Remember those far more innocent days when the check stand magazines would carry "A Quiz to Find Your Perfect Mate"?
Inevitably, the answers would end up in some cultural cul-de-sac, and the quest would remain as elusive as the Holy Grail.
Well, those tests are back. But they are now tarted up as a logical tool to assist us in choosing the presidential candidate whose views most closely match our own.
One of the better quizzes can be found at I Side With. I like the methodology -- even though I am not certain its intricacy captures accurate information.
The quiz measures responses in 11 categories of issues: social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, health care, electoral, education, foreign policy, crime, immigration, and science. Several questions are asked under each category with multiple choice answers provided. The test-taker can then give a weight to each question.
When all of that is thrown into the algorithm black box, a match rating appears for each of this year's six presidential candidates.
I was prepared to be a little bit surprised. After all, I detest both of the major party candidates. But I was curious how the rest of the mix would turn out. I thought Gary Johnson would be my first choice (even though he has taken some very non-libertarian positions on religious liberty this year.)
But he did not come top of the heap. Evan McMullin did -- and even then I disagreed with his position on issues one-third of the time. Because there are no traditional conservatives in the race other than him, I undoubtedly connected at some level.
And you can see how the rest shake out. It is no wonder I still have not decided if I am even going to vote for a presidential candidate.
What I find most disturbing is the Trump rating. It is far higher than I expected it to be. And how can a quiz like this measure whether there is agreement with a candidate like Trump whose background is decidedly leftist, whose current appeal is populist, and who contradicts his own positions on any given day?
And who am I to talk? I suspect if I answered the quiz in another week, my answers would be markedly different. But, then, I am not running for president.
I do know I will not be voting for Evan McMullin, though. His name is not on the Nevada ballot.
It may be time to start tossing that proverbial coin.