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Take a Totally Strange, Completely Real Personality Test from 1965

TIME From the June 18, 1965, issue of TIME

Among the true/false questions: "I never attend a sexy show if I can avoid it"

This week’s issue of TIME explores the unexpected ways that personality tests are reshaping the workplace. The esoteric questions–what does understanding why stars twinkle have to do with getting a job?–are but the latest step in a process that’s been going on for a long time. Almost exactly 50 years ago—on June 18, 1965—TIME printed an earlier example of just such a test.

It isn’t hard to see how frustrating it could be to take. After all, how would an employer make use of an applicant’s answer to true/false statements like these? I have not lived the right kind of life. I brood a great deal. Once in a while I laugh at a dirty joke. I feel uneasy indoors. I dislike to take a bath. I like mannish women. I practically never blush. I would like to hunt lions in Africa. And, of course: I never attend a sexy show if I can avoid it.

Many of the concerns expressed by TIME readers over that 1965 story are similar to those faced by potential employees today: Is this an invasion of privacy? Is it accurate? Is it going to help? One TIME reader suggested a more puckish response, which ran in the letters section the following week:

Sir: If I were applying for a job with one of the Government agencies that test your personality via the MMPI quiz, upon receiving the test I would first scratch the tender top of my head, look around to see if someone was watching, then proceed to brood over my strange sex life, occasionally invoking the Devil while thinking bad, often terrible, words to fortify my strange and peculiar thoughts. Trying to be casual, I would then light a match, which is normal procedure before my daily conversation with God. After completing the quiz, I would leave the room (carefully using my new handkerchief on the doorknob) and hurry home to repair the door latch.

Read more about the contemporary use of personality tests in this week’s issue of TIME

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Here’s One Way To Get Out of Jury Duty

At least in Vermont

A Vermont judge dismissed a man from jury duty who showed up to court on Tuesday in a black-and-white striped prisoner’s jumpsuit and beanie, the Associated Press reports via The Caledonian Record.

Dana Gray/The Caledonian Record—APIn this June 9, 2015 photo, James Lowe of Barnet, Vt., poses for a photo after a judge told him to leave the Caledonia County Courthouse in St. Johnsbury, Vt., for wearing prison stripes and matching beanie to jury selection.

The story will make 30 Rock fans think of the episode in which Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) showed up to jury duty in New York City dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars and claimed she was unfit to serve because she was actually a hologram — a trick that had apparently got her out of jury duty many times in Chicago.

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Flintstones-themed ‘Bedrock City’ Up for Sale

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The cartoon-inspired campground can be yours for the low, low price of $2 million

Have you ever wanted to own your own real-world town inspired by a classic cartoon but decided that the Jetsons is just too futuristic for you? Well it just so happens that you are in luck, because Arizona’s Flintstones-themed “Bedrock City” is now on the market.

The 30-acre property—complete with theme park, campground, gift shop, convenience store and restaurant—is being listed for just $2 million, ABC reports.

The site’s original owners negotiated a licensing deal with Hanna-Barbera, the studio responsible for the Flintstones, when it opened in the early 1970s, but any future owners would need to hatch a deal of their own to keep the park in its current condition. Its attractions include an enormous green brontosaurus slide and a faux volcano (appropriately dubbed Mt. St. Wilma).


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Attention Hipster Swimmers, This Beard Cap Is the Answer to Your Prayers

Virgin Trains, official train partner to the Great North Swim, has launched an innovative swim cap for bearded men – the Beard Cap - which will be trialled with customers competing at the Great North Swim, Lake Windermere, June 12 – 14, 2015. Responding to debates on swimming forums about big beards causing drag, Virgin Trains commissioned its own research which revealed that over one in ten men (12 per cent) connected their beard to slower swim times, and nearly a quarter of men feel their beards hinder their sports performance. For swimmers, spectators and supporters planning a weekend away to the Lakes during the Great North Swim, there are exclusive discounts of up to 50%  across Virgin Trains First and Standard Advance Fares. To find out more information and buy tickets to travel to The Great North Swim visit http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/nova/
Mikael Buck—Virgin Trains Virgin Trains has launched an innovative swim cap for bearded men which will be trialled with customers competing at the Great North Swim, Lake Windermere, U.K., on June 12–14, 2015

Talk about shaving a few seconds off your swim time

Facial hair, especially the long unruly kind, can prove a severe impediment to a swimmer’s aquatic aerodynamic ability. A new invention from Virgin Trains called the Beard Cap, however, promises to change that forever.

The “innovative swim cap for bearded men,” as the rail company described the device in a press release, is just like a regular swimming cap, except it also extends to cover the wearer’s chin and press the beard closer to the face. The cap, which is “reusable, adjustable and perfect for keeping bushy beards under control,” will be launched at the Great North Swim in England’s Lake Windermere from June 12 to 14.

The invention is even backed by research commissioned by the company, which revealed that over 1 in 10 men attributed their beard to slower swim times, and nearly a quarter of men feel their beards negatively impact sports performance.

“At Virgin Trains we’re passionate about giving our customers the most awesome experience possible, and this extends to their sporting endeavors as they are traveling to the Great North Swim with us,” said Adrian Verma, the company’s senior partnerships and marketing manager. “In addition to the 50% discounted tickets to the event for spectators and competitors, we’re delighted to be offering customers this innovative cap to help them do their best.”

