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Are you hot or not?

This is a little light-hearted quiz for girls who want to know how hot they are. It's taken from a magazine for teenagers - although we've changed two or three bits that were just too silly - so it is also of interest to those wanting to know how the guys who write for magazines like this define the term "hot".

1. You hear about the latest gadget that all the glossy magazines are making a fuss about: a mobile phone with a hologram screen and built-in MP3 player. You:

  • ignore the hype - you're quite happy with the phone with a black and white screen your uncle gave you two years ago.
  • try to persuade your Dad to buy it for you and then accept his argument that it is just too expensive for a middle-income family like yours.
  • make sure that there is no way your Dad can refuse to buy you something like this coz it's a definite "must" for a girl who is truly up to the minute.

2. It's winter and you've been worrying for a week about what to wear to the Saturday night party. At the last minute, you opt for:

  • standard stuff - loose T-shirt and baggy jeans.
  • your favorite baggy sweater.
  • your new, tight T cut above the navel - why not? You worked out today.

3. When you're standing next to a new group of people you usually:

  • introduce yourself.
  • nod and mutter, "Hi."
  • ignore them. Why do you think they're called "strangers"?

4. You're on a first date with someone you think is really cool and you're pretty sure is into you, too. So you confess:

  • that you were the person who kept calling and hanging up last month.
  • that you think he or she is "OK."
  • that you're having an amazing time and hope the fun continues.

5. Your date offers you a cigarette, but you're not into lighting up, so you:

  • cough and lie that you already had a few packs at home.
  • go along with it anyhow - you don't want them to think you're completely unhip.
  • say, "Thanks, but no thanks. I don't smoke."

6. The summer vacation is approaching and someone suggests you go on holiday on your own. You think:

  • not a good idea. You would much prefer to go with your best friend.
  • sounds interesting. And you start planning a trip to Africa to help out at a UNICEF refugee camp.
  • why not? And you book a ticket to the most beautiful beach resort you can find and know that you'll meet loads of people because you're such a social magnet.

7. Your best friend just told you his parents are cheating on each other and begs you not to tell anyone else. When another friend asks you about this, you say:

  • "I don't believe it and neither should you."
  • "Yeah, it's true, but don't tell anyone I told you."
  • "Who knows?" with a wink and a nudge.

8. Simon and Samantha need a sixth for their volleyball game on the beach, but you're not feeling 100% because you got back from the cinema very late last night. So you:

  • say, "No way," and fall asleep. You're at the beach for you, not someone else's game.
  • hit the court, although you're not too into it.
  • hit the court and play an awesome game. You're at the beach to have fun, right?

9. Your careers adviser makes three suggestions. You choose:

  • dentistry - it's a traditional profession and the money is good.
  • a safe job in a bank or the civil service where you know you won't be fired and the pension scheme is good.
  • something in advertising - you want to be one of the image-makers.

10. For some crazy reason your uncle gives you a little statue of Einstein for Christmas. You:

  • bin it - you're not interested in physics.
  • keep it - Einstein was the guy who sparked your interest in the theory of relativity.
  • keep it because Albert's wild hairstyle is just so wicked.



Quick-witted hot chicks will have realised that for each question the third choice is the hot one. A quick glance at those choices gives you a good idea of what it means to be hot to the guys that write for lots of the teen-girl websites.

Does it matter if you're not hot? Here at fullspate we recognise the value of hot people. Social life has a surface and society needs hot people to make the most of that surface. They're also great at parties. No party is complete without four or five hot people.

However, the world needs other kinds of people, too. Hot chicks can be a bit oblivious of other people's feelings so they don't necessarily make the best mums, and the world needs good mums. Also, because they are so busy working out at the gym, shopping, flicking through glossy magazines and generally being a party animal they don't have much time to devote to matters like the plight of the Palestinians, the torture of political prisoners in the notorious jails of Uzbekistan and the future of the planet. Admittedly, it is not at all hip to spend time thinking about stuff like this, but we would argue that there is no hope for us if no one gives a damn because they are all too busy being the hottest chicks on the block.



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