of some people. It seems there is a city in Georgia I wasn’t aware of.

Like Eric says, read carefully, and look at the map. I have already given you a hint in the title.

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Interesting, considering that most of the time I have lived in the US has been in Dixie (however Dixie Atlanta is and that’s a whole another question) and my education was in the Pakistani dialect of British English.

Your Linguistic Profile:
60% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Via Unfogged