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Poop Falls From Sky and Ruins Sweet 16 Party, Family Says

"It was brown, it was everywhere, it got on everything"

It was a not-so-sweet 16 for one Pennsylvania girl, after her backyard pool party was shut down due to rain—poop rain, that is.

Joe Cambray said his stepdaughter Jacinda’s party was ruined after human excrement began to fall from the sky over their yard in Levittown, Pennsylvania, reported Fox 29 News.

“Out of nowhere, from the sky, comes a bunch of feces, lands on her,” Cambray told the Philadelphia local news station.

Cambray was reportedly playing horseshoes while others, among the 40 people in attendance, were swimming in the pool when the skies opened up. Some of the poo landed on the family’s brand new canopy, while other bits hit a baby seat.

“We just got done with cake. Thank God. We took the cake back in, because within two minutes, something fell from the sky. It was brown, it was everywhere, it got on everything,” Cambray said. “I grabbed a hose from over here, immediately started lining things up to start washing it off.”

Cambray said a relative used an app on her smartphone to deduce that several airplanes were flying overhead at the moment in question. The FAA told Fox 29 that all airplanes are legally required to dispose of waste at the airport, but the family has filed a complaint and the FAA will investigate the mystery of the falling feces.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Man Sneezes Out Toy Dart That Left Him Sniffling for 4 Decades

"Where the hell has this come from?"

A 51-year-old English man sneezed out a toy part that had been obstructing his nasal passage since childhood, finally relieving himself from more than 40 years of congested breathing.

Steve Easton was sitting at his computer when he was overcome by a sneezing fit, the Guardian reports. One fateful sneeze dislodged a penny-sized suction cup from his nasal cavity and sent it rocketing out of his nostril. “I thought, ‘what’s this,” Easton told the Guardian. “Where the hell has this come from?'”

A phone call to his mother confirmed what she had suspected 44 years earlier — that the rubber tip of a toy dart had vanished up his nose, beyond the reach of doctors. Easton, for his part, figured he was suffering from hay fever.

TIME Courts

Mother Discovers Her Twins Have 2 Different Fathers

The truth came out during a paternity case

A New Jersey woman found out that her twins had been fathered by two different men in a Passaic County paternity case.

The woman, identified only as T.M., was applying for public assistance and named her romantic partner as the father of both children, the New York Times reports. In the course of testimony, she admitted to sleeping with a different man about a week after she believed she had conceived the twins with her partner.

This prompted a paternity test, which revealed that each man had fathered one of the twins, who are now toddlers. The original partner, identified as A.S., will now only pay child support for one of the children.

This kind of occurrence is rare, but not unheard of—a doctor testified that 1 in 13,000 paternity cases for twins involve two different fathers.


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This Photo Proves Promposals Have Officially Gone Too Far

Did "Destiny" say yes? Talk about a cliffhanger

Someone has taken the promposal to new heights.

Idaho police are looking for the person who appears to have asked someone to prom by spray-painting the Black Cliffs, east of Boise.

Climbers first noticed the spray-painted message, which reads “Destiny, Prom?” on Saturday afternoon, according to a Facebook post by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Police described this “illegal” act as “a misdemeanor charge of injury by graffiti, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.”

The stunt is the latest in elaborate promposals, from the student who pretended to strap bombs to himself to the one who popped the question on a Jumbotron at a college basketball game.

Ada County Sheriff's Office
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
Ada County Sheriff's Office
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
TIME Bizarre

See the Hilarious Moment When a Mayor Leaves His Mic on During a Bathroom Break

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term "livestream"


Everything about this April 28 city council meeting in Georgetown, Texas, sounded completely civilized and serious — until the mayor forgot to turn off his mic when he went to the bathroom.

It all starts when Mayor Dale Ross gets up from his seat at the beginning of this clip from the live-stream of the meeting. Thirty seconds later, as Mayor Pro Tem Rachael Jonrowe talks about friends and family members who have contracted antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases, the man can be heard urinating and then flushing afterward.

What could be more embarrassing than having that private moment amplified on a loudspeaker? The Internet alleging that he did not wash his hands because no one could hear the sink running. A sassy Facebook comment suggests the city should raise money for hand-washing supplies for the facilities.

TIME Bizarre

Kirstie Alley Responds to ‘Christie Ally’ Bridge Scandal Confusion

The actress joked that she takes full responsibility

Friday in “No, The Nation’s Schools Are Doing Fine, Why Do You Ask?,” actress Kirstie Alley was trending on Twitter because people were misreading news headlines referring to a “Christie ally,” as in, an ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

And while the headline “Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in George Washington Bridge Lane-Closing Case” could conceivably be misinterpreted by people speed-reading through their various news feeds, that’s no reason to blame Alley.

The actress herself seems to be taking her newfound Twitter popularity in stride – and might not be as blameless as you might think.

“I take full responsibility!” the actress tells PEOPLE. “You see, I bought a new Aston Martin and wanted the whole freeway to myself to test drive and … oops.”

This article originally appeared on People.

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